Homemade wing sauce is the most important component to the best wings of all time. It’s easy to make, but it requires the knowledge and technique to make it truly great. Today we go head to head with the coveted buffalo wild wings and their zing sauce, mango habanero wing sauce, and the parmesan garlic wing sauce.
Serving Size: 4-6
Not Bleu Cheese Ranch :
1/2 cup creme fraiche
2/3 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup buttermilk
1.5 tablespoons finely chopped dill
1.5 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/2 bunch finely sliced chives
3 cloves garlic, grated
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Salt and pepper to taste
Wing Cooking method:
4lbs wings (mix of flat and drumette)
1 batch of any sauce
Salt to taste to cure
oil for frying
Gochujang Zing Sauce:
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1.5 tablespoons vegetable oil
9 cloves garlic finely chopped (4 toasted, 5 raws)
2-inch knob ginger, finely chopped
1/2 cup dark soy sauce
1/4 cup regular soy sauce
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup mirin
1/2 cup granulated white sugar
1 tablespoon gochujang
1/2 cup sambal oelek
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup water
1 bunch Thai basil
4 large ripe mangos
3/4 cup water
3/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Franks red hot
10 habanero peppers
2 cloves garlic
1/4 cup lime juice
1/2 cup white distilled vinegar
Salt to taste
1 teaspoon Oil for smoothing and emulsifying
1.5 tablespoon corn syrup
1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
1 cup canola oil
2 egg yolks
7 cloves garlic
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon corn syrup
1.5 tablespoons lemon juice plus more if needed
1/2 cup finely grated parmigiano reggiano
Salt and pepper to taste
1 red Fresno Chile very finely chopped
2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup parsley, very finely chopped
2 tablespoons chives, very finely sliced
1 small shallot brunoise
Microplane parm to finish
Toasted garlic to finish
Finely sliced chives to finish
Finely chopped parsley to finish
Wing Cooking Method:
Cure wings overnight in salt
Fry wings in batches @ 350F for 4-5 minutes.
Drain on a wire rack.
Increase oil temperature to 375F and fry the wings for an additional 2-3 minutes.
Toss in the desired sauce to coat.
Not Bleu Cheese Ranch Method:
Combine all ingredients into a medium bowl.
Whisk until fully combined.
Gochujang Zing Sauce Method:
Fry 4 rough chopped cloves of garlic in the sesame oil and veg oil till toasted, add ginger and saute lightly, Immediately add soy sauce, vinegar, mirin, sugar, sambal, and gochujang. Bring to a simmer.
Simmer for 30 seconds to 1 min then add cornstarch slurry of cornstarch and 1/4 cup water
Heat till thickened. Finish with 5 raw cloves of garlic and steep in 1 bunch of Thai basil.
Mango Habanero Method:
Make simple with 1/3 of water and sugar
Blend the mangoes till very smooth, blend in simple to taste, you want it pretty sweet. Blend till stupid smooth
Separately blend the habanero like the jalapeño salsa
Reduce the mango purée PLUS the franks red hot until very much thickened add in habanero salsa and simmer to reduce that slightly
Whisk in corn syrup and mount with butter, season with additional habanero till spicy to your liking.
Thicken with cornstarch slurry as needed
Parmesan Garlic Method:
Blend yolks, garlic, Dijon, corn syrup, lemon juice, Parmigiano till very smooth, season with salt and pepper to taste, stream in oil till mayo
Fold in Fresno chili, parsley, chives, and shallots
Make wings and toss in sauce, finish with a light layer of toasted garlic, and maybe parm and herbs.