Honey Old Bay Wings Recipe: Hot Smoked Chicken Wings

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If hot wings with a sweet twist are your thing, then this honey Old Bay wings recipe is just what you need.

This easy chicken wing recipe is a beautiful blend of sweet and spicy, perfect for game day or any family gathering.

As a Maryland girl, I’m proud to share this recipe, which infuses the Maryland flare of Old Bay seasoning into hot honey wings, creating a unique flavor profile that will have your taste buds dancing.

A Maryland Tradition: Old Bay Chicken Wings

Old Bay is a Maryland seasoning staple, especially on crab. But you can enjoy it on wings, too! Courtesy image

Old Bay seasoning is a Maryland tradition, used widely in seafood and chicken recipes.

Its unique blend of herbs and spices, including black pepper and cayenne pepper, adds a distinctive flavor that’s loved by many.

When used in this honey Old Bay wings recipe, it brings a spicy kick that beautifully complements the sweetness of the honey.

Preparing Your Wings

Start with party wings, which are smaller and easier to handle than whole wings.

Clean them thoroughly, pat dry with paper towels, then place them in a large bowl.

Add a little bit of lemon juice to give a zesty hint to your Old Bay chicken wings, enhancing their flavor.

The Secret Ingredient: Honey and Old Bay Seasoning

Honey being drizzled over Old Bay seasoning in a small dish

The secret to this honey Old Bay wings recipe is, of course, the honey and Old Bay seasoning.

Mix them together in a small dish until you have a smooth, golden mixture.

This will be your marinade, infusing your wings with a delightful mix of sweet honey and spicy Old Bay flavor.

Pour the honey and Old Bay seasoning blend over your wings, ensuring each piece is thoroughly coated.

This is where the magic happens, as the wings absorb the flavors of the marinade, getting ready to wow you with every bite.

Setting the Spice Level

Chicken wings marinating in honey and Old Bay seasoning blend

You can adjust the spice level of your honey Old Bay wings by adding more or less cayenne pepper. If you like your wings hot, don’t hold back on the pepper.

If you prefer a milder flavor, use less. Remember, it’s your easy chicken wing recipe; make it your own!

Cooking Your Wings

Chicken wings being cooked in an air fryer

For this recipe, you can cook your wings in the oven, on the grill, or in an air fryer.

If using an air fryer, make sure to arrange the wings in a single layer and cook until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

This ensures your wings are safe to eat and perfectly crispy.

Finishing Touches: Crispy Honey Old Bay Wings

Cooked chicken wings being dipped in honey and Old Bay seasoning blend

The final step in this easy chicken wing recipe is to glaze your cooked wings with more honey and Old Bay seasoning.

This adds an extra layer of flavor and makes your wings super juicy and irresistible. A little real zest on top is a nice addition, like orange zest (or a recommended orange zest substitute).

Once glazed, they’re ready to serve.

Pairing Your Wings

Cooked chicken wings served with blue cheese and ranch dressing

What’s a hot wing without a cool dip?

Serve your honey Old Bay wings with blue cheese or ranch dressing.

The creamy texture and tangy flavor of these dips balance out the spice and sweetness of the wings, creating a winning combination.

If you’ve got cheese sauce fans, try our Melting Pot Wisconsin Cheddar fondue sauce with beer. Yum.

Enjoying Your Honey Old Bay Wings

Whether it’s football season, a family gathering, or just a regular day, these honey Old Bay wings are the perfect addition to your menu.

They’re a little bit sweet, a little bit spicy, and a whole lot of delicious.

So go ahead, give this honey old bay wings recipe a try. Your taste buds will thank you!

Honey Old Bay Wings Recipe: Hot Smoked Chicken Wings

Honey Old Bay Wings Recipe: Hot Smoked Chicken Wings

Yield: 4-6 Servings
Prep Time: 2 hours
Cook Time: 2 hours

If you're in the mood for a sweet and spicy treat, these Honey Old Bay Wings are exactly what you need. Hot smoked to perfection, these chicken wings pack a punch of flavors that will leave you wanting more.


  • 2 pounds of chicken wings
  • 1/2 cup of honey
  • 1/4 cup of Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 1/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • Wood chips for smoking (preferably hickory or applewood)


  1. Start by preparing your chicken wings. Rinse them under cold water and pat them dry.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the honey, Old Bay Seasoning, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, minced garlic, salt, and black pepper. Stir until well combined.
  3. Add the chicken wings into the bowl and toss until they are evenly coated with the marinade. Cover the bowl and let the wings marinate in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. For the best flavor, marinate them overnight.
  4. When you're ready to cook, preheat your smoker to 225°F (107°C). Add your choice of wood chips.
  5. Arrange the chicken wings on the smoker racks, leaving some space between each wing to allow the smoke to circulate.
  6. Smoke the wings for about 2 hours, or until they reach an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  7. Halfway through the smoking process, baste the wings with the leftover marinade for added flavor.
  8. Once the wings are fully cooked, remove them from the smoker and let them rest for a few minutes.
  9. Serve your Honey Old Bay Wings hot with your favorite dipping sauce and enjoy the perfect blend of sweet, spicy, and smoky flavors!


These wings are perfect for any occasion, whether it's a family dinner, game day, or a backyard BBQ party. You can adjust the level of spiciness by adding more or less Old Bay Seasoning to suit your taste.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 1500mgCarbohydrates: 22gNet Carbohydrates: 22gFiber: 0gSugar: 18gSugar Alcohols: 0gProtein: 24g
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