Big Easy® Yard Bird Wings Recipe

Big easy Yard Bird Wings Recipe
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I get so many good ideas and great recipes from contributing Guest Chef, Mike “Pit Pirate” Hedrick and this is one more.  He’s a continuing source of inspiration to those of us who enjoy using The Big Easy to prepare “fried” turkey, chicken and more.  This recipe appeared first in a post on the Sizzle on the Grill Users Forum. Mike has his own unique way of describing his recipes and rather than change that for fear we’d loose his “voice” in it, we publish it here as close to the original form as possible.

Pit Pirate's Yardbird "Wangs"

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


  • Chicken wings
  • Get some oil to spritz on them
  • Lemon Juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Favorite “wang” seasoning or Rub


  1. Place all of the 'wangs' on the bottom and accessory shelves in the cooking basket, making sure there is adequate room between pieces so the infrared can hit them all.
  2. Place the loaded cooking basket into the Big Easy and turn on HIGH leaving the lid on for at least 5-10 minutes. I love the sound of them even after just going in. The sound of chicken skin crackling and the smell is a little piece of heaven.
  3. Serve these Yardbird “Wangs” with your favorite dipping sauce. Some folks like hot sauce and some like cool sauce. S'all up to you friend! But take my advice - "When you eat these, stand away from folks because they are so good you'll want to Slap Someone!"

12 thoughts on “Big Easy® Yard Bird Wings Recipe

  1. When you say place them on the bottom and accessory shelves…are you talking about the basket accessory where you cook a whole chicken (which hangs at the top of the big basket) or some “new” accessory I don’t know about? Getting ready to cook my first wings on the Big Easy this Saturday for friends. Please help! Thanks, Becky

    1. Becky – You can put the wings at the bottom of your hanging basket and on the Easy Out Cooking Rack for layering. We do have an accessory which will allow you to hang the wings (or legs) in between the grooves it has designed for it. Check out this link… …to see more information about it. Take some pics of your cookout and share them with us! We’d love to see them. Happy grilling! – Mandy

  2. Total cook time is 50 min, do you take your temp down and or open the lid after the initial 5-10 min?

  3. How long do you cook chicken drumsticks ?
    Wish you had a coking chart for about how long to cook things

    1. We are working on a cooking chart and hope to have it up soon. You want to cook until the internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

      1. Until I can get the shelves, I skewer my wings and then hang them from two other skewers laid across the top of the smoker. Delicious!

  4. I want to cook boneless chicken thighs on my Big Easy. How long do they need to cook. My oil free turkey fryer is not a smoker. Thanks

    1. Hi Steve, it should take around 20-30 minutes to fry boneless chicken thighs in the Big Easy, or until they reach 165F.

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