Sunday, June 10

Smoked Chicken Wings

Today is such a happy day here in my household! Today is my handsome husbands 23rd birthday! I told him he could have anything in the whole entire world for dinner tonight, and he chose Chicken Wings. For Christmas last year one of his big gifts was an electric smoker. So he and I decided to try out a recipe for smoked wings. For the most part, its uncommon to smoke wings, or for that matter, just about any area of the chicken. For some reason smoking is more commonly associated with beef and pork. We Googled, and really couldn't find any specific recipe for them. So, I threw together a few of my favorite spices for a dry rub, smoked them, and then charred them on the grill. They were by far the best wings we've ever had.

Ingredients: {Dry Rub}
1 Tablespoon Kosher Salt
1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
1 Teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 Teaspoon Onion Powder
2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
Cayenne Pepper, to Taste
1 Tablespoon "Kickin' Chicken" Seasoning

Before we get started, preheat the smoker to 300-315 degrees. To prep, we decided to cut the tip of the wings off, just under the joint, since it really doesn't yield any meat anyway. After rinsing the wings off, we rubbed each side of the wings, and let them sit at room temperature while the smoker preheated. For even cooking, you know? Once the smoker was nice and warm, we smoked them for about an hour. Then, slapped them on a hot grill to get that perfect charred skin. They grilled on medium-high heat for about 5 minutes per side. Then, the fun part begins. We chose to keep half of them naked, and tossed the other half with Hunts Honey Barbeque sauce. Personally, I enjoyed the naked wings much more than the barbequed ones. My husband was in wing heaven today.

Of course, we polished these bad boys off with some traditional summer sides. A box of Velveeta shells & cheese, as well as corn on the cob. It was a perfect 23rd birthday celebration, as well as the perfect start to the summer barbeque season. Remember, you can totally do this exact same thing on just your barbeque grill. The smokey flavor is just an added bonus to this recipe. I wouldn't be discouraged if you're craving barbeque wings but don't have a smoker. Plus, the dry rub is totally universal, and would work wonderfully with a wing sauce, rather than a barbeque sauce. I'm excited to try this new recipe 12,423 ways this summer. Enjoy the gorgeous weather everyone! And get creative out there on your grill!

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