Smoked Turkey Wings Are a Great Snack or Meal

Often, you'll find turkey wings at a great price. Make some smoked turkey wings with some of these bargain poultry pieces next time you see 'em on the cheap.

Unlike chicken wings, there's actually quite a bit of meat on turkey wings. Each whole wing provides two meaty sections, the drummette and the middle section. The wing tips are removed and used in your leftover turkey stock. Don't throw 'em away...wing tips contain loads of rich flavor.

Spicy Smoked Turkey Wings Recipe

The wing sections are brined, then seasoned with a spicy dry rub before smoking. This recipe makes enough for 12 to 16 wing sections.

INGREDIENTS - Turkey Wing Brine

  • 1 quart cold water
  • 2 cups apple juice
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Combine ingredients, stirring to dissolve salt. Add wing sections and brine overnight, up to 24 hours.

INGREDIENTS - Turkey Wing Rub

  • 2 tablespoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground red pepper

Mix dry ingredients together well.

Remove the turkey wings from the brine, rinse quickly and dry with paper towels. Season with the spicy wing rub.

Preheat your smoker to 300 degrees, or if you like you can use the grill smoking method. Use apple or cherry wood for smoke if you have it. It won't take a lot, since the pieces are on the small side, just one, maybe two additions of wood.

Cook for 1 to 1-1/2 hours, or until tender. Let the smoked turkey wings cool a bit before serving, and offer plenty of cold drinks to put a chill on the pepper heat!