Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tony's Birdland Wing Sauces

Do you love chicken wings but want an alternative to ordinary Buffalo style wing sauces? Do you wish there was a flavorful wing sauce out there that you could also use on ribs, grilled chicken, and even veggie dishes? Would you like a kid-friendly sauce to serve with chicken nuggets or fish sticks, but that would also taste good on more grown-up fare? If you answered YES to any of those questions, then Tony's Birdland Sauces are for you! Featured at Tony's Birdland Restaurant & Pizzeria, a popular eatery in Rochester, NY, these sauces break the Buffalo wing sauce mold by starting with a tomato-vinegar base and adding sugar and crushed red pepper instead of cayenne. The end result is a thick, rich sauce that's sweet and tangy, with just a touch of peppery spice in the Mild wing sauce, and a more robust medium-hot burn in the Hot wing sauce.

For folks who want more flavor but without hot peppers, there's Tony's Birdland Sweet & Sour Sauce, with a more pronounced tang but just enough sweetness to make it a real hit with kids (think dipping sauce for nuggets and other fried foods), as well as a versatile stir-fry sauce, rib sauce, and more. In fact, the Sweet & Sour Sauce was a surprise favorite on steamed broccoli when we recently sampled several new cooking sauces. But all three flavors of Tony's Birdland Wing Sauces truly shine when tossed with chicken wings (breaded or "naked"). When we sampled these sauces, Greg used them as marinades for raw chicken wings, then he grilled the wings while basting with more sauce. Once the wings were done, he poured fresh sauce in a bowl and tossed the grilled wings (some in each flavor) to coat them well. The thickness of the sauce helped it cling to the wings, and the sugar caramelized nicely during grilling, which pleasantly intensified the flavors. The end result was chicken wing nirvana - much to the joy of one of our tasters who normally doesn't like chicken wings (and she asked for seconds, of each flavor!) All three flavors of Tony's Birdland wing sauces are now available at the Carolina Sauce Company online store.

Zestfully yours,

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