0-400 Chicken Wings Recipe

Are you looking for a simple way to cook delicious chicken wings? Then you have to try my 0-400 chicken wings recipe.

The method is simple, and the end result is crispy, perfectly cooked wings that will become a staple. Follow my easy steps below, and you’ll be turning out the BEST wings ever! 

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Why You’ll Love This 0-400 Chicken Wing Recipe

I LOVE making smoked chicken wings regardless of the season.

This smoked wing recipe provides a delicious smoky flavor and perfect texture. It requires minimal preparation time, and you only need common pantry ingredients.

These wings are perfect for a backyard barbecue, birthday party, game night, or simply a gathering with friends and family. They are a perfect choice for any occasion.

Can You Get Wings Crispy in the Smoker?

Yes, you certainly can get crispy wings in the smoker. During smoking, moisture gradually evaporates, resulting in a dry skin texture that turns wonderfully crispy.

As a result, the exterior of your wings will have a satisfying crunch while the meat inside remains succulent and tender.

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What You Need for 0-400 Chicken Wings

Chicken Wings
Baking Powder
Salt
BBQ sauce
Honey
Buffalo Sauce

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How to Make 0-400 Smoked Chicken Wings

Step 1 – Prepare the Chicken Wings

Dry the wings thoroughly with a paper towel.

Place the baking powder, salt, and seasoning in a bowl or zip-lock bag with the chicken wings.

Close the bag and gently toss it to coat.

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Step 2 – Prepare the Pellet Grill

Load up the hopper with wood chips.

Lightly spray or brush the grill grates with cooking oil.

Step 3 – Place the Wings on the Grill

Lay the wings on the pellet grill grate.

Allow a little space between so the smoke can circulate.

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Step 4 – Fire up the Pellet Grill

Start up the pellet grill, setting the cook temp to 400°F.

Once the white smoke has begun to generate, close the lid.

Leave to smoke for 30 minutes.

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Step 5 – Turn and Check Temps

After 30 minutes, flip the wings.

After ten minutes, begin checking the internal temps.

Let it cook for 30 minutes until the internal meat temperature hits 165F. I like to keep
them on for a bit longer to about 185-195F. (Be careful not to burn your wings if your smoker has hot spots.)
Place them in a tray to cook them. I’ve added half with bbq sauce + honey and half with buffalo. Return to smoke for another 10 minutes to heat up.

Serve with ranch and garnish with green onions.

Do You Flip Wings When Smoking?

It isn’t necessary to flip the chicken wings when smoking.  The smoking process is designed to cook food slowly and evenly by surrounding it with a consistent temperature and smoke.

However, some prefer to flip their wings for aesthetic purposes or to ensure even browning.

How to Store and Reheat Smoked Chicken Wings?

Allow the wings to cool down before storing them. Then, place them in an airtight container or wrap them tightly in aluminum foil. Ensure the container is sealed tightly, refrigerate the wings promptly, and use them within 3-4 days.

If you need to store them for a longer period, consider freezing them

You can reheat smoked chicken wings. However, to ensure they are juicy and moist, you need to follow the right steps.

Start by preheating your oven to 350°F (175°C).

Place the smoked chicken wings on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.

You can brush them with some of your favorite sauce or oil to stop them from drying out.

Place them in the oven for about 10 to 15 minutes.

Check for an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure they are thoroughly heated.

How Long Do Wings Take to Smoke?

It takes around 60 minutes for the wings to smoke using the 0-400 method.

Wings are notoriously uneven, so check some of the smaller ones. Use a meat probe or digital thermometer to monitor the internal temperatures.

The internal temperature should be 165°F at least, but temperatures of 185-190°F will still give you juicy, tender wings.

What Is the 0-400 Method for Wings?

The 0-400 method for wings is a popular technique for cooking chicken wings. You place the wings on the cool grill, no need to preheat it, the low temperature slowly renders the fat and cooks the chicken.

This helps ensure the wings are thoroughly cooked and tender. Then, as the temperature reaches 400°F, the skin begins to crisp up, creating a deliciously crunchy exterior. 

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The Internal Temperature You Need to Reach for Chicken Wings

You want to ensure your chicken wings reach 175°F before you pull them from the smoker. Always use a thermometer with a probe to check this. 

What to Serve With 0-400 Chicken Wings

Here are some of my favorite sides to serve with chicken wings

Smoked Broccoli

Smoked Mac and Cheese

Duck Poppers

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What Temperature to Smoke at for 0-400 Chicken Wings

You still the grill or smoker to 400°F and place the wings straight in, you don’t need to preheat the grill. 

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How Can I Get Extra Crispy Chicken Wing Skin?

Here are some tips and tricks to guarantee you’ll always have crispy chicken skin.

Oil Up!

The single best tip for 0-400 chicken wings – oil your grill grates before placing the wings on!

The last thing you want is to lose all the gorgeous crunchy skin when it sticks to the grates.

Give the grill a light spray or brush with some cooking oil before placing the wings down.

Add Baking Powder to Your Chicken Wings

Another great way to get crispy skin is to coat it with a light layer of baking powder.

Pat the wings dry with a paper towel. Place them in a zip-lock bag with baking powder and a dash of salt. Close the bag and toss to coat.

If you want to add seasonings or chicken rub, you can place them in the bag as well. You always want to add your dry rub before cooking your wings

The baking powder and salt help dry out the skin by removing the excess moisture. 

The result will be beautifully crispy skin wings, with succulent juicy meat.

What Wood Chips Should I Use for 0-400 Chicken Wings?

For something sweet and subtle, try the fruit or nut woods; flavors like apple, cherry, pecan, and walnut wood are perfect for chicken wings. 

If you want something that packs a bit more punch, hickory or mesquite will deliver. This stronger bacon-type flavor is not for the faint-hearted. So experiment before starting out!

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0-400 Chicken Wings

Charlie
The method is simple and the end result is crispy, perfectly cooked wings that will become a staple for you.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Course Appetizer, Dinner, lunch, main, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill, lunch
Servings 4 people
Calories 602 kcal

Equipment

  • 1 Pellet smoker

Ingredients
  

  • 3.3 lbs chicken wings
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp BBQ sauce enough to coat chicken
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp Buffalo sauce enough to coat chicken
  • 3 tbsp ranch
  • 2 stalks green onions

Instructions
 

  • Pat the chicken wings dry with a paper towel.
  • Toss wings in a bowl with salt and baking powder. This helps draw out moisture to make them crispy during cooking.
  • Before hitting the smoker, spray the grill with a little spray oil to avoid chicken from sticking.
  • Using the 0-400 method, place the chicken wings on your cold grill then crank it up to 400F.
  • Let it smoke for 30 minutes, then flip the wings over.
  • Let it cook for another 30 minutes until the internal meat temperature hits 165F. I like to keep them on for a bit longer to about 185-195F. (Careful not to burn your wings if your smoker has hot spots).
  • Place them in a tray to sauce them. I’ve added half with bbq sauce + honey, and half with buffalo. Return to smoke for another 10 minutes to heat up.
  • Serve with ranch and garnish with green onions.
Keyword Chicken WIngs, smoked chicken wings

Smoke On!

Charlie

Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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