Spicy Baked Chicken Wings

Mr. HP LOVES him some chicken wings.  We have made them many different ways: grilled, smoked, pan fried, and now baked!  Personally, the baked version is my favorite (and probably the healthiest - Score!).  The wings get nice and crispy in the hot oven, but don't get charred like they do on the grill.  Try them with your favorite barbecue sauce... I promise you will not be disappointed!



Ingredients:
3 tablespoons garlic powder

3 tablespoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon ground cayenne
3 tablespoons paprika
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 to 5 lbs of fresh chicken wings

Your favorite BBQ Sauce (about 2 cups)
We like Mango Habanero or Caribbean Jerk (we make extra-large batches and can it so we have some to use throughout the year)


Make a dry rub for the chicken wings.  Combine the garlic powder, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, and paprika in a large Ziplock bag.  Add about 1 tablespoon olive oil and combine all ingredients.  Add the cleaned chicken wings to the bag and move them around until they are all coated as evenly as possible with the rub. Let sit for about 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
We put the wings on a cooling rack placed on top of a cookie sheet.  Make sure to cover your cookie sheet with aluminum foil or a Silpat or you will have a minor disaster on your hands when it's time to clean the pan.  Bake for about 30 minutes until golden and crisp - longer if you like them really crispy.

Remove wings from the oven and baste the top of each wing with the BBQ sauce.  Place back in the oven for another 15 minutes. Take the wings out of the oven, flip each wing over, and baste the other side.  Bake for another 15 minutes.