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Tea-Brined Chicken Wings with TABASCO® Honey

Created by Chef Jeff McInnis
AmericanBBQSouthern / Soul Food
Recipe uses Chipotle Sauce
Chipotle Sauce
Makes 6 servings.
Tea-Brined Chicken Wings with TABASCO® Honey
Tea-Brined Chicken Wings with TABASCO® Honey


2 tablespoons olive oil
1 small onion, diced
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 cups brewed strong tea
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons salt
1 tablespoon black peppercorns
2 fresh thyme sprigs
2 pounds chicken wings, each cut at joint, wing tip discarded


BrineHeat oil in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat; cook onion and garlic 3 minutes. Stir frequently. Add tea, sugar, salt, peppercorns and thyme sprigs. Heat to a boil; reduce heat to low. Simmer 10 minutes, until sugar and salt are completely dissolved. Set aside to cool completely.

TABASCO® HoneyCombine TABASCO® Sauce and honey in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Cover and set aside until ready to use. Serve TABASCO® Honey warm or at room temperature.

Chicken WingsPlace chicken wings in a large non-reactive container; pour cooled brine over wings. Cover and refrigerate 12 to 24 hours, stirring occasionally.

To prepare wings, preheat grill to medium.

Remove chicken from brine; discard brine. Grill chicken wings 5 to 10 minutes, turning frequently. Serve with TABASCO® Honey for dipping.

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