If you’ve ever visited or lived in Utah, you know what Wingers restaurant is. If you’ve ever tried their classic, original, wings, you know what this sauce tastes like. This recipe is all over the place but originally for me, it came from a friend of mine who is from Utah. I don’t know who came up with the first original, or if it was given out by Wingers, but it’s a pretty common recipe.
This is one sauce that is straight up perfect without my own changes or flair. Every once in awhile I think it’s a little spicy so I add extra sugar, but most of the time it’s just right.
Wingers will always hold a special place in my heart. I grew up in Kansas, but we have lots of family living in Utah. Many years ago, when I was young, my family and I started traveling to Utah every Spring Break we could. We would usually schedule at least one snow ski trip with our cousins. After eating a quick breakfast, there was always a crazy scramble around their house to gather up as much snow gear as possible. Imagine nine or ten yelling kids trying to find matching gloves, thick socks, pants that fit, jackets, hats, and goggles, all at the same time. It was a flurry of a mess.
As soon as we were properly outfitted, we loaded up in their huge, 12 passenger van, sometimes made a pit stop to rent ski’s, and then hit the slopes. We skiied hard all day and returned home worn out and happy. For dinner we always ordered Wingers wings. At least two, sometimes three, of their biggest take-out platters available. It was a happy time.
Sometimes if we went to visit in the summer, instead of snow skiing we would go boating. Same scenario but with swimsuits, towels, water bottles, snacks, grapes, and wakeboards. After spending the entire day on the lake, we returned back and ordered Wingers.
I can’t think about Wingers wings without thinking about my cousins and the fun times we’ve had. I love good, happy, family traditions! If you’re in the mood for some perfectly sweet, perfectly spicy, and slightly sticky wings, give this sauce a try. It works great slathered on fried chicken wings, baked chicken tenders, chicken nuggets, and even grilled chicken. It’s definitely the perfect sauce for those chicken wings your husband is begging for at his next Football Party!
- 6 Tbsp. Franks Original hot sauce
- 4 Tbsp. water
- 1½ cups brown sugar
- Cooked chicken wings, breaded tenders, or chicken nuggets
- Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
- Bring sauce to a boil, stir to dissolve sugar.
- Allow to boil for only ONE minute. If you boil it too long it will become far too sticky to use.
- Pour over or toss with chicken wings, tenders, or nuggets. Serve immediately.
**One recipe of sauce will cover one bag of Tyson's breaded chicken tenders (about 8 large tenders).