I’m typically a purist when it comes to food. I prefer authenticity and flavor to jazzy trends or crazy combinations. But when it comes to buffalo wing sauce, I’m so conflicted.
I’ve never been to Buffalo, NY. I’ve never tasted the original wings from Anchor Bar so I’m already at a disadvantage. Every restaurant that offers wings seems to have at least 10 different types of sauces, ranging from no heat (such as garlic parmesan) to ultra-hot and everything in between. Even after tasting quite a few different recipes and flavors, I still haven’t been able to find that “one”, the flavor that my brain seems to believe is the perfect buffalo wing sauce. It has to balance heat, flavor, and thickness. I’m a big fan of the Spicy Garlic from Buffalo Wild Wings, it satisfies the flavor and thickness, but the heat can be a bit overbearing. You have to be able to taste the chicken and the sauce together, but with Spicy Garlic the sauce tends to overpower the chicken.
So where is it, what’s the sauce to end all sauces? I’m talking the pure, smooth, spicy yet subtle buffalo flavor. Suggestions?