Super Bowl Recipes: Sweet and Spicy Smoked Wings

Nothing says the Super Bowl like wings! But with lots of friends who can’t handle the spice of buffalo sauce, we’ve switched over to making these amazing sweet and spicy wings that can be enjoyed by everyone! They’re a bit more sweet than spicy, but they still have a nice kick that makes them interesting!

This recipe is super easy and produces crisp and delicious wings in just under an hour–as long as you marinate them in advance! Keep reading to find out how to make our signature sweet and spicy wings.

Here are a few other Super Bowl smoker ideas:

smoked wings in front of a grill
Image by Hope Davis.

Sweet and Spicy Smoked Wings Ingredients:

  • 8 raw chicken wings
  • 1 cup honey
  • ½ cup hot sauce of your choice (we used Cholula)
  • 4 large cloves of garlic, pressed
  • 1 tablespoon of crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
ingredients for smoked wings
Image by Hope Davis.

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Smoked Wings (Step-by-Step Instructions)

The hardest part about this recipe is that you have to start the night before! The honey and hot sauce need time to soak into the wings. With that in mind, read on!

Step 1: Marinate the Wings

garlic on a cutting board
Image by Hope Davis.

The night before your BBQ, prepare all of the ingredients and place them in a gallon-size plastic bag, using your hands to mix and squish them around. We also take this time to massage the wings a bit to ensure the flavor gets in every nook and cranny! 

Step 2: Position the Bag

wings marinating
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Once it is well mixed and all the wings are coated, roll the bag so the wings remain in the sauce (see picture). Place in the fridge for 12-18 hours.

Step 3: Preheat the Smoker

Preheat your smoker to 300°F. You can smoke them at a lower temperature if you prefer, but they won’t get as crispy.

Step 4: Place the Wings

wings on the smoker
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Once the smoker is preheated, place the wings on the grate directly from the bag. Be careful not to place them over the open flame, as this will char them (a mistake my boyfriend made…see picture below… yikes!). Set a timer for 30 minutes.

Step 5: Flip the Wings

wings on a smoker
Image by Hope Davis. (The really black wing is the one that ended up in a hot spot).

Once the 30-minute timer goes off, flip your wings, rearranging them if there are hot spots on your smoker. Set the timer for another 20 minutes.

Step 6: Temperature Check

smoked wings in front of a grill
Image by Hope Davis.

At the 50-minute mark, take the temperature of your wings. If they are at least 165°F, you can pull them from the heat. Otherwise, wait another 10 minutes, then try again.

Step 7: Remove From Heat

smoked wings on a plate
Image by Hope Davis.

When your chicken wings are at the right temperature, remove them from the smoker and allow them to rest for 10-15 minutes, then serve immediately! Enjoy!

What to Serve With Smoked Sweet and Spicy Wings

We recommend serving these tasty and crunchy wings with our other Super Bowl smoked snacks, stuffed jalapeno poppers, and smoked guacamole, but you can also serve with any type of chips and dips or maybe even as dinner with some potatoes and a vegetable! 

**We have found that these wings don’t usually need a dipping sauce, but if you find they do, we recommend ranch or blue cheese dressing. 

How to Store Sweet and Spicy Smoked Wings

Any uneaten wings can be placed in an airtight Tupperware container and stored in the fridge for 2-4 days. 

How to Reheat Smoked Sweet and Spicy Wings

We found putting the wings on a plate and putting them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes worked best for reheating; just be aware they won’t be as juicy as the first time you made them! 

smoked wings in tongs

Sweet and Spicy Smoked Wings

Hope Davis
The perfect sweet wings with a spicy kick for your next Super Bowl party!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 3


  • 8 Raw chicken wings (We use the ones where the flat and the drum are still attached)
  • 1 cup Honey
  • 1/2 cup Hot sauce (of your choice)
  • 4 Large garlic cloves (pressed)
  • 1 tbsp Crushed red chili pepper
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Pepper


  • Press the garlic and measure out the ingredients.
  • Pour all ingredients into a plastic bag, press it closed, and use your hands to mix.
  • Once mixed, fold the bag over and place it in the fridge for 12-18 hours.
  • Preheat the smoker to 300°F.
  • Place the wings directly on the grate, avoiding any open flames.
  • Cook for 30 minutes before flipping.
  • Cook the wings for another 20-30 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Allow the wings to rest for 10-15 minutes, then serve!
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Hope Davis

Born in Denver, Colorado as the oldest of 5 children, I learned at a young age that the grill was one of the best ways to prepare food for a crowd. And during the winter storm months, when the snow was likely to knock out the power to our house, the propane grill was a lifesaver! You wouldn’t believe the number of things you can cook on a grill when necessary. With parents who couldn’t tell salt from pepper unless you told them, I spent my late teen years making my own seasoning mixes and marinades to dress the meat before barbecues. It wasn’t long before I developed a secret marinade that people still beg me to make for them today! When I was 21 years old I bought my first smoker. Picked up some cedar chips for making a cedar plank salmon...and well, the rest they say is history! I’ve been grilling and smoking all kinds of creations ever since and I’m always excited to share my passion with others through my favorite medium--writing!

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