Photo by Farideh Sadeghin
Serves: 6 to 8
Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 45 minutes, plus 8 hours of brining
for the brine:
¾ cup|120 grams kosher salt
2 (12-ounce|375 ml) cans beer, preferably Pilsner-style lager
3 pounds|1.36 kg chicken wings
for the dry rub:
1 tablespoon onion powder
2 teaspoons garlic powder
2 teaspoons mustard powder
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
for the dipping sauce:
1 cup|225 grams Greek yogurt
2 tablespoons minced dill
2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives, plus more for serving
1 ½ tablespoons apple cider vinegar
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
8 tablespoons|113 grams unsalted butter, melted
Persian cucumbers, cut into wedges
- Brine the chicken: Dissolve the salt in the beer in a large bowl. Add the chicken and cover. Refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
- Remove the chicken from the brine, discarding the brine. Place the chicken on a sheet tray fitted with a cooling rack and pat the chicken dry. Refrigerate at least 4 more hours, preferably overnight.
- Make the dry rub: Mix all of the ingredients except for the oil together in a small bowl and set aside until ready to grill.
- Make the dipping sauce: Mix all of the ingredients together in a small bowl, cover, and refrigerate until ready to use.
- Grill the wings: Toss the wings with the oil, then sprinkle all over with the dry rub. Grill, flipping once, until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the wing reads 165°F, about 15 minutes. Transfer the wings to a large bowl to rest for 10 minutes, then pour in the melted butter and toss to coat.
- To serve, transfer the wings to a platter with the lemon wedges and cucumbers. Transfer the sauce to a small serving bowl and grind some black pepper over the top, then sprinkle the dip with chives. Have plenty of napkins nearby because this shit gets messy.
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