Back in 1963, one of the owners of Buffalo’s Anchor Bar tossed some chick wings in hot sauce and butter and then deep fried them—and this Buffalo Wings were born. They were so popular that other restaurants followed suit, eventually inspiring Buffalo Mayor Stan Makowski in 1977 to declare July 29 National Chicken Wing Day. Today, the world of wing sauce is expanding beyond the typical Buffalo-style flavor. If you’re a chicken wing fanatic, check out some of these unique sauces and think about how you can work them into your tailgating and football parties this fall.
The Flaming Chicken Creamy Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce
This award-winning wing sauce can be used in all kinds of recipes—but it was originally developed especially for chicken wings. Made with Parmesan cheese sweet peppers, garlic, oregano, thyme, and basil, the Flaming Chicken Creamy Garlic Parmesan Wing Sauce is perfect for chicken-lovers that aren’t crazy about traditional and tangy vinegar-based sauces.
Defense Condition #3
Def Con sauces are excellent, traditional-style Buffalo wing sauces that swept the NYC Hot Sauce Expo Awards. Defense Condition #3 is the mildest one, so this is perfect for folks who want to partake in National Chicken Wing Day festivities but don’t want to look like a wimp. Yes, the sauce is mild, but you can sound like a wing champ by telling people you had Def Con wing sauce—just don’t let on that it was the mildest one. ;)
Margaritaville Mango Habanero Marinade & Wing Sauce
This medium-heat wing sauce comes with a tropical kick. Margaritaville Mango Habanero Marinade & Wing Sauce is made with mangoes, Habanero peppers, cilantro, lime, aged red peppers, and vinegar. It’s sweet and fruity yet still tangy and slightly spicy. The traditional Buffalo flavor shines through, and the addition of the mango adds a bright new dimension to the chicken wings.
Wing Time Garlic
Wing-Time’s most popular sauce is their Garlic Wing Sauce, which is a medium-heat, Buffalo-style sauce that incorporates fresh garlic and Parmesan cheese. This is a delicious sauce—but you must love garlic to be able to properly enjoy it! Seems like a no-brainer, but be forewarned: There’s tons of garlic in this sauce!
CaJohn’s Jolokia ‘10’ Wing Sauce
Although CaJohn’s is mainly known for their hot sauce, their Jolokia ‘10’ Wing Sauce has collected its fair share of awards. This gluten-free, extremely hot sauce is arguably the hottest non-extract wing sauce on the market. The absence of extract also makes it one of the most flavorful. Made with Red Savina, Cayenne, and Bhut Jolokia Chiles, this blistering sauce is for true chileheads who also love Buffalo wings.