Delicious Smoked Chicken Wings

In this recipe, we are talking about smoked chicken wings and while these are very similar to hot wings, these are not the traditional chicken wings that are fried then coated in wing sauce.

Instead these are seasoned with my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub), smoked with cherry wood and then brushed with my delicious barbecue sauce (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled sauce) about 30 minutes before they are finished.

I dare say you have NEVER eaten anything that tasted this good right out of the smoker!

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Smoker Temp: 275°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: 180°F
  • Recommended Wood: Cherry
What You'll Need
IMG 0492 1000x715Please note that my rubs and barbecue sauce are now available in 2 formats– you can purchase the formulas and make them yourself OR you can buy them already made, in a bottle, ready to use.

Prepare the chicken wings for smoking

This part is extremely easy.. the first step is to put all of the wings as they are into a large ziploc bag.

Put chicken wings into ziploc bag

Pour about 1/2 cup of oil over the wings and then roll them around inside the bag to coat.

Pour oil over the chicken and roll to coat

Pour 1/4 cup of my original rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub) per 3 lbs of chicken wings down into the bag. Zip it up then roll and shake the bag to coat the chicken with the rub.

Pour rub over chicken - Roll and shake to coat well

Once the chicken is coated with rub, pour them out into a foil pan for easy access.

These already smell so good!

Dump wings back into foil pan for easy access

Smoke Time

It does not matter what type of smoker you are using. You can use ANY smoker or grill and get amazing results.

If you are able to maintain close to the recommended temperature and you have a thermometer so you can make sure they are done properly, then it will work.

Lately I've been using the Camp Chef Woodwind for a lot of my cooking and having a blast doing it. Read more about this awesome smoker that uses REAL wood to cook and smoke the food to perfection.

Regardless of what smoker you use:

  • Maintain 250-275°F (a little higher temperature ensures more crispy skin)
  • Cook for about 1.5 hours or until the meat reaches 175-180°F
  • Apply smoke for at least 1 hour. I used cherry wood on these but any good smoking wood will work well.

Once your smoker is maintaining about 250-275°F with 275°F being ideal in my opinion,

Lay the chicken wings onto the grate of your smoker trying to keep a little space between them to allow the smoke to circulate over, under and around each piece.

lay chickene wings on grate of smoker

About 30 minutes from the time when the chicken is expected to be finished, you will want to brush some of my extra delicious barbecue sauce (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled sauce) onto the wings.

For this purpose, I wanted the sauce to be a little thinner than usual so I mixed in some Lemon-lime soda to help thin it down. If you purchase the bottled barbecue sauce, you will probably not need to thin it out as it is already a little thinner than what you make at home using my recipes.

Note: you can use almost anything from water to coffee to pop and even cider or apple juice to thin down my barbecue sauce. Sometimes you just want it to flow a little more.

I just happened to have some SunDrop and that's what I used. The lemon-lime flavor won't hurt anything;-)

Just 2-3 tablespoons of liquid is all it takes in a cup of my barbecue sauce (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub). Use more or less depending on how thin you want it to be.

Jeff's barbecue sauce brushed onto chicken wings

Use a ThermoPop, Thermapen or other thermometer to make sure that the correct finished temperature is achieved in the chicken. You are looking for 175-180°F.

A great tool for checking the temperature on these is the Thermapen ONE which reads in 1 second or less! That's screaming fast folks! This is the ONLY 1 second thermometer in the world and I'm proud to own one.. you can too by clicking HERE.

When the smoked chicken wings are done, get them out quickly and place them into a foil pan or other serving platter or bowl.

This one was begging to be eaten!

Beautiful!

Into the foil pan and into the house for serving to the hungry family and friends.

Foil pan of smoked chicken wings

My oldest daughter said they were the best wings she's ever had. Why is this significant? She's very picky about her wings!

Try these and I know you'll love them. I do recommend that you do these exacly as I've instructed the first time.

Enjoy!!

Notes:

The most popular email question that I receive is how to get chicken skin crispy and this includes whole chicken, pieces and even wings.

There are several methods you can use to help crisp up the skin a little bit

  • Flash fry the wings (after smoking) in oil that is very hot (400+ degrees)
  • Place them on a very hot grill for a few minutes after they are done smoking
  • Place them in a 350-375 degree oven for a few minutes after they're done smoking
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Smoked Chicken Wings

These smoked chicken wings are cooked in the smoker with cherry wood and if you've never had wings made in a smoker, then you are in for a real treat.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time1 hr 40 mins

Ingredients

  • 5-10 lbs Chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup Oil ((Canola, EV Olive, or Vegetable))
  • 1/4 cup Jeff's original rub
  • 1 cup Jeff's barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Remove wings from package and place in large ziploc
  • Pour oil onto wings and roll to coat
  • Spoon rub over chicken in bag
  • Roll and toss to coat well
  • Dump wings into large foil pan
  • Prepare smoker for cooking at 250-275°F
  • Place wings on smoker grate with space between them
  • Smoke for about 1.5 hours
  • About 30 minutes before finished, brush with sauce
  • The wings are done when they reach 175-180°F

21 Comments

  1. David February 12, 2022 at 10:55 am - Reply

    My family likes very crispy wings. I put rub on them before smoking, after smoking them for 2 hours, I broil them in the oven for 7-9 minutes, fatty side up towards the heat. Keep an eye on them during the broiling process. We add sauces after they have cooked and the skin is crunchy, very easy to just eat the entire wing. We use the one piece wings with the drum and flat still attached. If you are using wings that are in 2 pieces, reduce the broil time as there is less skin to crisp up.

  2. Mike January 27, 2020 at 7:32 am - Reply

    5 stars
    The only thing I've done differently with this technique is to brine the wings for 1 to 1.5 hours before smoking. They always come out great!

  3. Don Douglas January 25, 2020 at 1:45 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I used an Asian Sauce but followed your recipe otherwise. To make them a little crispy I used the broiler and top shelf in the oven for about 90 seconds.

  4. William Goode October 26, 2019 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I love these wings! I made them for a Halloween party and used them for legs on my Italian sausage spiders. Know they will go over great with our friends! Thanks!

  5. Rocky July 4, 2019 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Thank u for the helpful info first time doing chicken wings hope they turn out food and happy 4th to everybody let’s get are grill on

  6. Pete Avenson February 11, 2019 at 6:45 am - Reply

    Hey Jeff, thanks for the great recipes, enjoyed by all my friends, one ?. How to prevent wings that stick on the 275 degree grill??
    pete

  7. Terry June 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm - Reply

    good wings fall off bone.

  8. Bob Garrett February 4, 2018 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Hi , I've purchased Jeff's Recipe 4 years ago. Love the recipes every Thursday from smokingmeatcom. My question is I want to smoke wings in my smoker today. The recipe I received from Jeff is called Jeff Naked rib rub.Is this the same as Jeff's original recipe? I'm having hard time getting an answer because I want to use it on my wings not sure?

  9. Don September 2, 2017 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Rub seems to cake while in a container. I spread out on a cookie sheet and put in a hot oven for about 15 minutes. Stayed perfectly in the container without caking. Shook perfect.

  10. Daniel Klee July 18, 2017 at 1:05 pm - Reply

    I have to thank Jeff and give credit where credit is due. I thought my BBQ sauce was good…and it is. But Jeff's BBQ sauce and rubs are outstanding. I have no regrets buying those recipes. I also got his eCourses on smoking meats as well. Next I am going to get his book. For me it's a ‘must have' Jeff thanks for the recipes I get every Thursday too. I've tried many of them and so far not one turned out anything other than great! Thanks again!

  11. Doug Bruseth January 20, 2017 at 11:52 am - Reply

    Here is the Winner! Take Jeffs brine for turkeys (in his book) brine wings . Take out rinse put on Big Bald Rub in the Book . Smoke 1.5 Baste with BBQ sauce .put back in the heat . In 1/2 hour you will be amazed…..Enjoy

  12. Rick December 30, 2016 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    CHICKEN WINGS. Don't know what happen but they came out really chewy skin could barley eat em. any help.

  13. Mark December 29, 2016 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Ron, should these wings cooked direct or indirect?

    I have a big green egg and I really wish you would mention that on each of your recipe's

  14. Lydia Winrow July 16, 2016 at 4:08 pm - Reply

    Bq meat

  15. Jessica Donoghue May 14, 2016 at 10:05 am - Reply

    Just a slight correction in your beginning description.
    While original wings are deep fried, they are never rolled in flour!
    Lol, I'm from Buffalo and laugh when I try wings at different places advertising “Buffalo Wings” even Buffalo Wild Wings is short of Frank and Teresa's. (Anchor Bar)

  16. Ron October 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Trying your smoked wings with my sauce and rub. I have a Treager pellet grill.

  17. Derek September 7, 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    I smoked 10 lbs of wings over the weekend. Didnt use his rubs or his sauce, used my own rubs and no sauce. But did smoke at 275 for about 1hr 40mins. The internal temp got up to about 190. The wings were super juicy and tender and the skin was perfect, not crispy like buffalo style but completely bite through and not soggy. Everybody at the party loved them. they didnt last long at all. They were devoured.

  18. TOD March 9, 2014 at 3:59 pm - Reply

    Smoked 15 pounds of these wings using orange wood. Then used fresh orange juice to thin the BBQ sauce and baste prior to those last 30-45 minutes. Everyone went wild for them!! AT one time I thought a fight was gonna break out. Thanks for all your tips and recipes.

  19. Carl Fair January 30, 2014 at 12:40 pm - Reply

    I had a Hasty Bake legacy shipped to me here at South Lake Tahoe and wondering why you don't mention cooking methods on this Tulsa product?

  20. Jim September 14, 2013 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    In the words of my girlfriends daughter, these are simply divine! 

     

    Amazing wings. Didn't use his BBQ sauce since I had some Stubbs Sweet Heat left. Absolutely delicious. Had to rotate between oven and smoker since didn't have enough room on the Weber Mini Smoker to do 4 lbs.

  21. RON August 29, 2013 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    thanks for all the gooooood tips on smoking , all your meats. PS I LOVE SMOKING CHICKEN WINGS.

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