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Smoked Dry Rub Wings

Difficulty 2/5
Prep time 24 Hrs

Cook time 1 hr 40 mins
Serves 4-6

Hardwood Mesquite

Most wing recipes have you swimming in sauce, but these dry rubbed wings are a healthier alternative that isn't as messy, but are just as flavorful.



4 cups Water

1/4 cup Salt

1/4 cup Brown Sugar

4 cloves Garlic, crushed

1 tsp Dried Thyme

1 Tbsp Red Pepper Flakes

2 lb Chicken Wings


1/4 cup Brown Sugar

1/2 tsp Granulated Dehydrated Onion

1/4 tsp Ancho or Chipotle Chili Pepper

1/4 tsp Smoked Paprika

1/4 tsp Garlic Powder

1/4 tsp Traeger Rub


For the Brine: Whisk together brine ingredients in a large bowl or container until the brown sugar and salt has dissolved.

Add wings to the brine, tips removed, and cut at the joint into drumettes and flats. Cover and put in the refrigerator and let the wings brine for 24 hours.

Remove the wings out of the brine, rinse off and pat dry.

When ready to cook, set temperature to 180℉ and preheat, lid closed for 15 minutes.

For the Rub: In a small bowl, mix together dry rub ingredients. Coat the wings with the rub on all sides.

Place the wings on the grill grate and smoke for 60-90 minutes.

Increase grill temperature to High and cook wings for about 3-5 minutes on each side, or until the wings are golden brown with a little bit of crunch.

Remove the wings from the grill and serve immediately. Enjoy!

*Cook times will vary depending on set and ambient temperatures.

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