Melissa Cookston Recipe for Smokin' Hot Wings | Grilling with Rich Melissa Cookston Recipe for Smokin' Hot Wings

Posted By: Richard Wachtel
Published: July 26, 2017

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Smokin’ Hot Wings by Chef Melissa Cookston


July 26, 2017


Chipotle BBQ Sauce

1In a sauce pan, add the oil and onions and cook until the onions are softened and beginning to get translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add the remaining ingredients and whisk to combine. Simmer over low heat 20-30 minutes or until sauce is slightly thickened, stirring frequently to avoid burning. Allow to cool. Sauce may be kept refrigerated for up to a month.


1Rinse the wings and allow to dry. In a large mixing bowl, toss the wings with the hot sauce, rub, and cayenne.

2Prepare a smoker to cook at 275F. For spicy foods, I usually prefer using a couple of chunks of cherry wood as my smoking agent, but just about any wood will do for this recipe.

3Place the wings in the smoker and cook for 2 hours or until the skin is crispy and the middle joint will separate from the drummie easily.

4Place the wings in a large mixing bowl, add 1 cup of Chipotle BBQ Sauce, and toss until coated. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.

Celebrity chef, culinary entrepreneur, cookbook author, and “Winningest Woman in Barbecue” Melissa Cookston shares her recipe for Smokin’ Hot Wings. The zesty barbecue sauce is spiked with TABASCO® Chipotle Sauce to round out the slow-smoked flavor with a little heat.

Photo Credit: Angie Mosier


Chipotle BBQ Sauce

1½ cup ketchup

2 tbsp. finely diced onions

1 tbsp. canola or peanut oil

½ cup apple cider vinegar

¼ cup molasses

2 tbsp. TABASCO Chipotle Sauce

¼ cup brown sugar

2 tbsp. yellow mustard

¼ cup honey

1 tbsp. granulated garlic

¼ tbsp. chili powder

1 tsp. salt, or to taste

½ tsp. coarse ground black pepper


2 pounds whole jumbo chicken wings

½ cup hot sauce

2 tbsp. Ultimate BBQ Rub

2 tsp. cayenne


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