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Buffalo Chicken Dry Rub?

post #1 of 11
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Does anyone have a good recipe for a dry rub that would mimic buffalo wing sauce? I want to try a dry rub during smoking instead of coating the chicken in buffalo sauce for smoking or once it is done.

post #2 of 11

There really is nothing specific off the shelf at grocery stores, that I know of, but you can marinate in Vinegar, Salt and some Garlic, then rub with Cayenne and Butter Buds, butter flavored sprinkle that is sold as a low calorie butter alternative for popcorn and vegetables. It really is pretty good stuff...JJ

post #3 of 11

This one has been floating around on the food blogs for a while with some great reviews and could be adapted for the smoker 

It is not a true dry rub. 

Several different folks claim to have come up with the recipe so I will give credit to the first one I saw 


K-Jon's Dry Rub Buffalo Wings



    • 24 lean chicken wings
    • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
    • 1 tablespoon chili powder
    • 1 tablespoon sweet smoked paprika
    • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 2 tablespoons garlic powder
    • 1 tablespoon mustard powder
    • 2 tablespoons kosher salt ( or to taste)
    • 1 tablespoon black pepper
    • 1 cup oil


  1. Thoroughly whisk together the dark brown sugar, chili powder, sweet smoked paprika, ground cumin, hot cayenne pepper, ground garlic powder, ground mustard powder, table salt, and black pepper.
  2. Evenly coat each chicken wing with the pure vegetable oil.
  3. Place them into the bowl with the dry rub mix.
  4. Evenly coat with the seasonings and save remaining seasoning.
  5. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
  6. Cook 30-45 minutes or until desired texture is achieved.
  7. At about the half way baking marker, sprinkle the remaining seasonings over the top of the baking chicken.



Also - here is a link to a premixed Buffalo Rub


post #4 of 11

Gary that Rub sounds really good but with that amount of Chili Powder and Cumin it will make the wings taste more like Old El Paso Taco's than Buffalo Wings...JJ

post #5 of 11

I know but thought I would share it since it is all over the food blogs including this site which is dedicated to buffalo wings 


post #6 of 11
Williams Sonoma sells a buffalo chicken dry rub. Ingredients include sugar, salt, powdered vinegar, garlic, powdered tobasco. I bought it but have not used yet. It was silly expensive. I also bought, a couple months ago, powdered hot wing sauce. Haven't had much success with using it to rub wings because its very powdery, but maybe it wouldwork cut with salt and sugar and garlic. It is good sprinkled on chips and popcorn though. I'm on a quest for dry rubbed, crispy hot wings, grilled that taste kind like traditional buffalo wings. Narrowing in on it, but not quite there yet.
post #7 of 11


Ive been looking for the same thing. I want to imitate the dry buffalo rub at Buffalo Wild Wings (It used to be called BW3's) Any luck???


post #8 of 11

Pampered Chef now has a Buffalo rub.  It's really good. Expensive for what you get. 

post #9 of 11
May have to give them a shot!
post #10 of 11
I use Mad Hunky Hot Whang Rub. It's easy to vary the heat by the amount you apply. Or you can step it up and try their Hot Ass Whang Rub. An occasional spritz of vinegar/water will give them a more tangy flavor. My kids love them. We have even used it on other cuts of poultry with success.
post #11 of 11
Marinate the wings in melted butter and white vinegar. Then take them out and coat them with cayenne. That would be your basic buffalo sauce rubbed. But extra seasoning would add depth.
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