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

Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce

Our Week of Wings 5 continues on Day 3 with Buffalo Wing Sauce from Spicey Rooster.

Spicey Rooster Buffalo Wing Sauce

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 3. We’re still in the land of “mild” wing sauces with Spicey Rooster BBQ Company’s Buffalo Wing Sauce today, although upping the heat a notch.

Coincidentally, Randy and Gloria Combs are also from Ohio, as were Sam and Joyce from Day 1’s Sissy Sally post. Spicey Rooster BBQ Company’s motto is “This ain’t your ordinary barnyard chicken”. Let’s see what their Buffalo Wing Sauce does to our chicken as it was published. What we eat is what we are, right? However, do not forget your teeth, they are also part of your digestive system.

Preparation: Deep fried. 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.

Ingredients: aged cayenne peppers, vinegar, soy oil, hydrogenated soy oil, soy lecithin, water, salt, garlic, onion, sugar, natural flavor, horseradish, lemon, spices, citric acid.

I’m liking the addition of horseradish and lemon that help “brighten up” the overall flavor of this sauce. I’m puzzled by all the soy products, and suspect that’s how this sauce gets its bright color.

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Texture and Appearance: On the medium-thin side, this smooth sauce is bright orange in color. Marilyn thinks it’s a classic buffalo sauce color with a creamy looking finish.

On the wings, the sauce sets up as a medium thick coat with a light shiny finish. It tends to sit on top of the wings, yielding a very wet wing… and the overall coating reduces the crispiness of the deep-fried skin. Hearty and handsome.

Taste on wings: Very tangy, very little sweetness. First up is the classic cayenne flavor, followed by the vinegar tang. Again, a classic taste that is also not too vinegary here. Since we eat with our eyes too, the orange color has me expecting to taste some butter or even mustard, but the soy is doing its job to bring on the “buttery” consistency and flavor. Enjoyable.

spicey rooster finished wings

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Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – Just a tad above mild. Typical of a mild buffalo wing at your local bar. The heat does build ever so slightly as you eat more, yet never reaches beyond the short range of 1 – 1.5. Mildly spicy.

Overall rating: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – While certainly tangy and zingy in overall flavor, with a mild heat level, Spicey Rooster’s Buffalo Wing Sauce is fine as bottled sauces go. We can see this sauce on your grocer’s shelves. Its classic taste (sans butter) would appeal to everyone at your party or game day gathering. Above average.

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.

About Spicey Rooster BBQ Company

Marilyn met Randy and Gloria Combs at Jungle Jim’s in Ohio in 2013, and proudly brought home a bottle of their Hysteria Hot Sauce – which we think highly of, and need to get around to reviewing.

While Spicey Rooster is in a state a flux regarding their website and online store, the best way to order their Buffalo Wing Sauce is to simply email Randy at [email protected] – at only $6 per 12 ounce bottle, we think it’s a good deal. And why not throw in a bottle of Hysteria Hot Sauce for a fun surprise?

Social Media: Follow Spicey Rooster on Facebook.


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 Rub Wings
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster BBQ Company Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Ray’s 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

Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Wings from Old Florida Style Foods

Our Week of Wings 5 began with a mild sauce, and today we’re looking at a mild rub featuring the Datil Pepper from Florida.

Datil Pepper BBQ Rub Dry Wings

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 2. Today we’re reviewing some dry rubbed wings using Datil Pepper BBQ Rub from Old Florida Style Foods. I’m a huge fan of the Datil Pepper flavor and profile, and so far we’ve had quite a few Datil pepper hot sauces, but this is our first Datil pepper dry rub. Unique to St. Augustine, Florida, the Datil pepper is truly a unique American chile pepper.

Preparation: Deep fried. Again, we did our usual 3 step cook – baked the wings 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.

Ingredients: paprika, chili powder, dry mustard, sugar, salt, Datil peppers, and spices.

datil pepper bbq rub texture

Texture and Appearance: This medium-fine grind features larger flakes of salt and spices. Rusty red in color, you know you are getting some paprika and chili powder in the mix. I only wish there were more of the Datil pepper component to really show off a good variety of textures, and more importantly to add to the heat of the rub. Nice mix.

Taste on wings: We ended up with some heavily spiced wing portions since we used a heavy hand in seasoning them. They were very savory, but with little heat. Pleasant tasting, sweet and not too salty, just a surprisingly mild heat level for a Datil pepper rub. There was a nice smoky flavor that really won us over – a by-product of the Datil pepper, I’m sure.

Now, mild heat level aside, I want to emphasize how much we enjoyed these dry rubbed wings and their great flavor. While we didn’t get time to actually review them in 2013…

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These dry rubbed wings from Old Florida Style Foods were one of our 13 Favorite Products of the Year for 2013. Yes, they are that good! Outstanding.

datil pepper dry wings

Heat Level: Rated 1.5 out of 5 Stars – This rub is not about the heat, it’s about the flavor. I wish it were hotter, but it’s not. Perhaps they will come out with a hotter version. If so, I’m all in! Smoky and savory.

Overall rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Amazing. These were smoky, savory, slightly sweet and delicious. These dry rubbed wings were at the top of the charts for us. You have to try this rub! Winner.

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.

About Old Florida Style Foods

datil pepper bbq rub bottle

John and Rhonda Maloughney own Old Florida Style Foods out of Edgewater, Florida, trading as Mad John’s Food, LLC.

Mad John’s Food, LLC introduces “Old Florida Style” brand. Mad John’s Food, LLC grows it’s own supply of Datil Peppers and produces several products, including Datil Pepper Salsa and Condiment, Datil Pepper Honey Barbeque Glaze, Datil Pepper Barbeque Seasoning Rub, Datil Pepper Garlic Pickle Chips, Old Florida Style Datil Pepper Jelly and Datil Pepper “Cracker Style” Hot Pepper Sauce that are sure to please the culinarian. We use only the highest quality ingredients that are all natural and contain no MSG and assure consistent quality and taste.

Visit http://madjohnsfood.com/ for all of their great prducts.

Social Media: Follow Old Florida Style Foods on Facebook.


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 Rub Wings from Old Florida Style Foods
Week of Wings 5 – Day 3: Spicey Rooster BBQ Company Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Ray’s 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

Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce

We’re kicking off our 5th Annual Week of Wings (WOW) series today – a full week of wing sauce reviews and recipes. Luckily, we’re never lacking for wing sauces to sample or recipes to try! And with so many rubs that make some great dry wings, we’ve got plenty to work with, so let’s get started.

Patter Fam Sauces Sissy Sally Wing Sauce

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Week of Wings 5 – Day 1. We’re going to start out with the very mild “Sissy Sally” wing sauce from Patter Fam Sauces.
“Sissy Sally” is their mildest of 4 wings sauces that also include “Kickin’ It Old School”, “Burnin’ Love” and “Holy Ghost Revival”.

Preparation: Deep fried. 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.

Ingredients: cayenne peppers, vinegar, olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, water, Worcestershire sauce, salt, yellow mustard, tomato concentrate, garlic powder, cornstarch.

patter fam sissy sally closeup

Texture & Appearance: Reddish-orange in color and fairly thin. It sets up very well on the wings and finishes like a glaze. The results are very pretty, shiny wings that stayed crispy. Beautiful.

Taste on wings: Tasting it straight out of the bottle, we weren’t sure we would like this sauce, let alone enjoy it. This goes to prove what we’ve discovered many times about wing sauces… they are meant to be cooked with, because after tossing the hot crispy wings into the sauce, the flavors really blossomed and wowed us. Sweet, sticky and savory, they were amazing.

There’s just a hint of teriyaki flavor, probably due to the worcestershire and honey. And even with the two vinegars in the ingredients, there was little vinegar taste in the finished wings. That’s a plus in our opinion. Delicious.

finished sissy sally wing sauce from patter fam

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – There’s very little heat – more spicy than hot – but it does grow a bit the more you eat. These are the wings you want to serve to kids or anyone that can’t take the heat. Mild.

Overall rating: Rated 4.5 out of 5 Stars – Delicious! High marks for the great flavor. We thoroughly enjoyed eating these wings, even though we prefer a hotter wing. But we certainly can’t ding the sauce for being too mild – it is called Sissy Sally after all. Highly recommended.

The big 12 ounce bottle should be enough for 2 – 4 dozen wing pieces (or 1 – 2 dozen whole wings) depending on how much sauce you like on them.

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.

About Patter Fam Sauces

Sam and Joyce Peters from Wheelersburg, Ohio are known for their sauces, salsas and seasonings – each with “layers of flavor that enhance the natural goodness of food”.

patter fam sissy sally wing sauce bottle

In addition to the 4 wing sauces, they have quite a line-up of hot sauces, an Arrabiata spicy Italian marinara, and both a Sweet and Hot Barbecue sauce.

Everything we’ve tried from them is amazing. We reviewed their Jamaican Jerk sauce here.

Visit them at PatterFamSauces.com and check out some of their 3 pack specials, and be sure and tell them HotSauceDaily sent you! They also have a handy “store finder” where you’ll see they are in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia.

Social Media: You can follow Patter Fam on Facebook and Twitter.


Stay tuned for 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 BBQ Company Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 5 – Day 4: Sweet Baby Ray’s 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

Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce – Mild

Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces are all natural and low in sodium sauces that feature fresh, Michigan made ingredients. Scotty O’Hotty currently offers three hot sauces that include a Mild, Hot, and XXX Hot varieties. All three flavors are made in Michigan with fresh, all natural, low sodium ingredients – Premium Pepper Sauce (Mild), Premium Habanero Sauce (Hot) and The Ghost Sauce (XXX Hot).

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Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce – Mild

Ingredients: tomatoes, beer (for flavor), onion, bell pepper, vinegar, tomato sauce, mango, carrots, tomato paste, water, garlic, jalapeño peppers, yellow tomatoes, radishes, cayenne peppers, olive oil, sea salt, peppercorn, honey, assorted spices, liquid smoke, xanthan gum.

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Burnt orange and flecked.

Texture & Appearance: A nice burnt orange color with tiny black flecks – other tiny bits of seasonings are visible in this slightly medium thick sauce. Predominant scents are of onion, vinegar and cayenne. Fresh and fragrant.

Scotty O Hotty medium thick mild sauce

Medium thick

Taste Straight Up: Big, fresh garden taste thanks to the veggies in the front of the ingredients. Think of a fresh pepper mash with mild heat. The tomatoes add a nice supporting flavor, but they do not overpower – allowing a hint of the beer to come through. Delicious and different.

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Nice label

Label/Graphics: Emblazoned with an oval of “Old No. 2” and proudly stating it is “Made in Michigan”, the labels are clean and simple. Flames of fire surround the title, in this case “Premium Pepper Sauce”. Good looking, although the “Old No. 2” is a mystery. Simple and sharp.

Heat Level: Mild – in a nice, salsa kind of way. The peppers and seasonings are well balanced and complement each other. Savory and Satisfying.

On Foods

Of course, we had to try the sauce on pizza. The pleasant taste fit the bill. Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce worked great on pizza.

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Scotty O’Hotty Mild on pizza

On Wings:

One of the Scotty O’Hotty recipes calls for making chicken wings 2 different ways. Scotty’s way, and Mrs. Scotty’s way. We went with Scotty’s way this time. We par-baked then deep fried the wings first (our recipe here). Then we tossed the fully cooked and fried wings in the sauce. Scotty’s recipe calls for putting the wings back into a hot oven (350º) for 15 – 20 minutes to “set” the sauce. While the sauce did indeed get tacky and set up, the crispy skin of the wings went away. Baking after saucing made them soft. Disappointing.

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Scotty O’Hotty Mild on wings

Next time we will try Mrs. Scotty’s version that calls for 2 parts of sauce to 1 part butter. Toss cooked wings and enjoy. A much more traditional way to make wings.

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Left – wet. Right – baked.

Final Thoughts: Scotty O’Hotty Premium Pepper Sauce Mild would be great on nachos, burgers, hot dogs and even as a dip for french fries.

Our Ratings

Heat: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars 1/5 – A great “entry level” sauce for the curious or gift-givers looking for something mild.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars 4/5 – A delicious and very pourable sauce. Get 2 or 3 bottles – because you can enjoy this “everyday” sauce on many foods.

About Scotty O’Hotty

Scott and Suzi Owens started Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce in 2011 and now offer 3 Made in Michigan hot sauces as well as their new “Suzi’s Back Rub”. Visit http://www.scottyohotty.com and click on the Store link to order.

Social Media:
Scotty O’Hotty on Facebook

Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship results 2013

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship took place this past weekend in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware (10/26/2013). Marilyn and I were fortunate to be judges.

In the short video below (1:28), I’m basically panning around the area of the judges table and including some of the competitors. The huge crowds you see in the background are coming from the Annual Sea Witch Festival – a parade of sillyness that is somehow related to Halloween. 🙂

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship 2013

There were 17 different restaurants and hot sauce makers competing for best wings in the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship. Each competed in up to 3 categories, although most bowed out of the final Best Presentation entry.

Marilyn and I sat among 12 other judges at a long table, that was smack dab in the middle of a main pedestrian path from the Avenue (Rehoboth Beach’s main drag) to the Boardwalk. To say it was crowded and hectic is an understatement.

Judging Table underway

photo: Melissa Pritt

The fourteen judges were given a verbal presentation from the entrant, wings were passed out, and our judging and scoring began. We awarded up to 30 points total for each entry. Based on the timing of submissions and number of contestants, we did not have a lot of time between each entry. Scribbling notes, tasting, and keeping up with the fast pace of the wings that were coming at us, we did the best we could to keep up.

It was frenetic fun, and the immense variety of wings we got to sample was amazing. Some of our favorites, off the top of my head, were, loaded potato skin wings, jalapeño popper stuffed wings, black cherry soda wings, parmesan crusted garlic wings and Mayan Chocolate wings. I’m so sorry I don’t have pictures of those incredible concoctions! (When your hands are covered in sauces and spices, and you’re writing notes, it’s hard to get pictures).

Here is our host and MC, Chip Hearn of Peppers.com, laying out the ground rules (there were no rules) and introducing the judges (3:45). Filmed from my vantage point about midway of the judges table, that is Marilyn directly in front of me, to my right was Steve Chambers, and to my left was Eric Grant.
The bloggers were assembled at one end, the radio media at the other, and in between were various other wing aficionados.

Next up, a short video of Johnny McLaughlin of HeartbreakingDawns.com explaining his “deconstructed wings” for the Best Presentation category. Those cubes used to be wings!

Here are the Winners in each category

Huge thanks to Georgia Leonhart, publicist, for filling in the blanks of all the winners here. Thank you Georgia!

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The Best Wings Presentation:

1st PlaceBethany Blues Restaurant – popsicle style wings wrapped in bacon and topped with smoked jalapeños
2nd Place – Peppers.com for the “dragon” wings presentation – created by Chef Jared Martin
3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns’ Johnny McLaughlin for his deconstructed wing “cubes” with coconut garnish and sriracha style sauce
– 4th – The Starboard Restaurant, Dewey Beach
– 5th – Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach

The Most Unusual Wings:

1st Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – Johnny McLaughlin – Mayan Chocolate wings with Blue Cheese Ice Cream
2nd Place – Bethany Blues, Lewes – Chef Rich Nofi – Whiskey Apple Cider Fall Spice BBQ Wings
3rd PlaceRehoboth Ale House – Momma T’s Pesto Pollo Wings
– 4th – High River Sauces – Steve Seabury – Mothra Wings
– 5th – Obis One – Black Garlic wings

The Best Wings:

1st Place – Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach, Delaware – Sweet Chili Wings with Mango Habanero
2nd Place – Peppers.com – Chef Jared Martin – Improv wings – BBQ, mustard, garlic
3rd PlaceKick n’ Chicken – Chef Scott Saucier – Tazmanian Wings –
– 4th – Rehoboth Ale House – Chef Jodi Sowersby – Garlic Butter Parmesan Wings
– 5th – Rehoboth Seafood Market – Chef Brock Hutchison – Tequila Chipotle Lime Wings

The Overall Delaware State Champion Winners are:

1st Place – Bethany Blues Restaurant – Bethany Beach, Delaware
2nd Place – Peppers.com
3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns
– 4th – Rehoboth Ale House
– 5th – Rehoboth Seafood Market

Pics from the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship 2013

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Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship

Competition will be fierce for the title of Delaware State Chicken Wing Champion. The competition gets underway Saturday October 26, 2013 with over 25 contestants competing in 3 categories – Best Wings, Most Unusual Wings, and Best Wings Presentation.

Wing entries

Wing entries from past competition

The Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship

Wing it at Sea Witch

The chicken wing cook-off for State Champion will take place smack in the middle of the insanity and costumed silliness that is the 24th Annual Sea Witch Festival (a family oriented, slightly organized parade of costumes, floats and other Halloween shenanigans). That “Wing it at Sea Witch” slogan is a great, unintended tie-in to the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship competition, is it not? Thank you Sea Witch um… witches!

Sea Witch parade

The Sea Witch parade – shenanigans I say!

Wing sauce makers and local chefs (see below) will gather in front of The Ice Cream Store at 6 Rehoboth Ave, Rehoboth Beach, Delaware to impress a roster of judges that include local media personalities from radio, print, TV and internet, as well as local politicians.

Scheduled to judge will be (among others) Patricia Talorico – News Journal, Andrew Koch – WGMD Radio 92.7, Mark “Petch” Petchey – WAFL Radio 97.7, Kelli Steele – WXDE 105.9, Rafael Orlando – WYUS 930am, Senator Ernie Lopez, Mayor Sam Cooper – Rehoboth Beach, Mayor Diane Hansen – Dewey Beach, Brian Keene – WBOC TV, Rehoboth Foodie – RehobothFoodie.com, Al “Buddah” Goldenberg – ILoveitSpicy.com, and Marilyn & Brian Meagher – HotSauceDaily.com.

Press Release:

What: Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship
When: Saturday, October 26th, 2013
Where: During the Sea Witch Festival – in front of The Ice Cream Store at 6 Rehoboth Ave and the Boardwalk – Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Delaware Wing Championship sponsors

Co-sponsored by Mountaire Farms, The Ice Cream Store and Peppers.com

World Champion Chicken Wing companies that will be challenging Rehoboth area restaurants:

Blair Lazar from Extreme Foods (Blair’s sauces) of New Jersey

Food Network star and maker of world champion sauces, John McLaughlin from Heartbreaking Dawns of New Jersey

Chopped TV Star and maker of world champion sauces, Steve Seabury from High River Sauces of New York

Cooking Channel star and maker of world champion sauces, Lisa Lloyd from Obis One Foods of New Jersey – specializing in Organic Black Garlic and maker of award winning rubs

John Rizzotti of Rippin’ Red – a Four Time National Champion Wing Sauces creator and winner of a Screaming Mi Mi for Best Habanero Hot Sauce at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Local restaurants that will be competing (as of press time):

Kevin Roberts from Bethany Blues Restaurant – Delaware State Ribs Champion / Delaware State Wing Champ

Charlie Pollard from Kickin’ Chickin’ – Delaware State Wing Champion

Chip Hearn from Peppers.com – World Pulled Pork Champ / Multiple World sauces champion

Update 10/17/2013: Also scheduled to compete:

Dominic Pandolfino from The Starboard Restaurant, Dewey Beach. Chef Inton Mouynivong of Port Restaurant, Dewey Beach. Robert Parker of Wings to Go, Dewey Beach. Buffalo Wild Wings, Rehoboth. The Pond, Rehoboth. Zoggs Raw Bar & Grill, Rehoboth. Modern Mixture, Rehoboth. aMuse, Rehoboth. Arenas Deli & Bar, Rehoboth. Summer House Saloon, Rehoboth. Jakes Seafood House, Rehoboth. Casa Dileo, Rehoboth. Rigby’s Bar & Grill, Rehoboth. Dogfish Head, Rehoboth. Cafe Azafran, Rehoboth. Purple Parrot Restaurant & Bar, Rehoboth. Gretchen Hanson of Hobos Restaurant and Bar, Rehoboth.

The competition will be open to all businesses that are current members of the Rehoboth Beach / Dewey Beach Chamber of Commerce. There is no fee to compete. Loan made super easy checkout our site.

Prior winners include Beachcomber Restaurant, Wings to Go, Irish Eyes and Starboard Restaurant.

Judging for the Delaware State Wing Championships will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. Judges will be national and local food writers as well as TV, radio and newspaper personalities.

The competition will be composed of three separate challenges. The winner of each challenge will be declared a Delaware State Champion and the overall winner will be crowned as THE overall Delaware State Champion.

As each dish is handed in, all competitors will be required to turn in an 8½ by 11 inch paper, listing the name of every entry and its ingredients, so that the media can fully report on the fantastic tastes. Each challenger will also be asked to explain their entry in detail to the judges.

Scoring will be on a thirty point system (where half points may also be used). A maximum of ten points for taste – a maximum of ten points for WOW factor – and a maximum of ten points for whatever the judge thinks points should be given (after all, there are no rules)!

All entries may be displayed on whatever plates, dishes, bowls or other contrivances you wish to use. Please include a small sign with the name of your wings with the entry. Please pay attention, because you, yourself, need to retrieve whatever you use. You must turn in a minimum of 25 “portions” for each event. Any items that the judges don’t consume will be eaten (quickly) by the crowd! The more portions that you enter, the better chance you have of a judge loving their second taste. If you wish to include sauces, dips, rubs, garnishes or any flair with the dish, please do so.

Because there will be so many entries, we would suggest that you attempt to be one of the first to turn in. Think of heat retention as well as the judges’ taste buds!

At 1:00 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their concept of
THE BEST WINGS
Rules: there are none – the judges will have to answer the question, what, exactly, does the best wing taste like, look like, feel like and ?. We are looking for chef inspired wings that could grace the table of any restaurant!

At 1:45 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their perception of
THE MOST UNUSUAL WINGS
Rules: there are basically none. The Most Unusual entry can be based on taste, sauce, rub, cooking method or looks. It can be very visual and may be shown to the judges in any way. It can be anything that the chef things of!

At 2:30 pm SHARP all contestants will turn in their notion of
THE BEST WINGS PRESENTATION
Rules: there are none – the judges must simply be amazed! Presentation ultimately means something visual or an impression that makes a judge want to reach out and eat the first wing. Any chef might want to re-enter a recipe from a previous category and to “jazz it up” somehow!

All of the winners will be announced at the conclusion of the judging of all three categories. Announcements will be made at the Bandstand at the end of Rehoboth Avenue and the Boardwalk.

Do you plan to attend the Delaware State Chicken Wing Championship next Saturday? If so, leave a Comment below, and stop and say “hi” at the judges table!

Mighty Wings at McDonalds

McDonald’s recently launched Mighty Wings just in time for the fall football season. Are they Mighty? Are they good? Read on to see my take on these new McWings…

McDonalds Mighty Wings 3 pack box

Mighty Wings at McDonald’s are Mighty…

These new wings are Mighty crispy, Mighty greasy, yet Mighty good!

McDonalds Mighty Wings side of box

“Gasp at the kick”? I don’t know about gasping, but they are just a tad shy of Mighty spicy.

McDonalds Mighty Wings 3 pack

I have to say the little 3 pack I got was just a tease. I was ready for a couple more right away. Yes, I know it’s McFood, but these big (Mighty) wings were crunchy, spicy and meaty. My 3 pack had 2 drummies and one flat. I’ve seen pics online of 2 flats and 1 drummie. So, I’m assuming the McPloyees have been trained to include at least one of the two versions of wings in the box.

McDonalds Mighty Wings drummie

Next time I will ask for all flats, or all drummies… just to see how they handle that request.

McDonalds Mighty Wings flat

Heat Level: Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

The spicy flavor of Mighty Wings rivals Popeye’s Wings. However, Popeye’s Wings are the full trifecta – the whole wing – drummie, flat and tip, for about a dollar for the whole wing.

I paid $3.29 for the 3 pack of Mighty Wings (about $1.10 per wing), which would make these babies quite an expensive game day platter!

Still, they had a great crunchy coating, nice spicy flavor, and jumbo meaty parts. I never thought I’d write these words on HotSauceDaily.com – but these McMightyWings are really good.

Word on the street is these are only available for a limited time in 3, 5 and 10 McPiece packs. But there’s nothing on the McWebsite about that, so I’d bet that Mighty Wings are here to stay.

You can visit McDonald’s website to vote for who you think stole Flacco’s wings.

I do hope they plan to offer 25 or 50 piece platters for the playoffs and Superbowl. They’d be crazy not to!

Have you tried Mighty Wings yet? Can you hardly wait – or will you pass? Tell us in the Comments below. #mightywings

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