Top 5 Wing Sauces

April 28, 2016 admin No comments exist

Love deep fried chicken wings but hungry for something a little bit different? For your next party, why not try out a variety of wing sauces? Most people just slather their wings in store bought sauces, or skip the sauce making all together and just go to the local Hooters for their wings. They make great wings, but it’s often more fun to just make a variety of sauces and watch the game in the comfort of your own home. Here are my top 5 rated sauces that aren’t buffalo wing sauces and are fairly easy to make. (OK, I’ll add in a bonus buffalo wing sauce recipe too!) Enjoy!


Spicy Caribbean Sauce:  

This sweet and spicy sauce is sure to light up your taste buds!


  • 1 habanero, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons fennel seed
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons allspice
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup orange juice


In a food processor, blend together all the ingredients but the chicken until smooth. 
In a small saucepan bring reserved marinade to a boil. Reduce by 1/3 until it thickens slightly, about 10 minutes. Toss deep fried wings in the warm sauce. Delish!  Makes enough sauce for about 4 pounds of chicken wings.

Bourbon Apple Glaze

This tangy sauce is perfect for the Bourbon/wing lover out there.


  • 1 cup Maker’s Mark (R) Bourbon
  • 1 can frozen apple juice concentrate, thawed (12 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • Minced scallions and apples, for garnish


Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Reduce over medium/low head by 1/3 until it thickens slightly, about 20-30 minutes. Toss wings in warm sauce and serve immediately. Garnish with scallions and chopped apples. Yum!  Makes enough sauce for about 4 pounds of chicken wings.



Chili Lime Butter

These buttery wings are spicy and tangy!


  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 big, fat rounded tablespoon Thai red curry paste
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 lime, halved
  • Chopped cilantro leaves, for garnish


Combine all ingredients except lime in a blender. Season with salt and pepper. Add to a big bowl and toss hot, deep fried wings in the sauce.  Squeeze the lime juice over top. Garnish with cilantro. Divine! Makes enough for about 4 pounds of wings.



Honey Mustard Kiss

Sweet, sticky honey + sharp, spicy mustard = Deliciousness!


  • tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons whole grain mustard


Simple to make! Melt the butter in a small sauce pan over medium low heat. Then add the honey and two mustards, and heat through, so the honey is thoroughly runny and melted. Toss wings in the sauce and serve hot. So good! Enough for about 4 pounds of wings.



Maple-Bacon Sauce

Smoky bacon mixed with earthy, sweet maple syrup… What more could you ask for?!


  • 12 slices of bacon, cut into 1/2 inch strips
  • 8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste


Heat a saucepan over medium heat and carefully cook the bacon until nearly crisp. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic is lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Whisk in the ketchup, maple syrup, applesauce, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low and simmer the sauce for about 1 to 2 minutes or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss the wings in the sauce and serve hot. Decadent! Makes enough for about 4 pounds of wings.



Bonus! Dirty Steve’s Original Wing Sauce

Hands down the best Buffalo-style wing sauce I’ve ever tasted.


  • 4 cups red hot sauce, like Frank’s
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • 1/4 cup mango habanero hot sauce
  • 4 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


Simply mix all the ingredients vigorously in a bowl until completely combined. Toss hot cooked wings in the sauce until completely coated and serve. Spicy! This is enough sauce for about 4 pounds of wings. Courtesy of Steve Linehan.

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