Smoking can be quite addictive. Smoke adds a nice flavor element to chicken wings and it It only takes about 45 minutes of time on the grill to achieve serious smokiness. Pair the wings with your favorite BBQ Rub and Sauce and your tailgating buddies will be smacking their lips in satisfaction!

Smoky Grilled Chicken Wings Ingredients: (serves 4-6)

  • 2.5 lbs of chicken wings and drummettes
  • 3-4 tablespoons BBQ rub
  • 1/2 bottle BBQ Sauce (I prefer Stubbs or Drapers)
  • 2 tblsp olive oil
  • apple or cherry wood chips (or both) – pre soak in water 30 minutes before putting on the grill


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat and prepare a direct and indirect heating zone.
  2. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry.
  3. Coat with olive oil and then add the BBQ rub.
  4. Add wood chips to your fire and let them begin to smoke. If using a charcoal grill, add the wood chips on top of the charcoal. If using a gas grill, create a “smoking packet” by putting the wood chips in a foil pouch and poking a few holes in it so the smoke can escape.
  5. Put the wings/drummettes on the indirect heat side of the grill and let them smoke for approximately 30-40 minutes. Turn the chicken once during this process to cook/smoke evenly.
  6. Next, put the wings on direct heat and add sauce to both sides. Grill, on direct heat for an additional 10 minutes and let the wings develop nice char marks.
  7. Using an internal thermometer, check that the wings have reached an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  8. Tent the wings for 10 minutes before serving. Serve with additional BBQ sauce and make sure you have plenty of napkins on hand for your guests. Enjoy going back for seconds!

Robyn Lindars, aka “The Grill Girl”, writes about BBQ and Grilling on her site and hosts Womens Grilling Clinics to encourage women to learn the art of grilling.