Ginger Wheat Beer Glazed Wings

I love wings, like a lot. I love beer, like a lot a lot. I combined two of my loves together for this Shock Top Ginger Wheat beer glazed chicken wings. When I first tried Shock Top’s Ginger Wheat Beer (thanks Chip & Renee), I just knew it would be perfect as a glaze on some sort of protein. I am also a huge fan of ginger, it pairs so perfectly with garlic, therefore I came up with this recipe.

When making a glaze or sauce out of beer you should be careful on how much it is reduced. If you go too far it can become bitter or overly hoppy and floral depending on the type of beer you are using. Also, high sugar content beers (stouts, porters, some “fruity” beers) can easily burn, you should be very careful when reducing these types of beers. For this recipe, by adding the honey and reducing it by two-thirds, I rendered a slightly thick sauce loaded with ginger and garlic flavor that will work perfectly as a glaze. These wings were delightfully sweet and loaded with garlic and ginger. You can taste the beer in the background, a slight bitterness comes through but in just the right way.

Reduced beer sauce with garlic and ginger for the wing glaze.

Note: Do not leave your beer boiling on the stove unattended, it will easily boil over or burn, keep stirring it. Taste it about 3/4 of the way through, if you want more sweetness add a little more honey, maybe some salt or more garlic.

Ingredients:

  • 4 lbs. chicken wings (I used frozen)
  • Salt and pepper to taste for wing seasoning
  • 2 bottles (24 oz.) of Shock Top Ginger Wheat Beer, or similar
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced or grated
  • 1 Tbs. of freshly grated ginger
  • 1/4 cup honey (if you like a sweet sauce add another 2-3 Tbs.)
  • 2 Tbs. of unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3/4 tsp. of freshly cracked black pepper
  • For some heat add 1 Tbs. of red pepper flakes

Baked a little over half way with the first round of glaze put on.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees (follow package instructions for frozen wings)
  2. Line a baking sheet with tin foil and spray with cooking spray or my preferred method is putting them on a baking rack, they get much crispier
  3. Season with some salt and pepper to taste and lay out in one layer on baking sheet or rack
  4. Bake in oven for about half the time the package instructions say, approximately 20-25 mins
  5. Make glaze while wings are cooking:
    1. In a sauce pan on medium heat saute garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes stirring often to not burn the garlic
    2. Add both bottles of beer and bring to a boil, medium high to high heat
    3. Boil for 10 minutes and then add honey, salt, and pepper (here you would add the optional red pepper flakes)
    4. Boil for another 10 minutes stirring often to prevent the sauce from boiling over
    5. Add the butter and reduce heat to medium low, you want it to be reduced to one-third of the amount of original liquid. If you reduce too much it gets bitter
  6. Once the wings have cooked for the first 20 mins, brush glaze on both sides of wings and cook for an additional 10 minutes
  7. Take wings out and glaze again, cook for an addition 10 minutes (or what is left of package instructions)
  8. Take wings out and glaze again, turn broil on and crisp up for 3-5 minutes
  9. Serve hot and enjoy!

Feel free to try another beer, just make sure it is something you would drink because reducing it will amplify the flavor of the beer.

This glaze would also be great on some grilled shrimp.

How have you used some of the more flavorful beers like this Shock Top Ginger Wheat?

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