Crystal and Louisiana Brand Wing Sauces

Week of Wings Day 5 has us back in the grocery isle to check out two cayenne based wing sauces from two classic sauce makers: Crystal and Louisiana Brand.

Crystal Wing Sauce & Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce

Crystal - Louisiana Wing Sauces

Week of Wings 5 – Day 5. We’re going old school today with two Louisiana hot sauce originals. Both companies launched in the 1920’s and each claim to be “number one” – Louisiana Brand with “Still the Original – the One with the Red Dot” and Crystal proclaiming “#1 Hot Sauce in Louisiana”.

Both have fascinating histories surrounding their hot sauces, but we’re looking at their versions of “original” wing sauces. If this were a “smackdown”, we’ve picked a clear winner. Read on to see which one came out on top.

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.

Crystal Wing Sauce “Original”

Makes a zesty marinade for poultry, seafood, wild game – and fruits and vegetables, too. Those who want their wings extra tasty choose Crystal Wing sauce.

Ingredients: aged red peppers, distilled vinegar, corn syrup, food starch modified, dehydrated garlic and onion, salt, xanthan gum, artificial butter flavoring.

Crystal Wing Sauce texture

Texture and Appearance: Thin texture and bright orange in color. Tiny flecks of either the peppers or garlic and onion. Marilyn thinks it has the color of Nehi Orange Soda.

Taste straight up: Smooth, buttery, light vinegar taste, but artificial.

Taste on wings: Very little vinegar now, butter taste almost disappears, not much other flavor to speak of. Below average.

Crystal Wing Sauce Wings

Heat Level: ½ Star – Just not there. Plain Jane heat (apologies to our readers named “Jane”).

Overall rating: ½ Star – We not saying this is a bad sauce, but it is so mild and plain, that it just may be the right one for beginners, kids, mothers-in-laws and the like. Hey, you may love this one! If so, tell us in the Comments below.

For now, we’ll pass on this one as a go-to wing sauce. Sorry, Crystal… we had high hopes.

About Crystal Hot Sauce

Crystal also makes an “Extra Hot” version of their wing sauce. They also make quite a few other sauces that we would love to try, including Worcestershire, Steak, Teriyaki and Soy. Visit http://www.baumerfoods.com/ for all of them.

Bonus: Check out the history of Baumer Foods, aka Crystal Preserves. See the Art Deco sign. Read about their history… it’s fascinating.
http://www.baumerfoods.com/history.php


Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce

The heat that created the hot wing phenomenon originated in Louisiana, and Louisiana Wing Sauce takes it to the next level.

Ingredients: red peppers, vinegar, salt, soybean oil, sugar, xanthan gum, polysorbate 80, citric acid, datem, natural garlic flavor.

Louisiana Brand wing sauce

Texture and Appearance: This very dark orange colored sauce clings nicely to the wings. Medium thick.

Taste straight up: Vinegar and cayenne first, a bit salty, but very smooth.

Taste on wings: Great classic buffalo wing taste, a classic. Better than most bar wings. Adding butter is key, flavor is big and satisfying.

Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce wings

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – Fairly hot, but not a “bring you to your knees” heat… it’s an enjoyable heat. Kudos to Louisiana Brand for nailing a great heat level.

Overall rating: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Our favorite “buffalo style” grocery bottled sauce of the week. Classic flavor, great heat. Recommended.

About Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce

Louisiana Brand from Bruce Foods have quite a stable of other wings sauces that you may be interested in, including Honey Mustard Wing, Jalapeño Lime Wing, Wing Sauce Seasoning, and many other goodies.

Visit them at http://www.brucefoods.com/louisiana-hot-sauce.html

Fun fact: We quite often review a store bought product, only to learn afterwards that they offer many other products that we don’t usually find on our shelves at the grocer, so we try to share them with you here.

As a result, we plan to order just about every other product from Baumer Foods / Crystal, as well as the rest of the lineup from Bruce Foods / Louisiana Brand. And we hope you will too.

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

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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