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  • David Skarin

Smoked Chicken Wings

Updated: Jan 21, 2021

Chicken wings very well may be the best finger food, bar food, sport watching food, doing anything food ever created. I mean, who doesn’t love chicken wings?

The beauty of chicken wings is that the preparation and flavor combinations are damn near endless. You can deep fry, grill, smoke, bake and even sous-vide cook the wings. You can even do a combination of the smoking method, deep fry and finish on the grill or smoke and finish on the grill. And don’t get me started on the sauces, I’ll turn into Bubba from Forrest Gump naming all the options.

All that said, one thing is for certain, you want a bit of crunch and texture in the bite. A chewy, soggy wing is never the desired outcome. I have tried many different ways to make wings and this is one of my absolute favorites! You get a hint of smoke and a nice crispy skin. For any wing lover, this is a must try.


Fast Facts

Category: Poultry - Chicken

Weight: 16 Chicken Wings

Grill: Traeger

Heat Source: Wood Pellets

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Estimated Cook Time: 90 Minutes

Actual Cook Time: 90 Minutes

Estimated Cooking Temperature: 225 degrees for 45 minutes and then 425 degrees for 45 minutes

Actual Cooking Temperature: 225 degrees for 45 minutes and then 425 degrees for 45 minutes

Location of Purchase: Costco

Cook Date: October 4, 2020


Ingredient List

Supply List

  • Mixing Bowl

  • Thermometer - These are critical tools to have there are two main types. First, instant read thermometer like this one or this one. The Thermapen is worth its weight in gold and one I use almost every day. I know the price tag seems excessive but it's the best in the business for a reason. If you're looking for a dual temperature thermometer for both grill temperature and meat, this is the way to go.



Step 1: Preheat for smoker to 225 degrees.

Step 2: Place your wings in a mixing bowl and generously season with your preferred rub. I used our BBQ Rub for Poultry and Pork.

Step 3: Place your wings on the grill and cook for 45 minutes.

Step 4: Flip your wings and increase the temperature to 425 degrees for an additional 45 minutes.

Step 5: Check the temperature to ensure they are 175 degrees internal temperature. If not, continue cooking until temperature is reached.

Step 6: Remove for the grill and toss the wings in sauce of choice.



Check out out sauces that go great with wings!

Lessons Learned (Note: I will update this section to include your lessons learned from the comment section)


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