Crispy BBQ Wings {Instant Pot}

Wow your guests by serving a platter of these crispy BBQ wings that whip up quickly in an Instant Pot and crisp up with a few minutes’ in the oven.

crispy BBQ wings Instant Pot

I made these crispy BBQ wings in my Instant Pot and served them at a small group gathering; folks (especially the guys) loved them! The Instant Pot cooks the wings to “fall of the bone” tender; the oven broiler browns and crisps them at the very end.

crispy BBQ wings Instant PotWings are such a hit at any party but can be pricey. I love using my Instant Pot to make these crispy BBQ wings. I serve them with some of my fave wings in town that won’t break the bank but that are super yummy. (For my faves, read below).

The Instant Pot cooks the wings quickly to fall-off-the-bone tenderness. I cook mine on the manual setting for 10 minutes. If you are new to the Instant Pot, see exactly how to do this below.

Steps to pressure cooking wings on manual setting in Instant Pot: First, find the Instant Pot Manual button.(On the instant pot, the “Manual” button means manual pressure cooking, and the default temperature is High.) Next, press the manual button, and use the plus and minus buttons to adjust the cooking time, in this case to 10. In a few second, the Instant Pot will start cooking automatically. When wings are done, do a quick release and remove wings when the lid unlocks. Proceed with oven crisping.

A large wire baking rack is a must for allowing air to circulate around the wings when crisping. I use this extra large Nordic Ware cooling rack.  Line the baking sheet underneath with foil to avoid mess. The cooling sheet will have to be cleaned after cooking, and a stiff brush is helpful in removing baked on pieces of skin & meat:-)

Wing sauce: I like a nice undertone of heat to my wings, so I typically do 1/2 hot sauce (Texas Peet or Franks) and 1/2 “sweet BBQ sauce” (Bob Gibson’s, Sticky Fingers, etc….).

I served these wings on a large platter alongside wings from The Fresh Market. They have yummy wings in a meal deal for $19ish, which includes 2 pounds of wings, two sides (I love the cucumber tomato dill salad), and bread (their corn muffins are fab). So we had 4 pounds of wings (Fresh Market and Instant Pot), sides, and bread for roughly $30.

One more fave wings that are super inexpensive is Wal-Mart deli! Yes~for real! Their spicy crispy wings are breaded and fried and have a kickin’ hot flavor before adding any sauce. I love them, and they are a great deal. #dontjudge #notafoodsnob #itswingsforgoodnesssake:-)

If you have an Instant Pot and make these wings, please let me hear back from you! If you have any savvy wings recipes or fave places to buy, share that too! As always, thanks so much for stopping by. Be blessed, and stay savvy!!!

Crispy BBQ Wings {Instant Pot}
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  • 2 pounds chicken wings or drumettes
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (I use 1/2 hot sauce and 1/2 sweet like Sticky Fingers etc...)
  • 1 cup water


  • Turn oven to broil; place rack 5-6" from broiler elements.
  • Place chicken in Instant Pot.
  • Pour sauce and water over wings/drumettes.
  • Press manual; adjust + or - until 10 minutes appears in window.
  • When cook time stops, do a quick release.
  • Spray wire rack heavily with cooking spray.
  • Place chicken on wire rack; broil for 5 minutes.
  • Flip wings; broil 5 more minutes.
  • Baste with BBQ sauce; broil until desired exterior (watch carefully).
  • Serve with carrots, celery & ranch dressing.