Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings

These crispy smoked chicken wings are incredibly simple — just one ingredient. The flavor comes from the smoke and the crispiness comes from the grill. The smokiness infuses through the crispy skin and the meat, and the wings stay juicy inside. It’s a little bit of a process, but the results are well worth it.

The chicken wings don’t really need any preparation before they go in the smoker. Just place them on the smoking rack in a single layer. Make sure they are not touching so the smoke can circulate all the way around them. You can add a dry rub if you like, but that’s purely optional (be sure to use a dry rub with no sugar in it so it doesn’t burn).

We smoke the chicken wings in our electric smoker. The wings smoke for about an hour, just until they get that golden brown smoky color and the skin is shiny. Don’t smoke them beyond this point or they will start to dry out. Then just put them on the grill over medium heat for a few minutes to crisp up and cook through before serving.

If you don’t have a smoker, you can smoke the wings on the grill. Add a pan of wood chips and smoke the wings over indirect heat on a gas or charcoal grill.

Serve the wings with lime wedges and some fresh cilantro or parsley. These crispy smoked chicken wings are great on their own, or with your favorite Asian dipping sauce.

Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings
  • 1-2 dozen large chicken wings — as many as you can fit in a single layer on your smoking rack
  1. Place chicken wings on smoker rack in a single layer and smoke until skin is golden brown and shiny, about 1 hour. Turn the wings once halfway through smoking.
  2. Grill wings over medium heat until crisp and cooked through, about 5-10 minutes.
  3. Garnish with lime wedges and serve with your favorite dipping sauce.
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  1. joannabanana21 says

    these were amazing! i used cherry wood and smoked them for almost 3 hours. it was really cold out today so it was hard keeping the smoker temp high enough. definitely the best chicken wings i’ve had. they were so most and the smokey flavor was outstanding.

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