How to make perfect Smoky BBQ chicken wings?

Hey there, BBQ lover! Are you also a fan of juicy and flavorful chicken wings with that delicious smoky BBQ flavor? In this blog post you will learn step by step how to transform your chicken wings into true flavor bombs. Sit back and discover how to put those perfect Smoky BBQ chicken wings on the table!

Ingredients and supplies

When preparing delicious BBQ chicken wings, high-quality ingredients and the right supplies are essential. Here we discuss what you need to make this tasty treat.


For the perfect BBQ chicken wing recipe you will need the following ingredients:

  • Chicken wings: Choose juicy and tender chicken wings of good quality.
  • BBQ sauce: A flavorful BBQ sauce adds depth to your dish. For example, try the Sweet Baby Ray's Original BBQ Sauce for a sweet and spicy taste.
  • Spices: Use a mix of spices such as garlic powder, paprika powder and cayenne pepper for an aromatic flavor.
  • Smoking wood chips: For that characteristic smoky taste you can add smoking wood chips. Attempted Hickory Wood Chunks for a strong smoky flavor.


Besides the ingredients, you need the right equipment and tools to prepare perfect BBQ chicken wings:

  • Barbecue: A good barbecue is crucial. The Weber Original Kettle Premium Barbecue is a popular choice for its quality and performance.
  • Thermometer: Use a meat thermometer such as the ThermoPro TP03 Digital Instant Read Thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked through but not too dry.
  • Barbecue tongs: Invest in sturdy barbecue tongs such as the OXO Good Grips 16-Inch Locking Tongs for easy handling of the chicken.
  • Grill rack: Make sure you have a clean and well-burnt grill grate such as this Weber Plated Steel Cooking Grate for even cooking.

When preparing BBQ chicken wings, using quality ingredients and the right tools is the key to success. With the products and tips mentioned above you can enjoy delicious and juicy chicken wings, perfect for any occasion. Enjoy your meal!

Preparing the chicken wings

Smoking chicken wings is a delicious way to add a deep smoky flavor to your dish. It all starts with proper preparation of the chicken wings. Below we explain step by step how you can best approach this.

Step 1: Choose the best chicken wings

  • Buy fresh, high-quality chicken wings from your local butcher or supermarket. Brands such as Kipkracht or BoerderijVers offer good options.

Step 2: Marinating the chicken wings

  • Prepare a tasty marinade for the chicken wings. A simple marinade of olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and salt can do wonders.
  • Let the chicken wings marinate for at least 30 minutes to several hours to allow the flavors to fully develop.

Step 3: Seasoning the chicken wings

  • Add spices such as paprika powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper or dried herbs to taste. [Verstegen herbs] offers an extensive range for this purpose.

Step 4: Pre-cook the chicken wings

  • Optionally, you can pre-cook the chicken wings before smoking them. This helps to shorten the cooking time and ensures that the chicken wings are cooked thoroughly.

Step 5: Smoking the chicken wings

  • Prepare your smoker and place the marinated and seasoned chicken wings on the rack. Use smoking wood such as Barbecue Smokewood for extra flavor.

By following these steps and paying attention to the preparation of the chicken wings, you will enjoy delicious smoked chicken wings with an irresistible taste. Have fun cooking!

Step 1: Preparing the chicken wings

  • Buy quality chicken wings such as Chicken wings from Chicken Farm X
  • Marinate the wings with the rub BBQ Expert Y for at least 1 hour

Step 2: Set up the smoker

  • Heat the smoker to a constant temperature of 250°F
  • Use the Smoking wood chips Oak from Brand Z for an intense smoky flavor

Step 3: The smoking process

  • Place the marinated chicken wings in the smoker
  • Smoke the wings for 1.5-2 hours for a perfect smoky flavor

Step 4: Grilling the chicken wings

  • Heat the grill to a medium heat of 200°C
  • Grill the smoked chicken wings for about 5-7 minutes on each side for a crispy outside

Tips for good results

  • Use a Core thermometer from Top Brand Q to check the core temperature of the chicken
  • Experiment with different smoking wood chips for flavor variation, such as Apple wood chips from Brand A for a sweeter touch

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is the difference between smoking and grilling?

Smoking is a slow cooking process in which food is exposed to smoke from smoldering wood, while grilling is a faster cooking method in which food is placed directly over the heat source.

  • Which smoker is best suited for beginners?

An entry-level model such as the BBQ Smoker from Company B is perfect for beginners due to its easy operation and consistent results.

With this detailed guide and tips, you will prepare the perfect smoked and grilled chicken wings, ready to impress your friends and family at your next BBQ party!

Sauces: the finishing touch

Serving Smoky BBQ chicken wings goes hand in hand with delicious sauces that enhance the flavor and take your dish to the next level. Here are some suggestions for sauces that pair perfectly with these flavorful chicken wings:

  • Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ Sauce: A classic barbecue sauce with a perfect balance between sweet and savory.
  • Frank's RedHot Original: For those who like a little spice, this hot sauce adds a delicious kick to your chicken wings.
  • Knorr Garlic Sauce: A creamy garlic sauce that makes the flavor of the chicken wings even more intense.

Salads: a fresh addition

A simple salad can be a great addition to your Smoky BBQ chicken wings. Here are some salads that pair perfectly with this dish:

  • Caesar salad: Classic and tasty, this salad with romaine lettuce, croutons, parmesan cheese and Caesar dressing forms a harmonious whole with the chicken wings.
  • Greek salad: With olives, feta, cucumber and juicy tomatoes, this salad offers a fresh and Mediterranean flavor that is a nice counterpoint to the smoky barbecue wings.

Grilled vegetables: the ideal sidekick

Grilled vegetables are a healthy and tasty addition to your meal with Smoky BBQ chicken wings. Try grilling and serving the following vegetables alongside your wings:

  • Grilled corn with chili-limo butter: The sweet corn combined with the spicy butter perfectly complements the smoky flavor of the chicken.
  • Roasted pepper and zucchini: A colorful and flavorful mix of vegetables that provides the perfect balance for your meal.

Before you sit down to dinner, make sure you pair these Smoky BBQ Chicken Wings with the right sauces, salads and grilled vegetables for a complete gastronomic experience. Enjoy it!

Tasty wings for every occasion

Congratulations! After going through our steps and tips, you are now ready to serve delicious Smoky BBQ chicken wings to your guests. Don't forget to experiment with different flavors and above all, enjoy barbecuing! Bon appetit and have fun!

Frequently asked questions about Smoky BBQ chicken wings

What side dishes go well with Smoky BBQ chicken wings for a delicious meal?

Delicious side dishes such as corn on the cob, potato salad, roasted vegetables or coleslaw go very well with Smoky BBQ chicken wings. These side dishes complement the flavor of the chicken wings and provide a tasty and varied meal. Enjoy it!

How long should you marinate the chicken wings before preparing them?

You should marinate chicken wings for at least 30 minutes before cooking them. This ensures that the flavors can be absorbed properly and the chicken becomes wonderfully tender and tasty. If you have more time, you can even marinate them for several hours or overnight for even more flavor.

Do you need to pre-cook the chicken wings before grilling them?

No, you don't have to pre-cook chicken wings before grilling them. You can place the chicken wings directly on the grill and let them cook slowly. This gives them a delicious taste and makes them nice and crispy. If you pre-cook the chicken wings first, you run the risk of them overcooking during grilling and losing their juiciness. Enjoy grilling your chicken wings and tasty food!

What sauce would you recommend to brush the chicken wings with after grilling?

A delicious sauce to brush the chicken wings with after grilling is a combination of barbecue sauce and honey. Barbecue sauce adds a smoky and spicy flavor while the honey adds a sweet and sticky shine. This creates a perfect balance between sweet and savory, and will really make the grilled chicken wings pop! Give it a try and enjoy the delicious flavor combination. Enjoy your meal!

What herbs and spices can you add to enhance the smoky flavor?

To enhance the smoky flavor, you can add herbs and spices such as smoked paprika, chipotle pepper, cumin, garlic powder and black pepper. These ingredients can further enhance the smoky flavor of dishes such as barbecue meats, stews and soups. Be sure to add these herbs and spices judiciously to maintain the right balance and flavor. Good luck cooking!

What is the ideal temperature and cooking time for the perfect Smoky BBQ chicken wing?

For the perfect Smoky BBQ chicken wings, the ideal temperature is about 180-200 degrees Celsius. Cooking time usually varies between 45-60 minutes depending on the size of the chicken wings and the BBQ used. Make sure that the chicken wings are turned regularly and that the BBQ is properly preheated. Enjoy your deliciously juicy and flavorful Smoky BBQ chicken wings! Enjoy your meal!



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