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Post Mon Aug 20, 2012 6:23 pm
BBcue-Z well done
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And here is my humble meal for the weekend:
I started with whole wings

Separated the three parts of the wings

I made the brine earlier in the day and chilled it. The Brine was made of water, chicken stock, apple juice, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, Buffalo wing sauce, garlic, cayenne pepper, salt, brown sugar and other spices.
Soaked the wings over night

Here is how I know the brining process was successful
The liquid line dropped down about an inch, evident by the residue line from where it was the night before. That tells me how much liquid has been absorbed. I took the picture prior to removing the container out of the refrigerator so I wouldn’t disturb the residue line. My wife thought I went crazy when she saw my head inside the fridge taking pix

Pulled the chicken out of the brine and placed them on a rack to drain. Left them in the fridge for 6 hours to dry out. I then applied some BBQ rub

Fried up the smoker using the SFB at 300 degrees and added a second grate using foil wrapped bricks to expand my cooking area.

Also made loaded potatoes to go with the wings

Wings smoking away

Dinner is served :D

The hot sauce flavor was prominent in the wings, and really didn’t need additional sauce, but I served some on the side as an option. I would definitely use this brine again, and I may try on Turkey next time.

Post Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:36 pm
Dyal_SC well done
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Man oh man!!! Those look fantastic! :) I had wings from a crappy wing joint tonight. Wish I had those instead. :(
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Post Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:43 pm
smokin'gal well done
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Awesome job on those wings!

Post Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:06 am
jfm0830 well done
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Great looking & sounding wings Z! Although I must say that is a rather small scale cook for you. :wink:


Post Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:45 am
Griffin well done
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Now that is a meal that I could tear into. Sounds fabulous with the brine. Way to take it to the next level. Have you thought about taking a skewer or something and poking some holes in the wings to get the brine to penetrate further? Or would that make a difference ya think?

Post Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:38 am
sroach well done
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Damn those look good!

Never thought to use hot sauce in the brine.

How long did you smoke them for?
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Post Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:16 am
EddieK1376 well done
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Those look fantastic!!!!!! I'd like some :)

Post Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:11 am
TheRod medium

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I'm more of a boneless/skinless thigh guy myself, but I need to remember this one. I've done thighs a bunch of different ways, but can't say I've ever considered brining them in wing sauce.
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Post Wed Aug 22, 2012 12:53 pm
rogerja well done
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Great looking wings!

Along these lines, one of my favorite brines is based on Stevens's Calgary Wings recipe: I modified it a bit to add salt, woostie, and hot sauce to the beer while marinading, turning it into a brine. I usually can't wait to let them air dry, though, so straight to the WSM with no water pan.

Post Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:27 pm
jsperk well done
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Great job on the wings Z.
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Post Fri Aug 24, 2012 8:05 am
BBcue-Z well done
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Location: Atlanta-GA
Thank you all for the kind words :)

This was more like a snack than a meal :)

I think that a good idea. I’ll have to try that next time I make these wings and compare the results.

I think it took about 1 hour and 45 min.

I usually don’t like to wait for them to dry either, but this time I planned ahead. I soaked them over night on Sat, then placed time on a tray on Sun am, so it was long before dinnertime.
I did see that episode when Steven made the wing you’re referring to. I’ll have to try beer next time.

Post Sun Aug 26, 2012 8:21 pm
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Spectacular, Z! That meal looks 5-star fine dining! :D
Got beer???

Post Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:31 am
ScreamingChicken BBQ Deputy
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Superb! I ate a lot of wings over the weekend but would definitely make room for those!

Post Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:13 am
BillyQ medium-well

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Would you mind posting the measurements for your brine recipe? I'd really like to try these. Thanks.

Post Tue Sep 04, 2012 5:30 pm
BBcue-Z well done
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I don’t usually measure or follow any recipes; I depend on my taste for seasoning of the brine. I normally add salt in small quantities until the brine tastes slightly saltier than what I prefer. I will estimate the amount though so you could give it a try.

For the Brine
1 Gal water
1 Cup coarse salt
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2-3 TBS of Soy Sauce
1 Cup or more to taste, of Buffalo Wing sauce (Used Redhot)
1/4 Cup Cider Vinegar
1/2 Cup Apple Juice
1 cube of chicken Bullion
1 TBS lemon juice, if using a fresh lemon, cut it into pieces and added it to the mixture
2 Cloves of garlic mashed
1 whole onion quartered or 1 tsp of granulated onion
1 tsp of cayenne pepper (more or less based on how hot you prefer it)
1/2 tsp of each black pepper and dried oregano
3 tsp of basic BBQ rub (any kind you prefer would work).
Boil the mixture and taste it, adjust the seasoning based on your preference. Chill it in the refrigerator overnight prior to soaking the wings in it.
Hope you’ll like it.

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