Smoked Sweet Chili Chicken Wings

Glazed chicken wings are on a grill.
This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates

We all love a good chicken wing and this is one of the best, being quick and easy to make yet still tastes great. A first-place winning one at a BBQ competition, in fact!

There are two steps to making these wings but it is worth the effort. Initially the wings are smoked, then sauced, then grilled to finish, creating the smoky-sweet flavor.

How spicy they are is up to you. Sweet chili sauce is typically pretty mild to most but it can easily be pumped up with some hot sauce, sriracha, or sambal oelek. The flavor can be completely swapped out for something like barbecue or buffalo sauce.

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Chicken wings cooking on a grill grate over hot coals.
The chicken wings first smoked then finished on a hot grill.
Smoked sweet chili grilled chicken wings on a white plate.
The chicken wings are smoked, glazed with a sweet chili sauce, then grilled.
Glazed chicken wings are on a grill.
After smoking, the wings are tossed in sweet chili sauce then grilled.

Smoked Sweet Chili Chicken Wings Recipe

This recipe is for brand affiliate Grillgrates.
Glazed chicken wings are on a grill.
We all love a good chicken wing and this is one of the best! The wings are first smoked, then coated with a sweet chili sauce, before finally being grilled.
Preparation 10 minutes
Cook 1 hour 15 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
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  • 2 pounds chicken wings
  • 1 tablespoon herb rub
  • 4 tablespoons butter


  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce or sambal oelek,




  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees F (105 degrees C), and add a chunk of hickory.
  • Cut the full wing into sections if desired. These are sometimes referred to as 'party wings'.
  • Lightly season the chicken wings with the herb rub.
  • In a disposable pan, melt the butter then add the chicken wings in a single layer.
  • Place the chicken wings in the preheated smoker and cook for 1 hour, turning halfway through.


  • Preheat a grill and GrillGrates to a hot temperature of about 400 degrees F (205 degrees C).
  • After removing the chicken wings from the smoker transfer them to a bowl and drizzle with the sweet chili sauce and any additional sauce for heat if desired.
  • Mix well until all the chicken wings are well coated.
  • Place the chicken wings on the preheated GrillGrates then cook until grill marks form and the sauce sets. Turn to do the same on the other side. If you prefer a thicker glaze the saucing can be repeated.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 16gProtein: 23gFat: 31gSaturated Fat: 13gPolyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 124mgSodium: 525mgPotassium: 203mgFiber: 1gSugar: 15gVitamin A: 558IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 2mg

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