Smoked Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce

Skip the fryer and forget the grill, this is the only way to make chicken wings from here on out. 
smoked wings with alabama sauce

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Crispy wood-fired chicken wings with a tangy Alabama white sauce are hard to beat! I could easily eat a dozen myself, and these are really easy to make.

For this recipe, I used my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven. It’s great for wings because you can smoke them on a low setting using wood pellets for that wood-fired flavor and then crank up the temp to a broil setting to get them nice and crispy. 

These wings could be made using any pizza oven or smoker.

Smoked Wings with Alabama White Sauce

Ingredients you’ll  need

  • Chicken wings separate wings from flats if whole
  • Olive oil 
  • BBQ rub – any all-purpose rub, or try our turkey rub (which goes great on chicken).
  • Alabama white sauce – recipe here, or you can use store-bought.

Equipment you’ll need

  • Pizza Oven – or smoker
  • Metal bowl

How to make Smoked Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce

1. Season the wings

Place the wings in a bowl, drizzle on olive oil as a binder, and then season with BBQ rub

raw wings with seasoning sprinkled on top in a metal bowl
raw wings with seasoning in a metal bowl

Give everything a good toss to make sure the wings are nice and coated.

raw seasoned chicken wings on a wire rack

Place them on a wire cooking rack, this makes it easier to move them around.  

2. Smoke the wings

I set my Ninja Woodfire Outdoor Oven to the smoke setting, which brings the cooking temperature to 250°F, and smoked the wings for an hour. 

ninja woodfire outdoor oven

You’ll be amazed at how much smoke the oven produces with just a few pellets.

draw in side of ninja woodfire oven with pellets in it

Chicken really absorbs smoke flavor in a short time, and an hour is perfect to give them the flavor we are looking for. 

3. Make the white sauce 

While your wings are smoking, you can make up a batch of Alabama white sauce. It’s super easy to make and gives the wings a tangy and bright flavor. 

a jar of alabama white sauce with a spoon in it and ingredients around the outside

The sauce can be made in minutes by combining mayonnaise, horseradish, apple cider vinegar, and cayenne pepper.

Grab our full recipe here.

4. Crank up the heat to get the wings crispy

After the wings are done smoking, crisp them up by cranking up the heat. On my Woodfire I just turned the dial to broil. This really give the wings a crispy skin.

If using a smoker, you want to crank the heat up to 350°F.

Check every few minutes and flip the wings so both sides are evenly cooked.

crispy wings in the ninja woodfire oven
Make sure you don’t walk away during this phase, as the wings will finish fast.

I let the wings cook until they reach an internal temperature of 185°F degrees. 

And no, they won’t be dry. Chicken wings can be cooked past 165°F, unlike chicken breast, because they have much more fat.

5. Sauce the wings

Toss the wings and sauce in a bowl until well combined.

wings in a bowl with alabama white sauce

After I plate them up, I add a little more BBQ seasoning on top for an extra pop of flavor and garnish with parsley or green onions. 

Optionally, you can always serve the sauce on the side and allow people to dip as they want. You can’t go wrong either way! 

fingers holding a wing covered in alabama white sauce

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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 581kcal
Author: Jordan Hanger

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp BBQ rub
  • Alabama white sauce see recipe here or store brought

Instructions

  • Separate wings from flats if whole.
  • Place wings into a bowl, add olive oil as a binder, and BBQ rub. Then mix together to combine. Place wings on a wire rack.
  • Preheat your smoker or pizza oven to 250°F.
  • Smoke wings for an hour, then broil at 350°F until wings are crispy. Flip wings during broiling after a few minutes to get even cooking on both sides.
  • Remove wings, let them cool down for 5 minutes, then toss with Alabama white sauce.
  • Add a sprinkle of bbq rub and sliced green onions to finish.

Nutrition

Calories: 581kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 189mg | Sodium: 179mg | Potassium: 396mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 0.1g | Vitamin A: 413IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 49mg | Iron: 3mg
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