Get the biggest, plumpest chicken wings you can find for this recipe. Also try switching the maple syrup with honey.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Prepare 3 pounds of chicken wings: Cut off wing tips (save for a stock), cut the wings in two at the joint. Place wings in a single layer in a glass (easier to clean) baking dish (make sure it has at least a 1 inch side so that the juice does not overflow into oven). Use more than one dish if needed, do not overcrowd pan. season wings with salt & pepper.
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup soy sauce
4 Tbsp brown sugar
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 cup ketchup
Pour over wings, toss to coat, rearrange in single layer.
Bake uncovered for about 1 hour turning and basting every 20 minutes.
This may seem like a long time to cook wings but it will make the meat fall off the bone, render out most of the fat, and give it a great dark color. If the wings are really big you may need to cook for up to 1 1/2 hours. These are good hot or cold.