Smokehouse Wings Recipe

Spicy chicken wings by Steven Raichlen

Method: Hot smoking
Smoker: Bradley Smoker
Fuel: Apple or Cherry wood Bisquettes
Book: Adaptation from BBQ USA (Workman Publishing, 2003)
Serves: 4 to 6 as an appetizer

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For the Smokehouse wings:

3 pounds chicken drumettes (about 2 dozen)
2 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro, plus 4 tablespoons for serving
2 teaspoons sea salt
2 teaspoons cracked black peppercorns
2 teaspoons ground coriander (optional)
2 tablespoon sesame oil

For serving:

6 tablespoons butter
3 jalapeno chilies, thinly sliced crosswise
6 tablespoons Sriracha (or other favorite hot sauce)
1/4 cup chopped dry roasted peanuts


Place the chicken wings in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle in the cilantro, salt, pepper, and coriander and stir to mix. Stir in the sesame oil. Marinate for 15 to 60 minutes, the longer, the richer the flavour.

Meanwhile, light your smoker according to the manufacturer’s instructions and preheat to 250 degrees. Add the wood as specified by the manufacturer.

Arrange the wings on the wire rack in the smoke chamber. Smoke the wings until golden brown with smoke and cooked through, 1 to 1-1/2 hours. In some smokers, the wings closest to fire will cook faster; if this is the case, rotate the wings so all cook evenly. If your smoker allows heat increase, raise the temperature to 400 degrees the last 20 minutes to crisp the skin. To check for doneness, make a tiny cut in the thickest part of a few of the wings. The meat at the bone should be white, with no traces of red. Do not overcook.

Just before serving, melt the butter in a cast iron skillet on a grill set up for direct grilling, or on a stove burner. Add the jalapenos and cook until lightly browned. Stir in the Sriracha.

Mound the chicken wings on a platter or in a cast iron skillet. Pour the jalapeno sauce over them. Sprinkle the wings with chopped cilantro and peanuts and dig in. Napkins and cold beer required.