Sweet Baby Rays Wings 3 Ways

Day 4 of Week of Wings. It’s time to visit the grocery store to see what the wing sauces on the shelves offer. Today it’s three styles of Sweet Baby Ray’s wing sauces in the spotlight.

Sweet Baby Ray’s – Sweet Chili – Buffalo and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauces

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 4. Our featured wings today are a 3 way from Sweet Baby Ray’s. Sweet Chili Wing Sauce and Glaze, Buffalo Wing Sauce and Glaze, and Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce and Glaze. All are easily found on your local grocer’s shelves.

We like Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauces – who doesn’t? I would venture to say they are probably America’s favorite store-bought sauces. But how do their wing sauces hold up? “The Sauce is The Boss” as they say.

Preparation: Deep fried. Again, we did our usual 3 step cook – baked at 350º for 40 minutes (turning once half-way through), deep fried at 350 – 375º for 2 – 3 minutes, then tossed in the sauce. See our Wings 101 post for more info.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Sweet Chili Wing Sauce & Glaze

First up, is their Sweet Chili sauce.

This sauce starts off sweet, but spicy red chili peppers provide enough heat to fire up an order of wings or liven up grilled salmon, popcorn shrimp, or pork chips.

Ingredients: high fructose corn syrup, distilled vinegar, aged cayenne pepper, water, modified food starch, salt, sugar, contains less than 2% of: sriracha chile sauce, red bell pepper, garlic, wheat, soybeans, vegetable oil, chicken base, spice, chile de arbol pepper, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, sodium metabisulfite as preservatives, xanthan gum, paprika.

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Texture and Appearance: Typical thick and sticky chile sauce, with bits of ingredients floating about. Clean.

Taste on wings: Super sweet and very sticky. Finger licking goodness with just a touch of heat. Enjoyable.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆. Just a tingle of heat. Ultra mild.

Satisfaction: ★☆☆☆☆ – 1 Star – We think these wings are “acceptable”. And we think this sauce would make a great crockpot full of meatballs (which we plan to try), or added to baked beans, or as a glaze on ham or pork.

Sweet Baby Ray’s Buffalo Wing Sauce & Glaze

Next up, their version of Buffalo Wing Sauce.

… full flavored sauce with the perfect blend of cayenne pepper and garlic, and a rich butter finish.

Ingredients: aged cayenne pepper, distilled vinegar, margarine, water, salt, dried garlic, contains less than 2% of: vegetable oil, paprika, xanthan gum, propylene glycol alginate, citric acid. Gluten free.

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Texture and Appearance: Thin and bright orange in color. We’re back to the typical “buffalo style” bottled sauce look here. Moderately clingy and sets up on the wings. Great cling factor.

Taste on wings: This has all the taste of a very traditional wing from your local bar. Not a lot of butter taste, and the vinegar flavor is very mild. The taste is average, and the heat only slightly hotter than other bottled sauces from the store. Tangy.

Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★☆☆☆☆ Hotter than some store sauces, but only at a bare minimum. Would make for an acceptable wing that everyone could enjoy. Nice quality of flavor. Reliable.

Satisfaction: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 Stars – Nothing wrong with these mild wings. They’re just what you would imagine from a bar with a decent mild wing. Average.

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Sweet Baby Ray’s Kickin’ Bourbon Wing Sauce & Glaze

Finally, the BBQ version of their wing sauce.

“Smooth bourbon, sticky molasses and spicy peppers …”

Ingredients: water, high fructose corn syrup, aged cayenne pepper, molasses, distilled vinegar, modified food starch, salt, contains less than 2% of: bourbon, dried garlic, chipotle pepper, spice, natural flavor, potassium sorbate and sodium benzoate as preservatives, xanthan gum, tomato paste, paprika, sucralose, citric acid, sodium citrate.

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Texture and Appearance: Dark almost mahogany colored. This mildly thick sauce is the BBQ Wing sauce king of the bunch. It clings nicely to the wings. Classic bbq.

Taste on wings: This is a BBQ wing. Make no mistake about it. Superior to your average bar bbq wing, these are very satisfying and tasty. Winner.

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Overall rating:

Heat Level: ★★☆☆☆ – 2 stars – Heat is just under medium here. This is all about the BBQ wing. Classy.

Satisfaction: ★★★☆☆ – 3 stars – Almost tops on our preference for a bbq wing. Delicious and savory. Preferred.

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Disclaimer: We purchased this product for our own personal use and review purposes. No compensation was received. The thoughts and opinions expressed are our own.


More Week of Wings 5

Week of Wings 5 – Day 1: Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 2: Datil Pepper BBQ Rubbed Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Rays 3 Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 5: Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 5 – Day 6: Jerk BBQ Wings with Hoboken Eddies
Week of Wings 5 – Day 7: Seven wing recipes to try this year

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Comments

  1. FIREHEAD THOMAS says:

    Interesting, but any wing sauce (or BBQ for that matter) that starts out its ingredient list with “high fructose corn syrup”, makes me pause these days.

    • Yea, but HFC Baby Ray’s just doesn’t have the same ring to it. ;)
      Actually, I think the whole HFC controversy is a little overblown. I’m okay with it. And Sweet baby Ray’s is what it is.

  2. Have you ever tried S B Rays sweet chili wing glaze on ribs ? If so how were they ? Thanks , Terri

    • Terri, the first part of this post is all about SB Rays Chili Wing Glaze on wings.

      I think you’ve hit on a great idea to try it on ribs. Maybe someday!

      If you have any tips for us while using SB Rays Chili Wing Glaze… please let us know!

      • Nanci Redecker says:

        I had chicken wings cooked on on an outside grill and wings glazed in sweet chile wing sauce while cooking . Great presentation and the taste was fantastic!!! Looking for a store in my area that sells it !! Delicious !!!

  3. Eric Watson says:

    SBR also makes a wing “marinade” that is FAR FAR better than the sauce/glaze you tried. My walmart has it , among other places.
    The color difference between the two is very noticeable when held side by side. The marinade is a much darker , very red, orange.
    Comparitively, taste-wise, the glaze is lame.
    The “marinade” brings rave reviews with my guests.

    • Wow, Thanks Eric! That is no small difference in overall taste – yet it’s a big difference in labels and appearance.

      Appreciate you pointing this out. Thanks!

      • eric wason says:

        Uh-oh … I cant seem to find the “marinade” anywhere now!
        My wife noticed that a new bottle of glaze has the same upc code as an old bottle the marinade we have.
        I’m thinking they may have phased it out.
        bummer. I’m going to write to them.

        • Bummer is right. And there’s nothing on the SBR website that even talks about any of the wing sauces.

          • Eric Watson says:

            I wrote , they replied … They have gotten rid of the marinade and are sticking with the glaze formula. They even went so far as to say that it “was for the better” , what ever that means.
            I replied back that I thought it was a major mistake , but that I would continue to search for a replacement because I thought the glaze is lame, as does anybody else that has compared the two.

            I did a wing sauce try out of my own and found the Franks (the hot sauce people) wing sauce is very similar to SBR’s marinade , but it is thinner and doesn’t cling as well . Which is fine I suppose , it tasted great.
            The “Louisiana hot sauce” wing sauce was pretty good also.
            I’ll use either one , compared to the SBR glaze , which even my tender mouthed 8 year old daughter hates on her chicken strips.

  4. Eric Watson says:

    LOL , i just read your review on the Franks , haha , I thought it was pretty good and didn’t notice a strong vinegary taste at all … bad batch maybe? I’ll give it another shot , but I’ll definitely give the texas pete’s a try now.

    Thanks!