5 Flavor Additions to Enhance Buffalo Sauce
Chicken wings, buffalo sauce, and football are one of those combinations that seems preordained for excellence. But here we are, in the middle of the season, and you’ve probably been slinging classic buffalo wings for weeks now. Customers are restless, and heck, maybe you’re ready to try something new as well.
The problem is you’ve got a shelf full of delicious buffalo sauce and don’t really want to buy new product. So, what do you do?
We’ve got just the solution. With a few on hand ingredients you can whisk some creativity into your buffalo sauce and give your customers a new flavor to satisfy their appetite for wings.
5 Ways to Enhance Buffalo Sauce
Brown Sugar Buffalo Sauce
What better way to balance out the buttery heat of buffalo than with a bit of dark brown sugar? This easy addition creates and clingy glaze for your wings that balances the heat with sweet notes of caramel and molasses. This is a sure-fire way to inject some craveability into your menu.
Zesty Thai Buffalo Wings
If you think about it, red chilies and Thai food are a natural match. Therefore, it makes sense to give your buffalo sauce a Thai twist.
By adding a bit of coconut cream, ginger, and lime juice then finishing with some chopped cilantro or mint you can easily elevate your wings into a whole new world of bold flavor. Consider other items you may also have on hand like red curry paste or fresh basil for additional variations.
Asian Style Buffalo Wings
Here’s another twist for your buffalo wings: Go Asian style. By adding some sesame oil, ginger, honey, and orange juice you can flip that sauce into a citrus loaded flavor bomb. This variation finishes great with some toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onion. Try adding some miso paste if you have it for a rich umami addition.
Buffalo Ranch Wings
Have you ever wanted your buffalo wings to just taste like Ranch dressing without dipping? You’re not the only one. And you can bet your customers would be keen to try that out as well.
This is as easy as adding some dry Ranch dressing mix to your buffalo. If you want to customize your own flavor, focus on adding parsley, dill, garlic, and black pepper to your sauce then finish with fresh chives. For a real boost hit it with some creamy buttermilk powder.
Bacon Buffalo Sauce
It really wouldn’t be a list if we didn’t include bacon, right?
There are a few ways to incorporate bacon into your buffalo sauce, but here’s my recommendation. Roast the bacon in a hot oven on a rack lined cooking tray until it’s really, REALLY crispy (but don’t burn it). Reserve the fat in the pan, dab the grease off the bacon strips, and let them cool. Next, blend the bacon in a food processor until it’s a fine powder. Add the bacon powder and some of the reserved bacon fat to your buffalo sauce and voila! Bacon Buffalo sauce!
You can even use this as a base for other flavor variations like spicy bacon maple or cracked black pepper bacon. Endless possibilities!
Now Go Create!
We’ve given you the ideas, now it’s up to you to create your new buffalo sauce. Play with what you have on hand, you’d be surprised what you can come up with. Check out this blog for other hot sauce ideas.