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Tabasco Chicken Wings

Tabasco Chicken Wings

These Tabasco Chicken wings get a double dose of heat. They are brined in a Tabasco solution but also get a Tabasco Buffalo sauce at the end. 
Photo by: Isaac Wedin/Public Domain
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American Food
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 6 People
Calories: 281kcal


  • 2 1/2-3 pounds chicken wings flats and drummettes
  • for brine:
  • 1 quart cold water
  • 1/4 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Tobasco sauce
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • for rub:
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • for sauce:
  • 3/4 cup Tobasco sauce
  • 1/2 cup butter unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper optional


  • Combine brine ingredients in a large bowl. Add chicken to mixture, cover, and place into the refrigerator for 2 hours. Remove from bowl, discard brine and rinse off wings. Blot dry with paper towels and place onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Use two if needed.
  • Preheat grill for medium-high heat or oven for 350 degrees F. Combine rub and season wings. Place onto the grill or in oven for 40 minutes, or until the wings register and an internal temperature of 175 degrees F. Reduce heat on the grill if flare-ups occur, or simply move to a cooler part of the grill and cook over indirect heat until done.
  • While wings are cooking, bring sauce ingredients to a light simmer over medium-high heat. Stir, reduce heat and let the sauce simmer over low for about 4-5 minutes.
  • Once wings are cooked, place into a large clean bowl. Pour warm sauce over top and using a sturdy pair of tongs, toss to coat. Serve immediately with a side of chunky blue cheese dressing.
  • Store leftover wings in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days. I recommend rewarming them in the oven for better texture.


Things to think about with the recipe:
Tobasco Sauce: We are using the original red sauce for this recipe. I have not used the green jalapeno sauce or any of the others on this dish. However, if you'd like to experiment and report back your findings, we would love to hear from you. For the more daring taste buds, I recommend trying the habanero Tobasco sauce, and for a smokier finish, chipotle is always a good choice.


Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 4919mg | Potassium: 227mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 230IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 47mg | Iron: 1mg