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.

Source: Midwest Living


Recipe Summary

45 mins
3 hrs
36 wing sections




Instructions Checklist
  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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°. Add coals and water as needed to maintain temperature and moisture. Add additional wood chunks as needed.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

184 calories; fat 9g; cholesterol 78mg; saturated fat 2g; carbohydrates 13g; mono fat 4g; poly fat 2g; sugars 12g; protein 13g; vitamin a 241.1IU; vitamin c 1.2mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 3.3mg; vitamin b6 0.3mg; folate 4.5mcg; vitamin b12 0.1mcg; sodium 641mg; potassium 148mg; calcium 17mg; iron 0.5mg.