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Brine For Chicken Wings

Brining your chicken wings comes with loads of additional flavor. Each of the ingredients in your brine mixture plays a vital role.
Prep Time10 mins
Resting Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Dinner, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Barbecue
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 125kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 3


  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tbs cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs salt
  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 3 tbs red pepper flakes
  • 1 lbs chicken wings
  • Larger container or bowl


  • 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.