Smoking can be quite addictive. So much so that I decided to add a touch of smokiness to my chicken wings last weekend. It only takes about 45 minutes of time on the grill to achieve serious smokiness, and you’ll be smacking your lips in satisfaction.

I’ve been hearing about Draper’s BBQ rub and sauce for a while through some of my BBQ blogger friends and this was the perfect chance to give their sauce a test drive. So, I used Drapers BBQ sauce for this recipe but you can use whatever rub you have on hand for this recipe.

Drapers BBQ Sauce Giveaway, BBQ Sauce Giveaway

Draper’s Rub and Sauce can be used together or separately. The rub and sauce stand on their own, but together, they complement each other and create a unique, zesty flavor combination.

The brand’s rub is mild with a slight kick — not overwhelmingly spicy or salty. It’s sweet with a hint of paprika. On the other hand, its sauce defies the definition of “regional sauce.” It’s not Kansas City, Carolina or even Memphis style. It’s peppery, thick but not overly so and rich without being overly sweet.


Now to the smoked chicken wing part. This recipe has a two part punch. It gets a ton of flavor from smoking. Next, adding the sauce adds a ton of flavor. However, as with any bbq sauce, this needs to be done at the end. Why? BBQ sauce has a lot of sugar and burns on the grill. Therefore, it is best to add at the end of any cook. Plus, when you are smoking, you want the wings bare so the smoke flavor adheres to the actual meat. Now you know!

If you want more info on how to set up your grill for indirect heat for grilling, check out my youtube channel playlist “Grill School” that gives a ton of information on how to learn the basics of grilling, including how to set up direct versus indirect zones on your grill, which is the basis for smoking.

And, last but not least, if you love chicken wings as much as I do, you will want to make sure to subscribe because I launch new chicken wing recipes all the time! Here are just a few of some of my favorites!

Alabama White Sauce Chicken Wings

This is an all time favorite recipe and they are not spicy so these are great for people who can’t handle heat!

Lemongrass, Cilantro & Garlic Grilled Chicken Wings

These are also not overly spicy but full of flavor! If you try any of these wing recipes, don’t forget to leave me a comment or tag me on social so I know what you think! Now, for these Smoked BBQ Chicken wings!

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Smoked BBQ Chicken Wings

  • Author: Robyn


What makes good chicken wings GREAAAAT???!! The addition of smoke! These wings are easy to execute, you just need to let them absorb smoke flavor on the grill before glazing them in bbq sauce at the end. These will make it to your top 5 wing recipes, I guarantee!



Ingredients: (serves 4)

  • 2.5 lbs of chicken wings and drummettes
  • 34 tbsp all purpose BBQ Rub
  • 1/2 bottle BBQ Sauce
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Apple or cherry wood chips (or both)


  1. Preheat grill to medium high heat and prepare a direct and indirect heating zone.
  2. Rinse chicken wings and pat dry. Coat with olive oil and then add the BBQ rub.
  3. Add wood chips to your fire and let them begin to smoke.
  4. Put the wings/drummettes on the indirect heat side of the grill and let them smoke for approximately 30 to 40 minutes. Turn the chicken once during this process to cook/smoke evenly.
  5. Next, put the wings on direct heat and add sauce to both sides. Grill on direct heat for an additional 10 minutes and let the wings develop nice char marks.
  6. Using an internal thermometer, check that the wings have reached an internal temp of 165 degrees.
  7. Tent the wings for 10 minutes before serving.
  8. Serve with additional BBQ sauce and your favorite slaw and side such as tater tots or sweet potato fries. Enjoy going back for seconds!


PRO TIP: Add the sauce during the last 10 minutes of grilling for a sweet, sticky, delectable finish!

Did you enjoy these smoked chicken wings? Try some of these delicious ideas!

Orange Oregano Maple Smoked Chicken Thighs

Peanut Butter Chicken Wings

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