Who says women can't grill? This delicious recipe for smokey chicken wings was designed by Elizabeth Karmel, a.k.a Grill Girl. These wings have a deep, smokey flavor while still managing to stay sweet, tender and light. The chili rub is a mix of sugar and spice, packing a huge flavor punch for your palate. 


For the chicken:

  • 2 Pound chicken wings
  • Chili rub (below)
  • 2 Pound wood chips, soaked in water

For the chili rub:

  • 1 Tablespoon mustard powder
  • 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 Tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup sugar in the raw
  • 1/2 Cup kosher salt
  • 1/2 Cup granulated sugar


Step 1:

In a large bowl, mix all ingredients until well incorporated and store in a air tight container for maximum shelf life. Thoroughly coat chicken wings with chili rub. This can be done up to 1 day in advance.

Step 2:

Place the chips in the smoker tray and set it on the grill, above the hottest part of the grill, trying to obtain a constant temperature of about 275°-300°, add chips as needed.

Step 3:

Once the chips begin to smoke, place the wings on the opposite side of grill. Turn once during cooking process, at about 45 minutes.

Step 4:

Wings should be a nice golden brown; this should take about 1.5 hours, or longer if you prefer a darker color.