Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings on a Pit Boss (In 7 Simple Steps)

Are you looking for a delicious chicken wing recipe? My crispy skin smoked chicken wings are perfect for weekend cookouts, watching the game, or a quick weeknight dinner.

I love pairing my Pit Boss chicken wings with my favorite hot sauce, and an ice-cold beer! When I am feeling lazy I have them with some crusty fresh bread. Or if I have time, I have them with my EPIC smoked mac and cheese and corn on the cob!

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Why You’ll Love These Crispy Pit Boss Chicken Wings

If you want a delicious yet simple wing recipe you are in the right place. Using my pellet grill makes it so much easier, no need to monitor the temperature or continually add more fuel, just super succulent and juicy wings!

The wings are expertly smoked to perfection, resulting in a delicious smoky flavor that pairs beautifully with the crispy skin. The low and slow cooking method ensures tender and juicy meat in every bite.

The crispy texture of the wings, combined with the rich flavors, makes this recipe a crowd-pleaser for game day, parties, or any occasion that calls for irresistible wings.

What You Need for Smoked Chicken Wings

Chicken wings

Olive Oil

BBQ Rub (or you can use the ingredients below to make your own rub.

Baking Powder

Brown Sugar

 Smoked Paprika

Chili Powder

Chipotle Chili Powder

 Garlic Powder

 Onion Powder

Black Pepper

Salt

How to Smoke Chicken Wings on a Pit Boss

Below are my seven simple steps for juicy chicken wings every time.

Step 1: Pre-heat The Grill

Preheat the grill to 250°F. Top up with your desired flavor of wood pellets, ensuring there’s enough for the full cook. Running out partway will give inconsistent temperatures and rubbery wings.

Heating The Pit Boss Grill

Step 2: Prepare The Chicken

Blot the wings with paper towels to remove excess moisture on the skin.

Note: You can brine your chicken wings for that little extra moisture. I don’t in this exact recipe but I have put the steps how to do it, you can jump to it by clicking here.

Preparing Chicken Wings

Step 3: Season The Wings

If your making your own rub mix all the ingredients below in a bowl.

Mix the baking powder and homemade or store brought chicken rub in a bowl or sealed bag. The baking powder gives a wonderfully crispy skin. You can also use the baking powder on turkey skin to get it crisp!

But make sure it’s baking powder as the soda will leave an unpleasant metallic taste. Throw in the dry chicken wings and coat with seasoning. Also, ensure that a thick layer covers all the surfaces. You should do this before cooking.

What You Need for The Homemade Rub

  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Step 4: Place In The Grill

Wings On Pellet Grill

Spread the wings out on the grill plate.

The secret to a consistent cook is to have enough space between the wings for the smoke to circulate, both for an even smoky flavor and a more efficient cook time.

There is no need to flip or turn the wings the heat is working indirectly.

Step 5: What Temperature Should You Smoke Wings At?

You want to smoke wings at a temperature between 225°F-250°F. Take care when opening and closing the grill lid, not to let too much heat escape. Cook the wings for 30 minutes, then increase the temperature to 425°F and cook until the wings reach 175°F

Step 6: How to Know When The Wings Are Ready?

When the internal temperature of the chicken wings reaches 175°F, the wings will be ready to eat

However, It can be tricky to tell when chicken wings are cooked! Especially when they are covered in a rub and sauce!

The best and safest way to check is to use a meat temperature probe rather than a specific time. Make sure you probe away from the bone, as this will give a differing result to the flesh.

Pellet Grill Wings

Step 7: Serve It Up

Remove from the wings grill when the internal temperature reaches the 175°F

Take care to check each one, as the size is often inconsistent, and cooking times vary.

How to Brine Chicken Wings

Brining chicken wings is a great way to enhance their flavor and moisture. Here’s a simple method to brine chicken wings:

  1. Prepare the brine: In a large container, combine water, salt, sugar, and any additional desired flavorings like herbs, spices, or citrus zest. Stir until the salt and sugar dissolve.
  2. Add the wings: Submerge the chicken wings in the brine, ensuring they are fully covered. You can weigh them down with a plate or use a zip-top bag filled with brine to keep them submerged.
  3. Brine in the refrigerator: Place the container with the wings and brine in the refrigerator and let them brine for at least 1 hour, but preferably 2 to 4 hours for maximum flavor.
  4. Rinse and pat dry: After brining, remove the wings from the brine and rinse them under cold water to remove any excess salt. Pat them dry with paper towels.
  5. Proceed with your recipe: You can now proceed with your preferred cooking method, such as grilling, baking, or frying the wings.

Remember to adjust the brine recipe according to the quantity of wings you are brining. Brining time can also be adjusted based on personal preference and the level of flavor desired. Enjoy your deliciously brined chicken wings!

What to Look for When Buying Your Chicken Wings

Look for big fleshy wings, this will ensure the meat is juicy and moist. The fat will help protect the meat during smoking and prevent the skin from drying out.

Should You Cut the Wing Tips Before Cooking?

I recommend you cut off the wing tips. Cutting off the wing tips can help promote more even cooking and prevent them from becoming overly charred or burnt. Additionally, removing the tips can make it easier to handle and eat the wings.

How Long Does it Take to Cook Chicken Wings in The Pit Boss? (Simple Time Frame)

It takes 1 hour to cook chicken wing, firstly we cook then for 30 minutes at 250°F, then at 425°F until they reach 175°F which is normally 30 minutes. However, the cooking times will vary, depending on the size of the wings and the grill temperature.

What Sides Are Good With Chicken Wings?

Chicken wings are great on their own as an appetizer or apart of a main meal.

Here are some of my favorite sides for chicken wings

Duck Poppers

Smoked Mash

Brown Butter Carrots

Should You Spritz Chicken Wings?

Yes you can spritz chicken wings.

See the delicious liquids you can use to spray your chicken wings here.

Need a Wing Alternative

Looking for an alternative to chicken wings? Sometimes the price of wings is outrageous

See some substitutes for chicken wings here

What Wood Flavor Pellets To Use for Chicken Wings?

Our favorite wood pellets for chicken wings is cherry wood or apple wood. There is a huge variety of wood pellets available these days, from individual wood flavors to mixed blends.

The sweeter, fruitier flavors combine well with the delicate flavors of the chicken.  Apple, maple, and cherry will give the flavor of smoke without overpowering the chicken’s natural goodness.

The stronger bolder flavors are much better suited to red meat, but if you like that stronger flavor go for it!

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5 from 12 votes

Pit Boss Chicken Wings

I love making smoked crispy Pit Boss chicken wings. There are a few reasons why this is my favorite dish to cook. First, the flavor is amazing.
The smoky taste of crispy coating on the chicken combined with my favorite sauce creates a delicious flavor that is hard to beat. Second, they are really easy to make and don't take much time and effort.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time55 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: grill
Servings: 5 People
Calories: 486kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 8

Ingredients

  • 5 pounds chicken wings, flats and drumette
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 5 tbsp BBQ Rub or use the homemade rub
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp chipotle chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Instructions

  • Preheat grill a medium heat 250°F for 6-8 minutes. Top up with your desired flavor wood pellets, ensuring there's enough for the full cook.
  • Blot the defrosted wings with paper towels to remove excess moisture on the skin.
  • If your making your own rub mix all the ingredients below in a bowl.
    Mix the baking powder and homemade or brought rub in a bowl or clip seal bag because the baking powder gives a crispy skin.
    Throw in the dry chicken wings and coat with seasoning. Ensure you get an even coat.
  • Spread the wings out on the grill plate. To get a consistent cook, make sure there is enough space between the wings for the smoke.
  • Close the grill cover and cook at a steady temperature range of anywhere to between 225-250F. Cook the wings for 30 minutes.
  • Increase the heat in your smoker to 425 degrees until the internal temperature of the wing reads 175 degrees F. 
  • When the internal temperature of the wings reaches 175°F, the wings will be ready to eat.
  • Take care to check each one, if the size of the wings vary

I absolutely love smoked crispy chicken wings! They are one of my favorite dishes to cook because of the amazing flavor and the easy prep.

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
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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13 thoughts on “Crispy Smoked Chicken Wings on a Pit Boss (In 7 Simple Steps)”

  1. 5 stars
    Charlie, In the previous comment you stated 1 part baking powder to 3-4 parts salt !? …Don’t you mean 3-4 parts RUB?
    Thanks in advance…

    1. 5 stars
      my favorite rub for wings is a homemade one, here it is;
      2 tbsp baking powder
      2 tbsp brown sugar
      2 tbsp smoked paprika
      1 tsp chili powder
      1 tsp chipotle chili powder
      1 tsp garlic powder
      1 tsp onion powder
      1 tsp kosher salt
      1 tsp black pepper

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