Ready For Race Day: Spicy Barbecue Wings With Creamy Garlic Buttermilk Dressing

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When race day comes around, the last thing you want to be worried about is watching what you eat. There are so many delicious snacks that are spicy, rich, sweet and just downright indulgent. Everyone wants to be able to enjoy those loaded nachos or spicy wings once in a while but the thought of heartburn can be a quick turn off leading you towards the plain and flavorless options. Not today! To celebrate, I have a recipe that will blow your mind: Spicy Barbecue Wings with Creamy Garlic Buttermilk Dressing. These babies are tasty and have kick so I recommend dipping them in the sauce for a cool down.

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Like any other meat recipe you want to let these babies marinate for a while. At least 30 minutes on the counter and up to 24 hours overnight in the fridge. The longer they sit, the more flavor and spice they will absorb. They won't necessarily be heavily coated after you bake them so it's important to get in at least 30 minutes. Using my basic barbecue sauce recipe, I made a few tweaks so that these wings turned out less savory and more sweet and spicy .

These wings have kick but are in no way too spicy to actually enjoy. The wings have plenty of flavor and taste fantastic but it's not drowned out by the heat effect which can be a turn off. The crushed red pepper flakes definitely add an extra punch so if you prefer a more mild wing, I'd suggest leaving the red pepper out completely. For an even milder wing, tone down the cayenne pepper to two teaspoons rather than three. Everyone has their own heat preference and that is just fine. Get the full recipe below:

For the wings:
1 cup Ketchup
1 tablespoons Cider Vinegar
2 tablespoons Brown Sugar
1/2 teaspoon Black Pepper
3 teaspoons Cayenne Pepper
3 tablespoons Honey
2 teaspoons Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1/2 teaspoon Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)
24 Chicken Wings or Wingettes

For the dressing:
1/2 cup Mayonnaise or Veganaise
1 tablespoon Sour Cream
1 teaspoon Lemon Juice
1 Garlic Clove, minced with a hand-held grater
1 tablespoon Chives, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Parsley, finely chopped
1 tablespoon Dill, finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon Honey
1/4 cup Buttermilk

1. Prepare the barbecue sauce for the wings. Whisk together ketchup, cider vinegar, brown sugar, black pepper, cayenne pepper, honey, onion powder, garlic powder and red pepper flakes. Mix until there are no clumps and it's a smooth sauce. Add in chicken wings and toss to coat well. Cover tight with plastic wrap and let marinate in the fridge for up to 24 hours or on the counter for 30-60 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, prepare your dressing. Mix together all ingredients except the buttermilk. Whisk until well combined and there is no separation of any of the ingredients. Slowly add in the buttermilk whisking until well-combined with the other ingredients. Set aside or refrigerate until ready to use.

3. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with tin foil. Pour the marinated wings and all the extra sauce onto the baking sheet. Mix around to evenly distribute the extra sauce. Bake in the oven for 15 minutes, turn the wings and return to the oven for an additional 15 minutes. Bake until the wings get somewhat golden brown and have cooked all the way through. Take care not to over cook otherwise they will dry out.

4. Remove from the oven, let cool for 5-10 minutes and serve alongside the buttermilk dressing.

Yields 4 servings as an appetizer
Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes

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