Dry Rub Chicken Wings on the Grill

September 19, 2015

I'm a big fan of messy foods. Give me a poncho, a pack of wet-naps, a judge-free zone, a pile of messy chicken wings and I'm a happy man. On the rare occasion though, I like to go sauceless and instead opt to throw together a simple dry rub for my grilled chicken wings. This simple dry rub gives the wings a nice balance of smokey, sweet and spicy and can be thrown together with ingredients that I usually have in my pantry.


1/4 cup light brown sugar

2 tablespoons paprika

1 and 1/4 teaspoons Kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


1Preheat your grill to medium heat. Looking for about 400 degrees. If you are using a charcoal grill, pile all of the coals to one side of the grill so that you have hot and cooler sides of the grill to work with.

2Cut the wing tips off of the chicken wings if they are still attached (you can't really eat those).

3Rub the chicken wings on all sides with a generous amount of the dry rub.

4Once the grill is up to heat, place the wings on the hot part of the grill.

5Grill with the lid closed, turning occasionally to crisp up the skin and create some great color. There is a lot of sugar in the dry rub, so make sure you don't char them too much. Move the chicken wings to the cooler side of the grill and continue to grill with the lid closed if they are getting too charred.

6Grill the chicken wings until a meat thermometer reads 165 degrees without touching the bone with the temperature probe.


28 Reviews


January 7, 2020

Multiplied by 4 to make 6-8 lbs of wings for NYE party. Grilled low and slow for about 40 minutes. I did have to substitute some of the paprika for smoked paprika since that is all I had. Everyone loved them.


November 5, 2019

Thank you!’ Tried this rub my second time grilling . I burnt everything my first time grilling


September 23, 2019

Everyone that tried these loved them…Great rub and wings..

Kenneth Smith

September 8, 2019

Awesome! First try at making wings on the grill (Weber kettle) and they came out great. Just enough heat in the rub. I’ll be making these again for sure!

Sol Diekmann

August 29, 2019

Great! I am one of those Keto or no carb or sugar weirdos, so I used a brown sugar Swerve. OMGosh so good. So sub if you are diabetic or Keto like me.


August 8, 2019

Amazing recipe and easy too! Thank you for posting this.

I read through the other reviews and kept the grill at low temperature like others recommended. The wings turned out perfect and were a huge hit with my partner


May 26, 2019

Excellent. And that coming from people who, for some crazy reason, tended to shy away from chicken on the bone. My husband makes this regularly now and it’s great.


February 20, 2019

Best dry rub I’ve tried!!! I mean I just plowed back 20 wings and am debating firing up 20 more they were that good!


September 14, 2018

Easy-delicious. Great rub for all chicken!


September 3, 2018



August 8, 2018

Yep!!!!!! No need to look any further!This is a fantastic rub for grilled chicken wings!


July 30, 2018

Good rub, made in oven. Cooked 350 for 20 mins then flipped for another 10. Finished it off on a low broil for 10 mins towards middle of oven instead of right under heat. Added a little dried mustard to the recipe to play of them sweet, spicey and tangy a bit.


June 11, 2018

smoked at 250 for an hour then 400 for 10-15 minutes and they were delicious


June 10, 2018

absolutely delicious

Chris Hansen

March 4, 2018

Great rub for wings. Smoked at 250 for about an hour. Then raised temp to 400 to crisp up skin.

Chris Hansen

March 4, 2018

Great rub for wings! Cooked at 250 on smoker for about an hour. Then raised temp to 400 to crisp up skin.
Very tasty!

chris Hansen

February 26, 2018

Good rub…. Will do again. Due to sugar in rub do low and slow to avoid burning. Very tasty!

chris Hansen

February 26, 2018

Good rub…. Will do again. Due to sugar in rub do low and slow to avoid burning!


December 3, 2017

So yummy!

Try adding some salt and vinegar popcorn seasoning to the mix for some zing. Also maybe try fully cooking the wings first, then tossing in the seasoning before serving.


November 30, 2017

Made these tonight. My Wife & I thought they were AMAZING!! Definitely will be making these again.


October 7, 2017

This recipe is absolutely off the hook! Best wings I have ever eaten. Just the right amount of heat, nice and crispy on the grill. Awesome!


August 13, 2017

Great rub. I forgot the salt and didn’t miss it. It was my first time doing wings on my own; I’ve been missing out!


May 7, 2017

Thanks worked great


March 25, 2017

Goina put 60 lbs in the smoker in the morning with this on them , thn goina flash fry them for crunch.


August 31, 2016

It was raining the day I wanted to make these so I used my oven at 400 degrees. They turned out fabulous! I used a rack over a foil lined cookie sheet to keep them from being soggy. It worked perfectly.


July 7, 2016

Very easy and tasty wings, but be sure to cook them low and slow because they burn easily from the sugar in the rub.


February 4, 2016

Not able to pin to Pinterest. It says it has invalid prrameters and needs a photo to be uploaded. Looks good tho!


September 20, 2015

Simple and delicious

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