Wing Types

Hot wings, Buffalo wings, chicken wings, drummies… There are many names referring to the same culinary concept. Usually a fried wing from a chicken covered in a hot sauce and served with salad dressing and celery or carrots, or both.  Classic, or Buffalo-style wings are fried, tossed in a vinegar based cyanne pepper sauce, and served with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.  Other preparations are listed bellow.  Classic wing sauce is part melted butter and part vinegar-based pepper sauce.  The heat will vary depending on the pepper to butter ratio.  Other sauces commonly seen are listed bellow.

The Basics

Whole wings:  The entire wing cooked and served in one piece including the wing flap.  This is my preference.

Wing sections:  Chicken wings cut to separate the drum from the flat.  The flaps are discarded.

Drummies:  An order of wings that includes only the drum sections.  Some people consider this the “better” section because the drums are meatier than the flats.  Some eateries served only drums and some will allow requests for “all drums” for an extra charge.

Preparation

Classic wings: Classic, or Buffalo-style wings are fried, tossed in a vinegar based cyanne pepper sauce, and served with a side of blue cheese dressing and celery sticks.  These are the wings that this chicky seeks.

Boneless wings:  This is not a hot wing.  It’s basically a chicken nugget covered in wing sauce and is not fit to called a hot wing.  This chicky does not eat boneless wings.

Breaded wings:  A cardinal sin for classic wing lovers like myself!  These wings are covered in flour before hitting the fryer.

Smoked wings:  Wings that spend time in a smoker and may or may not be tossed in hot sauce.  Memphis is a city known for BBQ and with that being said, it is not uncommon to see smoked wings on the menu.

Seasoned wings:  This refers to a “dry” wing.  Instead of sauce, the wings are covered in a dry blend of pepper and other spices.

The Sauce

Classic:  Classic wing sauce is part melted butter and part vinegar-based pepper sauce.  The heat will vary depending on the pepper to butter ratio.  It is common for an establishment to offer heat levels such as mild, medium, hot, and extra hot.

Honey Gold:  Some times called honey hot, or sweet hot.  This is a wing sauces blended with honey or sugar.  It is usually sweet with mild heat.

Garlic Heat:  This is wing sauce with a noticeable amount of garlic added.  The heat is usually on the mild side.

BBQ Sauce:  A common option in Memphis due to the popularity of BBQ in this city.  The sauce can be sweet or hot with smoky flavor.