For our first recipe on the site we have decided to go with our foray into hot sauce.
We chose a Mango Habanero Hot Sauce with the intentions of making our own version of the Buffalo Wild Wings Classic Mango Habanero Wings.
This recipe is a tribute to a friend who loves Buffalo Wild Wings and more specifically the Mango Habanero Boneless Wings. We even heard a tale of a road trip in which he stopped at 5 different Buffalo Wild Wings in one day (eating in at least 2 of them).
After sifting through numerous recipes online, we finally found one that looked up to our standards.
- 6 whole Mango (peeled and seeded)
- 7 whole Kiwi fruit (peeled)
- 7 whole Habanero chile peppers (stemmed and seeded)
- 4 whole Limes (juiced)
- 3 whole Lemons (juiced)
- 4 tablespoons Orange Juice (Frozen concentrate)
- 1/3 cup Vinegar (White)
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 2 cups Water
In stock pot add Habaneros, water and salt. Slow boil for 15 minuets. then drain, saving 3/4 cup of water.
Puree in blender the saved water and all ingredients except vinegar. Return to stock pot and simmer on medium low heat for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and stir in vinegar till slightly cooled.
Keeps in refrigerator 4 months or can and process. Refrigerate after opening.
Serving Ideas: Sweetly Hot and Spicy ideal for chicken, pork or fish.
After following the directions step by step, here is the finished product.
The sauce has some great flavor, it starts off with an intense mango flavor with very little heat. The heat then slowly starts to make itself known and after a few seconds you start to feel the full effect of the Habaneros. While you can feel the heat it is not overpowering and adds some nice depth to counteract the sweetness.
We have not been able to test this sauce on wings yet because it does still have to age. With most hot sauces it is recommended that you let it age a minimum of 2 weeks to really let all of the flavors and heat of the sauce develop. The plan is to make some wings for the Super Bowl and give this sauce a wing test.
- When working with hot peppers you may want to wear gloves. When cutting, stemming and seeding peppers you will be exposed to Capsaicin. This is the active chemical in peppers that produces "heat" and if you do not wash your hands properly you may inadvertently get some capsaicin in your eyes. It is not pretty.
- After you have aged your hot sauce you have the option to "strain" the sauce. Doing this will allow you to remove any pulp and or seeds which will create a smoother/thinner sauce. This is optional as some people do prefer to have a thicker sauce.