Cajun Bay Wings

A few weeks ago I made a beer-can chicken recipe that used a 50/50 combination of Cajun seasoning and Old Bay seasoning. I instantly fell in love with the combination. A little heat, a little sweet, cloves, allspice, paprika… just about all you could imagine. I knew right then and there that I wanted to use the same mix on chicken wings. And so my Cajun Bay chicken wings were born. And oh how good they were. I served them dry, not sauced. Just that great combination of Cajun and Old Bay seasonings, with a little Ranch dressing on the side for dipping. The flavor combination was fantastic, and one you will see here again soon.

Cajun Bay Wings

Once the wings are cooked, you can dust them with more of the Cajun and Old Bay mix if you want even more pronounced flavors. I skipped it since Anita isn’t quite the fan of Old Bay as I am. She doesn’t like cloves or allspice so much. That’s one nice thing about this mix. You still get those flavors, but they are toned down a bit because of the addition of the Cajun seasoning.

You’ll also want to make these awesome wing recipes:
Palace Sauce Cajun Ranch Wings
Blackened Dry Wings
House of Wings Cajun Wings

Cajun Bay Wings

Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time41 mins
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings tips discarded
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Cajun seasoning see note
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons Old Bay seasoning see note
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

Notes

If you want to add more seasoning to the wings after they are cooked make another batch using 1/2 tablespoon each of the Cajun and Old Bay seasonings. Sprinkle the cooked wings with the mix just before serving.

Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker Wings

Whenever we are in the Cincinnati area we make a stop at Quaker Steak & Lube for wings. They have the best sauces and service around. Anita’s favorite sauce there is Thai ‘R’ Cracker, a somewhat sweet chili sauce. We also usually pick up a few bottles of sauce to take home. Those bottles don’t normally last long, so I decided to make a copycat of the sauce. Just like the original, this chili sauce-based mixture combines a bit of sweet and a bit of heat all with a slight Asian zing. It’s really, really good stuff. The kind of stuff that makes you want to lick your wings, which is borderline weird.

Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai 'R' Cracker Wings

The secret to this copycat Thai ‘R’ Cracker sauce is in the chili sauces you choose. Both garlic and sweet chili sauces come in a lot of different variations, making it difficult to match the original taste exactly. I recommend getting a few bottles of each different sauce and mix them and try them to find the combination that you prefer. Our local grocery store had several different brands of each. You can also try your local Asian market for others.

You’ll also want to make these awesome wing recipes:
Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker Wings
Quaker Steak and Lube Louisiana Lickers Wings
Great Value Asian Sweet Chili Wings

Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker 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
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce

  • 1/4 cup garlic chili sauce or more as desired
  • 1/2 cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger I substituted 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce

Instructions

For the wings

For the sauce

  • Combine all ingredients. Add more garlic chili sauce and sesame oil as desired.

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

I usually cook wings on my Char-Broil Big Easy or on my charcoal grill using the Vortex. I have to admit, I was pretty pessimistic about the idea of cooking wings in a slow cooker. Would I like the texture? Would they taste as great as wings off the grill?

One thing’s for sure, making Buffalo Ranch wings in a slow cooker really couldn’t get any easier. It was the perfect recipe for my working-from-home lunch. Toss everything in first thing in the morning and at lunch, enjoy some wings!

So how were they? Well, mighty tasty for starters. In fact, I loved the flavor. Big time. Texture-wise, they got barely crispy but the meat was oh-so-tender and juicy. For truly crispy skin you’ll have to leave them under the broiler for a good bit of time, but keep an eye on them. I found the skin to be melt-in-my-mouth tender and I didn’t actually miss not having super-crunchy wings. In fact, it was a nice change. I loved them!

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

Although not traditional Buffalo wings to a purist, I still enjoyed these slow cooker Buffalo Ranch wings more than I actually thought I would. No mess, no fuss and very tasty. Certainly much easier than firing up a grill or even deep fryer to make a batch of the wings you normally expect.

You’ll also want to make these awesome wing recipes:
Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQ Wings
Buffalo Sauce-Injected Wings
Buffalo Ranch Dry Wings

Slow Cooker Buffalo Ranch Wings

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Course: Appetizer
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds chicken wings flats and drumettes separated, tips saved to make stock
  • 1 cup your favorite Buffalo wing sauce
  • 1 packet Ranch dressing mix
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • Ranch dressing for serving

Instructions

  • Place the wings into the bottom of your slow cooker.
  • Combine the wing sauce, Ranch dressing mix and salt and pepper and pour over the wings.
  • Cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 hours – 3 hours until the meat is starting to pull back from the bones.
  • Carefully transfer the wings to a baking sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick spray. Place under a hot oven broiler and broil until just starting to crisp.
  • Let cool slightly then serve with Ranch dressing for dipping.