Buffalo chicken wings are really damn easy to make. Any idiot with a grill or an oven can make these bad boys. And the sauce is basically just Franks Hot Sauce out of a jar and melted butter. Or you can use my recipe for a milder version of Franks that is still just as flavorful, without the extreme burn your ass off hot pure Franks gives.

The History Of Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo chicken wings have a relatively brief history. Back in 1964, a woman named Teressa Bellissimo owned a bar called the Anchor Bar with her husband Frank in Buffalo, New York. At that time, chicken wings were very cheap and not very popular. They were mostly used for making chicken stock. There are several different stories circulating about how the wings got their start. One store was that the Bellissimo’s son, Dominic, returned from college with several friends and Theresa needed a fast and easy snack to present his friends. It was then that she deep fried the wings and tossed them with cayenne pepper sauce and served them up. Second, Dominic reports telling The New Yorker that “It was Friday night in the bar and since people were buying a lot of drinks, he wanted to do something nice for them at midnight when the mostly Catholic patrons would be able to eat meat again.” Thirdly, there was reported a miss-delivery of chicken wings instead of chicken backs and necks to make the bars spaghetti sauce. It was then that Frank asked Theresa to do something with them.

Another Take On Chicken Wing History

All three of these accounts give Theresa the credit for coming up with the wings. Which discredits the idea in my head that it was a fat bald guy standing in front of a deep fryer, declaring, “Yeea, dees were my ideea”. However, there is one other account that a man named John Young began serving uncut chicken wings that were breaded and deep-fried, and served in his own special tomato based “Mambo Sauce” at his restaurant in Buffalo back in 1964. So maybe that was where my fat bald guy notion came from? Although I have no idea if Mr. Young is overweight or not. I guess I’m making a bit of an assumption Mr. Young’s weight, and we all know what happens when we assume, so maybe I should shut the fuck up.

When Is Chicken Wing Day

Yes, there is a thing called National Chicken Wing Day. It is on July 29th and is celebrated annually. In 1977 the then mayor of Buffalo, Stan Makowski declared National Chicken Wing Day. Then in 2002, wing king Drew Cerza founded the National Buffalo wing festival. In 2007 Cerza beat out Bobby Flay in the Food Networks “Throw Down With Bobby Flay” and since then he has become the wing emissary for the delicious chicken wing. In 2003, Drew was named “Buffalo citizen of the year” and in 2011, the “tourism executive of the year”. He now travels the country in search of unique wing recipes in different regions of the country.

How To Make Chicken Wings

Buffalo wings can be baked, fried, grilled, or smoked. All of these methods are good, it depends on what the hell you feel like making. They can be made with sauce, without sauce, with spice rub, without spice rub, you name it. People have gone gaga over wings since they were first introduced so you do them any fucking way you like. There is nothing better than a delicious plate of these little bastards for Superbowl Sunday. They are a great snack, main course, or whatever. You decide!

If you need a nice mildly hot Buffalo sauce, try our version of it here.

The Recipe

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Wings
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Chicken wings are really freaking simple and really freaking good.

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Ingredients
  • 1 dozen chicken wings
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 c buffalo sauce
  • 1 c celery sticks
  • 1 c carrot sticks (optional)
Instructions
  1. Prepare the wings by chopping off the tip of the wing that has no meat. You can discard this or use it in stock.

  2. Cut the wing in half at the joint.

  3. Coat the wings in olive oil and sprinkle salt and pepper. 

  4. Grill the chicken over indirect heat. Start skin side down, do not turn the wing until the appropriate time or the skin will rip off. Grill approximately 15 minutes on each side, or until done.

  5. Place cooked wings in a large bowl. Add 1 cup of Buffalo sauce and shake the bowl till all the wings are coated. Serve with celery and either ranch or blue cheese dressing. Carrots are optional.

 

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