Traveling Kettle Wings

This week we are settling in to the RV park here in Hermosa, South Dakota. This area of the country is beautiful! And in mid-June, the mild weather is a welcoming addition.

I had a request from my oldest son to cook some wings. So here it is! It’s a simple cook that anyone can manage on the ole kettle. I’m affectionately calling these the “Traveling Kettle Wings”. It’s a pretty traditional recipe for hot wings with a little added Traveling Kettle twist.

So, first off, go ahead and start chimney of charcoal. While the coals are burning, prep your wings for the grill. We like to use whole wings. We usually buy a family pack at the grocery.

It’s a good idea to rinse the wings and pat dry. We seasoned the wings with some Cavenders and lightly sprinkled on some 2 Gringos Chupacabra rub. These can sit a few minutes while the grill is getting to temp.

The popular method today, is to use a Vortex to put the hot coals in on the kettle. I don’t have a Vortex yet, so I just pile my hot coals in the center of the kettle the best I can. One day this blog will make me rich, and then I can afford to buy the cool accessories, like the Vortex, ha!

With your kettle all good and hot, with your coals pumping out some heat in the middle, place your wings around the edge of the kettle. I like to place mine just outside the edge of the coals. DO NOT place the wings directly over the coals. You want them to cook slowly.

Close the lid and allow the wings to cook about 20 minutes. Flip them over and give them another 20 minutes. Now, check the internal temp with your digital temp thermometer. You are looking for at least 165 degrees, but I like to go a little longer and bring them up to about 170-175. This usually helps produce a little more “char” on the outside.

Once the wings are to temp, spin them in a little sauce. I like to heat up and mix a half-stick of butter, half bottle of Frank’s Red Hot, half cup of brown sugar, and 2 tablespoons of honey.

Enjoy your wings with a side of your favorite dipping sauce and some carrots or celery to complete the meal.

Traveling Kettle Wings

Our take on the classic hot wings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people


  • 1 family pack Whole chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup Cavenders
  • 1/4 cup 2 Gringos Chupacabra Rub
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 bottle favorite hot sauce (franks red hot)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp honey


  • Prepare kettle with one chimney of coals in the center
  • Rinse wings and pat dry. Add the seasoning to both sides.
  • Place wings around the edge of kettle. Cook for 30-40 minutes, turning wings when needed. Cook until an internal temp of 165 degrees on your instant read thermometer.
  • Add butter, hot sauce, brown sugar and honey to a sauce pan. Heat until butter is melted while stirring together.
  • Spin the wings in the sauce with a bowl and serve on a platter with your favorite dipping sauce. (Ranch/Blue Cheese)
Keyword hot wings, smoked wings, wings