Our Black Friday starts on Thursday. Get early access to Black Friday savings!  Shop event.

Bourbon Chicken Wings Recipe: How to Smoke Chicken on the Grill

Cook your chicken on the grill with a BBQ smoker box filled with hickory wood chips for extra flavour. Follow our easy bourbon chicken recipe for great wings.

Skill Level: Beginner
  1. Step 1 Mix Chicken Wing Dry Rub Ingredients

    Spices for bourbon chicken wings dry rub being mixed in bowl

    Making your own dry rub will ensure the bourbon chicken wings are crispy and packed with flavour. Mix dry rub ingredients together thoroughly.

  2. Step 2 Toss Chicken Wings to Coat

    Hands mixing chicken wings with dry rub in white bowl

    Using your hands mix chicken wings thoroughly with dry rub to coat evenly.

  3. Step 3 Fill Napoleon Smoker Box with Wood Chips

    BBQ smoker box filled with wood chips

    Soak 2 cups of Hickory Wood Chips in cold water for at least 30 minutes. Fill Napoleon Smoker Box. Place Smoker Box into grill replacing sear plate. Place a drip tray over remaining burners Heat the grill to 250F using the burners under the smoker box. Keep the remaining burners off.

  4. Step 4 Prepare Bourbon Chicken Wing Sauce

    Bourbon chicken wings sauce on BBQ burner

    In a medium saucepan add onion, garlic and bourbon. Simmer for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent. Add remaining ingredients.

  5. Step 5 Smoke Chicken Wings for 2 Hours

    Chicken wings smoking on BBQ grill

    Place the wings on the grill and use only indirect heat. Leave the wings to smoke for 2 to 2.5 hours, turn regularly and fill the wood shavings if necessary. Do not open the grill too often as smoke will be lost.

  6. Step 6 BBQ Chicken Wings on Direct Heat

    Basted bourbon chicken wings in sauce on the BBQ grill

    Once the wings are cooked remove the drip tray. Heat the grill to medium high and place the chicken wings on the grill using direct heat. Grill the wings for 1-2 minutes per side, basting the other side with BBQ bourbon sauce. Do this 3 – 4 times to build a thick caramelised coat of sauce.

What You Need for This Recipe

Related Resources