Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wings

If you’ve got friends that want just a bit of heat and a good bit of sweet, then Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wing sauce is exactly what you are looking for. This is a stick-to-your-wings thicker sauce, almost BBQ sauce-y in thickness and taste. It’s mild in the spicy department, but I found it to be quite nice even though I usually prefer more heat. It’s pretty sweet, which is a welcome change from those vinegary Buffalo wings you might be used to having.

Texas Pete's Fiery Sweet Wings

Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wing sauce is great for much more than wings. It makes for a fantastic dipping sauce for chicken nuggets. And it’s a great substitute for BBQ sauce, too. Slather it on some grilled ribs or chicken. Or burgers! Yummy!

Texas Pete’s Fiery Sweet Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

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Cravin’ Cajun Wings

I usually make my own sauce when it comes to Cajun-flavored chicken wings. But, for something new I grabbed a bottle of Cravin’ Cajun Wing Sauce from Louisiana Fish Fry Products. Our local grocery store has a number of Cajun-seasoned items. Thankfully. Cravin’ Cajun wing sauce has a nice hot sauce kick to it, sort of like a traditional wing sauce, but with some great southern spice.

Cravin Cajun Wings

So I just made up a batch of wings my usual way, cooking them on the Char-Broil Big Easy for a bit. You can also make them on a grill, smoker, in the oven or in a deep fryer. Then I tossed them in some Cravin’ Cajun sauce and served them with Ranch dipping sauce. Easy. Great.

Want a really great way to cook up a huge batch of kickin’ good chicken nuggets? Just heat your favorite frozen pre-cooked nuggets as the package says, then put them in a large bowl. Pour on the Cravin’ Cajun sauce and toss to coat. Perfect for a huge party and down-right absolutely delicious!

Cravin’ Cajun Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

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Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

I’m always in the mood for a big ole batch of chicken wings. They don’t always have to be spicy, and they don’t always have to be traditional. But the other day I was craving that great Buffalo-wing flavor. With a twist. So I fired up my grilled and made a few spicy Buffalo Ranch wings. These wings have just the right amount of heat. With a hint of Ranch dressing… without the dressing.

Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

I thoroughly enjoyed my spicy Buffalo Ranch wings. They really hit the spot. The sauce is the right consistency, the right spiciness. I think the sauce is perfect for a wing party. It’s a nice change from ‘just’ straight-up Buffalo wings.

Spicy Buffalo Ranch Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Your favorite wing seasoning I used Fire-Eater Rub

For the sauce

  • 3/4 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter melted
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 envelope Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika

Instructions

For the sauce (prepare when you start cooking the wings)

  • Combine ingredients in a sauce pan over low heat. Stir to combine.

Notes

You can substitute 1 cup of your favorite bottled Buffalo Wing Sauce for the hot sauce, vinegar and butter. I use Frank’s RedHot Wing Sauce.

Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing Wings

If you like the Thai’R Cracker sauce from Quaker Steak and Lube (it’s Anita’s favorite, by far) you’re going to love the Asian Zing sauce from Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s similar in taste and consistency, but a bit spicier. Actually it’s a good bit spicier. Lightly sweet, it’s finger-licking good and one of my favorite BW3 sauces.

Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing Wings

I’ve been known to use Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing wing sauce on much more than wings. I love it as a dipping sauce for homemade pork or chicken egg rolls. And it totally rocks for dunking chicken nuggets.

Buffalo Wild Wings Asian Zing Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

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Chipotle Pumpkin Wings

I was mighty skeptical about pumpkin on chicken wings. Sure, I’m in the Halloween mood, but hey, are we sure we should be messing with my beloved chicken wings? Yes, yes we should is the answer, because chipotle pumpkin wings are just flat out crazy good. There’s a wonderful smoky heat from the chipotles, with just a hint of sweetness from the pumpkin. The pumpkin flavor is there, but it’s not like you’re going to think you’re eating grandma’s favorite pumpkin pie.

The chipotle pumpkin sauce is not only great on wings, but it is just as fantastic on ribs. Personally, I like heat, so I put quite a bit of chipotle in the sauce. Tone it back or add more depending on your tastes. The pumpkin flavor is subtle, so if you want it to be more pronounced add a bit more, but go slow.

Chipotle Pumpkin Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Your favorite wing seasoning I used Fire-Eater Rub

For the sauce

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 7 ounces chipotle sauce or 4 chipotles, chopped with some of the sauce
  • 5 tablespoons canned pumpkin

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Whisk, heating thoroughly. Keep warm until ready to use.

Teriyaki Dry Wings

Man, these teriyaki dry wings were so good. They disappeared in no time at all. It’s amazing the great flavors you can get with so few ingredients and in no time at all. You can’t beat these wings. The star of the show is the dipping sauce.

Teriyaki Dry Wings

I used my Char-Broil The Big Easy TRU-Infrared Oil-less Turkey Fryer to cook Teriyaki wings, but you can use a regular grill or even bake them in the oven.

Teriyaki Dry Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 1 batch chicken brine from below
  • Your favorite wing seasoning I used Fire-Eater Rub
  • 1 batch Teriyaki wing sauce from below

For the chicken brine

  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup sea salt
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed oregano you can substitute you favorite spices

For the Teriyaki wing sauce

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 4 tablespoons water

Instructions

For the wings

For the chicken brine

  • Combine all ingredients.

For the Teriyaki wing sauce

  • Place all ingredients except the cornstarch and water in a small sauce pan over medium high heat. Stir.
  • In a small bowl or cup, whisk together the cornstarch and water. Slowly pour into the pan, whisking as you go.
  • Bring to a simmer and continue simmering, stirring often, until thickened.

Buffalo Sauce-Injected Wings

Oh how many thousands of wings have I eaten? I sure do love my wings. But you know, maybe a little something was missing. Once you get inside the wing, well, there’s just chicken. Good tasty moist chicken, sure. But no sauce. What if instead of tossing my wings with sauce I injected them with it instead? So I did. Buffalo sauce-injected wings are crazy good and fantastically different. Crispy skin on the outside with a burst of wing sauce in the middle. No lame wings here.

Buffalo Sauce-Injected Wings

I really enjoyed these Buffalo-sauce injected wings. It’s like I get the best of all the tastes. I get to enjoy my wing seasoning. None of it is diluted after the wing has been covered in sauce. And I get my wing sauce, and lots of it. I didn’t end up with a lake of sauce at the bottom of my plate. It was definitely a chicken wing win, and a real attention-getter at a party.

Of course, you don’t have to use just Buffalo wing sauce like I did. Any wing sauce will work, but you’ll want to try and use ones that are thin enough to make it through your injector. And don’t skimp on the injector either.

Buffalo Sauce-Injected Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • Your favorite wing seasoning I used Fire-Eater Rub
  • Your favorite Buffalo wing sauce warmed if refrigerated

Instructions

  • Place wings in a large resealable baggie or container.
  • Add the oil. Seal and shake to coat. Add the seasoning, seal, and shake to coat.
  • Refrigerate for 1-4 hours.
  • Insert an injector into the bottle of wing sauce and fill the injector. Alternatively, pour some of the sauce into a tall glass or cup and fill the injector from it.
  • Insert the end of the needle into each wing and gently push down on the plunger to fill the wing with sauce. Slowly remove the needle and inject the remaining wings. Serve.

Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey Wings

I love to make my own wing sauces, but I have to admit, I’m a sucker for bottled sauces too. Specially when they’re as good as the Smoked Jalapeno Honey wing sauce from Quaker Steak and Lube. Anita I had lunch at a Quaker Steak and Lube on the north side of Cincinnati.

I enjoyed a big ole helping of their fantastic wings tossed in just the right amount of Smoked Jalapeno Honey sauce. And yes, after one bite I decided I was going home with a bottle of the sauce for my homemade wings. Just the right amount of heat and sweet, with a little light smokiness, this sauce is very tasty and not spicy enough to scare off your I-don’t-like-spicy friends.

Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey Wings

I would say that I on occasion have a good number of wing sauce bottles on hand. That used to worry me, but honestly, I eat wings so often that they don’t last very long at all. Specially when they are as good as the Smoked Jalapeno Honey wing sauce from Quaker Steak and Lube. I wish they had a restaurant here in Indy. I do love their wings (though they certainly serve a lot more than wings).

Quaker Steak and Lube Smoked Jalapeno Honey Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

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Crab Boil-Brined Wings

My oh my. I had no idea how fantastic these would be when I first came across this recipe for crab boil-brined wings. I thought, what if the crab boil is too strong? And what? A mayonnaise-based wing sauce? Isn’t that illegal? Well, color me wrong on both accounts because these wings were incredible. The crab boil flavor (one of my favorite tastes) is there, but it’s sort of just hanging around in the background. Very pleasant. The creamy mayonnaise basting and dipping sauce is truly outrageously great. It reminds me of the dressing for crab salad in a way.

Crab Boil-Brined Wings

If you aren’t a fan of crab boil, you’ll still want to make these wings. You don’t want to deprive yourself of something this fantastic.It’d be ok to cut back on it a bit, but don’t leave out the crab boil. And if you’re like me, don’t be afraid to add more because my original worries about it being too strong were definitely unfounded. These crab boil-brined wings are something special.

Crab Boil-Brined Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

For the wings

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 5 cups ice cold water
  • 4 tablespoons liquid crab boil
  • 2 green onions chopped for garnish

For the sauce (double or triple the recipe below if you also wish to use the sauce for dipping)

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon dried red pepper flakes
  • 2 green onions sliced thin

Instructions

For the wings

  • Place wings in a large resealable container.
  • Add the water and liquid crab boil. Seal and refrigerate for 1 hour.
  • Cook wings as desired. Click here for our guide on cooking wings in a grill, smoker, deep fryer, oven, or a Char-Broil Big Easy. If possible, baste the wings with the sauce the last 10 minutes of cooking. If not (cooking in a deep-fryer, for example), just brush the wings with the sauce before serving and while the wings are still hot.
  • Garnish wings with the onions and serve with remaining sauce for dipping.

For the sauce

  • Whisk together all ingredients.

Quaker Steak and Lube Golden Garlic Wings

I picked up a few bottles of Quaker Steak and Lube wing sauces the last time we were at Jungle Jim’s in Cincinnati, including their Golden Garlic Sauce. The Quaker Steak and Lube Golden Garlic Sauce is the star of this show but don’t skimp on the wings either.

I really like the Quaker Steak and Lube Golden Garlic sauce. It is definitely garlicky. You won’t bite into a wing and think to yourself “I thought this was supposed to have garlic in it.” It brings the garlic. Look at the picture above. You can see how the Golden Garlic stacks up heat-wise to the other yummy Quaker Steak & Lube sauces here.

Quaker Steak and Lube Golden Garlic Wings

At $5-$6 (you can order online, too), the sauce was not over-priced. You don’t need a lot of sauce. And the sauce sticks to the wings. Not gloppy, molasses sticky, but just sticky enough to not run off and form a puddle. I liked that. A lot.

Quaker Steak and Lube Golden Garlic Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

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