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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Sweet Sticky Heat Sauce



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I love chicken wings. 

HOWEVER - when it comes to chicken wings, I have a problem with trying new things. I love buffalo wings (see: buffalo wings, buffalo dry rub). As I've noted before, I'd never had a buffalo wing until... December? I'm still in the honeymoon stage. 

Subsequently, I get anxious with branching out. Shockingly enough, chicken wings aren't a regular feature of my diet, and since they're such a treat, I don't want to *waste* a chicken wing opportunity on a shoddy new sauce.

Last time I was at Bonzzini's, our south end Cheers stand-in, I was very brave: not only did I not have deep friend pickles (gasp!), I ordered a strange breed of chicken wing (GASP GASP!). The flavour *I think* was called Wet Heat or something like that. I can't quite remember and the interweb won't tell me. That name kind of grosses me out, so in this hommage to that tasty sauce I've gone with STICKY HEAT. Stickaaaaay!

While I may not remember the name, what I do remember is how scrumptrulescent it was. As I set out to make it, I have identified that it is clearly a mix of honey mustard and buffalo sauce. And oh my glob, it was delish. Tangy and spicy and a little bit sweet. Nom nom flavour!

yummy yummy yummy I've got this sauce in my tummmmy.

I've recreated the sauce here in a (semi)fancy form. If you aren't a strange beastie who has several kinds of mustard in your fridge, you can just use whichever you have handy.

And don't just keep this restricted to wings - use it on shrimp! Smoked chicken thighs! Heck, you could swap out the butter and use olive oil and a splash of apple cider vinegar and use this as an INSANE salad dressing for all of your salad needs. Wahoo! 

ingredients:
1/4 cup of honey 
1/8 cup of whole grain mustard
1/4 cup of dijon mustard
1/3 cup of frank's red hot sauce (or more to taste)
1/4 cup of butter

other things you will need:
a sauce pan and a spoon for stirrin'

  1. In a sauce pan, combine ingredients over medium and stir until butter is melted and ingredients are combined. 
  2. Use! 

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