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Smoked Chicken Wings with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

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Score big at your game day party with our Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings featuring a mouthwatering Raspberry Chipotle Sauce! Elevate your Super Bowl spread with the perfect blend of sweet raspberries, bold chipotle, and smoky goodness.

Traeger smoked chicken wings with raspberry chipotle sauce

Updated 1/19/2024: Football season is in full swing, and that means it’s time to elevate your game day spread with irresistible eats and tailgating treats. For this Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve got a winning recipe that will have your friends cheering for more – Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce! It’s easily one of the best wing recipes we’ve made.

The secret weapon in this game-changing smoked chicken recipe is our homemade Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. We combine the sweetness of fresh raspberries with the bold kick of chipotle and a touch of lemon juice. The result? A perfect sweet and savory pairing that’s set to steal the spotlight at your game day gathering.

What you’ll love about this recipe:


  • SMOKY FLAVOR – Smoking imparts a rich, smoky flavor to the chicken wings that is simply mouthwatering. The slow cooking process also allows the flavors to sink in, resulting in more tender and flavorful wings.
  • SWEET & SPICY – Raspberry chipotle sauce is a perfect balance between sweetness from the raspberries and spicy heat from the peppers.
  • GAME DAY SNACKING – Smoked chicken wings is our go-to appetizer for game day celebrations and casual gatherings with friends and family.
smoked chicken wings with raspberry chipotle sauce ingredients

Ingredients

  • Whole chicken wings
  • Raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Lemon juice
  • Ranch dressing, celery sticks, carrot sticks (optional, for serving)

Smoked Chicken Wings Brine (Recommended)

Note: This recipe uses a basic salt, sugar, and water brine that will infuse your smoked chicken with a nice balance of flavor while helping to retain moisture during cooking. It’s the same brine we use for fried chicken wings, fried chicken and fried pork chops. While it is not required, it is strongly recommended.

Tools You’ll Need

To prepare this smoked chicken wing recipe, you’ll need the following special equipment and tools:

  • Smoker or Grill
  • Wood
  • Meat Thermometer
  • Blender
  • Fine Mesh Sieve

How to Brine

This recipe uses a basic salt, sugar, and water brine that will infuse your smoked chicken wings with a nice balance of flavor while helping to retain moisture during cooking.

  1. Bring 4 cups water to a boil in a pot.
  2. In the same pot, add 1/4 cup kosher salt and 1/4 cup sugar to the boiling water. Stir until completely dissolved.
  3. Remove the pot from heat and let the brine cool slightly.
  4. Add 4 cups ice to the pot, stirring until the ice is mostly melted, and the brine reaches room temperature.
  5. Place wings in a large bowl, container, or resealable plastic bag.
  6. Pour the brine over chicken, ensuring they are fully submerged. If using a bag, remove excess air before sealing.
  7. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight for maximum flavor absorption.
  8. Remove wings from the brine, rinse, and pat dry with paper towels, Then, proceed with smoking the wings.
smoked chicken wings

How to Smoke Chicken Wings

  1. Preheat smoker or grill to 325°F (163°C).
  2. Add wood to your smoker (e.g. logs/splits, chips, pellets, chunks). If using a grill, see FAQ section for how to set it up for indirect heat.
  3. Place wings on the smoker rack and close the lid.
  4. Smoke wings for about 2 hours or until they reach an internal temperature of 190°F (88°C).
  5. Transfer smoked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl and pour sauce on top. Toss wings until they are fully coated.
  6. Serve wings on their own or with ranch dressing, celery, and carrot sticks.

Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers, and lemon juice. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until the sugar is completely dissolved.
  2. Reduce the heat to low, cover the saucepan, and simmer for 10 minutes. Taste and adjust heat with additional chipotle, if desired. You can even chop up one of the peppers and add it if you want. Don’t forget to stir occasionally to ensure even cooking and flavor distribution.
  3. After simmering, carefully transfer to a blender. Blend the ingredients until smooth, which typically takes 2-3 minutes.
  4. For a refined texture, strain through a fine mesh sieve. This step ensures a velvety consistency by removing any seeds or pulp, resulting in a smoother finished product.
  5. Once strained, set aside. Allow it to cool to room temperature.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Brine the Wings: Consider brining the chicken wings before smoking to enhance flavor and juiciness.
  • Use the Right Wood: Choose a wood that complements smoked chicken well. Oak or cherry are popular choices.
  • Rotate the Wings: Rotate the wings occasionally for even smoking. This ensures that each wing receives an equal amount of smoke.
  • Check Internal Temperature: Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the wings. They are done when the temperature reaches 190°F (88°C).
  • Rest Before Saucing: Allow the smoked wings to rest for a few minutes before tossing in the sauce. This helps the juices redistribute within the meat.
  • Adjust Heat Level Gradually: Add chipotles gradually, tasting along the way. It’s easier to add more heat than to reduce it.

What to Serve with Smoked Chicken Wings

  • Fried Pickles: Include pickles for a tangy and zesty element that balances the richness of the wings.
  • Celery Sticks: Serve crisp celery sticks on the side for a refreshing crunch that complements the heat of the wings.
  • Blue Cheese or Ranch Dressing: Provide a dip like blue cheese or ranch for those who enjoy a cool contrast to the spicy and flavorful wings.
  • Carrot Sticks: Add carrot sticks for a sweet crunch.
  • Coleslaw: A cool and crisp coleslaw complements the richness of smoked chicken wings.
  • Potato Salad: A hearty potato salad makes for a satisfying side dish.
  • Baked Beans: Smoky baked beans are a classic barbecue side dish that pairs well with smoked chicken wings.
  • Beer or Soda: Pair the wings with your favorite beer or soda to refresh your palate.

Planning for a Crowd

People often ask, how many chicken wings are in a pound? On average, there are about 4 to 5 whole wings per pound. When planning for a crowd, estimate 1 pound per person if it’s a main course and 2 to 3 whole wings per person if you’re offering them as part of a larger spread with other appetizers.

FAQ

What type of wood is recommended for smoking the wings?

The type of wood you choose for smoking the wings can significantly impact the flavor. We recommend oak and cherry. Oak provides a medium to strong smoke flavor and is versatile and well-rounded. Cherry, on the other hand, imparts a mild and fruity flavor.

Can I use a grill instead of a smoker?

Yes, you can use a grill. If using a charcoal grill, set your coals and smoker wood to one side for a hot and cool zone. When cooking, the wings will go over the cool zone. If you are using a propane grill, you only have to worry about maintaining the temperature throughout the cooking process. It would also help to use the burners furthest away from where you set the wings.

How spicy is the wing sauce, and can I adjust the heat level?

The raspberry chipotle wing sauce is a bit spicy. To adjust the heat level, begin by adding a small amount of the chipotle (about 1 tablespoon). Taste after adding the initial amount; if you find it too mild, you can gradually add more. If it’s too spicy, you can balance it by adding more raspberries or sugar.

Can I make the sauce in advance and store it in the refrigerator before using it on the wings?

Certainly! Cool the sauce, then transfer it to an airtight container. Place the sealed container in the refrigerator and store it for up to one week. Before using, reheat on the stovetop over low medium heat.

smoked chicken wings with raspberry chipotle sauce

Summary

These smoked wings are made with an easy brine and a raspberry chipotle sauce. Adjust the heat level to your liking and serve with cool ranch, celery, and carrot sticks.

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Smoked Chicken Wings with Raspberry Chipotle Sauce

  • Author: cooks with soul
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Brine (Recommended): 4 hours
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings (1 pound per person) 1x
  • Category: appetizer
  • Method: smoking
  • Cuisine: american, barbecue, southern

Description

Score big at your game day party with our Traeger Smoked Chicken Wings featuring a mouthwatering Raspberry Chipotle Sauce! Elevate your Super Bowl spread with the perfect blend of sweet raspberries, bold chipotle, and smoky goodness.


Ingredients

Scale
  • 6 pounds whole chicken wings
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen raspberries (1 pound is about 3 3/4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, plus more to taste
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Ranch dressing, celery sticks, and carrot sticks (optional, for serving)

Brine (Recommended)


Instructions

  1. Brine Chicken Wings (Recommended): Bring water to a boil with kosher salt and sugar. Stir until completely dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool. Add ice, stirring until mostly melted and brine reaches room temperature.
  2. Place wings in a large bowl, container, or resealable plastic bag. Pour over chicken, ensuring wings are fully submerged. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours, or overnight. Remove chicken from brine, rinse, and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Prepare Sauce: In a saucepan over medium heat, combine raspberries, 1 cup of sugar, 2 tablespoons finely chopped chipotle peppers, and lemon juice.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, until sugar is completely dissolved.
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Taste and adjust if desired.
  6. Carefully transfer to a blender and blend until smooth, about 2-3 minutes.
  7. Strain through a fine mesh sieve; set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  8. Smoke Wings: Preheat smoker or grill to 325°F (163°C); add wood (e.g. logs/splits, chips, pellets, chunks).
  9. Place wings on the smoker rack and close the lid.
  10. Smoke wings for about 2 hours or until they reach an internal temperature of 190°F (88°C).
  11. Transfer smoked chicken wings to a large mixing bowl and pour raspberry chipotle sauce on top. Toss wings until they are fully coated.
  12. Serve wings on their own or with ranch dressing, celery, and carrot sticks.

Keywords: traeger smoked chicken wings, smoked chicken wings, raspberry chipotle sauce

17 Comments

  1. Wow, this smoked chicken wings recipe is so good! Loved the raspberry chipotle sauce that has become my family favourites.

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