Cajun Smoked Chicken Wings That Will Blow You Away

These Cajun Smoked Chicken Wings has a spicy Cajun rub meeting up with some sweet Pecan wood smoke, then finished off with an aromatic hot sauce.

Cajun Smoked Wings with two sauces on a white plate.

These will change your expectations of what you will expect from a wing. Just look at the pictures!

I almost want to apologize in advance for ruining your dining out wing experiences going forward after you make these. Yes, they are that good.

And if you have never prepared smoked chicken wings, you will be surprised at how easy it is.

How long to smoke chicken wings, you ask? With prep time and grilling, you can knock this smoked chicken wings recipe out in less than an hour.

A couple of months ago, we made what I thought were the best tasting wings I ever had (see Amazing Smoked Chicken Wings). Well, I was wrong. Well, perhaps not wrong, as they both have their unique flavor profiles.

But this barbequed wing will please you to no end. You should make these as quickly as possible, and invite your friends.

So let’s get to it.

Prep Your Cajun Smoked Wings

If you soak your wood chips, now would be the time.

We used Pecan wood on our Cajun smoked wings. Pecan wood is a sweeter smoke than most, and I thought it would pair well with the spiciness of the rub and sauce of the wings. Hickory wood is a good substitution.

Next, prepare your rub. You can prepare it in a large bowl, add your chicken, and turn to coat.

Or you can mix the rub ingredients in a small bowl, place the wings in a large ziplock bag, add your rub and shake. Either way, you’re looking for a nice even coating over your wings.

Allow the dry-rubbed wings to stand at room temperature for about 30 minutes before adding them to the grill.

Cajun Smoked Wings - spices mixed in a small white bowl

Now you want to go ahead and prepare your grill. You will be grilling the wings first on direct heat and then indirect heat over medium heat, 350° to 450°.

Direct heat means to cook the food directly over the heat source (whether charcoal, gas, or wood), while indirect cooking refers to cooking adjacent, or to the side of,  the heat source.

Leaving out the butter, combine your sauce ingredients in a medium pan and simmer over medium heat.

Cook until slightly thickened, about 4 or 5 minutes. Give it a stir or two.

Remove from the heat and add the butter. Whisk until combined and butter is melted.

Set aside in a bowl that you will use to baste the wings.

Grilling the Cajun Smoked Wings

If needed, drain your wood chips and add to your fire as prescribed by your grill manufacturer’s instructions. I just toss a chunk of wood directly onto my coals.

When smoke starts to appear, add your wings over direct high heat and grill for 5 minutes, turning once with the lid closed.

After the 5 minutes, move the Cajun smoked wings over to indirect heat and grill with the lid closed for 10 minutes. Add more wood chips if needed.

Cajun Smoked Wings - on a hot grill

Brush the wings with the Cajun barbecue sauce and turn. Sauce the other side and grill until extra crispy, deeply browned in areas, and tender. This takes about another 15 minutes.

Brush wings again with sauce and turn. Brush the other side. Give it 90 more seconds on the grill and remove.

Cajun Smoked Wings - wings on a hot grill being brushed with sauce

Serving your Cajun Smoked Wings

Serve warm with Ranch, Blue Cheese, and/or bbq sauce (or nothing, the way I like em) and enjoy the exultations of joy from your friends and family.

I mean, look at those wings … they are smoky, they are spicy, they are sticky sweet. It all comes so perfectly together.

These will truly surprise you when you take that first bite.

We all love the convenience of dining out, but when you can make these at a fraction of the cost of going out, you may find that staying home and doing it right is the best way to go.

If you’re presently just here looking for a good smoked chicken wings recipe, please take a look at our Amazing Smoked Chicken Wings recipe. That one is so good too!

Cajun Smoked Wings - closeup of the wings on a white platter

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Cajun Smoked Wings with two sauces on a white plate.

Cajun Smoked Chicken Wings That Will Blow You Away

These barbecued cajun smoked chicken wings have a spicy Cajun rub meeting up with some sweet Pecan wood smoke, then finished off with an aromatic hot sauce. They are deliciously smokey and spicy with a slightly sticky sweet sauce that brings it all together in the most incredible wing you will ever have.
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Course: Barbeque, BBQ, Grilling, Main
Cuisine: American, Cajun
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 546kcal
Author: Brad Harris



  • 1 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 1/2 tsp Kosher Salt
  • 1 tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 tsp Dried Oregano
  • 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Dried Thyme
  • 1/2 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Cayenne pepper


  • 1/4 C Ketchup
  • 1/4 C Louisana Hot Sauce
  • 2 Tbs Brown Sugar
  • 2 tsp Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tsp Tobasco
  • 1/2 tsp Cajun Spices
  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 3 lbs Chicken Wings tips removed, sectioned into two pieces, the wing, and the drumette.



  • Combine all rub ingredients
  • Coat chicken wings with rub
  • Set aside, but put out at room temperature 30 minutes before grilling


  • Combine all ingredients but butter in medium saucepan. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes, until slightly thickened.
  • Remove from heat, add butter. Whisk until combined.
  • Set aside

Chicken Wings

  • Add wings to direct heat, grill for 5 minutes with lid closed, turning once.
  • Move to indirect heat, grill for 10 minutes
  • Coat wings with sauce and turn. Coat the other side.
  • Grill for 15 more minutes, until crispy, dark in areas, and skin is golden.
  • Coat wings and turn. Coat the other side. Grill for approximately 90 more seconds
  • Remove from the grill.


Calories: 546kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 164mg | Sodium: 1714mg | Potassium: 366mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 1200IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 34mg | Iron: 2.3mg

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    1. Hey Terry, you still get some smoke on the wings but not nearly like the smoked wings. BUT, the real star of the cajun wings is the flavor, not the smoke. The bit of smoke just adds just another layer of flavor. These wings are GOOD!! Both are good, both are different. If you want that smoked wing flavor, go with the smoked wings. If you want a more ‘traditional’ wing … lots of kick and flavor, give these a whirl. Both are awesome but different. Not sure if that helps .. :/

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