Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked chicken wings need just 5 minutes of prep and the smoker does the rest! Serve these for dinner or make a double batch to feed a crowd.

A simple rub is all you need to pack these smoked wings with a mouthful of flavor.

Looking for more delicious smoker recipes? I’ve got plenty of options for all your favorite meats like chuck roast, tri tip, turkey legs, and even salmon!

Smoked Chicken Wings in a basket with paper

How To Make Smoked Chicken Wings

Simply coat each piece with your favorite dry rub and cook until done! It helps to pat them dry and toss in a little olive oil first, that way the spices adhere better to the surface.

For maximum flavor in every bite, be sure to work the seasoning into skin.

smoked wings seasoning

Ingredient Notes

  • Oil - While it’s safe to use any variety with a high smoke point, olive oil is the way to go here. The neutral flavor won’t interfere with the seasoning, and the viscosity is low enough for the meat to still absorb the smoke flavor.
  • Dry rub - I like using my Sweet BBQ Rub because it has a tantalizing combination of smoky, savory, and spicy flavors. That said, this smoked chicken wings recipe will work with any kind of spice blend, so feel free to use your favorite!
smoked chicken wings recipe

Serving Suggestions

While these smoked wings have plenty of flavor on their own, you can’t go wrong with a dipping sauce! Try ranch, barbecue, honey mustard, or a trio of all three.

To make a meal out of it, add any number of cookout side dishes from potato and pasta salads to corn on the cob and fresh fruit.

You could even throw together some mixed greens, veggies, and your favorite dressing if you prefer to keep it simple.

smoked wings on a green egg used as a smoker

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Look for party style. This just means the full wing has been cut into segments, making flats and drumettes. You should be able to find big bags in the meat department or freezer aisle. If using frozen, thaw them in the refrigerator the night before.
  • Want crispier skin? Just before serving, place the smoked wings under the broiler for a few minutes.
  • Check the temp. Poultry is considered safe to eat once the internal temperature reaches 165°F. We cooked these longer, to about 175°F, so they would be more tender. Because of the higher fat content, they won’t dry out like other cuts would.
smoked chicken wings in a red basket

What You’ll Need For This Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe

  • Smoker - Wood pellet varieties allow extra flavor to be infused into whatever you’re cooking.
  • Your favorite flavor wood chips - This is my favorite blend because it works for just about everything.
  • BBQ Tray - Makes transferring the meat to and from the smoker much easier.
  • Meat Thermometer - A digital version will be easiest to read.
smoked chicken wings dipped in ranch

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What’s the best way to reheat smoked wings?

Heat in the oven for 10 to 15 minutes at 350°F or until warmed through. Line a baking sheet with foil to prevent any sticking.

If you have an air fryer, cook for 4 minutes at 360°F plus an additional 5 minutes at 400°F.

Can I use a grill instead?

You’ll want to use something like a Big Green Egg and set it to indirect cooking first. Heat it to 350°F, then follow the directions as listed.

Be sure to soak the hunks of wood at least 2 hours before, up to overnight, instead of using pellets.


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smoked chicken wings in a metal basket

Yield: 8-10
Author: Donna Elick
Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked chicken wings need just 5 minutes of prep and the smoker does the rest! Serve these for dinner or make a double batch to feed a crowd.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 1 H & 40 M


  • 5 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumettes (fresh or thawed)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup TSRI Sweet BBQ dry rub


  1. Preheat the smoker to 250°F. Choose your favorite wood, I am using my favorite blend of oak, maple and hickory on my pellet smoker.
  2. Pat your chicken wings dry with a paper towel. Once they are dry, place them in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil over the chicken and toss to coat.
  4. Sprinkle the dry rub over the wings and toss or stir until the wings are completely coated, press the rub into the skin.
  5. Cook for 2 hours and check the internal temperature of the wings, you are looking for 175°F. NOTE: You may want to move some of the wings around if they are getting too crispy for your liking,
  6. Serve and Enjoy!

Smoked Chicken Wings in a basket

Originally published May 2021

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