I took these wings to work, and they vanished before I got a bite. The tangy sauce is lip-smacking good. —Sherry Pitzer, Troy, Missouri
5 pounds chicken wings
2-1/2 cups ketchup
2/3 cup white vinegar
2/3 cup honey
1/2 cup molasses
2 to 3 tablespoons hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon liquid smoke, optional
Preheat oven to 375°. Using a sharp knife, cut through the two wing joints; discard wing tips. Arrange remaining wing pieces in two greased 15x10x1-in. baking pans. Bake 30 minutes; drain. Turn wings; bake 20-25 minutes longer or until juices run clear.
Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, combine remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Drain wings. Place one-third of the chicken in a 5-qt. slow cooker; top with one-third of the sauce. Repeat layers twice. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours. Stir before serving. Yield: about 2 dozen wings.