With Halloween right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to make spooky themed recipes! These Smoked “Bat” Wings are off the charts good, and perfect as an appetizer or entree. Don’t worry, there is no bat meat involved– this recipe is simply a themed version of regular ole hot wings. Make sure to grab all 3 of my new FYR Starter hot sauces to make these Halloween bat wings scary good. 

The smoked bat wings plated and served.

You only need 30 minutes of prep time and 1.5 hours of cooking time, and you’ll be ready to serve up to four people! If this is your first batch of smoked bat wings, then get ready for some fun. My crew couldn’t stop talking about these the first time I made them for our annual Halloween party!

Why You’ll Love This Chicken Wing Recipe

I love finding new ways to enjoy my favorite foods, especially when it comes to chicken wings. I’ve made them PB&J style to Elote style and of course, the crowd pleasers like Maple Peach Sticky Wings.

The Halloween theme of these smoked “bat” wings makes them feel brand-new. Keep in mind, they are simply smoked chicken wings rubbed with activated charcoal BBQ rub for a fun twist. It’s the perfect recipe for any Halloween gathering! 

A close up shot of the black chicken wings.

If you’d like to add some vampire flare into the mix, check out my Grilled Steak Vampiro Tacos! While they might not be as eye-catching as these “bat” wings, I can assure you they are so freakin’ delicious!

Smoked Bat Wings Ingredients

To make your homemade “bat” wings, all you need is whole chicken wings and a charcoal-based BBQ rub to get the black color, FYR BLK Hot Sauce, and FYR Red Hot Sauce

Pro Tip

Don’t skip out on the charcoal-based seasoning or the FYR BLK Hot Sauce. A lot of “bat wing” recipes use black food coloring, but mine doesn’t. I’m able to achieve that black color because of the seasoning and sauce!

You’ll dip your wings in our special spooky ranch, made out of sour cream, mayonnaise, buttermilk, FYR GLD Hot Sauce, fresh lemon juice, chopped parsley, chopped dill, kosher salt, black pepper, and garlic powder.

How to Make Smoked Bat Wings

This Halloween party starts by slathering your chicken wings in FYR BLK Hot Sauce, then add your favorite charcoal-based BBQ rub. Season thoroughly. Set chicken aside until ready to use.

Seasoning the chicken wings.

Next, preheat your smoker to 250F for indirect cooking. Add some hickory wood chunks for added smoke flavor if desired.

Once the smoker is ready, add your chicken wings to the smoker and cook for about 1.5-2 hours or until their internal temperature reaches 165F. 

Placing the raw bat wings on the smoker to get cooking.

As wings are smoking, mix together all the sauce ingredients for the spooky ranch. Then cover that bowl with aluminum foil, and set in the fridge until you’re ready for serving.

Pull the wings from the smoker when they hit 165F internal. Then drizzle some FYR RED Hot Sauce over the wings, and serve with the spooky ranch on the side. 

Mixing together the spooky ranch.


Tips and Tricks

This is a fun Halloween recipe for all! The key to make perfect smoked bat wings is to use my FYR BLK Hot Sauce and an activated charcoal based bbq rub, so make sure to grab some before cooking. The wings won’t get their spooky black color without it!

Place wings on a rimmed baking sheet or on a wire rack for cooking. This makes them easier to move while they’re smoking and prevents seasoning from falling off of them when being moved. Also, make sure to serve them with some paper towels because these juicy wings are also drizzled in the FYR RED Hot Sauce, so it can get to be a messy, but delicious, business. 

Drizzling the smoked bat wings with the FYR Red Sauce.

If you’re using frozen wings, make sure they’re completely thawed before seasoning them and putting them into the smoker.

How to Store Leftovers & Reheat

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. Heat up wings in the oven or air fryer for best results! Pair with a different side than you did the first time to make the meal feel brand new.

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What to Serve with Smoked Bat Wings

During October, black isn’t the only seasonal color! Orange, green, and purple are more Halloween colors that can pair well with your themed chicken wings. Why not grab some baby carrots, Doritos, celery sticks, salad, and red grapes to serve on the side? 

And of course, nothing goes better with chicken wings than more wings! If you’ll be hosting some picky eaters, make some crowd-pleasing Smoked and Fried Sticky Wings or Garlic Parmesan Wings to feed a whole crowd!

A dipped "bat" wing held up to the camera.

Recipe FAQ’s 

What are Smoked Bat Wings?

Smoked Bat Wings don’t actually come from bats, just like buffalo wings don’t come from buffaloes! They’re simply themed chicken wings with an activated charcoal BBQ rub that turns them black. While they look unusual, they still have that delicious smokey BBQ flavor that will make your mouth water from start to finish.

Can I Use Different Sauces?

Everyone loves to dip their chicken wings in different sauces. Try blue cheese dressing, barbecue sauce, buffalo sauce, or any other wing sauce you just can’t live without! You can even make it a fun part of dinner. Provide all the sauces, and have the whole family rate each sauce with the wings. It can be so much fun!

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The smoked bat wings plated and served.

Smoked Bat Wings

Smoked Bat Wings for a fun, spooky Halloween dish!
Author:Derek Wolf
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 People


“Bat” Wings:

Spooky Ranch:

  • 3 tbsp of Sour Cream
  • 3 tbsp of Mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp of Buttermilk
  • 1.5 tbsp FYR GLD Hot Sauce
  • 1 Lemon juiced
  • 2 tsp of Parsley finely chopped
  • 2 tsp of Dill finely chopped
  • ½ tsp of Kosher Salt
  • ½ tsp of Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp of Garlic Powder


  • Slather your chicken wings in FYR BLK Hot Sauce then add your favorite charcoal based bbq rub.
  • Season thoroughly. Set chicken aside until ready to use.
  • Preheat your smoker to 250F for indirect cooking. Add some hickory wood chunks for added smoke flavor if desired.
  • Add your chicken wings to the smoker and cook for about 1.5-2 hours or until 165F internal.
  • As wings are smoking, mix together all the ingredients for the Spooky Ranch and set in the fridge till serving.
  • When the wings are done, pull off and let cool.
  • Drizzle some FYR RED Hot Sauce over the wings and serve with the Spooky Ranch on the side. Enjoy!



Serving: 4g | Calories: 769kcal | Carbohydrates: 106g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 36g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 11g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 822mg | Potassium: 2141mg | Fiber: 64g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 2806IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 2404mg | Iron: 56mg

Derek Wolf

Derek is the driving force behind Over the Fire Cooking. He started cooking with live fire in 2016 and decided to start a social media page so his friends and family could follow the journey. Fast forward to today and Over the Fire Cooking has spread across multiple platforms with millions now following Derek's fire cooking journey. He's a southern fellow who enjoys everything from classic BBQ to Central and South American inspired dishes. Whatever he's cooking up, it's guaranteed to be so freakin' delicious!

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