Hot Sauce and BBQ Gift Ideas for 2016

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HotSauceDaily’s 2016 Gift Ideas

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We’re doing something new this year… instead of the usual “Best Products of the Year” type post, we’re sharing with you some great gift ideas instead. In no particular order, these spicy goodies would be a great gift for those you love, or even for yourself!

Hot Sauces

Let’s start with our favorite category of gifts… Hot Sauce!

Fuego Box Hot Sauce of the Month Club

Fuego Box of the Month Club

The #1 best selling stellar “… of the month club” for hot sauces, Fuego Box brings you nothing but the best of the best each and every month.

They love hot sauce, but you don’t know what to send to your BFF or weird Uncle Tim? Fuego Box will surprise them each and every month with a selection of 3 gourmet hot sauces. And every month they will be reminded of how awesome you are.

Get one for yourself and you’ll be surprised monthly too.

http://www.fuegobox.com/

Moe Mountain Hot Sauce

Moe Mountain hot sauce on tacos

Totally original. Totally tasty. Moe Mountain only makes one sauce. And it is fantastic on tacos!
Featuring apple cider vinegar, cumin and cocoa powders and the Ghost Pepper (Bhut Jolokia)… like they say – “It’s Kinda Hot”. But delicious and not scary hot. Uncle Tim will be fine.

http://www.moemountainhotsauce.com/

Bootlikker Hot Sauce

Bootlikker hot sauce flask bottle

Tequila. Cayenne. Garlic. ‘Nuff said?

In a cool flask bottle, Bootlikker Hot Sauce packs some heat and flavor! Another company that is focusing on just one sauce and doing it well!

http://www.bootlikker.com/

Bollito’s Tuscan Red

Bollitos Hot Sauce

This “imported pepper sauce” features Calabrian chili peppers, organic red wine vinegar and heirloom garlic. Simply delicious and flavorful!

http://bollitos.co/

Volcanic Peppers Taco Sauce

Volcanic Peppers Taco Sauce

Volcanic Peppers anything. It’s all good!

But their Taco Sauce is light-years above anything in the stores. Order some, when it arrives, order more before you open a bottle… you’ll need more. Fantastic!

http://volcanicpeppers.com/

Georgia Peach and Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce

Georgia Peach Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce

We can’t have a shopping list without our all-time favorite gifting hot sauce from Chip Hearn and Peppers.com.

It comes with a classy red velvet topper and gold foil ribbon. And it goes great on anything.

This is the sauce that your wacky Aunt Mary would love. It’s sooo good.

Georgia Peach and Vidalia Onion Hot Sauce

BBQ Barbecue Barbeque Bar-B-Que Bar-B-Q

Any way you spell it, Americans love it! And these are items that even wacky Aunt Mary and weird Uncle Tim will love.

Kosmo’s Q Honey BBQ Sauce

Kosmos Q Honey BBQ Sauce

A great balance of sweet, spicy and just all around perfect on ribs and wings. We can’t say enough good things about this sauce!

Step 1 – order some. Step 2 – enjoy. Man! Delicious!

http://kosmosq.com/

Big Dick’s Rubs

Big Dicks rubs

I’m just beginning to explore the line of rubs from Big Dick’s. So far… A-Maze-Ing!

Seriously, these rubs are so clean and flavorful… just get some and go crazy!

http://bigdicks.rubsandmore.com/

Chicken Wings

America loves chicken wings. Buffalo style, grilled or BBQ, dry rubbed, oriental… you name it.
If I could quit my day job, I would just cook wings every day. It’s amazing that there are SO MANY ways to season and sauce wings!

Wingredient Wings

Wingredients wing rub and sauce

These folks bring on some rubs and dry seasonings that you mix up to make the sauce that your wings will marinate in, cook with, and sauce over your favorite bird parts – wings.

The selection is daunting, but if you start with the basic Wingredient Mix, you will be wing won over!

http://www.wingredient.com/

The Flaming Chicken Wing Sauces

The Flaming Chicken Bayou wing sauce

One of our favorite bottled wing sauces comes from The Flaming Chicken. Tons of garlic and buttery classic wing hot sauce flavors abound. And they have an even bigger selection of flavors since we last tried the Bayou.

https://www.hotsaucedepot.com

Salsas

Bowl? Check. Chips? Check. Salsa? Yea, you got a meal. Add sour cream and it’s game time!

Born to Hula Smokehaus Salsa

Born to Hula Smokehaus Salsa

From a grandfather’s garden and grandmother’s recipe… this family tradition features Fire Roasted Tomato, Vidalia Onion, Chipotle and spices.

Smoky and delicious! A 2016 Award Winner.

http://borntohula.com/

5GenSalsa

5GenSalsa

From the Mother-Daughter team of Kim Ham-Lanes and Bette Ham comes this family recipe of award-winning salsa.

It’s spicy in the truest sense of the word, featuring dried onions, dried tomatoes, vinegar, water and spices. What spices? Oh, that’s the family recipe and secret.

http://www.5gensalsa.com

Jerky

Headin’ out on the trail? Or just making that 1 hour commute to work… Jerky is a great snack food!

Katie’s Beef Jerky

Katie's Beef Jerky

You’re one-stop shop for all kinds of great jerkys. Everything is phenomenal! Don’t miss the pineapple flavored selections.

http://www.katiesbeefjerky.com

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky

It’s bacon. It’s jerky. It’s tender and oh so good!

Check out the 5 amazing flavors from the boys at Pork Barrel BBQ.

http://www.porkbarrelbbqstore.com/collections/pork-barrel-bbq-bacon-jerky

SumoJerky of the Month Club

SumoJerky samples

We’re wrapping this up with another “…of the Month Club” – this time from SumoJerky.

Each month you get some delicious small-batch jerky. These folks bring it.

https://sumojerky.com

That’s a wrap! Please check out the above companies and tell them HotSauceDaily.com sent you!

Your shopping list just got this much shorter! You’re welcome. 🙂

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Sriracha Week 2016 – Garlic Sriracha Wings

It’s National Sriracha Sauce Week! Here’s our to-die-for Sriracha Garlic Wings recipe. Sriracha sauce, crispy chicken wings, and tons of garlic make these hot and savory wings the *best* chicken wings we’ve ever cooked!

Sriracha Garlic Wings Recipe

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Sriracha garlic wings.
The wings are first marinated, then baked for 20-30 minutes before being deep fried to crisp them up. Then, you toss them in the Sriracha, butter, cilantro, garlic and lime sauce before serving. Yum!!!
We’ll repeat the recipe at the end of this post.

The basics:

  • 4 pounds chicken wings, cut up (serves 4)
  • 1-2 quarts vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the marinade:

  • 1/8 cup ground coriander (2 Tbs)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil(2 Tbs)

Step 1. In a large zip-lock bag, as seen above, combine coriander, cumin, salt and olive oil. Toss in the wings and massage the bag to coat. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. Though the volume of the marinade seems small and barely coats the wings, it is critical to the success of this recipe.

Step 2.Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes, until wings are firm, but not done. (They’ll finish cooking in the deep-fryer). Remove them from the oven and place on a platter to dry before frying.

For the sauce:

  • 1/2 cup Hot Sriracha chili sauce (or to taste)
  • 3/4 stick (6 tbl) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 4 large cloves garlic, minced

Step 3. In a clean bowl, blend cilantro, minced garlic, lime zest and juice, and melted butter. Add 1/2 cup Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, combine and set aside

Step 4.Working in small batches, deep-fry wings until crispy and browned, 2-4 min. Drain briefly on paper towels, then toss the hot wings in the sauce. Let the wings sit for 2-5 minutes before serving so the flavors soak into the wings.

plate of sriracha garlic wings

Step 5.Serve hot, on a platter with your favorite side dishes.

Click here for a great and easy blue cheese dip recipe

That’s our easy to make blue cheese dip with cool cucumber spears. Yummy!

The original recipe by Cleveland, OH, Chef Michael Symon, is in the Feb ’08 issue of Food and Wine Magazine.
Huy Fong Sriracha Sauce needs no refrigeration.

Here’s the full recipe without interruption:

The basics:
* 4 pounds chicken wings, cut up (serves 4)
* 1-2 quarts vegetable oil for deep-frying

For the marinade:
* 1/8 cup ground coriander (2 Tbs)
* 1/2 tsp ground cumin
* 1 Tbs kosher salt
* 1/8 cup extra-virgin olive oil(2 Tbs)

For the sauce:
* 1/2 cup Hot Sriracha chili sauce (or to taste)
* 3/4 stick (6 tbl) unsalted butter, melted
* 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
* finely grated zest and juice of 1 lime
* 4 large cloves garlic, minced

1. In a large zip-lock bag, combine coriander, cumin, salt and olive oil. Toss in the wings and massage the bag to coat. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, or overnight. Though the volume of the marinade seems small and barely coats the wings, it is critical to the success of this recipe.
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place wings in a single layer on a large, rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake for about 30 minutes, until wings are firm, but not done. (They’ll finish cooking in the deep-fryer). Remove them from the oven and place on a platter to dry before frying.
3. In a clean bowl, blend cilantro, minced garlic, lime zest and juice, and melted butter. Add 1/2 cup Sriracha Hot Chili Sauce, combine and set aside
4. Working in small batches, deep-fry wings until crispy and browned, 2-4 min. Drain briefly on paper towels, then toss the hot wings in the sauce. Let the wings sit for 2-5 minutes before serving so the flavors soak into the wings.
5. Serve hot, on a platter with your favorite condiments

(serves 4 – figure 1lb wings per person)

This recipe and post first appeared in our very first Week of Wings 01 back in 2010.

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

Closing out our Week of Wings 7 is our favorite bottled wing sauce from 2015 – The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce.

Week of Wings 7 – Day 5 – The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wings

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wings

Hot Garlic Wing Sauce from The Flaming Chicken is a classic cayenne based wing sauce with the required butter flavor of a buffalo style sauce. Bonus, it is loaded with tons of garlic flavor and garlic bits. It’s a garlic wing lover’s dream sauce. Period.

Brian:
“I love the big garlic buttery flavor hit from this sauce.”
“The bits of garlic add a nice ‘bite’ to the mix.”
“This flavor is a 5 out of 5!”

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce is loaded with garlic

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce is loaded with garlic

Marilyn:
“The garlic aroma and flavor is way up there.”
“The flavor is great, but it’s also really hot!”
“Too hot for a ‘medium’ level sauce… but delicious.”
“I would call this a 5 out of 5 in flavor too.”

The sauce works great on some simple chicken tenders too.

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic on grilled tenders

The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic on grilled tenders

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Heat Level: Rated 3 out of 5 Stars – Quite hot for a medium to medium-hot sauce. Hot in a good way – it’s hot wings.

Overall Rating: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – Our highest rating of five Stars! Great wing sauce flavor and heat. Garlic goodness and heat!

Ingredients: Water, Habanero Pepper, Margarine, Carrot, Scorpion Pepper, Cayenne Pepper, Onion, Papaya, Lime Juice, Acetic Acid, Salt, Butter Base, Xanthan Gum, Passion Fruit Juice, Citric Acid, Garlic.

You can purchase The Flaming Chicken Hot Garlic Wing Sauce here, along with their other great flavors.

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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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

Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

Nashville Hot Chicken has been on our radar for a while now, and we considered recreating the recipe to try at home, but KFC has taken care of it for us. Thank you Colonel Sanders Inc.

While not exactly “hot wings”, we’re including this unique chicken in our Week of Wings 7 – Day 4. It’s a shame KFC doesn’t offer their Nashville Hot Chicken in a “wing only” version.

Nashville Hot Chicken from KFC

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We don’t often post about fast foods – our friend “Q” over at BrandEating.com does an awesome job of those reviews – but we just had to share this with our readers.

Quick backstory about the recipe: Nashville Hot Chicken originated in the 1930’s at Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack in Nashville, Tennessee.

Hot chicken or Nashville hot chicken is a type of fried chicken that is a local specialty of Nashville, Tennessee, in the United States. In its typical preparation, it is a portion of breast, thigh, or wing that has been marinated in a water-based blend of seasoning, floured, fried, and finally sauced using a paste that has been spiced with cayenne pepper. It is served atop slices of white bread with pickle chips. It is both the application of a spicy paste and the presentation that differentiates it from similar dishes, such as Buffalo wings. Source: Hot Chicken on Wikipedia

Our thoughts on the KFC Nashville Hot Chicken:

First of all, thank you Colonel Sanders for your stamp of approval – as evidenced on the sticker on our order:

kfc nashville chicken hot sticker

See, it’s right there on the sticker.

We’ll keep this short and sweet spicy.

This is some of the best spicy chicken we’ve ever had. Without a doubt. Bar none. Period.
Ok, you get the idea. We like it.

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KFC’s Nashville Hot Chicken sauce is a super spicy oil based mixture

Remarkably, KFC’s original Extra Crispy Chicken stays… well, extra crispy – even after being doused with the spicy oil. It must be science!

How it’s made – (the unofficial secret recipe):

1. Take KFC Extra Crispy Chicken parts (or tenders for you tenderfoots)
2. Douse them with a spicy oil laced with cayenne powder, chili powder, brown sugar, garlic, salt and pepper
3. Do this all over the parts again
4. Toss on a couple of dill pickle chips just for fun (and faux authenticity)
5. Bam! You’re in Nashville, eating Hot Chicken – or as close as you’ll get

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KFC Nashville Hot Chicken

We purchased the 8 piece Family Meal, that included 2 breasts, 2 thighs, 2 legs, and 2 wings – along with 2 sides.

Heat Level: Rated 3.5 out of 5 Stars – Very spicy! Hot.

Overall Flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Best spicy chicken we’ve had from a fast food joint. Unique and savory!

Enjoy with KFC’s really decent cole slaw and a good cola. Oh, and biscuits.

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Nashville Hot Chicken Tenders from KFC

KFC also offers Nashville Hot Tenders that sport the same spicy sauce drizzled over their crispy chicken tenders.

Seriously, we think this offering trumps the best of what Popeye’s has ever offered.

Go get some now. Then come back and tell us what you think. We’ll wait.

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

Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces

On day 3 we’re doing another “two-fer” that features two more wing sauces from Moore’s – their Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces.

Week of Wings 7 – Day 3 – Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo and Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauces

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This year we’ve been blown away by the quality of Moore’s Marinade and Sauces. They really are that good!

And so, on Day 3 we’re looking at Moore’s again, but this time it’s their creamy wing sauces.

Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo Wing Sauce

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Very strong blue cheese flavor without the heat of traditional Buffalo wing sauce. This sauce is creamy, thick and rich, and is an amazing addition to your platter of wings for the “mild” lovers of wings.

A nice balance of flavor without the heavy hot sauce or heavy vinegar flavors.

Heat Level: Rated 1 out of 5 Stars – Almost no heat. Super mild.

Overall flavor: Rated 5 out of 5 Stars – You don’t find a blue cheese wing sauce with this much flavor very often. Delicious!

Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauce

We’re in the uber-mild side of sauces here, but very delicious too. If you are a Ranch Sauce fan, this wing sauce will not disappoint! And your family will love it too.

moores-ranch-buffalo-wings

This thick, pleasant tasting sauce would suit any gathering – football, baseball, family picnics… bring it and they will eat it!

They’re like mild buffalo wings with Ranch dip built in. They have a true Ranch dip flavor!

Overall flavor: Rated 4 out of 5 Stars – Good for all occasions! Satisfying.

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Please let us know if you try any of the Moore’s Sauces – or if you want to soon, by leaving a comment below!

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 Garlic Hot Wing Sauce

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