Hot wings are a staple item on menus across the United States. They are just so classically American that it would be a shame not to include it. And, we’re okay with that. In fact, we’re more than just okay. At Ashley Foods, we specialize in condiments and extracts that are typically too fiery to be considered for hot wing sauce, but that doesn’t mean you can’t experiment with our Mad Dog range to create your own hot wing sauce house flavors.
How Hot Can You Handle It?
When it comes to hot wing sauce, you need to figure out how hot you can handle it before you slather your food. One of the easiest ways to find the perfect balance of heat and flavor for your wings is to take a look at the menu clues the next time you order wings at a bar or restaurant.
Although few restaurants are equipped to give you a Scoville rating for their hot wing sauces, those little fire icons will give you your first clue. Restaurants are also unlucky to share their recipe secrets with you, but they will give you the basics. That includes the type of pepper used and the overtones that go with them, such as garlic, mango or soy. Using these clues, you can get a solid idea of the type of flavors that tickle your taste buds, especially when it comes to hot wing sauce.
As you better understand the flavors that you enjoy in your hot wing sauce, the tastier your home creations will be. And, it all starts with the type of pepper that you prefer. Knowing whether you prefer jalapenos or habaneros or something even stronger like ghost peppers. Now, the last might be a bit strong as a hot wing sauce, but it you can handle it, then go for it.
Making Your Own Hot Wing Sauce and Perfecting Your Wings
It’s not easy to cook breaded, deep-fried chicken wings at home. It’s not impossible, of course, but it does require a lot of work. That, and they’re not terribly healthy for you. And, it’s likely one of the key reasons you want to make your own hot wings at home.
Your best bet is to roast your chicken wings in the oven. All you need to do is clean them, leaving the skins on. Toss them with a bit of oil and sprinkle them with some salt. Place these in a single row on a tray in your oven. Cook between 20-40 minutes at 400ºF until completely cooked through; it all depends on the size and number of wings.
Meanwhile, it’s time to prepare a killer hot wing sauce. Mix a tablespoon or two of butter with regular hot sauce in your favorite pepper flavor. This doesn’t need to be the hottest sauce (though there are a few that we could seriously recommend one if you need). It just needs to have a solid flavor. Consider it the base. To make a phenomenal hot wing sauce, add a few drops of Mad Dog hot sauce. We strongly suggest the Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce, but always go with your favorite. Toss your wings in your super hot wing sauce and enjoy.
Oh, don’t forget to have some ranch and celery on hand… and beers too. It’ll make all the difference. Enjoy your perfectly cooked chicken and hot wing sauce.