Beer-Brined Buffalo Wings

Brining brings out the succulence of poultry, and this quick-brine of salt, beer and brown sugar will intensify the taste of these spicy wings. To make them truly authentic, serve with ranch dressing and crisp celery stalks.

  • Prep Time 20 min
  • Total Time 1 hr 25 min
  • Servings 12


tablespoon packed brown sugar
tablespoon coarse salt
bottle (12 oz) beer
lb chicken wings (12)
1 1/2
teaspoons onion powder
1 1/2
teaspoons garlic powder
1 1/2
teaspoons paprika
cup butter
cup red pepper sauce

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. Line cookie sheet with foil.
  • 2 In large bowl, beat brown sugar, salt and beer with whisk. Add chicken wings; toss gently to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes to brine.
  • 3 In large resealable food-storage plastic bag, mix onion powder, garlic powder and paprika. Drain chicken; pat dry with paper towels. Discard brine. Add chicken to bag; toss until evenly coated. Place chicken on cookie sheet.
  • 4 In 1-quart saucepan, melt butter. Stir in pepper sauce. Heat to a simmer. Pour mixture over wings.
  • 5 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until juice of chicken is clear when thickest part is cut to bone (165°F). If desired, shake extra pepper sauce over wings after baking.

Expert Tips

Serve with a side of ranch dressing and celery.