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.
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.