Ok, time to fess up. If I was forced to choose my favorite wing sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings, spicy garlic would be it. The BW3 website says the sauce is ‘spicy and garlicky’ and that’s exactly what this copycat of the restaurant sauce is. Same great flavors, same great heat. Lick-your-fingers good.
I so love this copycat Buffalo Wild Wings spicy garlic wings sauce. It’s still Buffalo-sauce like, but with a nice twist making it just different enough but still familiar. The sauce keeps for a bit, so I didn’t hesitate to double the recipe. This sauce is good on grilled chicken or pork wings too.
Not long ago I made some wonderful BBQ sauce made with Dr. Pepper. That got me thinking about how I could use Dr. Pepper with my favorite thing, chicken wings. And here they are, in all of their glory. Slightly sweet, slightly spicy, and oh-so-sticky good. The Dr. Pepper flavor isn’t real strong, but it’s there. The balance is perfect. These Dr Pepper hot wings are some mighty tasty wings.
Make sure you reduce the sauce when you make these Dr Pepper hot wings. The cornstarch is optional, depending on how thick you like your sauce, but for me it wasn’t so optional. I like the sauce to stick to my wings. I don’t like a lake of sauce in the bottom of my plate while my wings are dry as a bone.
For the sauce (start cooking when you start the wings)
Whisk together the Dr Pepper, hot sauce and brown sugar in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil then reduce heat to a simmer and simmer, stirring often, for 30 minutes or until the sauce has reduced by half.
Combine the cornstarch with 1 tablespoon water and slowly whisk into the sauce.
Bring back to a simmer and stir for 2 minutes.
Remove from heat and let cool slightly before saucing your 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.
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.
If desired, sprinkle wings with more of the seasoning mix.
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.