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Smoked chicken wings with sweet chili sauce

Smoked Chicken Wings: a Thermal Trick for Crisp Skin


Smoked chicken wings, following the method from

Sauces with a Thai sweet chili sauce


For the wings themselves

  • 5 lb chicken wings
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

For the sauce

  • 12 oz Thai sweet chili sauce (Mae Ploy, for instance)
  • 3 oz fish sauce
  • 3 oz fresh lime juice (from about 5 limes)
  • 8 Tbsp butter, cut into pieces (optional)
  • Sriracha, sambal oelek, or other chili sauce to taste (to add more heat if you want it)

Chicken wing ingredients


  • Up to one day in advance, toss the wings with the baking powder and the salt. (A gallon bag works well for this, but so does a large bowl.)
  • Heat your smoker to 250°F (121°C).
  • Place the wings in the smoker so that they don’t overlap. Smoke them at 250°F (121°C) for 30 minutes. Use a timer like the Extra Big & Loud to time the cook.

During this time, you can prepare the sauce.

  • If omitting the butter, simply combine the sauce ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together.
  • If using the butter, warm the other ingredients gently in a pot over low heat, monitoring the temperature of the sauce with a Thermapen. When it reaches 110°F (43°C) pull it from heat and stir the cut-up butter into the sauce.

Finish the wings

  • When the timer goes off, increase the heat of your smoker to 425°F (218°C).
  • Insert the probes from a Smoke X2 into two large wings on opposite sides of the grill.
  • Set the high-temp alarm to 175°F (79°C) and cook until the alarm sounds.
  • When the high alarm sounds, verify the temp in several wings (or all of them!) using your Thermapen.
  • Remove the wings from heat and toss with the sauce. (You won’t need all the sauce. Save it, refrigerated, for later.)
  • Serve. You could also hit these with a showering of chopped cilantro and/or chopped peanuts and it would be amazing.


Smoked sweet chili chicken wings