What readers are saying about these pellet grill chicken wings

Gave this a try, and this is the only way to do it on a Traeger. Every other recipe I’ve tried from Traeger ended up raw or the skin was tough.  This was crispy and pulled right off the bone. 


How to get crispy wings on the Traeger (step-by-step)

Everyone loves nice and crispy wings, but you might be wondering how to get crispy and smoky wings on a pellet grill.

The key is in the seasoning and the technique. The baking powder in the seasoning helps crisp up the wings and finishing them with a high-heat sear gives you that crispy crunch you want with wings.

Here’s how you’ll do it:

Preheat your Traeger (or pellet grill) to 225° Fahrenheit and mix up the 5-ingredient seasoning mix.
Place the wings in a bowl, drizzle with oil and toss to coat the wings completely with oil.
Pour the seasoning mix all over the wings.
Toss the wings to coat them evenly with the seasoning.
Transfer wings to the grill/smoker and smoke for 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, turn the heat up to 450°.
If your pellet grill has a hot spot, move the wings to that spot after turning the heat up. I’ve found that this is the very back of the grill for Traeger pellet grills.
Cook the wings for another 25-30 minutes (from when you turned the heat up). Flip wings every 5-6 minutes until fully cooked. Flipping helps to cook evenly and prevent burning.

Related ->> Try these Traeger smoked pork chops, easy smoked burgers and perfectly smoked meatloaf!

Angled image of crispy chicken wings piled on a plate with buffalo sauce in a ramekin on the side.

Why you’ll love these crispy smoked chicken wings

Simple – An easy 5-ingredient seasoning mix and simple cooking instructions make this a no-fail recipe that’s perfect for beginners.

Quick – For a smoker recipe, these wings cook up quick! They are done in about an hour and you get a ton of smoky flavor on the wings.

Versatile – The base seasoning mix goes with about any sauce. You can make the buffalo sauce we included or use any bottled bbq sauce you like.

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Overhead image of a plate of crispy chicken wings with a side of buffalo sauce. Pulled out to be able to see the full plate.

An easy sauce to make Traeger hot wings

Included with the recipe is an easy homemade buffalo sauce that is perfect to slather all over these smoked chicken wings!

Just mix up the sauce while the wings are cooking and set it aside (it’s fine at room temperature). Once the wings are done, toss them in the buffalo sauce to coat completely, dip them in the sauce or drizzle it on top.

I know you’ll love the finger-licking hot wings, the sauce is tangy and delicious.

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Your turn to make chicken wings on the Traeger

Fire up your Traeger or any pellet grill and give this simple smoked chicken wing recipe a try. You’ll be amazed by the flavor and how easy this recipe is to cook to smoky, crispy perfection.

If you try it, be sure to leave a rating and comment below and let us know how it goes. Also, take a pic to share on Instagram. Tag us @realsimplegood, we love to see what you’re cooking!

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Traeger Chicken Wings (Extra-Crispy!)

Deliciously crispy chicken wings on the Traeger or any pellet grill! Smoked to perfection with a blend of easy seasonings and then cooked up nice and crispy at the end. Throw on some buffalo sauce and dig in.


For the seasoning:

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp chili powder

For the buffalo sauce (optional):

  • 1/4 cup hot sauce, (like Franks Red Hot)
  • 1 tbsp ghee, melted, (can sub butter or use avocado oil for dairy free)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder



  • Preheat your Traeger or pellet grill to 225° Fahrenheit.
  • Add the seasonings to a small bowl and mix. Drizzle the wings with avocado oil and toss to coat. Dump the seasoning mix all over the wings and toss to coat as evenly as possible.
  • Place wings on the grill to smoke for 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, turn the heat up to 450°. Flip the wings and cook for another 25-30 minutes, flipping every 5-6 minutes until fully cooked. Flipping helps to cook evenly and prevent burning.
    Note: Watch the wings closely after turning the heat up and move them away from any flames to prevent burning or a grease fire. This typically isn't an issue with Traeger grills but it can happen.
    The wings are cooked through when they reach at least an internal temperature of 165° Fahrenheit. However, I prefer wings that are cooked to between 180°-190° and are crispy on the outsides.
  • While the wings are cooking, mix up the buffalo sauce if desired. After the wings are finished, toss them with the buffalo sauce to coat or serve it on the side for dipping.

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Nutrition amounts noted are per serving and an estimate provided for those following a Ketogenic or low-carb diet. The amounts do not include the optional sauce for this recipe. See our full nutrition information disclosure here.
Calories: 310kcal, Carbohydrates: 2g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Fiber: 0.3g
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