Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe

These smoked chicken wings are packed with flavor and have a perfect crispy skin. They’re ideal for a barbecue, game day, or any gathering where delicious finger food is appreciated. The smoky aroma combined with the seasoning makes these wings irresistible.

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional, for extra heat)
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar (optional, for a touch of sweetness)
  • Your favorite BBQ sauce (optional, for serving)
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (optional, for garnish)

Instructions

  1. Prepare the Chicken Wings:
  • Rinse the chicken wings under cold water and pat them dry with paper towels.
  • If the wings are whole, separate them into drumettes and flats by cutting through the joint. Remove the wingtips if desired.
  1. Season the Wings:
  • In a large bowl, combine the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, salt, cayenne pepper (if using), and brown sugar (if using).
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the wings and toss to coat.
  • Sprinkle the seasoning mix over the wings and rub them in until the wings are evenly coated.
  1. Prepare the Smoker:
  • Preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C).
  • Add your preferred wood chips or chunks (apple, hickory, or mesquite work well with chicken) to the smoker.
  1. Smoke the Wings:
  • Place the seasoned wings on the smoker racks in a single layer.
  • Smoke the wings for about 2 to 2.5 hours, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  1. Crisp the Skin (Optional but recommended):
  • For extra crispy skin, increase the smoker temperature to 375°F (190°C) for the last 15-20 minutes of smoking, or transfer the wings to a preheated grill or oven at 375°F (190°C) for the same amount of time.
  1. Serve:
  • Remove the wings from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes.
  • If desired, toss the wings in your favorite BBQ sauce.
  • Garnish with chopped fresh parsley before serving.

Enjoy your perfectly smoked chicken wings! They make a great appetizer or main dish and are sure to be a hit with everyone.

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