Juicy, flavor-infused smoked chicken wings with a crispy buffalo sauce exterior.
Ever since our son saw the movie Big Hero 6 I want to say “wiiiiiiiiiiings” every time we eat chicken wings. In fact, my 3 year old was adventurous enough to eat these chicken wings thanks to that movie. I really like buffalo wings and started making them in my oven long before I learned to grill. This recipe has evolved and is now completely awesome. Smoking the wings makes the wings super juicy and then turning up the heat the last 15 minutes makes the skin crispy. In my mind, juicy and crispy is the perfect chicken wing combination! I also started making my own buffalo wings sauce which is a game changer.
This recipe is so easy to make. First, in a large mixing bowl whisk together the spices, baking powder, and flour.
Then toss chicken drumsticks in mixture before placing in a ziplock plastic bag. Let sit in fridge for at least two hours or up to 24 hours. This helps the skin dry out which will allow them to get nice and crispy. Preheat your grill to 275°F and put your heat deflector in place. Once your grill is heated to 275°F, place your chicken wings on and smoke for about an hour, or until internal temperature reaches 165°F.
Meanwhile, make the buffalo sauce. When I first started making wings, I would buy buffalo sauce at the store. But now that I make wings frequently, I make my own. It is SO worth the extra 5 minutes to make your own sauce (and is very easy)! All you need to do is melt butter in a small saucepan, whisk the other ingredients in, and let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Make sure not to simmer more than 5 minutes because if you go longer the garlic powder will begin to cook and you run the risk of your sauce separating a bit.
Let your sauce slightly cool before coating your wings. Take the wings off of the grill and coat in buffalo sauce. I find that this is best achieved by placing the wings in a big pyrex bowl and placing the lid on top and shaking it around.
Grill coated wings on high heat (around 500°F,) cooking 5-10 minutes per side. If you like a lot of Buffalo sauce, you can double the buffalo sauce recipe and toss the finished wings with a little more sauce. Serve with blue cheese dressing and celery.