No matter how much you love chicken wings, you have to admit that it’s really just about the sauce. And no one does sauces better than Buffalo Wild Wings. We’ll settle some questions right at the start: Yes, they are chicken wings, buffalo don’t have wings. Yes, the logo is misleading in that way. Buffalo references the style of the wings, not a location. Buffalo Wild Wings’s first restaurant was in Ohio, not New York. What’s so wild about them? The 26 sauces and rubs that flavor their beef-tallow deep-fried wings. Although it may be intimidating to choose a flavor, we have created a list of the best sauces at Buffalo Wild Wings and ranked them.
What does “best” even mean? We’re going for broad appeal with a nod to the two divergent philosophies regarding wings and their perceived “wildness.” On one side of the aisle, those who think spicier is better. If you’re not sweating, then the wings aren’t worth it. And then there are those who need a tall glass of milk to enjoy mild salsa. We also have picks that include flavors other than just lip-numbing heat.
When people rave about Asian fusion, it’s usually not chicken wings. But Buffalo Wild Wings offers a handful of Americanized Asian-style sauces, including teriyaki and orange chicken. If you’re looking for the best sauces to order at lunch, you can’t go wrong with Asian Zing. The flavor is exactly what you think of when you’re craving spicy Chinese food and somehow suits the crispy deep fried wings perfectly.
This is chicken wings 2.0, where your basic BBQ and Buffalo sauces have no place. We’re looking for complex flavors, like chile, coconut milk, and curry. We wouldn’t recommend doing a split order with this and BBQ, but try ordering a dry rub of Lemon Pepper or Salt & Vinegar and dipping it into this sauce. Don’t be embarrassed if you think it’s the best meal you’ve had since COVID shut down indoor dining.
If you’re sick of BBQ and are looking for the best sweet or tangy sauces, we recommend ordering the Caribbean Jerk at Buffalo Wild Wings. It’s bold with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon with just a touch of heat. It also doesn’t get a lot of love on the menu because people don’t know what’s good for them. If you’re looking to shake up your normal sauce-rotation, throw this one in for an easy thrill.
Because they have “Buffalo” in the name, many people don’t realize that this is a bourgeois wing joint offering flavors like Parmesan Garlic. The #5 spot was a tie between the regular Parmesan Garlic and the seasonal sauce flavor Truffalo. The Parmesan Garlic won out because it’s always going to be around and has a perfect balance of flavor, but don’t sleep on the truffle-buffalo sauce either.
The reason you go to Buffalo Wild Wings, as opposed to any other place where they serve wings, is to get new, unexpected sauces. Smoky Adobo dropped in March 2020, so the fan excitement got lost in the media coverage of the worldwide pandemic. Unfairly so, in our opinion, because this flavor is excellent. It’s got “gentle heat,” so even if you’re steadfastly mild in your tastes, you can still appreciate the rich adobo chile flavor.
It’s sweet. Too sweet? That’s up to you, but toss some boneless wings in this sauce and see if you don’t let yourself get a little primal while you’re eating. It brings just enough heat to keep it interesting.
If you’re not a spicy-food person, this sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings isn’t going to ring true for your idea of “best” or “enjoyment.” It’s not the spiciest sauce BWW offers (that distinction goes to the Blazin’), but it’s up there. Mango Habanero earns its No. 2 spot because it’s not just sweet and spicy; it’s a nuanced flavor that’s dangerously addictive.
If you’re ordering for the table and want a general crowd-pleaser, go for the Lemon Pepper sauce at Buffalo Wild Wings. It comes as a dry rub and a sauce. The dry-rub is the perfect baseline for any sauce on the menu. If you’re looking for a fresh experience from your favorite sauces, start ordering seasoned wings with sides. But for a bright, mild flavor, order your wings with the sauce version.
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