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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Winger's Original Amazing Sauce & Dressing

I just flipped my calendar to February, the month of extra love, hugs and hearts.  After posting Maple Bacon Peanut Snack Mix, I've had several requests for how to add heat when cooking.  It's true just 1-1/2 teaspoons of red pepper flakes gives it a lot of zip.  So let's add some chile hotness and steam our new month up!


Are you hot stuff?  

I admit when it comes to raw chiles I'm a whimp!  My boys have contests and take-em down in large quantities and always dump hot sauce on everything.  Even my young grand-kiddos always add tabasco to Gram's cheesy-scrambled eggs.  Imagine, I used to sprinkle a drop on my children's tongues when they said a "bad word."  It worked, they have developed quite a taste for the stuff and they choose their words carefully!

In response to how to add heat, my rule for adding chilies or chili powder is add a little less than the recipe calls for to start, especially if you have never made it before.  When using fresh chilies, my favorites are jalapenos, poblano, and serrano.  I like to roast them in the oven at 400 degrees with a little olive oil for about 10 minutes till they are brown and bubbling.  Next I toss them in a ziplock bag and let them cool.  Then they are easy to peel and remove seeds and use or freeze.  Raw or roasted, I always wear surgical gloves because they will burn your skin.  Hope that helps!

Winger's deep fried wings and original amazing sauce.  (photo from Winger's Grill & Bar)
So with love and warmth here's an easy sticky wing sauce from Winger's Grill & Bar.  It gets all of it's heat from Frank's Hot Sauce.  My SIL, Will made oodles of this sauce for New Year's Eve.  Winger's serves it with their sticky wings, quesadillas, onion rings, and crispy chicken salads.   Their chicken is breaded and fried, we grill our chicken for boneless chicken bites or chicken salads.  We love to mix it like Winger's does to make their Creamy Amazing Dressing {1 part ranch dressing/ 1 part amazing sauce} to serve on our grilled chicken salads.  Here's how to replicate their salads, but with grilled chicken.


Grill chicken breasts, 1 per salad, and 5 minutes before they are finished grilling, brush with the original amazing sauce.  Remove from the grill and brush with sauce again, let rest for 5 minutes.  Slice grilled chicken on the diagonal and serve over romaine, with thin red onion slices, chopped celery, red cabbage, shredded cheddar, Jack cheeses, diced tomatoes and croutons.

Winger's Original Amazing Sauce

  • 2 ½ c. brown sugar
  • 1/3 c. Franks Hot Sauce
  • 3 T. corn syrup
  • ½ c. apple cider vinegar
Combine all ingredients in sauce pan. Stirring constantly on medium high heat, boil for one to one and a half minutes. If you cook longer than that, the sauce will turn hard like candy. This sauce can be used on salads, wings, chicken, etc. and it will keep in your fridge for weeks, so double the recipe if you like leftovers or have hungry kids at home.

Happy February Loves!

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19 comments :

  1. I am a hot-sauce wimp too. I used to put a bit of pepper on our Jared's tongue when a word came from his little mouth that shouldn't had. And he loves to twist that pepper mill on his food now. :)

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  2. The sauce sounds great! Now I'm wondering what I could make if I let it cook longer and turns to candy:@)

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    1. Great idea Lynn..You started me thinking and I've got mine! Should we have a challenge?

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  3. I'll take the heat but I've never tried Frank's Hot Sauce so maybe I should temper my words :) Sounds and looks delicious!

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  4. I am a wimp too when it comes to hot sauce or peppers, thanks for the sauce recipe.
    Sue

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  5. That sauce looks so easy and so good. Do you put it on the wings as they cook, or do you brush them late in cooking, marinate them in the sauce? I'll go back and look, because I am going to make these for TGD for Super Bowl.

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  6. I love spice! And always add more than what is called for. Unfortunately, hubby's stomach can't handle it anymore. My youngest son loves hot sauce. He even puts it on boiled eggs. :) Hope you have a great day. Tammy

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  7. My hubby and daughters will love this. I think I have everything to give it a try on hand. I will have to give this a shot this weekend when my Pats take to the field! Thanks for the great and easy recipe. I am sweating just looking at it.

    I had to laugh about your hot sauce story. My mother used soap, but my brother used hot sauce with his kids and I will never forget the day his son, Joe, about 8, heard something he shouldn't have and said, "That's a hot sauce word." We looked at him with ?s on our faces. Did we laugh when my brother explained. And I'm laughing again now.

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  8. And heeeere's another one for my salad board! I will be trying this dressing and salad for sure. I also thank you for the tip about the gloves.

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  9. Shoot. I'm at my mom's house on her computer. I will have to pin when I get home. How inconvenient...

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  10. Wow, you given all kinds of great ideas in one post! Love your salad - it's just beautiful! And the sauce sounds so wonderful, can't wait to try this one - I can imagine that it would we so good in a myriad of different recipes! Thanks!

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  11. I love hot sauce - thanks for the tips on roasting the hot peppers. Hot peppers are good for your metabolism, too! The dressing with the wing sauce sounds delicious - I really like kicked up ranch dressing .

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  12. OK, sweetie girl, I am making your Maple Bacon Awesomeness ....and also taking some hot wings...sooo, I need to make this Amazing sauce. I've never heard of Franks Hot Sauce so I think it will be ok to use my fav...Louisiana Hot Sauce....think so?
    OK, corn syrup...are we talking like dark Karo ?
    I am on my way to the gro. store and will LOOK for Frank's. :))

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  13. I use light Karo, the clear corn syrup that is so evil! They sell Frank's everywhere and in a twin pack at Costco. I can't imagine red-hot Texas without Frank's BJ! Hope you enjoy it...

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  14. I'm a wimp when it comes to hot sauce, but I love sticky fingers.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    I'm hungry for a sticky finger salad now!

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  15. Your post reminded me once when I used hot sauce on Nate's tongue and one of the bad words that came out of his mouth.

    He said "yum"

    I didn't do that one again.

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    1. You know I have a special affection for that guy. I can absolutely picture him saying, "YUM" back when! Thanks for a good laugh.

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  16. Hi Renee,
    My cravings won out, and I made this for dinner. We just finished, and I have to say, YUM! I used frozen Tyson fully cooked chicken breast strips, so this was super easy. I heated the chicken in a skillet on the stove and then added the sauce to coat them. I threw the chicken over plates of packaged Caesar salad (I used the Caesar dressing too). Then I added more of your amazing sauce. It was delicious. I stored the leftover sauce in a squirt bottle in my fridge. I may squirt it over my bagel tomorrow morning. :) My 12-year old says, "Oh my God...thank you." ;)

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    1. Thanks Diane and 12 year old for making my day!!!

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Thanks so much for leaving a comment. I read each and every one and they make me sing! renée

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