Wy’s Wings Teriyaki and Asian Ambrosia sauces

WEEK OF WINGS IV Day 3 – Wy’s Wings Teriyaki and Asian Ambrosia

Wy's Teriyaki and Asian Ambrosia wing sauces

Wy’s Teriyaki and Asian Ambrosia wing sauces

Our Asian inspired entry this year, for our Week of Wings series, is from Wy’s Wings, headquartered in Northern Virginia. On one wing we have a thick, dark, sweet and sticky Teriyaki sauce, and on the other, a sweet, slightly spicy chili sauce.

We cooked up a batch of fried wings and doused them in these two Wy’s sauces.

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Stiff Willi Chili Texas Chili Mix review

Some of the best Texas style chili mix that we’ve had lately is actually made in Maryland! T-Rev’s Stiff Willi Chili Texas Chili Mix scores big points with us in flavor and its simple, easy to make 15 minute recipe. Each 2 ounce package will season 2 pounds of meat with an authentic Texas style chili flavor and a big hit of Texas heat and spice.

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Gunther’s Gourmet Spicy Black Bean Dip review

We were very pleased to receive a jar of Spicy Black Bean Dip with Lime from our friend, Chef Michael Lampros, Gunther’s Gourmet head honcho and creative genius. Known throughout the industry for his salsas and vinaigrettes, he’s won multiple Scovie Awards in addition to many Chili Pepper Magazine’s Fiery Food Challenges. We’ve always enjoyed Michael’s products, but the fact that this was called a dip and not a salsa made this product even more intriguing.

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Hawaiian Kettle Style Chips – Mango Habanero – Review

I was recently sent a 7.5 ounce bag of the new Mango Habanero Kettle Chips from Pinnacle Foods Group out of New Jersey for review. The deep pink bag with a stylistic Hula girl drawing promises “Crispy & Crunchy Tropical Heat!”

I’ve tried a lots of snacks promising heat, only to be find an over-salted chip with either BBQ or Buffalo-style seasoning, without a lot of heat. But this, my friends, definitely brings on the heat!

Hawaiian Style Mango Habanero Chips

Hawaiian Style Mango Habanero Chips

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Rooftop Barbeque Competition Style BBQ Sauce Review

Rooftop Barbeque is a team, a competition sauce and now a rub, from the minds of Andy Allen, Kellen Wagoner, Joe Angelone, and Keith Henson of Southern California. Launched in 2009, the Team has competed and won numerous awards.

Speaking of awards, their Rooftop Barbeque Competition Style BBQ Sauce, launched in May of 2011 and featured here, has garnered them awards in almost every category at competitions from chicken, to beef to pork. They continually sell out of their sauce at almost every event. High praise indeed.

Rooftop BBQ Competition Style Sauce label

Rooftop BBQ Competition Style Sauce

We’ve had Rooftop BBQ sauce on chicken, MOINK Balls, and ribs. It never failed to impress.

Rooftop BBQ on MOINKballs

Rooftop BBQ on MOINKballs

Ingredients: tomato puree (water, tomato paste), brown sugar, molasses, sugar, mustard (vinegar, water, mustard seed, salt, turmeric, xanthan gum), butter (sweet cream, natural flavoring), distilled vinegar, salt, dehydrated garlic, honey, chipotle powder, cider vinegar, dehydrated onion, vanilla, spices, natural flavoring

Rooftop sauce sample

Rooftop is very thick and sticky

As a fan of the sweet, sticky Kansas City style of BBQ, I have to give Andy props for coming up with not just the traditional sweet molasses-based BBQ sauce, but one that adds an extra dimension of flavor by adding butter and vanilla to craft a depth of flavor that most BBQ sauce manufacturers fail to deliver. The first impression out of the bottle is of a thick, somewhat sweet sauce that packs a bit of a heat punch. This sauce is so thick that when cold, you’ll need a knife or spatula to coax it out of the bottle. Once delivered to a warm slab of ribs, hot grilled wings, or fresh-off-the-grill Moink balls, the sauce melts into a perfect sticky glaze that will keep you licking your fingers til you finish that last wonderful bite.

Rooftop on Ribs

Rooftop glazes and sticks to ribs perfectly

There is a level of heat provided by the chipotle powder that may be a little too much for the standard sweet BBQ sauce lovers (aka Sweet Baby Rays), but for those who like a little heat with their ribs/wings/pulled pork, Rooftop is spot-on.

As readers of our blog know, we are not big fans of heat in our BBQ sauce. But Rooftop BBQ has tempered the heat of the chipotle pepper with the addition of butter and vanilla to this sauce. The end result is a deliciously sweet sauce with a warm undertone and a great feel on the tongue.

Rooftop BBQ now also offers a Jalapeno Peach Jam (I love me the peach!) that we have yet to try. And recently, in February of 2012, their competition rub has completely sold out. They’re working on getting more into production as I write this. We’re looking forward to trying these, and any other products that Andy, Kellen, and Rooftop BBQ have in store!

Heat Rating: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – quite spicy – they’ve reported to us that they get requests to make an even spicier version. Wow!

Overall Rating: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – A great sweet, sticky sauce with a punch of heat.

Hop on over to http://rooftopbarbeque.com/ and try some of their amazing products! I promise you will not be disappointed!

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High River Sauces Top Fuel Verde Hot Sauce Review

High River Sauces Top Fuel Verde Sauce is the result of a collaboration between Steve Seabury of High River Sauces, Stephen Pearcy (Lead Singer for Ratt), and Chef Chris Santos. And the result is a “not your average hot sauce” that has found a permanent spot in our fridge.

Ingredients: tomatillos, poblano peppers, distilled vinegar, olive oil blend (canola oil, olive oil), cilantro, jalapeño peppers, red onions, cayenne pepper, garlic

Top Fuel Verde Sauce 8 oz bottle

Top Fuel Verde 8 oz bottle

The bottle has a wide mouth normally found on BBQ sauces. Top Fuel Verde, which has almost a relish consistency, pours easily from this style bottle. The sauce has an olive green color and a medium thickness to it – very appealing visually. What’s not so appealing is the label. It’s just a bit too busy, and lacks any pop in color. Fortunately, the title of the sauce is easy to see and read, but the main graphics suffer from a lack of detail and color. Of course this does not affect the special taste of Top Fuel Verde.

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Fast Food Wings Roundup for Week of Wings 3

Week of Wings III – Day 7 – Fast Food Wings Roundup

Here’s our take on Popeye’s Spicy Wings, KFC’s Dry Hot Wings (both breaded and fried, no sauce), and Pizza Hut’s and Domino’s versions of hot wings (both of which are baked then tossed in sauce).

fast food wings roundup collage

This is our final post for our Week of Wings 3. If you haven’t made any wings, or want someone else to do the cooking for you, we’ve tried several of the fast food wings available in our area, and hopefully yours, to help you find the best choice to satisfy your hot wing craving without all the messy and time-consuming work…or the smell of grease and the messy cleanup that you’ll have to deal with. (Disregard if you’re a hardcore griller and don’t mind standing in the snow for 30-45 minutes tending to the grill, or you have a killer exhaust system in your kitchen, which we do NOT have, sadly).
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Flaming Joes Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce Review

We have had Flaming Joe’s Jerk Sauce several times over the past year or so, but we were always focused on enjoying the food, but then we finally realized we hadn’t written a review! It’s time to make things right and give Flaming Joe’s Mild Caribbean Jerk Sauce the credit it deserves.

Flaming Joe’s is a multi-award winning company from Geneva, Illinois whose slogan is “Flavor that plays with fire!” Besides the “mild” Caribbean Jerk Sauce reviewed here, they offer a “Hot” version, along with their Island Fire Tropical Fruit & Habanero Marmalade as well as their Strawberry Jalapeño Jam and Hot Buffalo Dust.

Ingredients: key lime juice, soybean oil, soy sauce, green onion, Worcestershire sauce, ginger, habanero pepper, brown sugar, garlic, cilantro, chili powder, spices, xanthan gum, guar gum, sodium alginate

Texture & Appearance: This is a very thick, beautiful sauce. There is no separation when you pour it out on a dish, and the dark color contains bits of herbs that fill out the sauce.

Flaming Joe's Mild Jerk Sauce in dish

Nice thick sauce. The Mild Jerk is delicious!

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