Barbecue Cauliflower Wings

These crispy cauliflower wings, coated in sweet-and-spicy barbecue sauce, are a plant-based twist on the classic chicken wing appetizer. Made with just a handful of ingredients they’re a welcome way to add more veggies to your next outdoor BBQ or game-day get-together. Make sure to leave the florets slightly larger with a little bit of stem for easy hand-held eating. Serve the smoky wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing to add refreshing coolness to the tang.


Barbecue Cauliflower Wings

Made with a handful of ingredients these cauliflower wings are a plant-based twist on classic chicken wings.
Course Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword barbecue, barbecue cauliflower wings
Servings 4


  • 1 large cauliflower head or 2 small ones cut into florets
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 tsp chili flakes or to taste
  • blue cheese or ranch dressing for dipping


  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F (230 degrees C)
  • Line baking sheet with parchment paper
  • In bowl, combine 1/2 tsp chili flakes & half cup barbecue sauce
  • Add cauliflower & toss to coat
  • Arrange florets on baking sheet
  • Roast for 10 minutes
  • Remove from oven
  • Mix remaining bbq sauce with chili flakes
  • Toss florets in remaining barbecue sauce
  • Return florets to oven for another 10 to 15 minutes, until edges are crisp
  • Serve cauliflower hot with blue cheese or ranch dressing; add celery and/or carrots if desired


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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

22 thoughts to “Barbecue Cauliflower Wings”

  1. I’m eating more cauliflower these days because of the options as a meat substitute – great recipe. #SeniorSalonPitstop

  2. Pinned this, as I tried making BBQ cauliflower wings once and it did not turn out as expected.
    I visited you via Will Blog for Comments #26, open February 19 – 23!
    My links: 15+16. We will be so happy if you share your blog links with us at SeniorSalonPitStop. Link under BLOGGING

  3. This looks so good! I’m trying the no red meat right now. Have been since January. Going really well. My husband is struggling a little, but he’s trying too. Keep your fingers crossed. This is a recipe I will try because hubs loves cauliflower. 🙂

  4. We love anything cauliflower and these look delicious and super easy. Thank you for sharing your post at the Senior Salon Pit Stop! I’m excited to be featuring you at Monday’s party. Congrats! Pinned
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  5. Stopping in again to say congratulations! 🙂 This was one of the most-viewed posts at the Will Blog for Comments #26 linkup! It will be in the spotlight all next week, starting today. You are welcome to save the “this post was a featured favorite” image there to share with your readers here. Have a great weekend! Hope to see you Monday for #27.

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