Buffalo wings are a staple of sports bars and pubs around the country. There’s a good reason, they’re delicious and they go great with a game of football. Restaurants make great buffalo wings, but sometimes on Sundays you just want to relax at home and watch the game with a couple of friends.
Imagine this – you’re with your friends during America’s NFL Game of the Week at the first quarter. One of your homies asks you if you’d like to order wings for halftime. You whip out your menu holders – complete with a list of sauces – and say, “why order out when we’ve got everything right here?”
Wouldn’t that be awesome to have homemade wings whenever you want? So here is how you can make the best wing menu right from the comfort of your house:
Some people just prefer to take hot sauce or pre-bought buffalo wing sauce, but there’s a way to kick it up a notch. If you take a hot sauce (preferably Frank’s), you’ll need a few more ingredients.
You will also need 0.5 cups of butter, 1.5 tbsp of white vinegar, 0.25 tsp of cayenne pepper and a pinch of garlic powder. Put them all in one pot together and put it on the stove’s burner at medium to medium-high heat. Keep stirring as it continues to heat up, and as soon as you get a bit of a boil, take it off and stir it up some more to avoid settling.
We’re going to keep this sauce on the side for now depending on the preparation. First we will go with the oven method.
If you like your wings with an extra kick, you can also make spicier wings. With this one, you will need the same amount of butter and vinegar, but you will also want to add Frank’s or Tabasco hot sauce instead of usual hot sauce.
Add salt and pepper in with this batch to really bring out the taste, and some honey for a soothing effect afterwards.
These wings have a distinct taste and aren’t as spicy as the ones above, but are still delicious. For this sauce, you will take the usual butter, vinegar and olive oil, and combine it with a garlic clove, a pinch of red pepper flaking, 2 tbsps of catsup, ⅓ cup of brown sugar, ⅓ cup of teriyaki or soy sauce, and 3 tbsps of bourbon.
You can also add paprika or pepper if you would like to add more heat. Once these are all combined, add it with the chicken and put it at a medium heat on the oven. The prep work is just a bit longer with this one, but it’s very good.
- You can get frozen wings from the store, but the best ones will be the refrigerated kind that typically expire in a couple of days. Grab those and get them out and ready for cooking.
- Spray off a sheet with cooking oil and lay them evenly, paying close attention to make sure they do not overlap with each other. For 30 minutes, place them in the oven at a 350 degree heat.
- Now there are two options from here. If you do not have a grill, toss them in the sauce that you have prepared and eat up. If you do have a grill, throw the wings on there for a couple of minutes just to get them crispy, then in the sauce.
Place some grease into the fryer (or skillet) and put the wings in there. You can season these before hand with any of the garlic powder or cayenne peppers you have from earlier if you want.
Once the wings develop a golden brown color, take them out and place them aside, preferably draining on a paper towel. Then you will put your sauce into the skillet and add in the chicken wings, then reduce the heat to a medium-low level.
After placing the top back on for the skillet, reduce the heat once more to low and let it sit there for 20 minutes while the sauce gets thicker, but make sure to stir it once in a while.
You can now take them out and give them a few minutes to cool as the grease will still be very hot despite the low temperature.
Now that you have all of your wings, it’s time to enjoy! Some people prefer blue cheese, some prefer ranch. Others just prefer celery while others just want the wings and nothing else. No matter how you slice it, the wings should be a big hit and sure to deliver great taste for your next game day party.