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Irresistible Spicy Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings

Posted by mmillet on March 19, 2013

Spicy honey garlic chicken wings

Ain't no thing like a chicken wing! And these Spicy Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings are not messin' around. ...although they are messy. This sauce is suck-on-your-fingers good. There is no shame in getting a spoon to scoop up every last drop of the sweet hot sauce deliciousness. (or licking it straight off the pan)


It is that good.

Our best suggestion for any party? Double or even triple this recipe or else you'll find yourself with an empty platter in seconds.

Spicy Honey-Garlic Chicken Wings

Recommended Pellets: Alder or Oak
Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Serves: 4


2 1/2 pounds of large chicken wings
Traeger Pork & Poultry Shake (I used Traeger's Sweet Rub and it also tasted amazing!)
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter
1/2 cup Louisiana-style hot sauce
1/4 cup honey
1 1/2 cups blue cheese or ranch dressing
2-3 garlic cloves, minced (more garlic is more better!)

Start by segmenting the wings into three pieces, cutting through the joints. Discard the wing tips or save them to make a stock. Lay out the remaining pieces on a rimmed baking sheet lined with nonstick foil or parchment paper. Season well with the Traeger Pork & Poultry Shake or Sweet Rub on all sides.

Traeger's Sweet Rub

The sweet smokiness in the Sweet Rub is a wonderful pairing with the sweet heat of the sauce.

seasoned chicken wings

Set your Traeger on Smoke with the lid open for 4-5 minutes or until the fire is established. Preheat the temperature to 350 degrees F for 10-15 minutes with the lid closed.

Meanwhile, start making that midnight-snack-worthy sauce. In a small saucepan melt the butter. Add the garlic and sauté for 2-3 minutes. Add in the honey and the hot sauce and cook for a few minutes or until the sauce is completely combined. Keep it warm while the wings are cooking.

Cook the wings on the baking sheet in the Traeger for 45-50 minutes or until they are no longer pink at the bone.

Pour the spicy honey-garlic sauce over the wings, turning them with tongs to make sure you coat every side with that tasty sauce. Cook for an additional 10-15 minutes to set the sauce on the wings.

Grab some ranch or blue cheese dressing and it's tasting time!

Irresistible spicy honey garlic chicken wings

Before you know it, this is all you will see. One solitary drumette left.

sweet and spicy chicken wing

Act quickly.