I have news for people who say they go to Hooters “because the wings are really good!” Wings are ALWAYS good. I’ve never had wings at some shitty chain restaurant and thought they were terrible, even at Crapplebees and TGIDisgustingday’s. Wings are just good, and sometimes they’re smothered in cheap barbeque sauce and sometimes they’re dipped in tabasco and sometimes Chesty LaRue serves them off her shelf of a bust, but they’re still all good.
BUT not like these wings. If they served these wings at Hooter’s, I would have nothing to say to every Danny Douchenozzle who claims them as the reason for going to Hooters. In fact, I would accompany them there. And I would overtip Chesty because I would be so happy about eating these wings.
The key ingredient is Trappey’s hot sauce. No other hot sauce will do, so if you can’t find Trappey’s, consider yourself wingless.
So go ahead and bookmark this page, and come back to it every time some large sports-type event is happening. Like the superbowl or the world championships in ice dancing. It doesn’t matter. You will be making excuses to make these. And you wouldn’t even care if a flat-chested girl served them to you. They are THAT good.
adapted from Kevin’s Sports Bar in Bennington, VT
10 lbs chicken wings
2 sticks butter
12oz bottle Trappey’s Hot Sauce (must be Trappey’s!)
4 envelopes Good Seasons Italian seasoning (the dry powder in the packets)
2-3 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
2-3 tbsp lemon juice
Tabasco sauce to taste (I end up using a ton…like 1/4 cup)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Bake chicken wings in large baking pan for 45 minutes – 1.5 hours (check every 1/2 hour until they’re done). In a small saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and heat on low until all the butter melts. When the chicken wings are done, remove them from the oven and pour out all the liquid. Pour the sauce onto the wings and mix until they’re coated. Put back in the oven at 350 for 20 minutes until hot.