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Buffalo Wings with Homemade Dipping Sauce

Buffalo Wings with Homemade Dipping Sauce
Wing nights are some of the best nights around whether you’re mixing and mingling among friends and family or gathered around the TV enjoying a sports game or action movie. The homemade ranch dipping sauce is so much creamier than anything you’d get from a bottle that we don’t expect you’ll go back to store-bought anytime soon!
  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 2 hours on High, then 2 hours on Low

Ingredients

  • 2 (12-ounce) bottles hot pepper sauce
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 pounds chicken wings
  • Ranch Dipping Sauce
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill
  • 3–4 teaspoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. Spray the insert of a 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. In a large saucepan, combine 1 bottle of hot pepper sauce, ½ cup (1 stick) of the butter, the Worcestershire sauce, honey, brown sugar, dried oregano, onion powder, garlic powder, and cayenne and bring to a boil over medium heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Place the chicken wings in the slow cooker and pour the sauce over the wings.
  4. Cook the wings on High for 2 hours. Reduce the heat to Low and cook for 2 hours more.
  5. Just before the wings are done, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  6. In a medium saucepan, combine the remaining bottle of hot pepper sauce and ½ cup (1 stick) butter and simmer over medium heat for 15 to 20 minutes.
  7. Line two baking sheets with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray. Place the wings on the baking sheets and cook for 20 minutes, until crispy.
  8. For the ranch dipping sauce: In a medium bowl, whisk together the sour cream, buttermilk, mayonnaise, garlic, dill, chives, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Chill until ready to use.
  9. Brush the wings with the remaining sauce and serve with the ranch dipping sauce.
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