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Brown Sugar & Beer-Brined Wings

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Is there better food for tailgating than wings? Wings are typically top-of-mind when you think tailgating. They are flexible in flavor and easy to share with friends.

When it’s game time, this wing recipe delivers a tasty, juicy wing that is sure to score with your tailgating crowd. This recipe uses a sweet and salty beer brine that starts building ...

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Ingredients

Serves 12 dozen wings
For the wings
12
chicken wings, cut into drumettes and wingettes
1
cup your favorite BBQ sauce
For the brown sugar and beer brine
1
12 ounce beer
3 1/2
cups water
1/4
cup kosher salt
1/4
cup brown sugar
1/2
teaspoon dried minced garlic
1/2
teaspoon dried onion flake
1/2
teaspoon dried red pepper flakes
1
bay leaf
For the rub
1
teaspoon kosher salt
2
teaspoon smoked paprika
1
teaspoon black pepper
1
teaspoon garlic powder
1
teaspoon turbinado sugar
1/2
teaspoon chipotle chile
1/2
teaspoon ancho chile
1/2
teaspoon lemon peel, dried and minced
1/4
teaspoon coriander
1/4
teaspoon cumin

Directions

1

In a large bowl, mix together the beer, water, salt, brown sugar, garlic, onion, red pepper flakes, and bay leaf. Wisk until the salt and brown sugar are dissolved.

2

Place the wings into a gallon bag and pour the brine in. Seal the bag and refrigerate for 4 to 8 hours.

3

Preheat your grill to medium high heat, around 400 degree Fahrenheit, with two zones - one direct and the other indirect.

Hot Tip: For a charcoal grill, this will mean putting the coals on one side. For a gas grill, you will have burners turned on on one side and off on the other.
4

Take your wings out of the brine and discard the brine. Pat the wings as dry as possible.

5

In a bowl, mix together rub ingredients and throughly apply to wings.

6

Cook the wings over direct heat, 3 to 5 minutes per side.

7

Shift the wings to the indirect side of the grill and allow them to cook with the lid closed until they reach an internal temperature of 180 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. This should take about 20 more minutes.

8

Toss the wings in your BBQ sauce and return to the indirect side of the grill. This should be just long enough to cook the sauce, about 5 minutes.

9

Remove and serve.

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  • Dave | Aug 28, 2018

    Where dose the Rub come in?

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    • Shelby Hood | Sep 7, 2018

      Hi Dave, apply the rub after you pat the wings dry.

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  • April DC | Aug 29, 2018

    This looks like a great recipe, only one problem though. It tells you how to make the rub, but it doesn’t tell you to put it on the chicken. I’m guessing it goes on just before putting it on the direct heat on the grill. I’m going to try this on the weekend.

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    • Shelby Hood | Sep 7, 2018

      Hi April, apply the rub after you pat dry the chicken. Let us know how you like the recipe!

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  • Jake | Aug 29, 2018

    Where does the rub fit in? It is not mentioned anywhere in the directions>

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    • Shelby Hood | Sep 7, 2018

      Hi Jake, apply the rub after you pat dry the wings.

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