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Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings

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Spicy sizzling chicken wings loaded with flavor and grilled to perfection. This is a classic wings recipe, perfect for game day – and so easy to make you won't believe it. With that classic spice in every bite. 

platter of spice rubbed buttermilk brined chicken wings with peppercinis on the side and ranch dipping sauce

This post was sponsored by Mirum, however, thoughts and opinions are my own.  

It's pretty rare that a recipe sends me over the top. Especially a simple one like chicken wings. But whoa, this recipe did just that. I decided to make smoked chicken wings for the game the other day. You know, something basic that gets back to my roots. So, I set out to jazz up some chicken at a friend's house while we waited to see who was making it to the next playoff game. Once I pulled these off the grill, nothing else mattered. 

Do you ever have a moment when you bite into something, and everything goes to the voice of the teacher in the Peanuts specials? That low whomp whomp whomp – because you are totally focused on the pure bliss. This was one of those moments. They were that freaking good! 

Just the week before, a friend brought up that after 3 or 4 wings too many, he was worried because he knew he was going to suffer from heartburn. That totally stinks. Dreading enjoying a meal because of the burn that you know is fated to come. So why not pre-game that problem? 

I tossed him my stash of Omeprazole Orally Disintegrating Tablets (Omeprazole ODT). 

As a little kid, I can remember an uncle of mine who used to complain daily about the heartburn that he would deal with, dreading every single meal. It was really sad, and my friend was going through the same experience. So, I told him all about Omeprazole ODT. It treats the same symptoms as the over-the-counter Omeprazole you're used to picking up, except this one conveniently dissolves on your tongue and tastes like strawberries. You don't even need water to wash it down. It's designed to help treat frequent heartburn symptoms for 24 hours, perfect for my friend who knew his was an everyday discomfort. Plus, it's a store brand, so it's far less expensive than the national brand. 

Fine print: Use as directed for 14 days to treat frequent heartburn (occurring 2 or more days a week). May take 1-4 days for full effect. Not intended for immediate relief.

So, now that the day was saved, we could get back to ignoring the game while we quickly devoured a few dozen of these bad boys. 

What you need for these 

For this recipe, I seasoned buttermilk with a spice blend, lime juice and oddly, pickle juice. Truth be told, I am not a fan of pickles. But it's magic in a buttermilk brine. Let the wings marinate in that for at least 8 hours. 

Then let them sit out and dry. As they get tacky, I sprinkle them with more of that spice blend before tossing them on the grill (see my notes about how I grill these on everything from a charcoal to a pellet grill.).

Ingredients for buttermilk brined smoked chicken wings

How to Smoke Chicken Wings

What I love about smoking chicken wings is you can do it on any grill you have. Whether it's an electric smoker, a kettle, gas grill, or a pellet smoker, they all get the job done. You just need a little smoke. 

Because wings are, well, small, they don't take long at all to cook. So the smoke flavor won't be intense. But it is good. 

I like to cook my wings over a medium-hot fire, mainly because I love a good crispy skin. The trick though, is to ignore all of the rules you know about grilling. Because if you are cooking wings over a hot fire, you are going to have to check on your wings and make sure they aren't setting themselves ablaze. 

I will put them in with the meatier side down and close the lid. Then when I think they are ready to turn, I give them a gentle nudge. If the skin sticks, I don't flip. When they are ready, I will usually dance them around the grill a bit, moving the ones from the back to the front and vice versa. 

If you are using an electric smoker or pellet smoker, pop the chicken in and let it do its magic. I have always had great success with crisp skin in my electric smoker so no need to do anything after they have temped. If you feel like they could be better, pop them on a hot grill and get a little char on the skin. 

buttermilk brined chicken wings step by step collage - with brine, spice rub and grilling

Can you smoke on a gas grill?

Yep. And it's don't tell anyone, but it's super easy. All you have to do is build a smoker packet (or use a smoker box). 

For these wings, I turned a traditional gas grill into the perfect smoker by using a little pro trick. Making a smoke box out of aluminum foil to infuse that smoky flavor even with a gas grill.

To build a smoker packet, I laid down a piece of aluminum foil and placed a handful of dry chips in the center, then I wrapped it, much like you would a burrito, fold the edges over and pinch the ends shut, leaving a pocket where air, or in this case smoke, could escape. Toss that baby on the grill and let it sit for 20 minutes and tell me a gas grill can't smoke.

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platter of spice rubbed buttermilk brined chicken wings with peppercinis on the side and ranch dipping sauce

Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings

Ain't nothing like a classic wing with an amazing spice rub. And this is just that. Buttermilk brined smoked chicken wings with a spice-rubbed kick.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Prep Time: 6 hours

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours 25 minutes

Servings: 6

Calories: 649kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 lbs. chicken wings
  • 4 tbsp. Paprika
  • 1 tbsp. cumin
  • 1 tbsp. Salt
  • 1 tsp. Chili Powder
  • ½ tsp. ground Black Pepper
  • ½ tsp. Red pepper Flakes
  • 4 cups Buttermilk
  • 4 – 6 tbsp. Hot Sauce
  • 2 tbsp. Pickle juice
  • 1 tbsp. Lime juice

Instructions

  • Pat the chicken wings dry. Set aside.

  • Whisk the paprika, cumin, salt, chili powder, black pepper, and red pepper flakes together in a bowl.

  • Whisk 1/2 of the spice mix into the buttermilk.

  • Add the hot sauce, pickle juice, and lime juice.

  • Place the chicken in a large resealable container, or a large Ziplock bag and add the buttermilk mix.

  • Let the chicken sit in the buttermilk 6 to 8 hours in the fridge. If you are using a Ziplock bag, be sure to place it in another dish, no need for leaks.

  • When ready to cook, prepare your grill for smoking.

  • Remove the chicken from the buttermilk brine and allow excess liquid to drip off.

  • Sprinkle ¼ of the remaining seasoning blend over the chicken, coating evenly.

  • When the grill is hot, arrange the chicken wings in an even layer over the grate. Allow them to cook with the lid closed, 10 – 12 minutes.

  • When the chicken pulls easily from the grate, flip and rotate the wings as needed to avoid burning or flare-ups.

  • Cook until the skin is crispy, another 7 – 10 minutes, moving the wings as needed to cook evenly.

  • The wings are done when they read a temperature of 165 degrees F with an instant-read thermometer.

  • Remove the wings from the grill and place them in a big bowl. Add the remainder of the seasoning and a little hot sauce if you dare and toss the whole bowl to coat. The seasoning will stick to the hot chicken wings.

  • Serve with ranch or blue cheese on the side. And napkins.

Notes

It's important to temp the chicken off the heat of the grill for an accurate reading. I use an instant read themometer, like a Thermopen to temp all of my meat for accurate reading. 

These keep for 3 days stored in an airtight container in the fridge. Eat cold, or reteah in the oven on 325 for 15-20 minutes. 

 

Hey, I'm Kita, the Meat Maven, outdoor junkie, campfire connoisseur, adventure-seeking and world traveled recipe developer and photographer behind GirlCarnivore.com. My mission is to break down savory eats and inspire you to get a little grit under your nails while having fun with your food. READ MORE

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By: Kita
Title: Buttermilk Brined Grilled Chicken Wings
Sourced From: girlcarnivore.com/buttermilk-brined-grilled-chicken-wings/
Published Date: 02/01/20

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Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers

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When I'm devising a marinade, I always taste it to ensure the flavor and seasoning are all in line with expectations. It's not uncommon for a marinade to get pushed in a directions that makes it taste a bit overboard on its own, but that's often needed because flavors will get diminished when the marinade is adorning its subject and has been cooked. There have been some marinades though that I try and think, “I'd eat that with a spoon.” I don't think I've actually developed a recipe though where the marinade purposefully did double duty as a meat seasoning and dip, so I figured I might as well give that shot and see how it works out. In the case of these jalapeño-lime chicken skewers, the answer was, surprisingly well.

The trickiest part of this recipe was finding the right balance to the sauce so it would taste good as a dip, but also have enough flavor to work as a marinade. To achieve that, I started with tangy Greek yogurt as a base since that seemed like a good direction for a dual purpose sauce. I pureed the yogurt in a blender with cilantro, cumin, jalapeño, garlic, and lime juice and zest. The result was a sauce that had a good hit of heat, hefty tang, and appealing green hue. The cumin and garlic also gave it some extra depth and nuance that I may have dialed up if this would have been used a marinade alone, but I knew would come out in the final dish after the chicken was dipped in the sauce.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Once I had the sauce settled, I took to the task of cubing up chicken for the skewers. I advocate for chicken thighs for this use in most instance because the added flavor and fat in the dark meat adds insurance to ending with juicy results. The only place breasts actually do better than thighs in this application is they cube up more nicely—for the thighs, I sometimes have to cut longer strips that I then fold over on the skewer to arrive at a more cube-like shape.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

After the chicken was prepped, I moved it into a medium bowl and poured in roughly half the sauce. I tossed that to ensure the chicken was all well coated, then covered, and set it in the fridge. While the marinade had a fair amount of lime juice, the citric acid doesn't have such a drastic effect on the texture of the meat that it can't be left to marinate overnight. The marinade doesn't need that long though to do its work and I only let mine rest in the fridge for about six hours—prepping it in the morning and then cooking it in the mid-afternoon.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

When the time came to grill, I skewered up the chicken and then lit a full chimney of coals. After letting the grill preheat, I placed the skewers over direct, high heat and let them cook. At the start, they stuck to the grates with might, but as they seared, the meat began to release and I was able to begin flipping.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

I had to deal with some sticking still here and there, but nothing that a little extra scrape with the tongs couldn't handle. As each side was more evenly seared, I was able to move the chicken around easier, at which point I flipped and turned them more regularly so they would be well browned and cooked through all over. You can always test doneness with an instant-read thermometer—you're looking for between 160 to 165°F—but I found for this recipe, once everything was well browned, the chicken was definitely done, which took about ten minutes of grilling time total.

Jalapeño-lime Chicken Skewers

Following the glamour shots, I verified chicken itself had a very nice flavor. The marinade definitely was on the lighter side, but the brightness of the lime and cilantro came through along with a bit of earthiness from the cumin and fruitiness from the jalapeño, but with very little heat. That mellow, yet effective, flavor got a big boost after a dip in the reserved sauce, which brought in a lot of what was already happening, but in a more pronounced way that also delivered a nice spiciness which was balanced by the cooling yogurt. It definitely made a good case that a sauce can do dual work as a marinade and dip given the right attention to detail.

Published on Thu Sep 9, 2021 by Joshua Bousel

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  • Yield 4 servings
  • Prep 15 Minutes
  • Inactive 4 Hours
  • Cook 10 Minutes
  • Total 4 Hours 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • For the Sauce
  • 2 cups Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup packed roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 medium jalapeño, stemmed and roughly chopped
  • 2 medium cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon light brown sugar
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  •  
  • 2lbs chicken thighs, cut into 1 1/2-inch cubes
  • Metal or bamboo skewers
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Procedure

  1. To make the marinade: Place yogurt, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, jalapeño, garlic, lime zest, soy sauce, cumin, and brown sugar in the jar of a blender. Puree until all ingredients are very finely chopped and sauce is green and smooth. Transfer 1/2 of sauce to a medium bowl, add in cubed chicken, and to evenly coat. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator and marinate for 4 hours to overnight. Transfer remaining sauce to an airtight container and place in refrigerator.
  2. Thread chicken onto skewers so each piece is touching the next.
  3. Light one chimney full of charcoal. When all charcoal is lit and covered with gray ash, pour out and spread the coals evenly over entire surface of coal grate. Set cooking grate in place, cover grill and allow to preheat for 5 minutes. Clean and oil the grilling grate. Grill chicken, turning occasionally, until well browned on all sides and center of meat registers between 160-165°F on an instant read thermometer, about 10 minutes total. Transfer skewers to platter and let rest for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro and serve immediately with reserved sauce for dipping.

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Title: Jalapeño-Lime Chicken Skewers
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Published Date: 09/09/21

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Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip

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I used a long slender knife to make a cut all the way from the wide end of the tri-tip to the narrow end. I stopped just short of cutting through the narrow end.

The best way to do this is to make a cut all the way through then turn your knife about 45°F and make another cut all the way through.

Insert about a teaspoon of butter in the entryway..

Push the kielbasa, hotlink, etc. all the way in. If it's having too much trouble, try making the cavity just a little wider with your knife.

I used a link of all beef kielbasa with jalapeños in my stuffed tri-tip.

Sprinkle about 1.5 to 2 teaspoons of course kosher salt on the top side of the tri-tip. I use Morton's in the blue box since it is flaked and dissolves much faster and easier than most other kosher salt. Feel free to use another brand/kind but the amount may need to be modified slightly depending on its granule shape and size.

Please see my article on wet brining vs. dry brining for an in-depth look at this subject.

I also sprinkled it real good with my Texas style rub (Purchase formula here | Purchase bottled rub)

Place the tri-tip in the fridge overnight if possible or at least 4 hours to give the salt plenty of time to react with the meat.

Here it is after 10 hours.. ready to go in the smoker.

Setup your smoker for cooking at about 225°F using indirect heat. If your smoker uses a water pan, fill it up.

Once your smoker is heated up and producing smoke, place the tri-tip directly on the grate or you can use a pan/rack to ensure the smoke is able to get to all sides.

I used the Hasty Bake Legacy for this cook.. you can use any smoker or even the grill for this as long as you maintain the correct temperature and remove it when it reaches it's perfect finish temperature.

Let the tri-tip cook for 2 hours or until it reaches an internal temperature of 130°F. If you run at 275°F, it will get done in about an hour or less.

If you want to finish the tri-tip with a sear (recommended), remove it from the smoker when it reaches 110°F and place it on a very hot grill, griddle or iron pan. Sear all sides of the tri-tip and don't forget the sides/edges.

On the Hasty Bake you simply need to remove the deflector over the charcoal pan and raise the pan so that it sits right below the grates in the “sear” position.

Watch the meat carefully and turn as required to sear evenly.

Once the tri-tip is finished cooking, set it on a cutting board and slice it according to the diagram on THIS PAGE.

Just beautiful!!

All sliced up!

Great recipe, Rob! It was really cool having a piece of sausage/hot link nestled into each slice and the flavor was out of this world!

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Title: Hot Link Stuffed Tri-tip
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Published Date: 04/29/21

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Mad Scientist BBQ Spare Ribs v2.0

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Smoked another slab or ribs and this time I started up the XL slowly to better control the temp. Rubbed with a little Kosher Salt and Oakridge Dominator Sweet Rib Rub. Smoked for 4 hours at 225. Ramped temp up to 275 gradually for an hour. Then wrapped in foil for 30 minutes. Unwrapped and glazed with Rufus Teague Honey Sweet for 30 minutes. This time each rib was moist compared to my last attempt. I believe this is because I was able to control the temp better by not opening the dome several times to spritz. Next time I may go back to Salt and Pepper for the rub and apply 2 hours prior to the cook. My thermapen was probing tender after the short wrap and the temp was 190 internal.

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Published Date: 04/26/21

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