Wings are the ultimate in party food. These beer brine chicken wings are hand held little morsels of tasty goodness. Nothing compares to a crispy, juicy wing that explodes with flavor. The sauce options are endless, but the real key is perfecting the cooking process so that whatever sizzling sauce you choose will really shine. These wings are the ultimate in moist, delectable wings and are the perfect base for whatever sauce you like.
I don’t say “perfect chicken wing” lightly, just FYI. I can safely say that I have grilled/consumed over 100 lbs of wings in the last few years. I’ve tried cooking them hot and fast to crisp the skin. I’ve tried low and slow to enhance the smoky flavor in the meat. I will tell you that these are the absolute best method we’ve found for delectable grilled wings.
There is definitely a soft spot in my heart for a crunchy fried wing, but I would still pick these flame kissed beauties every time. The beer brine creates the juiciest chicken wings you’ll ever put in your mouth. The subtle flavor from the red pepper flakes and beer in the brine adds this little extra hint of sum’n sum’n that will have people going, “oh man, what is that flavor?!”
The skin is magically crisp because I give the uncooked wings some drying time in the fridge before cooking. I learned this magic technique from my grill loving friends Sean and Mary over at Vindulge (go check them out!) and will never grill wings any other way. To see how I made their version of the perfect Buffalo wing, click HERE. The dry skin is crucial for the crisp wings that we all want.
Once you have the brine/dry/cooking technique down, you can use any sauce you want with outstanding results. I’ve included the recipe for our most favorite Sticky Sweet Buffalo sauce. I mean, come on. That one practically sells itself. But, feel free to toss your amazing wings with whatever sauce your family fancies! I actually like to have an assortment of sauced wings so everybody can get what they want.