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Serves 4 as an entrée or 6 to 12 as an appetizer

24 chicken wings

2 cups store-bought barbecue sauce

1 cup honey

1 cup wine vinegar

2 tablespoons American chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

4 cloves garlic, minced

4 jalapeño or serrano chiles, minced, including the seeds


Cut of the wing tips and save them for making stock. Cut the wings in half through the joint. In a bowl, combine all the remaining ingredients. Place a deep 12-inch pan over medium-low heat. When hot, add the sauce. Bring to a simmer. Stir in the wings. Bring the liquid to a low boil, cover, turn the heat to low, and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the chicken wings become very tender, about 30 minutes. These can be made up to a day before serving.

Right before serving, bring the wings to a low boil.

Carpenter, H., & Sandison, T. (2008). The Great Wings Book. Chartwell Books, Inc.

Beer Types and Serving Suggestions

Here are some favorite common beers, with some food pairing and serving suggestions:

  • Lager Smooth, light beer, slightly tangy
    Fish, Hamburger, Curry Dishes
  • Pale Ale Light, slight fruity ale
    Green Salads, Fish, Pork, Hamburger
  • Pilsner Light-bodied, mild malt beer with flowery aroma
    Light Soups, Pizza, Fish
  • Brown Ale Smooth, rounded beer with a nutty taste
    Chicken, Salad, Pork 
  • Bock Strong beer with caramel taste
    Chicken, Game, Creamy Desserts, Lamb, Sausage
  • Porter Dark ale with a rich taste
    Cheese, Beef, Barbeque, Fruity or Creamy Desserts
  • Stout Opaque, dry ale with a chocolate taste
    Shellfish, Chocolates, Rich Desserts or Rich Meats

Some other tips:

Beer is a delicious aperitif. Choose a light beer to serve before a meal.

Serve pale beers with light soups and heavy, malty beers with stews.

Light beers are delicious with green salads and vegetable courses.

Serving a chocolate dessert? A rich, sweet, dark beer is the perfect match. Fruitier beers work well with fruit desserts.

A strong sweet beer is a nice digestif, with or without a separate dessert.

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