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Tailgate Recipe: Nashville Wings from The Ravenous Pig

When you think of football, you probably start craving chicken wings. This recipe is one that you will definitely want to make as you cheer on your team. It’s easy to execute during a tailgate or to prepare at home for a game day get-together. 


• Several pounds chicken wings

For the brine:

• 1 cup salt

• 1/2 cup sugar

• 1 gallon water

For the Nashville rub:

• 1/4 cup salt

• 1/4 cup sugar

• 3/4 cup paprika

• 3 tablespoons garlic powder

• 3 tablespoons onion powder

• 3/4 cup brown sugar

For the ‘Bama white BBQ sauce:

• 1 quart Duke’s mayonnaise 

• 1 cup apple cider vinegar

• 2 tablespoons onion powder

• 1 tablespoon garlic powder

• 1 tablespoon celery seed

• 1 tablespoon sugar

• 2 oranges, zest and juice

• Salt to taste


Prepare the brine by combining the water, salt and sugar then pouring it over the chicken wings until covered. Let the wings sit in the brine for 4 hours. While the chicken is brining, add all ingredients for the Nashville rub into a bowl and mix completely. Set aside. Add the apple cider vinegar, onion and garlic powders, celery seed, sugar, salt and orange zest/juice to the mayonnaise and stir until combined and refrigerate until ready to use. This should make approximately 1.5 quarts. Remove the wings from the brine and pat dry. Toss wings in the Nashville rub until coated completely. Grill the wings until thoroughly cooked and serve with the “Bama white BBQ sauce. 


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