Dry Rub Buffalo Chicken Wings

Dry Rub Buffalo Chicken Wings are made much healthier (instead of frying) in a tabletop electric smoker with a dry rub and Smokin’ O’s rings.
Dry Rub Buffalo Wings

Dry Rub Buffalo Wings

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

#RecipeMakeover Week continues today and I am  offering my recipe for Dry Rub Buffalo Wings, made much healthier by eliminating the need for butter and frying in the traditional recipe. I’m sure we have all tried baking some wings once or twice, but putting them on a smoker or grill really adds a depth of flavor.

Dry Rub Buffalo Wings

For this recipe I received some complimentary  product samples from Smokin’ O’s,  which is a new product out on the market. It features compressed  wood which requires no soaking that can easily be used on gas grills, charcoal  grills and smokers.

Smokin' O's

I found the product perfectly sized for the smoking chips area in my small tabletop electric smoker (I have a Rival K.C. Smoker/Roaster) and was very easy to drop in the smoking chip area on a piece of foil. Some remained after using  it, and after it cooled,  I estimate I can use those a couple more times if I save them.

Smokin' O's

The great thing about smoking wings is that you don’t have to fry the wings, and butter isn’t needed to temper the acidity of the hot sauce usually used, since the smoky spice mixture does that instead.

Smokin' O's

For my spice rub I spiced it at a level of the usual “Hot” Buffalo wings (as opposed to mild or extra-hot”)  You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper to your own preferences, but it does mellow out some, so don’t cut yourself short.

Smokin' O's

Join me tomorrow as I continue posting with #RecipeMakeover with my recipe for Vegetable Stew. Meat is not a necessary thing in a stew, and if you are craving vegetables, this is the perfect comfort food.

Thursday I will share a recipe for Powerhouse Pumpkin Pancakes using product from Barleans. And Friday I  finish up the week with my recipe for healthy low-carb  Greek-Cauli rice.

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Dry Rub Smoked Buffalo Chicken Wings

Dry Rub Buffalo Wings

  • Servings: 12
  • Difficulty: easy
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Dry Rub Buffalo Wings

Prep time does not include marinating time.


  • 2 pounds chicken wing drummies (about 12)
  • 1/2 cup Lousiana hot sauce
  • Dry Rub:
  • 3  tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper (use less for mild wings)
  • 2 Smokin’ O’s mesquite wood chip rings


  1. Place wings in a marinating bag with hot sauce and let sit a few hours refrigerated.
  2. Mix together dry rub ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Drain hot sauce from wings and place wings in a plastic or paper bag; add dry rub and shake as you would when flouring fried chicken.
  4. Place 2 Smokin’ O’s wood chip pieces on  a piece of foil and place in the recessed area for smoking chips on  your electric smoker (I used a Rival K.C. Tabletop Electric Smoker/Roaster; details may  vary slightly with your equipment, so refer to your manual if needed).
  5. Top the recessed smoking chip area with the drip pan, placing foil on the drip pan for easy clean-up later.
  6. Place rack over the drip pan and spray with nonstick grilling spray.
  7. Place wings on the rack.
  8. Turn the smoking element on and turn the temperature to 350°F; as soon as the chips start to smoke, cover the smoker and reduce the heat to 250°F., leaving smoke vent slightly ajar.
  9. Allow wings to smoke for about 90 minutes or until internal temperature of the wings is 165°F. on an instant read thermometer.
  10. Allow wings to rest a few minutes to let the temp finish rising to 170°F.
  11. Serve wings with ranch  or blue cheese dressing and celery or carrot sticks as you like.

From the kitchen of palatablepastime.com

Disclosure: I received samples of Smokin’ O’s product that was used in the preparation of this recipe. The recipe and all opinions about the product are my own.

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6 responses

  1. What’s the longest the wings can be in the hot sauce for? Overnight?
    Making them for Christmas Eve lunch tomorrow!
    Happy holidays!!

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