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Smoked Wings with Kicky Asian Barbecue Sauce

Smoked Wings with Kicky Asian Barbecue Sauce

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  • Makes: 18 servings
  • Yield: 36 wing sections
  • Hands On 45 mins
  • Total Time 3 hrs plus overnight

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Twin Cities-based barbecue competitor David Fries says the spicy sauce on his smoked chicken wings is also a great match for pork chops, pork tenderloin or any grilled chicken.


  • 4 cups water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon full flavor molasses
  • 4 cups ice cubes
  • 18 large chicken wings (about 4 1/2 pounds)
  • Rub:
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 -4 tablespoons Asian chili paste (sambal oelek)
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 -3 tablespoons Sriracha sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder
  • 2 tablespoons sweet rice wine (mirin)
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. In a 6-quart pot, combine the water, 1/4 cup kosher salt, 1/4 cup brown sugar, maple syrup, and molasses. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add ice cubes.
  2. Cut off and discard tips of chicken wings. Cut wings at joints to form 36 pieces. Add wings to brine in pot. Refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the 1/3 cup brown sugar, 2 tablespoons kosher salt, smoked paprika, paprika, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  4. In a smoker, arrange preheated coals, 4 wood chunks and water pan according to manufacturer's directions. Pour water into pan. Temperature inside smoker should be around 235 degrees . Add coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture. Add additional wood chunks as needed.
  5. Remove wing sections from brine and pat dry with paper towels. Season with spice mixture. Smoke wing sections for 2 hours, turning once halfway through.
  6. Meanwhile, prepare sauce: In a medium saucepan combine the honey, 1/4 cup brown sugar, Asian chile paste, orange juice, maple syrup, Sririacha, soy sauce, 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder. Bring to a simmer. In a small bowl whisk together the mirin and cornstarch. Add to sauce mixture, whisking to combine. Simmer 1 minute more or until thickened.
  7. Remove wings from smoker and place in very large bowl. Pour half the sauce mixture over the wings; toss to combine. Reserve remaining sauce for another use. Return wings to the smoker. Smoke 10 minutes more, turning once halfway through. Place wings on a large patter to serve.


  • Remaining sauce could be used on pork, shrimp, or chicken.

Nutrition Facts

(Smoked Wings with Kicky Asian Barbecue Sauce)

Servings Per Recipe 18, Trans fatty acid (g) 0, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (µg) 0, fiber (g) 0, sodium (mg) 641, sugar (g) 12, Potassium (mg) 148, pro. (g) 13, calcium (mg) 17, sat. fat (g) 2, carb. (g) 13, Monounsaturated fat (g) 4, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, Folate (µg) 5, cal. (kcal) 184, Fat, total (g) 9, chol. (mg) 78, Niacin (mg) 3, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0, vit. A (IU) 241, iron (mg) 1, vit. C (mg) 1, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 0

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