Game Day Buffalo Wings
Game day buffalo wings are pretty easy to make and provide a punch of flavor for your tailgating party or during the big game. They don’t last long in my home that’s for sure. We usually have a few staples for game day. We have our Game Day Jalapeño Popper Bombers with Smokies, and our Game Day Spinach and Artichoke Dip that is super creamy, super dreamy and amazing to have on chips or on a buttered baguette. If you can’t pick a favorite between buffalo wings, jalapeño poppers or spinach and artichoke dip…then I want to know what it is you’re serving for your game days!
I personally like a dry rub on a wing, and then I like to dip it into ranch or blue cheese. Occasionally I will like a messy, gooey, stick to your fingers kind of wing. Usually when it’s a wet sauce kind of wing, I prefer one that has some heat plus sweet like a honey chipotle like I made in a marinade for my Honey Chipotle Lime Shrimp. It’s the same flavor profile. It packs on the heat but also has a sweet note to it. On a very rare occasion, I like a buffalo wing if the sauce is more on the mild side.
Do you like more vinegar or less vinegar?
My youngest son, Bodee would probably drink the buffalo sauce from the pan if I let him. He and hubs love a buffalo wing sauce. A STRONG buffalo sauce. The more vinegar the better, they say. I can tell if I won’t like it if before it reaches our table, my nose starts burning a little from the heat and vinegar combination…which is weird, because I love vinegar based things and hubs usually does not. When it comes to the wing sauce, I prefer one that’s not as vinegar(y).
Now, are you team ranch, or are you team blue cheese? That’s a tough one! I think it depends on who is providing both, but if I have an option for both, I’m going for both!
Game Day Buffalo WingsTakes: Hour to Marinade and 30 minutes to actual cooking time
Serves: 4-6 People
- 18 wings
- Vegetable Oil for frying (about 2″ in the pot)
- 1 Cup of Whole Purpose Flour
- 3/4 Cup of hot sauce (we use Louisiana Hot Sauce)
- 1 stick of butter
- 3 garlic cloves minced and mashed
- 1 + 1/2 tsp of each seasoning: black pepper, red pepper, garlic salt, paprika, and chili powder or chipotle seasoning if you have it
Place flour and all seasoning in a plastic bag with zipper. Mix up. Take each wing and shake in bag. Place all wings when done on a dish and let refrigerate for at least an hour.
After an hour, bring oil to medium high heat (375) in a big pot. In another smaller pot, melt butter then add your minced garlic and hot sauce. Bring to a simmer and let simmer for 2-3 minutes. Turn off.
Cook your wings in oil for approximately 10-12 minutes or until done. Each wing size varies. It may take up to 15 minutes. Take one out, cut it open to be safe.
When wings are done, take them out and place them on a paper towel or dish towel. You will take each wing and dip them in the hot sauce mixture. Coat them. Set them aside on a dish for serving. If you want that baked on hot sauce look, you can stick them in a 400 degrees oven for 10 minutes at this point. I usually save a Tbsp of the sauce to pour on top after I’ve done this. Enjoy! (see the little garlic pieces sticking to the wings in the sauce?? YUM!!! Bits of gold, my friend. Bits of gold.)