Buffalo Tailgating Wings

This recipe makes about 6 servings, so you might want to double up!




    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter


    • 1/2 cup hot sauce (Frank’s Louisiana Hot Sauce is the original and the most traditional)


    • 2 tablespoons Tobasco sauce (adjust to taste depending on how hot you want the wings)


    • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar


    • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar


WINGS (For Frying)


    • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper


    • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper


    • 1 teaspoon paprika


    • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes


    • 1 teaspoon table salt


    • 3 lbs chicken wings, separate at the joints


    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch (For frying. Omit if Baking)


    • 3/4 cup flour (For baking. Omit if frying)


    • 1-2 quarts peanut oil (For frying. Omit if baking)


Directions for baking


    1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and lightly grease with cooking spray.
    2.  Place flour, cayenne pepper, black pepper, red pepper, paprika, and salt in a large resealable plastic bag and shake to mix. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
    3. Add the chicken wings, seal, and toss until the wings are well coated. Place the wings onto the baking sheet, then place the baking sheet in the refrigerator. Chill for at least 1 hour.
    4.  Preheat the oven to 400F.
    5.  While the wings are chilling, melt the butter in a saucepan over low heat. whisk in hot sauces, brown sugar, and vinegar until combined. Set aside until wings are done chilling.
    6. Once done, dip the wings into the sauce mixture and place back onto the baking sheet. Bake for 22 minutes, then turn the wings and bake for another 22 minutes, or until wings are no longer pink in the center.
    7. Place wings in a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with a lid and place into your PanHandler Bag, sip it up and enjoy with your tailgating party!!


Directions for frying


    1. Preheat the oven to 200F. Line a baking sheet with paper towels. Heat 2 1/2 inches of oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat to 360 degrees.
    2.  While the oil heats, mix together cayenne, black pepper, paprika, red pepper, salt, and cornstarch in a small bowl. Dry the chicken with apaper towels, and places them in a large mixing bowl. Sprinkle the spice mixture over the wings and toss with a rubber spatula until evenly coated.
    3.  Fry half of the chicken wings until golden and crisp (about 10 to 15 minutes). Transfer the fried wings to a baking sheet with a slotted spoon, then transfer them to the oven to keep warm while you fry the second batch.
    4.  Meanwhile, create the sauce as above. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over low heat. Whisk in hot sauces, brown sugar, and vinegar until combined. Remove from heat and set aside.
    5. Once all the wings are cooked, pour the sauce into a 9″ x 13″ baking pan with a lid. Add the chicken wings, and toss until the wings are uniformly coated. Place pan into your PanHandler Bag, zip it up and enjoy your tailgating party!
Jonelle Rhode