Tweety Wings – Coke brined chicken wings

Tweety Wings – Coke brined chicken wings

 There’s something beautiful about child memories! We had a lot of fun watching Tweety as a kid. Imagine what Sylvester would do if he finally managed to get the cute bird. I bet he would love to make these tweety wings. But once again he won’t get the chance to taste them! I bet you and the kids will eat them before the “Pussy Cat” gets the chance!

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Tweety Wings rub

Tweety Wings Rub

Sometimes creativity is born out of challenges. One of my guests had an allergy for paprika. That made me realise most of my recipes contain paprika or paprika powder. So I started mixing some spices to create a paprika and pepper free rub. I aimed for a fresh tasting rub with some power. Therefore I opted for cilantro, laos (or galangal powder), lemon pepper and a hint of anis. The laos has a fresh gingerlike taste. I also added curry and turmeric to the rub. This way the wings get a nice yellow colour that made me think about the cute little Tweety. Some great childhood memories came back. For instance the cozy moments watching the cartoon with a big glass of coke. This made me realise I could brine the tweety wings in coke for extra flavor. Perfect for a party with a lot of kids.

Coke brine

The Coke brine is easy to make but I bet you it’s mindblowing! I made a similar coke brine like this one. It did taste delicious but the chicken didn’t had much coke taste in the end. The additional lemon juice empowers the taste of coke in the grilled wings. Since the Tweety Rub contains some eastern influences I added some of them to the coke brine. Besides the lemon juice I also added coriander seeds and cilantro for a fresh note. If you don’t like cilantro you can skip it but it’s very subtle.

Tweety Wings

Finishing touch

The finishing touch is important for us adults! By adding these ingredients you will make these wings a party showstopper! Just look at those wings. Who’s not curious to taste the beautiful wings? The green Cilantro puts the emphasis on the yellow wings and adds a refreshing note (for those who like cilantro). The seroendeng adds some texture to the grilled wings. Seroendeng is an indonesian sidedisch consisting of roasted coconut and peanuts. Tastes that compliment well with the Asian influences in both the rub and brine. You can make Seroendeng yourself or buy it over here.

Tweety wings

Serve with a fresh ale

I opened a bottle of “Ceci n’Ipa” by the belgian “De Feniks” brewery. I’m not a beer expert and know nothing about beer pairing. But the refreshing taste of this delicious slightly bitter beer tasted delicious with the wings. The citrus notes in the beer go along with the cilantro and curry rub. In my opinion both the tweety wings and the beer improved the taste of each other. So I guess that’s what beer pairing is about?

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Tweety Wings - Coke brined wings

Who remembers the cute little cartoon Tweety? The bird might be cute but I guess Sylvester had this in mind all the time. Could you be mad at him for trying to catch the bird? In fact the kids love these too! The coke brined wings with a indonesian style curry based rub were a welcome meal for our little guests (and their parrents). 

Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: BBQ Bastard
  • 1 kg chicken wings
  • 2 tbsp rapeseed oil
For the Brine
  • 1 l coke
  • 8 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp laos
  • 1/2 tbsp ground coriander seeds
  • 4 tbsp salt
  • 4 tbsp ketjap manis
For the Curry Rub
  • 2 parts brown sugar
  • 2 parts lemon pepper or 1 pepper/1 lemon zest
  • 2 parts dried cilantro
  • 1 part turmeric
  • 1 part curry powder
  • 1 part ground coriander seeds
  • 1 part laos
  • 1/2 part ground fennel seeds
  • 1 hand fresh cilantro
  • 2 tbsp. seroendeng
Brine the wings (at least 4 hrs. ahead)
  1. Start by mixing the brine ingredients in a large pot. Heat until the coke brine starts to boil. Turn of the heat and let cool down. This way the flavors will infuse and make a awesome tasting brine. 

  2. Put in the wings when the brine is cold and put aside in the fridge for about 4 hrs. minimum.

  3. Remove the brine and pat the wings dry with a dishcloth. Put back in the fridge while you make the rub.

Add the rub and grill them
  1. Mix all rub ingredients by hand so you can break up possible clumps.

    Find Laos here

  2. Oil the wings with the rapeseed oil and thoroughly rub them with the curry rub you just made. Take it easy on the rub to keep the balance with the brined wings. 

  3. Set-up your grill for direct grilling at medium heat (about 150°C/300°F). But make sure you have a low heat zone too.

  4. Grill the wings until they are no longer pink and the juices are clear when you poke them (about 25-30 min.). Some might be done earlier. Move those to the low heat zone. The skin should be nice slightly charred and crispy by now. If not you can raise the heat and grill them for a couple of moments. 

    Hint: if you want to keep them hot you can put them aside at a low heat indirect fired grill from about 90°C for a while. They will stay nice and juicy (at least in a kamado). 

Finnish and serve
  1. Remove the wings from the grill and top them with seroendeng(buy here or make it yourself) and thinly chopped fresh cilantro. Serve as appetizer or with a bowl of apple sauce and fries. The kids will love it and Sylvester... Ah the poor old pussycat will be too late again...

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