When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

Do pigs have wings? In Cincinnati they do, where Buffalo style hot wing sauce meets barbecued pork shank. Because if pigs did really have wings, it would be these, lightly charred and coated in a tangy sweet sauce.
When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

This post is sponsored in conjunction with #BBQWeek. Product from sponsors was generously donated for the giveaway contained herein. However, all opinions are mine alone.

This is my fourth day participating in #BBQWeek and for today I am sharing my recipe for BBQ Hog Wings. Which is what pork shanks are often referred to in southwest Ohio when prepared this way. It is basically a caveman sized wing of epic proportions, grilled and coated in wing sauce, the sauce today favoring the blends of hot bbq often served at wing shops.

Sometimes finding pork shank can be hit or miss- I had to settle for a package of precooked shank, although I would have preferred to braise them myself. I have included the recipe for that if you need it, so either way you are covered.

I made the sauce from scratch as I do with most sauces (although I occasionally buy a bottle of BBQ sauce if it is on sale for convenience. But often that takes me a long time to use up. It is more likely to be used as a ketchup of sorts, or as a dipper for Saratoga Chips (homemade potato chips).

Overall, these are very quick to put together, once the pork is braised. You can even do that part in advance to be ready for a quick cookout, as pork shank freezes rather well.

You can see me simmering the Buffalo Barbecue sauce away in the photo below. How cute is my wee-winged piglet?

He’s definitely got his Cincinnati thing going on.

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When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings
Join me tomorrow as #BBQWeek continues and I post my recipe for Brisket Baked Beans which add tons of bbq flavor for those who don’t eat pork or just adore beef as I do!

And don’t forget to browse  the changing lineup of blogger recipes below the recipe printout. There are new ones every day!

Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Difficulty: easy
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When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

  • 5 pounds fully-cooked bone-in pork shank
  • salt and black pepper
  • olive oil

Buffalo Barbecue Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup Louisiana pepper sauce (such as Frank’s or Crystal)
  • 3/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder


  1. Whisk together ingredients for the Buffalo barbecue sauce in a saucepan;  simmer over low heat for 15-25 minutes, stirring frequently, until mixture is reduced to two cups.
  2. Drizzle pork shanks with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. If your pork shanks are not fully cooked, see method below.
  3. Preheat grill and grill pork shanks over moderate heat until golden and slightly charred.
  4. Dip shanks into sauce and return to grill to set the sauce for a minute or two.
  5. Serve shanks with any extra sauce at the table.

Cooking method for pork shank:

  1. Tie shanks with kitchen twine to hold them together.
  2. Brown shanks in a small amount of oil, seasoned with salt and pepper.
  3. Place shanks in a crockpot or dutch oven and cover with a mix of water and beer.
  4. Add chopped onion and garlic to the liquid.
  5. Cook shanks on high in the crockpot 3-4 hours or until tender or roast in a covered Dutch oven at 300 for 3-4 hours or until tender; allow to cool and remove twine. Proceed with recipe above.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Pie by Cookaholic Wife
Simple and Easy Hobo Packets for the Family by Corn, Beans, Pigs & Kids
Mini Tri Tip Sandwiches by The Freshman Cook
Spicy Tomato and Corn Salad by Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Summer BBQ Bacon Potato Salad by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite a Whiskered Accomplice
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When Pigs Fly: Smoky BBQ Hog Wings

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10 responses

    • Keep an eye out for them- so yum! They have little bones sticking out at the end sort of like turkey drums or miniature caveman wings. I could eat these all day long!

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