Sunday is Father’s Day, and the first time I get to celebrate Mr. Glutton as a Daddy-O. I could write a thousand blog posts about how awesome of a dad he is. So, when I have to think about what to feed him on his special day, I go right to his favorite things. Smoked meats and Sriracha. These Sweet Chili Chicken Wings are smoked to perfection with a Thai-inspired spice rub and sweet chili and Sriracha glaze.
One downside to most smoked meats is the cook time. Luckily, chicken wings are itty bitty compared to what we usually smoke. So they only take about 60 to 90 minutes. That’s long enough cook up the sauce and write out a Father’s Day card.
Smoke is a powerful flavor, especially on a small chicken wing package. So, I like bold, bright flavors to go with it. The glaze for the Sweet Chili Chicken Wings, then, pulls from a lot of flavor profiles. You get your sweetness from the sweet chili sauce, some tart from the vinegar, salt from the soy sauce, and just enough heat from some Sriracha.
My Dad approved these wings as having “just the right amount of tang.” But, you can always add some extra Sriracha if you like your wings super spicy. Oh, and you’ll need some napkins for these beauties. They’re delightfully sticky!
A plate of Sweet Chili Chicken Wings would never be enough to convey my gratitude to my Dad or my hubs. But, it’s a start!! So, cheers to all the Dads and Father-figures out there – enjoy your day!
These Sweet Chili Chicken Wings are smoked to perfection with a Thai-inspired spice rub and sweet chili and Sriracha glaze.
- 2 lbs chicken wing sections
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
- 1 teaspoon coriander
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger , minced or grated
- 1 small shallot , minced
- 1/2 cup thai sweet chili sauce
- 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon sriracha
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 scallions , thinly sliced
Prepare rub by combining salt, pepper, paprika, turmeric, coriander, cumin and garlic powder. Liberally apply rub to chicken wings and let sit for up to 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, add water-soaked wood chunks to the tray or box of your smoker. Heat smoker to 250 degrees.*
Smoke chicken wings for 60-90 minutes, until tender and internal temperature reached 165 degrees.
Meanwhile, in a saucepan, heat sesame oil over medium heat. Saute shallot and ginger until fragrant (1-2 minutes). Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until sauce has reduced slightly and flavors have blended (about 15 minutes).
Remove wings from smoker and toss with sweet chili sauce. Top with scallions and enjoy.
*You can also bake the chicken wings in a 400-degree oven for 45 to 60 minutes, if you prefer.
For 1/4 of recipe (about 6 wings): Calories 641 - Total Fat 38 g - Saturated Fat 10 g - Trans Fat 0 g - Cholesterol 170 mg - Sodium 2689 mg - Potassium 78 mg - Total Carbohydrate 33 g - Dietary Fiber 1 g - Sugars 20 g - Protein 44 g