Pale ale brined “Trolls Wings” & Cuvée des Trolls BBQ Sauce

Pale ale brined “Trolls Wings” & Cuvée des Trolls BBQ Sauce

You are looking for a delicious new BBQ project and like a good beer? These

You might think I’ve been a bit too much lately? I guess with a title post as “Trolls wings” you have all reason to think so. Yet I firmly deny this presumption. Actually I used the beer for cooking. Ok I admit… Not all of it, but these wings are named after the belgian pale ale “Cuvée des Trolls”. Read on, find out why and thank my youngest kid for asking chicken wings for dinner.

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Trolls Wings

I’ve been interested in cooking with beer for a while. Some might remember the delicious “Hopus Mussels” or the “Beer braised Rabbit stew” I made a while ago. A friend of mine often brines his chicken in cherry beer. Believe me, they taste delicious! Recently I stumbled on this Hoppy IPA BBQ Sauce and based my BBQ sauce on this recipe. Since the only IPA’s I had at home were lonely bottles of beer I had never drunk before, I replaced it by “Cuvée des Trolls”. Hence the name “Trolls wings”.

Trolls Wings

Beer Brine

The belgian strong pale ale is slightly bitter and has some sweet citrus hints in it. An excellent replacement for the IPA I thought. Besides using the beer in The BBQ sauce, I also used it for the chicken brine I made based on the chicken brine I found in the book “Grill, Smoke, BBQ” by Ben Tish. One of the great BBQ books that didn’t made it to my “Book Shelf” yet. I still want to write a review about it but it seems I never get there… It’s a good book bringing something different than most “classic BBQ books”.

Trolls wings

The result was pretty tasteful. Especially when you’re looking for something different these “Trolls wings” might surprise you. The “Cuvéé des Trolls” adds some fresh slightly bitter citrus notes to the wings on top of the delicious spices by my favorite rub. Yet I have to admit those wings made by my mate were even better. So I guess you can expect some more wings soon. Luckily my sons won’t complain. They were the ones begging to eat some wings again. They had some good memories on the popular “Blessed Bastard Wings” I made before. I recently noticed they got more than 10k views. How insane is that?

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Trolls Wings – Delicious chicken wings with a Cuvée des Trolls based BBQ Sauce

Trolls Wings – Delicious chicken wings with a Cuvée des Trolls based BBQ Sauce


  • 600 gr. chicken wings
  • 1 tbsp. Magic Dust Rub Buy here or Make it yourself!
  • For the Trolls beer Brine:
  • 250 ml. cuvée des trolls
  • 250 ml. water
  • 50 gr. coarse seasalt
  • 25 gr. fine sugar
  • zest of a half lemon in thin slices
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp. grounded star anis
  • For the Trolls beer BBQ Sauce
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 small red onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 small jalapeno, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 cup Cuvée des Trolls
  • 2 garlic cloves, pressed or finely minced
  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • Juice of a fresh orange
  • Zest of 1/2 or 1 orange
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder


Making the Trolls beer brine

1. Mix all ingredients for the trolls beer brine. Bring to heat and let the ingredients cook for about 5 minutes. Let the brine cool down and add it to a ziplock bag. Put the wings in the bag and close it. Put it in the fridge for 3 hrs.

Trolls beer BBQ sauce

2. While the wings are brining you can start cooking your BBQ sauce. Fire up your BBQ for direct cooking on hot fire.

3. While your BBQ is gaining heat you finely chop the red onion, jalapeno and garlic cloves.

4. Put a cast iron sauce pot on the grid and add some olive oil.

5. Once the olive oil is hot add the mustard powder and let it cook for 2 minutes to set the flavors free.

6. Add the onion, jalapeno and cloves and cook them until translucent.

7. Add 1 cup of Cuvée des trolls, 2 cups of ketchup, 1/2 cup cider vinegar, juice of 1 fresh orange, zest of 1/2 orange and 3/4 cup packed brown sugar. Let cook until the sauce is reduced, thick and sticky. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Grilling Time

8. Remove the brine from the wings and thoroughly rinse the wings. If you don't do this good enough you will end up with salty wings.

9. Pat the wings dry and rub them with magic dust rub to taste.

10. Grill the wings on a medium/hot fire (+-200°C/400°F). If possible put the coals on one side of the bbq to create a lower heat zone to prevent the wings from burning.

11. Turn the wings after 5 minutes and glaze them with the blessed bastard BBQ sauce.

12. Move them to the medium heat zone for another 15 minutes (+-)

Have a nice meal.

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In this post: 
- There's an affiliate link on the book "Grill Smoke BBQ" by "Ben Tish", "Le Creuset cast iron saucepan", "Magic Dust rub" and "The Ziplock Bags"
- The Cuvée des trolls was used without any commercial links. I bought the beer myself and don't get money for promoting the product.

All opinions shared are my own.