Best Hot Wings Recipe

The best hot wings recipe I ever had was when I was visiting New Orleans, Louisiana in the fall of 2010. I am a freelance journalist and travel for my work. While interviewing a student about their educational careers attending Tulane University I was told about this wonderful little bistro just outside of the tourist district and French Quarter. I found it in the heat of the afternoon located exactly where the student had lead me.

It turned out to be this little tavern located in, what looked like, the middle of nowhere. It was like stepping out of New Orleans and into the heart of what Louisiana really is. They had live music, darts and everything that a good hometown tavern should have. Even the breeze that came through the doors and windows was part of the perfect atmosphere, as if they had piped it in.

I ordered the hot wings and a few minutes later I was presented with a plate of the most perfect hot wings I had ever tasted. Of course, I asked for the recipe and was told I had to work at least one afternoon washing dishes to get it. The best hot wings recipe I have ever laid my hands on, and now passing on to you, cost me 4 hours in the dish room. It was completely worth it.

This recipe only makes a serving for four so you will have to adjust it to your needs. I serve it for every football game, ice hockey game and even weekend cookouts with friends. It is the perfect recipe for someone who wants an extra hot flavor to their wings. In fact, one of the things that makes this the best hot wings recipe is the ability to alter the pepper sauce according to the heat that you can handle. This is an extra hot recipe but if you want something a little milder or toned down just a bit you can simply change the hot sauce to one you prefer. This New Orleans style recipe aims to please and offers as much customization as you need to make it the best hot wings recipe for you and your family.

The Best Hot Wings Recipe New Orleans Style

  • 1 pound chicken wings
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup and 1 teaspoon tomato-based hot pepper sauce
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vinegar-based hot pepper sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2-1/2 teaspoons butter, melted

  1. Preheat the grill (indoor or outdoor) to a high heat and lightly grease the grill with Crisco.
  2. Season wings with garlic powder and ground black pepper. Cook wings on the grill until they are very crispy. Turn the wings frequently to get the right crisp on the skin.
  3. While the wings are grilling, in a large bowl, combine both hot sauces with garlic powder, and melted butter.
  4. When the wings are finished cooking, place them in the large bowl of hot sauce mixture and toss until they are coated.

Photo Credit:Sodanie Chea

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