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Old 11-25-2012, 10:39 PM   #1
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Help me with my wing sauce!

I work at a restaurant/bar and we have been buying a tasty wing sauce for years. However, the price per gallon is pretty high ($20/gallon). I have therefore decided to try my hand at making some homemade sauce. The sauce, by the way, is a mild sauce that is very sweet, with the thickness of barbeque sauce but without the barbeque taste (no smoke flavor).

Here's what I have done:

Tomato paste (about 50 oz.), to which I added plenty of water.
Plenty of brown sugar (2 standard boxes).
White distilled vinegar
Yellow Mustard--just a squirt
Light and Dark Corn Syrup
Onion Powder
Garlic Powder
Pineapple Juice--about a cup

It tastes pretty good; I just made it today so will let the flavors blend overnight. But I am wondering...what else could I add? I still think it needs something. I did some googling and certain sauces utilize orange juice or honey. Any suggestions?

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Old 11-25-2012, 10:44 PM   #2
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Your wing sauce has no heat, try half a bottle of Crystal Hot Sauce and add more if it needs more zip.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:10 PM   #3
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How would you like the original Anchor Bar recipe?
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:10 PM   #4
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Yes, heat. Franks Hot Sauce would work too.
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Old 11-25-2012, 11:52 PM   #5
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I was just getting the link from my collection for Anchor Bar's Buffalo Wings.

Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe - Anchor Bar Buffalo Chicken Wings Recipe - Buffalo Chicken Wings

Another idea/suggetion is Bloody Mary Mix, worcestershire, Tabasco,
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Old 11-26-2012, 06:48 AM   #6
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...what else could I add? I still think it needs something.
What "something" do you think it is missing? Heat, texture, flavor? Something that other sauce has and yours does not?
If it were me, I would not add orange juice or honey with the pineapple juice already in it. I'm a big fan or honey to sweeten, thicken and give it that stickiness people expect from honey wings. I would play with one or the other first, until you hit on something.
And adding raw garlic is very different than garlic powder. That will change the flavor and also bring some bite to the sauce in the right quantity. Worcester will give the sauce some depth. Just don't add too much.
And I'm assuming you are cooking this, not just mixing it together and letting it sit overnight?

So many variables, especially without knowing what it is you are looking for.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:36 AM   #7
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You've basically made sweetened ketchup.

Is that what you are after?

If so, it would probably be easier and cheaper to start with ketchup as your base.

But honestly I've never heard of ketchup as a wing sauce and would be very disappointed to be served something like that.
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:22 AM   #8
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There's no salt or fat in your sauce. Salt enhances the flavors in foods and some flavors are fat-soluble and so won't be apparent without fat. Maybe cook your spices in a little oil and then add the rest of the ingredients.
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Old 11-26-2012, 10:49 AM   #9
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Thanks for the replies, guys! I will add more info later--hard to type on my phone :( A problem I am having is the strongish scent/ taste of tomato paste. How do I rid of that?
And yes, I did cook the mix for quite a while to thicken. I will repost later with the official sauce's ingredient list which I am trying to replicate.
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Old 11-26-2012, 11:07 AM   #10
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Like I said, you have made ketchup.

Which obviously has a strong tomato taste.

IMO you'd be better off starting out with a bottle of ketchup rather than bothering to make your own.

Then add in other ingredients to temper the tomato taste. But it will always taste of tomato since that's the base ingredient.

Are you sure you want your chicken wings to taste like that?

Heinz Tomato Ketchup:
INGREDIENTS:
Tomato concentrate made from red ripe tomatoes, distilled vinegar, high fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, salt, spice, onion powder, ("garlic powder" has now been omitted from the ingredient list here), natural flavoring.
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