I wouldn't go handing out any shares of my company until I really knew the dev team well and had vetted them thoroughly. Reason being, once they have shares, they're with you for life (of your company).
Why not begin working with them and if they're solid and you guys have a good relationship, then consider weening off dollars and get them onto equity?
If you're looking for a vetted team, I know a few people. Feel free to reach out.