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How to: smoked chicken wings

Sauce ’em if you like, but real wood smoke is all the flavor your wings need.

Ingredients:
  • 28 chicken wings
  • BBQ rub
  • Optional: sauce
  • Cook time: 1 ½ hours
  • Servings: 6

Smoked chicken wings are an American classic and a welcome addition to any cookout or tailgate party. Here are six simple steps to achieving chicken wing perfection. Feel free to add your favorite glaze or sauce, but real wood smoke provides all the flavor these chicken wings need.

  1. 1

    Rub your wings.

  2. Season wings thoroughly with BBQ rub to taste.
  3. 2

    Start a 2-zone fire.

  4. kfd-howtotwostagefire-2Stage_0394Build a fire with Kingsford® Charcoal on one side of the grill, creating an indirect zone away from the fire.
  5. 3

    Prepare for smoking.

    Cover the grill and adjust vents to maintain a temperature of 275˚F. Add wood chunks into the charcoal, or place a smoker tube filled with pellets onto the grill.
  6. 4

    Start grilling.

  7. Lay out the chicken wings on the grill over indirect heat, keeping a slight amount of space between each wing.
  8. 5

    Hit your target temp.

  9. Cook for 75–90 minutes, or until the chicken wings reach an internal temperature of 165˚F. You can also baste with your favorite sauce and allow wings to caramelize over direct heat for the last 1–2 minutes.
  10. 6

    Serve ’em up.

  11. Remove from the grill and serve.

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