Pickling Spice Wings

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I’m a pretty frugal guy. That’s why any time I make corned beef from a package I save the little packet of pickling spice that comes with it. I knew exactly what I was going to do with all of that pickling spice: make some brine for some chicken wings. And boy, was the wait ever worth it. These pickling spice wings way, way, way exceeded my expectations and then some.

Moist, tasty, tender, and still crunchy skin (sometimes hard to do when using a brine), they had a very subtle pickling spice flavor that was not overpowering or harsh. There was also a little sweetness. They were different from any other wings I’ve made or had and were absolutely fantastic.

Pickling Spice Wings

Don’t every throw away those little pickling spice packets since this same brine can be used on other cuts of chicken. Perfect on the grill, in the smoker or on a Char-Broil Big Easy (my hands-down favorite tool for cooking poultry).

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Check out my always-growing list of over 100 homemade wing recipes, including sauces and seasonings!

Pickling Spice Wings
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5 from 1 vote

Pickling Spice Wings

These wings were different and absolutely fantastic
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pickling, wings
Servings: 6
Calories: 626kcal


For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock

For the brine



Calories: 626kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 15g | Trans Fat: 0.4g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 9603mg | Potassium: 738mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 2139IU | Vitamin C: 28mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 3mg

Nutritional values are approximate and will not include any store-bought wing sauce or seasoning nutritional values.

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