If you’re like us, we could eat chicken wings all day every day. This Smoked Chicken Wing recipe will make you into a believer if you’re still on the fence. Play around with different wing rubs or sauces, or keep it simple like we’ve done here. Either way, these Smoked Chicken Wings will be a hit.
How to make Smoked Chicken Wings
Below is everything you’ll need to know to make the perfect Smoked Chicken Wings on your pellet grill, offset or charcoal smoker. These are great for game day, family BBQ night, or just about any other occasion!
- Prep Time: 20 mins
- Cook Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
- Total Time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
- Cook Temperature: 325ºF and 250ºF
- Wood Flavor: Competition Blend
- Servings: 2-3 people
- Your preference of smoker (I recommend a pellet smoker)
- Commercial grade tinfoil
- Temperature probe
- 1 pound of chicken wings
- 1 batch Chicken Dry Rub
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- Start your smoker and get the temperature stable at 325ºF.
- Season your chicken wings with the Chicken Rub.
- Place the wings directly on the grill and cook until the wings reach an internal temperature of 165ºF.
- Transfer the wings into an aluminum pan and coat with the BBQ sauce.
- Reduce the temperature to 250ºF and place the pan on the grill. Smoke the wings for 1 hour, uncovered.
- Remove the grill and enjoy!
BBQ Hero Tip: We like to test various wing seasonings and sauces to mix up the flavors. Try making half Buffalo wings or half Sweet and Spicy.
How long does it take to smoke wings?
It takes about an hour and a half to smoke your chicken wings. Our advice though is to always check the internal temperature of your meat, instead of just relying on cooking time. Some smokers or grills will cook differently, so always check to make sure they’ve reached the recommended internal temperature.
Do I have to bring my chicken wings before smoking?
We recommend always brining your chicken before smoking. Brine is a simple salt and water mixture. The salt brine enhances the texture, flavor, and, most importantly, the moisture of the chicken. By soaking your chicken in a brine prior to smoking, you’ll taste a noticeable improvement in your chicken.
How do I get the skin crispy on smoked chicken wings?
To get the crispy skin on your smoked chicken wings, you can quickly boil your chicken wings for about 5 minutes before adding them to your smoker. This will render the layer of fat under the skin that will help enhance that crispy skin.