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Beer Brined and Barbecued Buffalo Wings


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Ingredients

3-5 pounds chicken wings, trimmed
Chicken Wing Beer Brine, recipe below
¼ cup olive oil
Head Country Championship Seasoning, Sweet & Spicy
Head Country Bar-B-Q, The Original
Salt and fresh ground peppercorn, to taste
Lime wedges, sliced, to garnish
Parsley leaves, chopped, to garnish
Blue cheese, crumbled, to garnish

Chicken Wing Beer Brine:
8 cups cool water
2 bottles or cans of cheap beer
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup kosher salt
¼ cup white vinegar

Cooking Instructions

1. Brine: In a 6-8 quart container, dissolve salt and sugar into water, then stir in beer and vinegar. Let brine rest until cooled to room temperature. Immerse chicken wings, cover and refrigerate for 8 hours, up to overnight. Remove chicken from brine and discard brine. Thoroughly rinse wings with fresh, cold water and pat dry with paper towel. Spread chicken in a single layer over a large baking sheet and place back in the refrigerator for 1-4 hours, to dry and tighten the chicken's skin.
2. Preparing to Grill: 30 minutes prior to cooking, preheat grill by turning half of the burners to high heat, while setting the other side of burners to low heat. While grill is warming, toss wings in olive oil and a heavy shake of Head Country Championship Seasoning. Rub oil and seasoning into the wings, coating thoroughly, and rest until ready to grill.
3. 2-Zone Grilling: Lay seasoned wings directly over the hottest grill grates and sear chicken 3-4 minutes per side with the grill lid open. Then, turn down all burners to low, transfer wings to the cooler grill grates and close the grill lid. While finishing the wings over indirect heat, intermittently open the lid to baste one caramelized layer of Head Country Bar-B-Q Sauce upon another until wings are cooked through, juices run clear, and have reached an internal temperature of 165F. Remove wings from the grill, brush one final time with barbecue sauce, and place under a tin foil tent for 5 minutes prior to serving.
4. Plating: Divide wings amongst serving plates and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Garnish with lime wedges, chopped parsley, and blue cheese crumble. Pair with additional barbecue sauce for dipping and a handful of ice cold IPA brews. Cheers!