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Home Team BBQ’s Smoked Chicken Wings Recipe

The smoked chicken wing recipe at Home Team BBQ in Charleston is legendary.

Many people claim their wings are the best item on a menu packed with great dishes. For example, Anthony M.’s review on Yelp makes it clear:

“I agree with Michael B. Though, these are the best wings overall I’ve ever had in my life. From Philly and have had wings all over the country, normally my go-to. These wings are INSANE! Best wings EVER!”

Hand dunking Home Team smoked wing in Alabama White sauce
Photo courtesy of Home Team BBQ. Jonathan Boncek, photographer

On TripAdvisor, Rob T, who visited the Sullivan’s Island location, wrote the following:

“Home team is a great hang out with a coastal vibe which is great. The food is good as well but the wings are wonderful.

“If you go you have to try the wings, if you’re not a wing person you still have to at least try them. Definitely, don’t want to miss out on the deliciousness.

“I’m telling you, 5 stars!!!!!!! On wings alone.”

The combination of those wings and that Alabama white sauce are hard to beat.

Three smoked wings in Alabama White sauce
Photo courtesy of Home Team BBQ.

In fact, Charleston’s news station WCSC featured Home Team in their “Lowcountry Weekend” segment and had the following to say about the wings and Alabama white sauce.

“One of the most popular dishes at Home Team is Fiery Ron’s Smoked Chicken Wings with Alabama White Sauce.

“The wings are smoked and then quickly flash-fried to give them a crispy, caramelized coating. They’re then paired with Home Team’s delicious and creamy Alabama White Sauce. 

“You can even get a little saucier if you know how to ask. If you want to kick things up a notch, you can ask for a side of Death Relish, a spicy pepper relish that really lives up to its name.

“The two sauces are a perfect balance for each other and take your wing-eating experience to a whole new level.”

Home Team BBQ currently has three locations in Charleston — Sullivan’s Island, Downtown, and West Ashley — with other locations in Greenville and Columbia.

There is also a Home Team in Aspen, CO.

Aaron Siegel, chef and co-founder of the popular local chain who we interviewed in this 2017 Conversations Around the Burn Barrel feature, originally shared his popular recipe with starchefs.com.

Taylor Garrigan and Aaron Siegel
Taylor Garrigan and Aaron Siegel.
Photo courtesy of Home Team BBQ.

In our Q&A, Siegel revealed the secret of Home Team’s success:

“I think it’s really important for people to know how much care we put into our food.

“We are really critical of ourselves every day. We are constantly reviewing our processes.

“It is not a dictatorship; in fact, we communicate constantly on different methods.  Almost nothing is the same as it was 10 years ago.

“We are a little culinary community which is fun to be a part of in that regard.”

That level of dedication and care really shows in Home Team BBQ’s smoked chicken wing recipe, as it does in many of their dishes.

Hundreds of wings in smoker at Home Team BBQ
Photo courtesy of Home Team BBQ.

“They’re unique because they are smoked first, then dry-rubbed and fried—so they aren’t saucy,” Chef Bob Cook said. ‘It makes the perfect wing.”

If you’d like to take your turn at making the perfect wing, here’s your recipe. And don’t forget to make Home Team BBQ’s Alabama White Sauce to go with these amazing wings.

Hand dunking Home Team smoked wing in Alabama White sauce

Home Team BBQ's Smoked Chicken Wing Recipe

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 6 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 6 hours 30 minutes

Chef Aaron Siegel's most loved menu item is very likely Home Team's smoked chicken wings. Brine, smoke, flash fry, and enjoy!

Ingredients

Brined Chicken Wings

  • 1 gallon water
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup Kosher salt
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 3 tablespoons red pepper, crushed
  • 24 chicken wings, large

Dry Rub

  • ½ cup chile powder, ground
  • 2 tablespoons ginger, ground
  • 2 tablespoons dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper, coarsely ground
  • 2 tablespoons Kosher salt
  • Red oak, for smoker
  • Peanut Oil, to deep fry

Instructions

For the Brined Chicken Wings:

  1. In a large pot, bring water to a simmer and turn off the heat.
  2. Add all ingredients and whisk until dissolved.
  3. Refrigerate until fully chilled.
  4. In the refrigerator, submerge chicken wings in brine for 4 hours.

For the Dry Rub:

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine all ingredients.
  2. Stir till combined.

Smoked Chicken Wings:

  1. Prepare a smoker with red oak and heat to 225°F.   
  2. Remove Brined Chicken Wings from liquid and pat dry.
  3. Add chicken wings to a large mixing bowl and evenly distribute all but 4 tablespoons of Dry Rub.
  4. Smoke chicken for 2 hours and 30 minutes in a hotel pan over red oak. 
  5. During the smoke, all the fat renders from the wings, confiting the meat in a bubbling pan of sweet-spicy-smoky schmaltz and rendering the wings “fall-off-the-bone tender.”

To Finish:

  1. In a deep fryer, heat peanut oil to 350°F.  
  2. Fry the smoked chicken wings for 4 to 6 minutes, until crispy and just caramelized.
  3. Remove from fryer, shake off excess oil, and rest 30 seconds.
  4. In a mixing bowl, toss together wings and reserved Dry Rub.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 6 wings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 913Total Fat: 48gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 29gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 32218mgCarbohydrates: 92gFiber: 4gSugar: 55gProtein: 31g

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And we’ve published the following meat recipes in the SCBBQ Recipes: Going Whole Hog cookbook  (read more about that here):

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Whole Hog

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Pork Cuts

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  • Hagood’s Barbecue Pork Shoulder
  • Jimmy Hagood’s Slow-Cooked Dry Ribs
  • Aaron Siegel’s Firefly Sweet Tea Bourbon-Glazed Pork Ribs Recipe

Chicken

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  • Tiger O’Rourke’s Bacon Maple Bourbon Chicken Wings Recipe
  • Billy Quinn’s Fruity Beer Can Chicken Recipe

Brandon

Friday 11th of February 2022

The search for the perfect wing stops here! I've had and made some pretty remarkable wings but these are EPIC!!!

James Roller

Monday 14th of February 2022

@Brandon, Glad you enjoyed them! They are the most popular item on Home Team's menu. Nice to them to share their techniques and recipes.

Barbara Smith

Monday 7th of February 2022

Thank you for sharing your wing recipe! My husband says they’re the best in town( Greenville, SC)!! If I try to make them at home, can you suggest where to buy the wings? I would think that’s critical as well!

James Roller

Monday 7th of February 2022

@Barbara Smith, to be clear, it's not my recipe. The recipe was provided by Home Team BBQ founder Aaron Siegel and I found it orginally on starchefs.com. Credit belongs with them. As for where to buy the wings, I don't have a specific location to recommend, but you're looking for larger, meaty wings. A note: a couple of people have shared with me that their wings turned out salty. I haven't had that experience, I wonder now if they used smaller wings. Either way, something to be cautious of.

phil

Sunday 12th of August 2018

your recipe is missing a key step. The wings should be smoked in a hotel pan ....

James Roller

Sunday 12th of August 2018

Awesome. I don't think that is the article I saw. It was just the recipe itself. That's an interesting and important step. Thanks for sharing!

Wednesday 8th of November 2017

good

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