How To Cook Chicken Wings-Offset Smoker

Using your favorite chicken wing recipe and a little imagination, we can make smoked wings! These smoked chicken wings offer a deliciously oniony flavor that works really well with the hot sauce. They are great served with lots of different dipping sauces or sprinkled with a little rub and cooked in the smoker on its own. Yes, you could use pre-made brine to make these but I am not touching the ones in the store. Do it yourself!

Ingredients For About 4 Pounds Of Chicken Wings

  • 4 – 6 pounds of chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon salt per 4 pounds of wings
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar per 4 pounds of wings (or to taste)

Rub Ingredients

1 teaspoon chili powder per 2 pounds of wings (or to taste) *These are my own recipes and if you have a better way please let me know and I will add it to this list. The recipes below include spices that I have used for several years for smoking meats, poultry, and fish on my offset smoker. I learned how to make these ingredients myself.

Make Chicken Wings With Pecan Wood Or Hickory Wood

Using a wood recommended by the manufacturer of your smoker, soak pecan or hickory wood chunks in water for about 8 hours or overnight.

You will need about 2-3 cups of soaked wood chunks for each pound of wings. After soaking, drain the wood and place it in a smoker load designed for smoking at 250-300 degrees F.

Using the tried and true method described in this recipe, smoke wings until completely cooked, usually 4 to 6 hours but check often according to your own preferences.

I like my wings well done so I don’t take more than an hour to smoke them. An alternative to using these woods is to flavor them with other ingredients such as fresh sage leaves and fresh rosemary needles, then use them as directed above.

Advantages Of Smoking Wings

Why smoke chicken wings? I think it is one of the best ways to prepare them. Smoking chicken wings makes them taste so good and it also adds a lot of flavors.

At the same time, smoking will add more smoke flavor to the wings themselves but also that extra smoke can be used on other things like vegetables or meats which are smoked at higher temperatures.

I know that cooking with a smoker is a bit of an extra effort but if you want great tasting food that you will remember for many years then making smoked chicken or any smoked meat or poultry should be one of your priorities.

The advantage of making this yourself is that you can make them according to your own preferences, flavorings, and portion size.

You don’t have to limit yourself because someone else has set up what they think tastes good for everyone else. If you don’t want to use wood smoke then use applewood, cherry wood, peach wood.


If you are looking for a great way to cook chicken wings or any other meat or poultry then smoking it is a great option. If you want to add even more flavor to your wings then you can use different spices and herbs.


Q: What are the best wood chips to use in a smoker?

A: The best wood chips to use in a smoker are applewood, hickory wood, and mesquite.

Q: What is the best type of smoker to use for cooking chicken wings?

A: The best type of smoker to use for cooking chicken wings is charcoal or gas-powered smoker.

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