Smoked Fried Chicken Wings

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Smoked Fried Chicken Wings are some of the most popular foods at many gatherings and parties. While it may seem like a daunting task to smoke your own chicken wings, you will find that this is actually one of the easiest ways to prepare them. In fact, once you do it a few times, you’ll wonder why everyone doesn’t do it this way!

First, the wings have to be cleaned well. Make sure there isn’t any excess skin on or around the wingtips. Pull off any extra bits of fat or skin from around the joints as well. This way, you’ll get perfectly smoked chicken wings with just enough fat for flavor but not so much that it overpowers all other dish flavors.

Mix up your dry rub ingredients in a bowl large enough to fit all the wings. You can make this recipe as simple or complex as you want, but we recommend starting with a basic mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.

Fried and Smoked Wings

Because they can be smoked and fried, these wings are absolutely delicious. These wings were delicious when I competed on the third episode of Food Network’s BBQ Brawl.

This method will give you twice the flavor. This is what makes these wings so delicious. Because they won’t stay in the smoke for a prolonged time, I prefer to smoke chicken wings at 225°F over a strong flavor wood such as oak or hickory. 

I also recommend basting or brushing your wings with a mop or liquid-like apple juice every 30 minutes to keep them moist and flavorful.  You can even make your own commercial-style sauce by mixing equal parts honey, bourbon, cider vinegar, and hot sauce until it reaches the desired thickness.

Smoked Chicken Wings and Traeger Fried Chicken Wings

Smoked Chicken Wings with a Traeger Wood Pellet Grill are completely awesome. I know those smoked chicken wings are not something everyone thinks about when you think of grilling and smoking food, but if you want some killer wings! Smoked Chicken Wings may be the ticket for your next BBQ or tailgate party.

I absolutely love them and they can be prepared any time of year. You don’t have to wait until summertime to grill up these great wings. If you’re looking for an appetizer idea, then just keep reading as this article will provide some great tasting ideas on how to smoke up some great chicken wings using your trusty Traeger Grills!

Traeger Fried Chicken Wings Recipe

If you do not have a Traeger wood pellet grill, then I’m going to share with you what my family refers to as “Traeger Fried Chicken Wings”. WOW, are they ever good! They taste great and the recipe is easy to follow.

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  • 1 package of chicken wings (about 3lbs)
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • vegetable oil, for frying


1) Preheat a deep-fryer or large saucepan filled with oil to 350°F.

2) To make the breading, combine the flour, garlic powder, paprika, cayenne pepper, salt, and black pepper in a resealable bag. Shake to mix.

3) Working in batches, add the chicken wings to the bag of breading and toss well to coat. Shake off any excess flour. Remove wings the wings from the breading bag, one at a time, and drop them into the hot oil. Fry until golden brown on both sides (about 10-15 minutes). Let drain on paper towels or wire racks for 3 minutes before serving.

Smoked Chicken Wings with Your Traeger Grill

Now let’s get started with how you can smoke up some delicious chicken wings using your trusty Traeger wood pellet grill:


  • 2 pounds of chicken wings trimmed and split at joints
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons Traeger Chicken Rub
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
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1) Preheat your grill to 350°F.

2) To a large bowl, add the chicken wings, olive oil, Traeger Chicken Rub, and cayenne pepper. Toss well to coat.

3) Place the chicken wings on the grill grates and smoke for 30-40 minutes or until fully cooked through.

Why Not Fry And Smoke Wings?

It may seem strange, but there are actually some good reasons to fry and smoke wings. For one thing, you can use the two cooking methods together to get a very nice flavor. You can also use them separately for different results.

When it comes to frying, many people think of deep fry in hot oil at high temperatures. While this can certainly result in delicious chicken wings, it isn’t the only way that you can fry wings.

In fact, many people prefer shallow or pan-frying because it is more gentle on the food being cooked and won’t cause as much splattering or messy clean-up afterward. To do this, simply add enough oil or butter to coat the bottom of your skillet so that the naked wings can cook evenly.

Another great way to fry wings is to use a deep-frying or air-frying method. With deep-fried wings, you submerge the food completely in hot oil so that it cooks quickly and evenly on all sides.

Air-fried wings, on the other hand, are placed in a large chamber where heated air circulates around them for rapid cooking. Both of these methods result in crispy skin and delicious chicken with just a hint of slow smoke from the frying process.

Remove From The Smoker And Place In A Large Bowl

1. Remove the smoked chicken from the smoker and place it in a large bowl.

2. Add the BBQ sauce, apple cider vinegar, and hot sauce to the bowl and stir to combine.

3. Serve the chicken immediately or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.

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