Whether you’re tailgating for a Saint’s game or just having a get together with a some friends, chicken wings are an inexpensive, simple, and yet delicious addition to the party. This time on Beer Down Here we decided to make some beer-themed wings made with Abita Brewing Company’s Strawgator to add some fruity sweetness and depth to balance out the heat from the habaneros.
Check out the recipe below!
*if you’re feeling extra saucy, hit the link to check out our recipe for an Sweet and Spicy Andygator Thai Glaze!
Abita Strawgator Habanero Buffalo Chicken Wings
2–3 packs of chicken wings and/or drumettes
1 bomber of Abita — Strawgator (2 if you want to marinate the wings a day or two before which adds a nice fruity sweetness to the chicken, and/or do a delicious beer batter)
2 habanero peppers
1–1/4 stick of salted butter
1/2 TBSP Cajun seasoning of choice
6 TSP apple cider vinegar
1/2 TSP salt
Pre-heat fryer or enough oil in pot to cover the wings to around 360*F.
While the oil is pre-heating, let’s start your sauce. Reducing a bomber of Strawgator takes some time.
Pour the bomber of Strawgator into a pot along with the habaneros and reduce down to about a quarter. You will see it start to thicken into the consistency of fake movie-theater popcorn butter. We went with two, but if you are feeling dangerous go with 3–5 habaneros.
Reduce the heat to low and add your butter. Cutting the sticks into smaller pieces helps it to melt faster. Don’t have the heat too high or you’ll make “brown butter”, which is totally delicious, just not for this recipe.
Kill the heat and add the rest of the ingredients and stir to mix well. Let rest on the stove to cool down as well as thicken up a bit while you fry your wings.
If you like your wings coated, batter them in your favorite coating. If you like your wings naked… don’t batter them. We’re not here to tell you how to eat your wings, but we battered half in a Strawgator and Louisiana Fish Fry Products Beer Batter and left the other half naked.
Add the wings to the hot oil without crowding them or acquiring 3rd degree burns and cook until done… approximately 8 minutes.
Remove wings when cooked and set on plate with paper towels or brown paper. Set them aside while you repeat the process above until all your wings are cooked nice and crispy…
Once all the wings are done, put a handful of them in a big ass bowl and pour some of your delicious sauce on top and toss them to make sure they are fully coated in your home made beer buffalo sauce.
Throw the wings on a plate and serve to your friends and wait for the compliments to pour in! If they’re nice and drunk by now, the compliments received will definitely be doubled!
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