First Food Frenzy of 2020 – Old Bay Hot Sauce

Was Old Bay Hot Sauce really “sold out”? Or did they “sell out” to create the buzz around their newest creation?

Hot on the heels of the Great Chicken Sandwich Shortage of 2019, Old Bay announces a new limited edition Old Bay Hot Sauce and promptly sells out on Day One… in 30 minutes.

Old Bay Hot Sauce bottles in 3 sizes

Actually, they “sold out” within an hour of announcing that the new Old Bay Hot Sauce is only available via McCormick’s web site.

But I’m suspect of some media canoodling.

I am a huge fan of Old Bay Seasoning and McCormick Spices as you can see in the following pic.

Our Old Bay Seasoning assortment

But I think something is fishy about this whole scenario. Can you say “Popeye’s Spicy Chicken Sandwich” shortage?

A contrived “shortage” drummed up to create social media frenzy – and yes, now I am now a part of it too.

Since they were “sold out” almost immediately, my next search was to see if anyone had actually tasted and/or reviewed the new Old Bay Hot Sauce.

I wonder if…

Oh. Somehow the Baltimore Sun staff managed to get their hands on a few bottles that same day. You can watch their thoughts and reactions to the new sauce via a video they put together here. (Ignore the guy that says his favorite hot sauce is “Cho-lu-lu”).

You can also see a short video of WTOP Radio anchors tasting it here.

And here is WJZ TV’s report from the Old Bay kitchens:


It’s been reported that almost immediately folks were selling bottles of Old Bay Hot Sauce on eBay for $50 – $200 dollars.

Is this a sour grapes post? Not at all.

I just find it so typical of recent new releases, both in the world of fast food and food product launches, that the demand causes the Internet or websites to crumple and cough up hairballs of “sold out” and “out of stock” shopping carts.

And probably because some marketing gurus said this is how you create a demand. Pffft. In my opinion, if the product is good, the demand and sales will reflect that.

To be fair, McCormick and Old Bay promise that supplies will be restocked soon. So you can get yourself some then.

“When will then be now?” Soon!” ~ Spaceballs

What do you think about it all?
Were you lucky enough to get a bottle before they sold out?
If not, are you going to try when they get restocked?
Let me know in the comments section below. And thanks for reading! ~brian

Old Bay Butter Wings

Old Bay Seasoning on Wings is a classic take on our local crab / seafood seasoning on deep fried wings.

Week of Wings 7 – Day 2 – Old Bay butter wings

These deep fried wings get a nice kick from Old Bay and butter.

Old Bay Seasoning in butter on wings

Old Bay dry rubbed wings

Old Bay and butter wings

– 1 lb wings
– 1 Tbs Old Bay Seasoning
– 1 stick (8 T) unsalted butter

Melt butter in bowl, add Old Bay Seasoning, toss hot fried wings in butter / Old Bay mixture to coat.

These wings are silky, crispy, buttery, savory and delicious. They are unique and delicious wings that everyone at your party will devour!

Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Marilyn rates these at 5 stars. Enjoy.

More Week of Wings 7

Week of Wings 7 – Day 1: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce
Week of Wings 7 – Day 2: Old Bay Butter Wings
Week of Wings 7 – Day 3: Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces
Week of Wings 7 – Day 4: Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC
Week of Wings 7 – Day 5: The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

Eagle Wingz Chesapeake style hot sauce

WEEK OF WINGS IV Day 1 – Eagle Wingz Chesapeake Style Hot Sauce

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We’re kicking off our Week of Wings IV with a favorite local hot sauce from Eagle Wingz of Seaford, Delaware. With a “traditional” wing sauce flavor based on cayenne peppers, vinegar and salt, Eagle Wingz also brings to the table an additional spicy flavor profile. The extra ingredients of mustard seed, celery seed and paprika give these sauces a similar taste to Old Bay Seasoning. These hot sauces are based on that very traditional Maryland crab and seafood seasoning. But to call them just hot sauce is not accurate. These are definitely wing sauces.

Elsewhere in the country, wings prepared with Eagle Wingz Chesapeake Style hot sauce might be called “seafood wings”, “crab wings”, or even “Chesapeake wings” and other references to the famous Old Bay style seasoning. Available in “Hot” and “Extreme” versions, we’re just going to call them delicious!

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Crab Pie Recipe

Crab dip, crab melts, crab cakes – all are delicious ways to enjoy fresh blue crab from the Chesapeake Bay. This Crab Pie recipe just blows everything else out of the water, so to speak. Make this easy pie for your next family gathering, and get ready for the accolades and the “I need this recipe!” comments.

Crab Pie slice

Crab Pie slice

Crab Pie Recipe

Crab Pie is a rich, savory, almost quiche-like pie that is very satisfying. With one bite you will say “wow”. This is a “stellar” appetizer or even entrée to take to your next family gathering that will just blow away any dip that you used to bring.

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Blackened Blue Cheese Burgers Recipe

Blackened Blue / Bleu Cheese Burgers on the Grill

One of my favorite versions of burgers to order out is something usually called a Blackened Bleu / Blue Cheese Burger.

I decided awhile ago to learn to make these at home, and here’s what I came up with.

Old Bay Blackened SeasoningSince Old Bay Seasoning in burgers was always a hit with me, I like to use Old Bay with Blackened Seasoning for the Blackened Bleu. There are others out there, like Chef Paul Prudhomme’s, and Zatarain’s Blackened Seasoning, as well as dozens of homemade versions (which I vow to try someday), but for now, the Old Bay version works great for me.
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