Monday, January 19, 2009

Blue's Best Chicken Wings

This recipe comes from the creator of Blue's Carolina Pepper Sauce, a deliciously spicy (but not painfully fiery) blend of habanero, cayenne and other chili peppers in a tangy tomato-vinegar base. This highly versatile sauce is a terrific way to add zip and tang to any dish without changing its fundamental flavors, and Blue's Carolina Pepper Sauce is also a versatile cooking ingredient for any recipe that could use some zest. And if you want to make the best Buffalo style chicken wings from scratch, here's their famous recipe (no exact measuring required, just "wing it" based on how many folks you plan to feed and how spicy they like their wings).

Melt a bit of lightly salted butter and stir in some Blues Carolina Pepper Sauce -- you want to make enough of this blend to thoroughly coat the amount of chicken wings you have. Set the sauce aside and grill or deep-fry your chicken wings until done. In a large bowl, toss the cooked wings in the sauce-butter blend until thoroughly coated. Place the coated wings on a hot grill, or place on a cookie sheet and slide under your broiler, just for a few minutes to caramelize the sugars in the sauce. If using your broiler, this will happen very quickly so keep an eye on the wings to keep them from burning. Discard any leftover sauce from the bowl. Remove the wings from heat and serve with celery and blue cheese dressing for dipping.

Gloria's tip: If you want to add a fiery kick to these wings, simply add a few drops (or more if you dare) of Blue's Habanero Reserve Hot Sauce when you're blending the melted butter and Carolina Pepper Sauce together. This award-winning hot sauce with the eyecatching label is one of my alltime favorite fiery hot sauces, for its masterful blend of savory flavor and serious habanero heat.

Of course, if you simply don't have the time to cook up some Buffalo wings completely from scratch, the Carolina Sauce Company online store has a wide variety of delicious wing sauces that are ready to pour on your cooked wings (breaded or unbreaded). From mild to suicidal, and traditional Buffalo style wing sauces to a Jamaican-inspired wing sauce and even sweet & sour wing sauce, there's something for everyone and every palate!

Zestfully yours,

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