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Smoked Dry Rub Wings

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Mesquite

Most recipes for wings have them swimming in sauce, but these dry-rubbed wings are a healthier alternative--they aren't as messy, but they are just as flavorful.

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Brine

  • 4 Cup water

  • 1/4 Cup Kosher salt

  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

  • 4 Clove garlic, crushed

  • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme

  • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes

  • 2 Pound chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated

Rub

  • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

  • 1/2 Teaspoon granulated onion

  • 1/4 Teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Traeger Rub

  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ancho or chipotle chile powder

  • 1

    Make the brine: Whisk together the water, salt, brown sugar, garlic, thyme, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl or container until the brown sugar and salt dissolve. Add the chicken wings to the brine. Cover and and refrigerate for 24 hours.
    • 4 Cup water

    • 1/4 Cup Kosher salt

    • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

    • 4 Clove garlic, crushed

    • 1 Teaspoon dried thyme

    • 1 Tablespoon red pepper flakes

    • 2 Pound chicken wings, flats and drumettes separated

  • 2

    Remove the wings from the brine, rinse off and pat dry.
  • 3

    When ready to cook, set the Traeger temperature to 180℉ and preheat with the lid closed for 15 minutes. For optimal flavor, use Super Smoke, if available.

    180 ˚F

  • 4

    Make the rub: In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, granulated onion, ancho chile powder, paprika, garlic powder, and Traeger Rub.
    • 1/4 Cup brown sugar

    • 1/2 Teaspoon granulated onion

    • 1/4 Teaspoon smoked paprika

    • 1/4 Teaspoon garlic powder

    • 1/4 Teaspoon Traeger Rub

    • 1/4 Teaspoon Ancho or chipotle chile powder

  • 5

    Coat the wings all over with the rub.
  • 6

    Place the wings directly on the grill grates. Close the lid and smoke for 60-90 minutes. Remove the wings from the grill.

    180 ˚F

  • 7

    Increase the grill temperature to 450°F and preheat with the lid closed 15 minutes.

    450 ˚F

  • 8

    Place the wings back on the grill. Close the lid and cook until golden brown and slightly crispy, 3-5 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and serve immediately. Enjoy!

    450 ˚F

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