Louisiana Brand Wing Kit Review

We’re kicking off our 6th Annual Week of Wings series with the Louisiana Brand Wing Kit – featuring Louisiana Brand Chicken Wing Seasoning and Louisiana Brand Original Wing Sauce. Week of Wings 6 – Day 1

Louisiana Brand Wing Kit

Shrink wrapped Louisiana Wing Sauce Kit and Wing Seasoning

Shrink wrapped Louisiana Wing Sauce and Wing Seasoning

The Wing Kit comes with a 3 ounce shaker of Chicken Wing Seasoning – Herbs and Spices – and a 12 ounce bottle of Louisiana Wing Kit Original hot sauce (Re-branded here as “Louisiana Wing Kit Sauce”). It sells for only $2.99 at BruceFoods.com – quite a bargain.

Heat Level: Rated 2 out of 5 StarsMild to medium light.

Overall: Rated 4 out of 5 StarsThis kit brings great flavors at a great bargain.

Nice little recipe booklet comes with the Louisiana Wing Kit

Nice little recipe booklet comes with the Louisiana Wing Kit

Louisiana Brand Chicken Wing Seasoning:

Ingredients: salt, spices, onion, garlic, paprika, lemon juice and microchrystalline cellulose.

Louisiana Brand Chicken Wing Seasoning close-up

Louisiana Brand Chicken Wing Seasoning close-up

This salt and pepper based blend includes a nice hit of herbs and spices. We think it really supports and accents the overall flavor experience of the wings with the Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce. Think Zatarain’s or Tony Cachere’s without all of the salt. Savory.

Louisiana Brand Original Wing Sauce:

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

Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce is rich with flavor.

Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce is rich with flavor.

This cayenne based wing sauce is very flavorful. It’s only slightly thick, but is rich in flavor with big hits of cayenne pepper and garlic – two very important flavors for hot wings. Spicy and garlicky.

Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce wings.

Louisiana Brand Wing Sauce wings.

Final Thoughts: This combo of dry seasoning and sauce make some delicious hot wings. Of the many off the shelf type sauces (grocery store staples), this one comes up a winner and is definitely a top ten sauce found in many grocery stores. Finding the shaker of seasoning might be harder.

The included seasoning takes the overall flavor up a notch, and the wings taste like very authentic wings that we would be happy to have at any bar that features hot wings done with these products. An everyman’s wing.

We are fans of Louisiana Gold Hot Sauce, and Bruce Foods. They have done a great job with this sauce and rub and the kit is a bargain at $2.99 for both.

You can find this wing combo here:

http://www.brucefoods.com/louisiana-wing-sauce/louisiana-wing-sauce-12-oz-and-wing-sauce-seasoning-3-25-oz.html

Be sure to check out all the other great offerings from Bruce Foods when you shop their online store. You’ll find some real gems!

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 6

Week of Wings 6 – Day 1: Louisiana Brand Wing Kit Review (You are here.)
Week of Wings 6 – Day 2: Sriracha Rub on Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 3: Vortex Grilled Wings in a Weber Kettle
Week of Wings 6 – Day 4: Datil Dew Inferno Wings
Week of Wings 6 – Day 5: ?

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.


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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

Review Mama Bulls Louisiana Hot Sauce on Wings

Week of Wings II – Day 6 – Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce

On Day 6 of our wing roundup this year, we bring you a a review of Mama Bull’s Louisiana Hot Sauce Cayenne Pepper Sauce as a straight wing sauce. No butter added, we just followed the directions on the bottle to dunk the wings in the sauce!

As a rule, I’m not a fan of Louisiana style hot sauces… but I’m getting there. Check out our review of Swamp Scum or Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce and you will see I’m becoming a fan. This review is another great example of how a Louisiana style hot sauce is inching me closer to liking them.

Taste straight up:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: There is a big hit of vinegar both through the smell and first taste. The taste is slightly sweet in a veggie way – probably the carrots.
Brian: At first I thought this was a very traditional Louisiana sauce, but it’s bigger than that. The flavor really pops!

Texture & Appearance:
Marilyn: I see crushed red peppers and seeds, and perhaps bits of garlic. At first I thought it may be too thin to cling to the wings, but it’s now setting up nicely and there is a thick coating on the wings.
Brian: A thin sauce with bits of garlic floating about. I also see crushed red pepper flakes and seeds. This sauce sets up nicely and clings very well to the wings.

Taste:Rated 2.5 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: I taste vinegar first, then hot. Yes, hot hot… it’s burning my lips. Then I get a slower back of the throat burn. There’s a full flavor profile with the vinegar, heat and finally a nice warm depth of flavor. A winner with me.
Brian: A very traditional Louisiana flavor, this is a good flavor bringing on a nice medium-to-strong heat. I’m digging it. I wish we had prepped this sauce with some butter for a traditional “Buffalo” style sauce… but we followed the instructions on the bottle that said to simply toss the wings in the sauce.

Heat Level:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars

Marilyn: Make no mistake, this sauce is hot! I already said it burned me right away. Brian first thought it was mild, but then it got hotter for him.
Brian: Go figure. It was tame at first, but the more I ate, the hotter it got. I was surprised. And I grew to like it. I don’t think it was as good as other wing sauces we’ve reviewed here on HotSauceDaily.com but I would enjoy these at a local bar if they were their only offering. Just add beer!

Label/Graphics:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars – As you can see from the pic of the label above, Mama Bull’s label doesn’t exactly stand out. The words “hot sauce” are the most prominent. I think the Bull should be more “Mama-like” and less “Bull-like”. The label is just so-so. And we reviewed their “hot” version as opposed to the “mild” version which they also offer.

Overall Rating:Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – We’re awarding 3 stars for overall goodness. Heat, flavor, and consistency was pretty solid. Stay tuned for our review of Mama Bull’s Mild Louisiana Hot Sauce

Ingredients: water, vinegar, tomato sauce (tomato, salt, naturally derived citric acid), lemon juice, cayenne pepper, fresh carrots, canola oil, garlic, onion, salt, crushed red peppers, xanthan gum, spices

And here’s where you can get yourself some bottles of Mama Bull’s Sauces. Tell ’em HotSauceDaily.com sent you!

Swamp Scum Louisiana Hot Sauce Review

Swamp Scum Louisiana Hot Sauce has been around since 2008.

Traditional Louisiana style hot sauces, with their simple blend of cayenne peppers, vinegar and salt, are usually my least favorite of any hot sauce. But Swamp Scum from MossyBayou.com is a bit different. Quite a bit. They add a smokiness along with molasses that brings on a smoky sweetness that elevates this sauce far above your average Louisiana style.

Texture & Appearance: Rated 2 out of 5 StarsThere’s no “red dot” on this bottle. This stuff is green – a dark, swampy green – but very much on the thin side. I wish it was thicker and chunkier.

Taste: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars The molasses seems to temper the usually strong vinegar taste, resulting in a smoother tasting sauce. There is also that nice smokiness I’ve mentioned.

Heat Level:Rated 2 out of 5 Stars A hint of the peppers shine through the vinegar, with the biggest taste being the dark smokiness that I’ll assume is the “natural flavoring” in the ingredients. That and the sweet molasses round out this smooth tasting and simple concoction.

Label/Graphics: Rated 1.5 out of 5 StarsYou can see that the label is very dark on a shiny foil-like background. In a way it is fitting for such a dark sauce in both color and the whole swamp thing.

Overall Rating: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars 3.5 out of 5 stars for the uniqueness and smokey colors and flavor. I would have gone 4+ stars if it had more body and heat.

Ingredients: peppers, vinegar, salt, molasses, natural flavoring, caramel color

Check out Swamp Scum or their Bayou Blend Seasoning, or all the other great sauces and rubs from Mossy Bayou!

Louisiana Gold Pepper Sauce – Hot Sauce Review

New Premium Hot Sauces from Louisiana Brand

We all know the familiar bottle with the Red Dot saying “One Drop Does It”® on the Original Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce – your basic cayenne pepper, vinegar and salt hot sauce.
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They’ve recently launched a line of premium sauces called “Louisiana Gold“. And the big news is they’ve blended their peppers with Tabasco peppers and “spirit vinegar” to create a bold new taste. The term ‘spirit vinegar’ is sometimes reserved for the stronger variety (5% to 20% acetic acid) made from sugar cane or from chemically produced acetic acid – source: Wikipedia There is a sweetness in the Red Pepper Sauce that I feel makes it much better than the original.

I ordered the 4 pack gift set

louisiana-gold-4-pack
This set consists of the Red Pepper Sauce, and a Green Pepper sauce both blended with Tabasco peppers, as well as their new Wasabi Pepper Sauce and their Horseradish Pepper Sauce. More on those flavors in another post. But this 4 pack comes in a beautiful, award-winning box. I went straight for the Red Pepper Sauce first.

I’ve never been a big fan of Louisiana style sauces. To me they all taste about the same – salty with mild heat. But this new Gold Pepper Sauce is so much richer tasting that I’ve become a fan of it after the first taste. It’s still a bit salty, and the heat level is slightly higher (than Original) with the addition of the Tabasco peppers, but there’s a hint of sweetness to it. Probably from the spirit vinegar.

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We made some hot wings using the Louisiana Gold Red Pepper Sauce with a little butter, and they turned out very tasty!
While I can’t honestly say this would be my go-to-everyday hot sauce… I will use it whenever I want an authentic Louisiana-style sauce. I can’t wait to crack open the other 3 bottles and tell you all about them as well.

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