In a large bowl, combine the salt and sugar in water so that the sugar and salt can dissolve.
In another smaller bowl, add the black pepper, vinegar, and red pepper flakes. Also, you may include other ingredients based on your personal preference. For example, garlic powder, fresh thyme, a teaspoon of honey, a teaspoon of lemon juice, etc.
Mix all these flavor components well to combine.
Once done, pour the vinegar and pepper mixture into the sugar and saltwater solution – then add your wings.
Make sure to combine your meat and brine solution thoroughly to submerge.
Use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl, or you can choose to pour the content into a plastic bag.
Either way, place it in the refrigerator and leave it to sit there for about 2 – 4 hours.
Once you take the wings out, pat them dry and continue the cooking process with your preferred method.
You can opt to grill, bake, smoke, or fry your brined wings.