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Crispy smoked chicken wings: An Easy Guide Everyone Can Follow

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Crispy Smoked chicken wings are a popular party dish and perfect for Super Bowl parties, birthdays, and even for Saturday night game nights. Chicken wings are quick to make and tasteful, making them a crowd pleaser and why wings are so famous.

Crispy chicken wings are simple to make, simple to cook, and the perfect finger food.

Today I will teach you how to make amazing, crispy smoked chicken wings. That’s right, we are adding a touch of smoky flavor and crisping the wings’ skin to cook delicious, crispy wings.

Smoked Chicken Wings: Smoking Chicken Wings To a Crisp Finish

Smoking wings is the perfect way of adding extra flavor to chicken wings. Let your creative culinary juices run wild and experiment with different smoking wood chips flavors to find a winning combination.

I like to use Hickory and Oak for smoking wings, but the wood chips options are many.

Crispy smoked wings are the go-to dish for all my parties. The crispy skin always gets complicated and is always a hit.

Smoked chicken wings are also ideal for feeding large groups. Chicken wings are affordable and easy to fit a couple of dozen in a regular-sized smoker.


Let’s smoke some wings. Remember to preheat your smoker to about 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and let it cool down to 250 degrees.

Smoked chicken wings need to cook slowly to absorb wood smoke flavor, and I like to use a water container in my smoker when smoking chicken wings to make sure the wings stay moist.

To get crispy wings, we will use higher temperatures to crisp the skin.

Let go over the steps to cook smoked chicken wings with crispy skin:

Preparing the wings

1. Clean and prep the chicken wings. Rinse the wings and pat the chicken wings dry with paper towels. The paper towels will help absorb moisture.

2. Next, we need to dehydrate the chicken wings. There are a few methods, but I like to keep things simple.

I like to use the refrigerator method, which is the simplest. Dump the wings on a cooking pan and let the chicken wings dry in your regurgitator overnight or at the very least 4 hours.

You can cover the wings with a napkin while in the refrigerator.

Smoking The Wings

  1. Preheat your smoker to about 350 degrees for about 10 minutes and let it cool down to 250 degrees f. To smoke chicken wings, we like to set our smoker to 250 degrees f.

2. Place the chicken wings in the smoker and smoke at 250 degrees f for about 1 hour. The chicken wings need to cook until they reach an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees f.

Always follow USDA meat temperature recommendations when cooking, which you can find here.

After the wings are smoked. We can proceed to crisp the skin.

Crispy Skin: How Do You Make the Skin of Smoked Wings Crispy?

crispy chicken wing

Well, it is simple, after the wings are cooked and smoked. We crank up the heat and hit the skin hard. Here are the steps.

1.Increase the smoker temperature to at least 350 degrees and let the wings’ skin get crispy. I like to use my Green Egg to crisp smoked wings since my smoker takes longer to get to a higher temperature.

Set the temperature of your smoker or grill to 350 to 400 degrees f, flip the wings, and let the wings cook for about 10 minutes until you get crispy skin.

If your smoker can’t get to high temperatures or you don’t own a grill, alternatively, you can use the broiler in your kitchen oven to get crispy smoked wings every time.

Don’t overcook the wings, and remember to follow food temperature guidelines to know when food is ready.

How long should you smoke the wings?

Chicken wings are quick to make and only take about 1 hour and 30 minutes to cook. That’s about one hour of smoking and about 20 to 30 minutes for a crispy skin.

To get wings “crispy,” it’s important to grill the skin side of the wings at a high temperature and carefully touch the wings until you feel crispy skin.

The Best Wood for Smoking Wings

You can’t call them wings. smoked chicken wings without smoke. That’s why, besides your smoker, you will also need smoke wood or wood chips. Choose a wood flavor that won’t overpower the wing’s seasoning.

Some people prefer fruitwood such as apple or cherry to add a sweet, smoky flavor to the wings. Those who like richer smoke flavor can opt for oak or mesquite.

What Can You Serve with Chicken Wings? Serving Suggestions

Smoked Chicken Wings go well with other finger foods. Chicken wings are great for parties and feed large crowds.

Dishes like meatballs, chips dips, baked beans, and salads are great to accompany smoked chicken wings. Smoked wings are great paired with wine or beer. So don’t forget to get some cold beverages for your party!

Smoked chicken wings recipe

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What you will need for Amazing Tasting Smoked Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe


  • At least 20 chicken wings
  • Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt
  • coarse ground pepper

The Instructions

  1. Prep the wings, trip, and dispose of any cuts you don’t want in your grill.
  2. Dehydrate the chicken wings as much as possible before the cook. Use paper towels to pat dry the chicken wings. Put the wings in the fridge for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight. I know you might be tempted to skip this step but drying the wings is a key step to reduce moisture in the wings so that they don’t “boil” in the smoker and end up with a “gummy” texture.
  3. Preheat your smoker and set anywhere between 225 to 250 degrees F. Let’s season the chicken wings while the smoker preheats.
  4. Mix all the ingredients and dump the wings in a bowl. Shake and mix everything well.
  5. The smoke: Put the wings in the smoker for at least one hour and monitor the wings’ internal temperature.
  6. After the wings are smoked, transfer them to a hot grill ( at least at 350 degrees ) or increase the smoker’s temperature to 350 400 degrees and crisp for 30 minutes.
  7. After the wings feel crisp, remove them from your smoker and add your favorite sauce
  8. Enjoy.


When it comes to food there is no right or wrong. Always test nd try new things and find that flavor that conguers your palate.



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