Monday, April 7, 2014

Citrus Beer Hot Wings

My boyfriend and I love to cook, and we love beer, so why not combine our passions? We made these citrus beer hot wings on one those freakishly cold days we were having earlier this year, and damn were they hot! Next time we'll ease up on the hot sauces but if you're looking for a wing recipe that's spicy AND flavorful, then this is the recipe for you.


- 3 lbs chicken wings (or cut up breasts to make boneless wings)                                                   
- 12 oz citrus-y beer + 1/4 cup set aside (we combined Steigl Radler Grapefruit and Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat)- 1 1/2 tsps baking powder
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp smoked cayenne pepper
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 cup hot sauce (we combined Speedy's Honey Habanero Sauce and Marie Sharp's Orange Pulp Habanero Pepper Sauce)
- 1/4 cup sriracha
- 1/4 lemon, squeezed
- 1 tbsp honey
Rinse chicken under cold running water and blot with paper towels to dry. With a sharp knife remove the tips off the wings and discard. Then cut again through the joint. Marinate wings in beer in a non-reactive container in the refrigerator at least 5 hours and up to overnight.

Drain the wings and blot with paper towels to dry. Combine olive oil, spices and salt. Whisk in the 1/4 cup beer to combine. Toss the wings in wet rub. Arrange the wings in a single layer on a drying rack on top of a baking sheet. Broil on high heat for 20 minutes turning half way through. Flip again and broil an additional five minutes moving wings from the edge to the center for extra crispness.

In a large bowl combine sirracha, hot sauce, lemon juice and honey. Toss the wings to coat, then serve with lots of paper towels and beer. We enjoyed ours with Southern Tier's Crème Brulee and Krampus Lager that we found earlier that day while on one of our beer adventures.

FYI, if you are in the 757 area, you can find the hot sauces at Sam's Sauce Shoppe in Landstown Commons.

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