This smoked chicken wings recipe on Big Green Egg is one of my favorite recipes to cook.
It is very easy to make, and the results are always satisfying with the juicy and tender wings.
While chicken wings are one of the simplest recipes to make, you still need to ensure that you have the right ingredients, temperature, and timer to get the finish you want on them.
Chicken wings are not that thick, so they can easily dry up.
That is especially true if you will cook them for a long time as the heat will come to the middle of the meat quickly.
That is why you need a specific temperature to cook them at and the right timer to see how long you should cook the chicken wings to make the skin a bit crispy and make the insides juicy.
I also love making my seasonings and rubs to put my favorite flavors in the recipe.
That is why we have a guide here that has the seasonings and rubs that are needed.
Once you master the recipe, you can then add your favorite seasonings or spices into the mix.
Make sure to read up to the end, as I will also answer some of the most common questions.
Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe
- 2 Kilograms of Chicken Wings
- 3 tablespoons of sunflower oil
For The Rub
- 1 tablespoon of garlic powder
- 1 tablespoon of paprika
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 1 tablespoon of dark brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon of chili powder
- Half tablespoon of onion powder
- Half tablespoon of dried thyme
- Half tablespoon of finely ground lime zest
- Half teaspoon of cayenne pepper
- Half teaspoon of ground cumin seed
- Your Favorite BBQ Sauce
Step 1: Prepare The Chicken Wings
Let the chicken wings defrost properly by leaving them in the refrigerator overnight.
This will allow the heat to enter the chicken wings properly and more quickly when cooked.
Once you are ready to cook, bring out the chicken wings from the refrigerator and then rinse them with cold water.
Pat them dry with paper towels and then proceed with the rub.
Step 2: Season The Chicken Wings
Once rested, bring out the chicken wings and then brush all sides with sunflower oil.
Mix all the ingredients for the rub in a bowl and then season the wings with the rub.
Use your hands and massage the rub into the chicken wings.
You can also put the chicken wings in the bowl with the rub, cover the bowl, and then toss the chicken wings in the bowl.
Step 3: Preheat The Big Green Egg
Make sure to insert the convEGGtor and the stainless steel grid of the Big Green Egg.
These will help cook the chicken wings a bit slower while also allowing smoke to get in the meat.
Place the charcoal and wood chips in the firebox and then light up the charcoals.
You can either soak the wood chips first or not, I suggest going with the dry wood to get a natural flavor.
Set the temperature to 210 degrees Fahrenheit and then close the lid of the grill.
Let it preheat for at least 15 minutes to balance the heat inside and ensure that the smoke is developing.
Step 4: Cook The Chicken Wings
Place the chicken wings directly on the grill grates and then close the lid.
Let the chicken wings cook for 20 minutes to let the heat get into the middle of the chicken wings up to the bone.
After 20 minutes, check the chicken wings and then flip them over.
Close the lid again and let the wings cook for 20 to 25 minutes without opening the lid during the cooking.
While waiting for the chicken wings to finish, prepare your BBQ sauce.
Mix the ingredients if you are making homemade sauce or get a brush and the sauce ready if you use pre-made sauce.
Step 5: Basting The Chicken Wings
Put the BBQ sauce in a metal pan or a small metal bowl and then place it on the grill.
Get your basting brush and then start basting the chicken wings 10 minutes before they are cooked
Do this every few minutes and until the sugar melts or until it sticks to the skin of the chicken.
5 minutes before the chicken wings are done, brush them with the sauce on both sides.
Step 6: Let Them Rest
Get your meat probe and insert it into the thickest part of the chicken wings.
Never remove the chicken wings or never serve them unless the internal temperature has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Once they do, place them on a serving plate and then let them rest for at least 10 minutes.
Prepare your white sauce or side dish and then serve the chicken wings while still hot.
How Do I Make The Wings On My Big Green Egg Crispy?
There are many ways to make the chicken wings crispy when cooked on a grill or by a smoker.
The main misconception is that the process is all about the heat and timing of the cooking process.
It starts in the preparation where you rinse off the liquid proteins in the chicken such as the blood.
This will allow the chicken wings to get more flavors and absorb more heat.
Do not forget to dry the chicken wings with a paper towel to ensure that the excess moisture is removed.
Season them well in salt or dry rub to get flavors without getting the wings wet.
Cook them at high temperatures so that you get the skin to become crispy.
You can then allow the chicken wings to cook further at lower temperatures to cook them to the bone.
How Long Does It Take To Smoke A Chicken On The Big Green Egg?
If we are talking about the parts of the chicken only, then that would be easy instead of the whole chicken.
When chicken is cooked in parts, it will usually take 16 minutes to cook.
That is if you use high heat and low oil.
You do not deep fry the chicken and cook them for 8 minutes on each side to get the heat inside the chicken and cook it properly.
Smoking means that it will take longer than 16 minutes.
For a whole chicken to be cooked properly in a smoker, it needs to be cooked for at least 3 hours at a lower temperature.
That is around 225 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.
Sometimes, a whole chicken would take around 5 hours to smoke in a Big Green Egg when I tried it once at a lower temperature.
How Long Does It Take To Smoke Chicken Wings At 240 Degrees?
Since we have used a grill on the recipe above.
The average cooking time is just under 1 hour since the Big Green Egg is powerful and you use direct heat to cook the chicken wings.
For regular smokers where you do not use direct heat to cook the chicken wings, it will usually take around 2 to 2 and a half hours to get up to the desired temperature.
This is because the heat will not necessarily burn the skin of the chicken wings.
That means that you do not have to flip the chicken wings while cooking as the heat is more evenly distributed.
How Long Does It Take To Smoke Wings At 220?
For a slightly lower temperature, you will need to change the cooking time.
You need to understand the main concept that you need the heat to get into the thickest part of the chicken wings.
At this temperature, you will need to cook the chicken wings for at least 3 hours to get to the right internal temperature.
The lower the temperature, the longer the cooking time will be.
Why Is The Big Green Egg So Expensive?
Aside from the fact that a Big Green Egg is powerful and versatile, it is also built with the best materials and made for a long time which explains its expensive price.
Kamado grills are traditionally made with clay. Big Green Egg stuck with the authenticity of the grill and made the grills with ceramic, hence, the heavyweight and high cost.
Ceramic is a much stronger material than clay. It has the same properties as clay in terms of insulation and absorbing heat, but it is a stronger material, so it is more expensive.
Big Green Egg is also one of the companies that put many accessories in the grills they sell.
The grills they produce have custom accessories that you cannot replace with any accessory.
How Do You Break In A New Big Green Egg?
Using the Big Green Egg for the first time can be a bit challenging, especially for beginners.
Do not worry as you only need to know some of the simple steps when breaking in the grill.
Slow And Low
There is a gasket in the Big Green Egg on its lid and the body.
This needs to stick, so make sure not to use high temperatures first to use the grill.
Cooking vegetables, tender meat, and softer foods will be your best bet for this.
Just remember to cook with low temperature and slow process to let the grill break in properly.
Ceramics, clay, cordierite, and other stone materials are extremely porous.
That is why they tend to absorb the smell of the recipe or the food that you have just cooked in them.
Since Big Green Egg grills is all-ceramic.
They do tend to absorb both smell and flavors from anything that you put inside the grill.
That is why if you are just beginning to use the grill, avoid using harsh chemicals.
The smell stays for a long time which means that the smell and taste of the chemicals can transfer to the food.
Lights On And Off
I recommend using lump charcoal in the beginning and after years of using the Big Green Egg as lump charcoal burns quickly, hotter, and cleanly so it is the perfect type of coal for grilling.
Once done with cooking, do not extinguish the fire too quickly.
Close the lid and all the vents to slowly let the fire die down due to the lack of oxygen.
The remaining heat inside the grill will kill off any bacteria or contaminants inside.
There is another process for cleaning, but pyrolyzing the bacteria is an effective way.
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