Turkey Wings Grilling Recipe


Grilled Turkey Wings make a wonderful treat anytime or for the holidays.

Grilling turkey wings may be one of the easiest things you can do on your gas or charcoal grill. This process requires a covered barbecue grill and heavy duty aluminum foil. Your turkey will be crisp outside and juicy inside.

Turkey Wings Ingredients:

Grill Temperature:  165 degrees Minimum for safe cooking and eating. 

Place turkey wings in a small mixing bowl combine paprika, Jake's Tri-Tip, Steak and Rib Rub and shake on or rub over the turkey wings.

Have grill prepared and ready. Allow wings to rest for 20-30 minutes uncovered in the refrigerator. Wings must be fully thawed. Grill wings on an uncovered grill directly over medium coals for 20 minutes. Turn wings; grill for 15 to 20 minutes more or until wings are tender and no longer pink.  Minimum grill temperature for Turkey Wings is 165 degrees. 

Place wings on the unheated rack of a broiler pan. Broil 5 to 6 inches from the heat for 28 to 32 minutes, turning once. Brush with Jake's Premium Mild BBQ sauce during the last 5 minutes of grilling or broiling.


Turkey Wing Add Ons:

Thread chunks of red sweet pepper, corn on the cob, and zucchini on skewers for a quick partner to grill with the chicken wings.

Along with the concept of grilling turkey wings comes the more particular thought of what is included in the grilling process meaning not just heat but what do you use to smoke or flavor the wings? To that end I've added a listing of what I believe to be some of the best woods to use that compliment the wings.  Remember wings don't take a long time to cook and thus do not need a lot of time under smoke.  A good smoking for 20-25 minutes is more than adequate to add the delicate flavor you seek.  So, here are some of the best woods I like to use.

Wood Chips for BBQ Smoking Types 

  • Alder - light flavor that works well with fish and poultry. Contains a hint of sweetness, good with poultry and light - meat game birds. Traditionally used for smoking salmon. Northwest.
  • Almond - a nutty, sweet flavor
  • Apple - mild, fruity flavor, slightly sweet. Good for poultry, pork. Northwest.
  • Apricot - mild, sweet flavor. Good on fish, poultry, pork
  • Cherry - mild, fruity. Good with poultry, pork, beef.
  • Hickory - great natural flavor, good with pork, beef and ribs. Primary smoke wood in the South.
  • Maple - like fruit, sweet flavor. Northeast.
  • Mesquite - very strong flavor, burns hot and fast. Good for hot short smoking, better for grilling.
  • Oak - best all around wood . Burns well and does not not overpower. Excellent outdoors flavor on sausages, beef or lamb.
  • Peach - awesome woodm, mild, flavor. Best with fish, poultry, pork
  • Pear - light and sweet, smoked color dark - red. Excellent with poultry and pork.
  • Pecan - milder version of hickory. Burns cool. Southwest region.
  • Plum - mild, sweet flavor. Good on fish, poultry, pork


There are some woods that I find too heavy for smoking.  I would instead use the following woods if I was also smoking ribs along with the wings and wood chips from above.

Wood Chips for smoking combinations of BBQ items 

  • Acacia - same family as mesquite. A hot burning wood.
  • Almond - a nutty, sweet flavor
  • Citrus - lemon, grapefruit, orange, nectarine - light fruity flavor, good with fish, poultry.
  • Fruit trees - apple, cherry, apricot - sweet mild flavor
  • Mulberry - sweet, similar to apple

I hope this information is beneficial to your grilling process.  Now, go ahead and grill.

This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 20 September, 2017.

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