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Drunk in Rub: Whiskey-brined Smoked Chicken Wings

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Note: This recipe was part of a Beyonce-themed dinner party – see the entire menu here.

The punny name came before the recipe for this Beyonce-themed “We Like to Party” first course. Drunk in Rub was the 2nd menu item I thought of, then reversed engineered a recipe based on the name. I knew it needed liquor, and I knew it needed a rub. I decided to add whiskey to my regular brine recipe, because I had it on hand. You can experiment with other types of alcohol, but the whiskey-lemon combination worked out well. For the rub, I knew I wanted a crunchy element. While I was wandering around the Korean market (yay, Zion!), I passed by honey powder, which I had never seen before and had no idea how it was used. So, naturally, I bought it. It was exactly the little bit of crunchy sweetness I wanted to add to these wings. If you can’t find honey powder, you can try a coarse turbinado sugar. The key is that it should be a coarse sweet thing, not fine like regular granulated sugar.

Wiiiiings!!

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

You’ll need sea salt, whiskey, chicken wings, brown sugar, lemons, garlic and black pepper.

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

Combine the ingredients for the brine in either a couple of large gallon-sized resealable bags, or in a container large enough to fit the chicken + an additional 8 cups of water.

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

Using a stovetop smoker, smoke over medium-low heat using apple wood cips (or your favorite light fruit wood) for one hour.

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

After smoking, let rest at room temp for about an hour. You can also keep these chilled for up to 3 days. Yay for do-ahead dinner party food!

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

Deep fry at 450F for 8-10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Drain on paper towels and immediately season with Slap Ya Mama and dehydrated honey powder.
Photo by Mikee Catacutan

drunk in rub - whiskey-brined smoked chicken wings on FMITK.com

Serve immediately!
Photo by Chantal Pasag

 

Drunk in Rub: Whiskey-brined Smoked Chicken Wings
 
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This isn't your every day chicken wing recipe - it requires a lot of love and time, but it's so worth it!
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Serves: 30-40 wings
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  1. Combine brown sugar, sea salt and whiskey in a large container large enough to contain all of the chicken and 8 cups of water. Alternately, you can split the ingredients evenly between two large gallon resealable bags (which is what I prefer). Add in 1 cup of hot water to dissolve the sea salt and brown sugar. Once dissolved, add in peppercorns, crushed garlic, lemon slices and chicken wings. Add 8 cups of cold water. Refrigerate and let brine for at least one hour, and up to 6. Any longer than 6 hours and your wings may get too salty from the brine.
  2. Rinse chicken and discard brine. Pat chicken dry with paper towels. Using a stovetop smoker (if you're feeling DIY'ish, you can make your own stovetop smoker! Directions here.)
  3. Smoke over medium-low heat using apple wood chips (or your favorite light fruit wood) for 1 hour. Let rest and cool to room temperature at least one hour, or keep refrigerated up to 3 days.
  4. Heat about 3" of peanut oil in a large pot or a deep fryer to 450F. Fry at until skin is golden and crispy, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Place on paper towels to drain and immediately season with a light sprinkle of Slap Ya Mama (or your favorite spicy seasoning blend) and honey powder (or a coarse sugar, like turbinado). Enjoy immediately!

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5 replies
  1. sundiegoeats
    sundiegoeats says:

    I bought the honey powder from Zion too! Still have not found a way to use it, but glad to to find a recipe that employs it! And these names are awesome, Peartition has to be my favorite….

    Reply
  2. Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence
    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence says:

    Ah ha! I was wondering where the heat was coming from. Slap Ya Mama!! These wings had a nice lingering heat balanced by the honey powder.

    Reply

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