Spicy Smoked Chicken Wings


Spicy Smoked Chicken Wings

I have been wanting to try my hand at smoked chicken wings. I picked up a package of wings at our local grocery store. These spicy smoked chicken wings were a hit with the family.

They turned out to be juicy and full of flavor with just the right amount of heat. I smoked these wings the same day that I smoked 2 racks of Honey Bourbon Smoked Ribs.

I used the 3-2-1 method for the ribs and added the wings to my Char-Griller Smokin Champ in the last 90 minutes of the smoke. While the ribs were smoking I prepared the wings.

First I made a marinade for the wings. I placed the wings in 2 one-gallon zip lock bags and poured in the marinade, closed the bags, and mixed. I placed these in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Spicy Smoked Chicken Wing Marinade: 

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
3 cloves garlic minced
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon black pepper
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon Penzeys Galena Street Rib and Chicken Rub (can be omitted)

Honey Bourbon ribs with chicken wings

I smoked the wings between 250 to 290 degrees for 90 minutes. I used hickory wood splits as my heat source. The internal temperature of the wings was 165 to 170 degrees. These were whole wings, I could have split them but I didn't bother. After they were smoked they pulled apart easily.

Before serving I made a hot sauce to toss them in.  In a large bowl, I melted 1/2 cup butter (one stick), mixed it with 1 cup of Frank's Hot Sauce, and 1 teaspoon of Cayenne pepper. I placed the wings in the bowl covered them and tossed them until they were coated.

These wings turned out great, they were spicy, juicy inside with just the right amount of heat. If you don't like medium or hot wings just skip the last step.

As always thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed it.


  1. this sounds amazing - do you use a grill matt when cooking chicken? Or right on the grill surface?

    1. Hi Scott, No I do not a grill matt. I cook directly on the grill grates. I keep them clean and oiled. Thanks for stopping by.

  2. What can you use if you don't have that particular rub?

    1. The Penzey's rib and chicken rub can be omitted. I just added it because I use it all of the time and have it on hand.

  3. I always look forward to your posts - have tried many of your recipes. Always looking for a new wings recipes. Thank you

    1. Thank you so much, Carol, I hope you enjoy this one. You can also make these in your oven :)


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