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February 03, 2023
It’s a well-known fact that every game day needs chicken wings. There’s nothing better than cheering on your favorite team with a plate of saucy wings! My Game-Time Chicken Wings Recipe is in a class all its own.
The wings are brined overnight, then seasoned with two mouth-watering rubs. After the ribs have cooked, they’re doused with the best combination of sweet and tangy BBQ sauces. Once you’ve tried this recipe, you’ll agree that the standard has risen.
These Game-Time Chicken Wings require a little forethought because you brine them overnight. The wait only makes them taste that much sweeter. I love this recipe because it allows me to use two of my favorite pits.
My cooking method creates wings that are crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside. You won’t be able to eat just one!
Aromatic chicken wings with less than ten ingredients? Count me in! You’ll likely have leftover rub, so save it for another fantastic recipe. Here’s what you need to add to your shopping list.
Here’s the main equipment I used for this recipe. You can find more of my grill master must-haves in the equipment and tools section.
You can find a detailed demonstration of this recipe in the recipe video and card at the bottom of this post. Here’s a brief overview of how I pulled these fantastic chicken wings together.
These wings had the perfect char and dripped with juice. Because they weren’t over-sauced, the authentic flavor of the meat shone through.
You can store any leftovers in the fridge for up to four days. They can be stored in a Ziploc bag for up to three months in the freezer.
Goldens’ Cast Iron Cooker, Royal Oak Charcoal, Royal Oak Tumbleweeds, cutting board, baking rack, ThermoWorks Thermapen ONE
Chicken Wings (we used flats only)
Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Injection & Brine (1/4 cup)
Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Cajun Creole Garlic Butter Rub
Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar BBQ Sauce
Chicken Stock (16 oz to mix with Brine)
Brine wings overnight, use 1/4 cup of Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Injection & Brine mixed with 16 oz of Chicken Stock
Get Traeger up to temp, we used Royal Oak 100% Charcoal Hardwood Pellets and cooked at 300º.
Dry wings well and place them on a rack if you wish.
Spray wings with Duck Fat Spray
Season wings with Heath Riles BBQ Chicken Rub and then Heath Riles BBQ Cajun Creole Garlic Butter Rub.
Flip wings and repeat steps 3-4 on other side.
Put wings on the Traeger Grill for approximately 1 hour or until the internal temperature is 190º-195º.
Mix a 50/50 blend of Heath Riles BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce and Heath Riles BBQ Tangy Vinegar BBQ Sauce, we used approximately 1/4 cup of each sauce.
Toss wings in sauce mixture.
We then placed the wings on our Goldens' Cast Iron Cooker to get some char. We flipped them often to get equal char on both sides for a total of about 10 minutes.
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