How To Cut Whole Chicken Wings

Who doesn’t love chicken wings, especially when they’re smoked? We all know that game day just wouldn’t be the same without them. And while you could cook them whole, separating the wingette from the drummette gives you more wings to go around. It's easy when you know how.

If you stretch out a chicken wing, you'll notice that there are three sections. At one end is the wing tip which you will discard or save to make chicken stock. The middle part is called the wingette and the meatiest part is the drumette. Separating whole chicken wings into wingettes and drumettes gives you twice the number of pieces for your smoked wing recipes. They’ll cook faster and more evenly too.

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1. Using a sharp butcher knife, locate the joints where the drumette and wingette meet and slice between the joints.
Hot TipWatch the embedded video for a demonstration of this technique.
2. Then locate the joint that connects the wingette and the tip. Slice between the joints.
3. Season and smoke your chicken wings.

If you’re looking for a great wings recipe, try our Maple Sriracha Chicken Wings.

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