These Traeger Wings will be the best chicken wings you’ve ever tasted! They have so much flavor and taste great with both dry rubs and sauces. This is now my favorite way to make perfect wings.
You can smoke just about any food on a pellet grill and we've been spending time lately converting all our favorite comfort foods like pizza (link) and buffalo wings to Traeger recipes.
Ingredients for Traeger Chicken Wings
Chicken Wings: If you are using fresh wings, separate the drumette from the wingette. I used frozen wing sections for my Traeger wings. These come flash-frozen in a huge 10 pound chicken wings bag at Costco, which makes it easy to pull out the number of wings that I am planning to cook for the day.
Seasonings and Sauces: I go into a little more detail down below. But you can use your favorite premade sauces or seasoning blends. We apply them to the wings after they are done cooking. I do like to have a few options and I usually make some wings with a wet wing sauce and others with a dry seasoning depending on what I am in the mood for.
Trager Chicken Wings Recipe
I love cooking these on the Traeger. The indirect heat works well to thoroughly cook the frozen wings without burning the skin. If you thaw the wings first, you can easily cook these over a charcoal or gas grill. I used hickory pellets in the Traeger Grill. These aren't quite going to be smoked chicken wings in the sense of low and slow. Instead, we are using a higher temperature to help get a little more crispy skin. Cooking such small pieces low and slow could result in dried-out wings.
Step One: Set the Traeger temperature to 350°F. Once your grill reaches 350°F, place chicken wings directly onto the grill grate and close the lid. Cook time will be about 30 to 35 minutes.
Step Two: Once the internal temperature reaches 165°F degrees and the juices are clear, the wings are done. Remove the crispy wings from the grill. You can immediately place them in a large bowl with your sauces or seasoning and toss them to coat evenly, or you can serve them plain and allow your guests to select what dips, sauces, or seasonings they want to add to their wings.
Easy Dry Seasoning for your Trager Wings
Combine garlic powder, salt, Cheyenne pepper(for heat), and chili powder for a nice spicy dry seasoning. If you want to add some sweetness to it, use brown sugar to balance the heat of the Cheyenne pepper. Put the spices in a large bowl and mix well. As you take the wings off the grill, place them directly into the large bowl and toss them to ensure they coat evenly. Serve them immediately.
Another option is to use a pre-made spice blend, a favorite in our house is to use lemon black pepper seasoning. We use it in our Honey Lemon Pepper Wings.
Easy Sauce for your Traeger Hot Wings
If you are looking to move away from a traditional or pre-made BBQ sauce, try making your own hot buffalo sauce.
This one is very easy. Start by melting butter in a small bowl. Then whisk in your favorite hot sauce. I usually start with 2 parts butter to 1 part hot sauce. Taste it and add more hot sauce until you reach your desired heat level. Put your homemade sauce in a large bowl. As you take the wings off the grill, place wings directly into the large bowl and toss them to ensure they coat evenly. Serve them immediately.
I just covered Traeger Wings 3 Ways. Wet sauce, dry seasoning, or naked. But the options are limitless with the different combinations of spices, seasonings, and flavors that you will want to try. I hope you enjoy this Trager Chicken Wing recipe. If you are hosting a party or watching a game, try serving these with Smoked Jalapeno Poppers, Smoked Cheesy Potatoes, or Venison Sliders.
Looking for some elegant appetizers? Be sure to try our Smoked Oysters.
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- 2 lbs chicken wings approx 12 pieces of drumettes and wingettes
Dry Wing Seasoning
- ¼ teaspoon Cheyenne pepper
- ¼ teaspoon chili powder
- ½ tsp salt
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
Hot Wing Sauce
- 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 2 tablespoon hot sauce
- Preheat the grill or smoker to 350°F
- Place wings directly on the grill grates and cook at 350° for about 30 minutes. The wings are cooked thoroughly when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
- Remove the wings from the grill and place them in the dry seasoning or sauce. Coat the wings thoroughly and serve.