Smoked chicken wings are tossed in a sweet glaze to make the perfect game day appetizer or a fun dinner everyone will devour! You’ll be licking your fingers clean!

Cade and I both love any kind of smoked meat. Smoked chicken recipes are especially delicious, but these glazed smoked chicken wings might just be the new favorite and they are perfect for a Super Bowl Party Appetizer Recipe!

A photo of a plate full of glazed smoked chicken wings.

Cade is all about college football, and while I love a good football game, I also have no desire to hear every single game all day long on Saturday. Thankfully Cade doesn’t just park it in front of the TV all day, but still, sometimes it just gets to be too much and I retreat off into the kitchen to make something delicious.

I started off with our smoked chicken wings and while the wings were on the Traeger smoking away, I decided to make a quick and easy sticky glaze to coat them in.

What is a Glaze?

A glaze in cooking terms is a coating of glossy, often sweet, but gsometimes savory, sauce that is added to food by dipping, dripping, or brushing. I am allllllll about the sauces and dips, so this glaze recipe just knocked these smoked wings out of the park!

A photo of a sweet glaze being poured on smoked chicken wings.

What Goes into the Glaze?

This glaze is simple and sweet! You add all the ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat and whisk them all together. Here are the ingredients:

  • sweet red chili sauce
  • garlic
  • soy sauce
  • ketchup
  • honey
  • light and dark brown sugar

Allow the glaze to come to a boil, and then reduce the heat to medium low. Let the glaze simmer for 10 to 15 minutes or until it is the thickness you desire.

After the wings have finished smoking, and you have finished them off on the grill, send them straight to the glaze! I like to add them straight to the pot I prepared the glaze in. Just baptize those wings in that glaze! Then place them on a platter for serving.

How Long Does It Take To Smoke Chicken?

Head over to our smoked chicken wings post for all the details on smoking the chicken wings. They will smoke for 1.5 to 2 hours or until their internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

read more: Looking for Traeger recipes? Check out our posts on How to Smoke Chicken Breasts and How to Smoke a Whole Chicken as well!

A photo of a plate full of glazed smoked chicken wings.

What Temperature Do You Smoke Chicken Wings At?

Smoking meats is all about low and slow cooking. Chicken wings smoke at 225 degrees. Our smoked chicken wings post contains all the information you need to smoke the chicken wings to perfection.

Do Smoked Chicken Wings Need to be Refrigerated?

Yes. All cooked food should be refrigerated after you are done serving. Once cooked food comes to room temperature for more than a couple of hours, harmful bacteria starts to form that can cause illness if consumed.

Can You Freeze Smoked Chicken?

Chicken wings freeze quite well. Allow them to cool completely and then place them in a freezer safe plastic bag and squeeze as much of the air out as you can before sealing it closed. We like to use a food saver to make it super easy. They will keep in the freezer for up to 3 months.

A photo of a plate full of glazed smoked chicken wings topped with chopped cilantro.

How Long Do Smoked Chicken Keep?

If you have leftover chicken wings, store them in an airtight container. They will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days. See smoked chicken wings post for all our tips on reheating chicken wings properly.

What If I Don’t Have a Smoker?

My first recommendation is to start saving your pennies to buy a smoker because they are just about the best things ever!

But alas, have no fear! Chicken wings can be baked, grilled or deep fried. You won’t have that added smoked flavor, but that doesn’t mean chicken wings should be made and enjoyed! The smoked chicken wings post contains a section on how to bake these chicken wings. This is our preferred method if you don’t have a smoker.

To grill them, heat your grill to medium high heat and cook them for about 20 minutes flipping them every 5 minutes. Again, you’ll be looking for that safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. Apply the glaze after they are cooked.

To deep fry them, you will want oil that is 350 to 375 degrees and they will fry for 8 to 10 minutes. Dip them into the glaze while they are still hot.

A photo of a pile of glazed smoked chicken wings topped with chopped cilantro.

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As the glaze was simmering, Cade wondered into the kitchen to see what was smelling so dang good. These glazed smoked chicken wings were enjoyed by everyone for dinner that night while we watched the end of the football game! And that glaze was the real winner…like I said, we were licking our fingers clean!

read more: Looking for smoker recipes? Try our Traeger Tri Tip Recipe next!

More Wings and Appetizer Recipes:

And if you are looking for more smoked chicken recipes, try our whole smoked chicken or our mega-delicious smoked chicken breast.

Glazed Smoked Chicken Wings

5 from 2 votes
Servings: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes


Not only is there a simple dry rub on these smoked chicken wings but a super sticky and delicious glaze!


For the Chicken Wings Rub

For the Glaze

  • 1/2 Cup Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • 4 Cloves of Garlic, minced
  • 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce, low sodium
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup
  • 1 Cup Honey
  • 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar


  • While the chicken is cooking on the smoker, following our smoked chicken wings recipe prepare the glaze.
    1 Recipe for Smoked Chicken Wings
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, add all of the ingredients, whisking to combine.
    1/2 Cup Sweet Red Chili Sauce, 4 Cloves of Garlic, 1/4 Cup Soy Sauce, 1/2 Cup Ketchup, 1 Cup Honey, 1/2 Cup Light Brown Sugar, 1/2 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • Allow the mixture to come to a boil, then turn down to medium low and allow to simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thick.
  • Set aside.
  • Once the chicken is done cooking, turn the smoker, a grill or grill plate to high heat and place the chicken on. Grill each side of the chicken until grill marks appear. Remove from the grill directly into the glaze.
  • Toss to coat and serve immediately.


These wings will keep for 4 days in the refrigerator.


Serving: 2gCalories: 339kcalCarbohydrates: 88gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 734mgPotassium: 162mgFiber: 1gSugar: 86gVitamin A: 103IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 39mgIron: 1mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

A photo of a plate full of glazed smoked chicken wings


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