History of Buffalo Wings

Italian Buffalo wings
Italian Buffalo wings

History of Buffalo Wings

Aw, c’mon, you’re thinking. Buffalo do NOT have wings. Birds have wings, airplanes have wings, angels have wings. But buffalo? The first time I heard there was a food called Buffalo wings, I thought someone was trying to be funny.

So I have performed significant research on your behalf, and I’m here to give you the answers to these burning questions that may have been keeping you up at night:

Who invented the Buffalo wing?

What is the Super Bowl connection?

What IS a Buffalo wing?

What is the Wing Bowl and who is Mr. Kobayashi?

Are there fast-food chicken wing restaurants?

Who invented the Buffalo wing?

My research indicates, and both Time and The New Yorker magazine agree, that Buffalo chicken wings were invented in Buffalo, New York – yes, there is a city by that name, Virginia – in 1964. Now we all know that deep-fried chicken wings have been a staple of Southern-style cooking for many years. But the concept of cooking wings slathered in a very hot sauce was born in 1964.

Original Anchor Bar
Original Anchor Bar
Original Buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese dip
Original Buffalo wings with celery and blue cheese dip
Portrait of Teressa and Frank Bellissimo
Portrait of Teressa and Frank Bellissimo

Original Anchor Bar Hot Sauce

Here’s the background. Teressa and Frank Bellissimo owned a small family-type restaurant named the Anchor Bar in Buffalo. Frank ordered a large shipment of assorted chicken parts from his supplier. By a stroke of fate and an illegible invoice, all the chicken parts he received were identical – hundreds of chicken wings.

That evening Dominic, the Bellissimo’s son, was at the restaurant with a number of his friends. He asked his mother to cook a midnight snack for them.

His mother remembered all those excess chicken wings and on the spur-of-the-moment, invented her own recipe with her own special hot sauce. She served the wings with blue cheese and celery. Why celery? Because that’s what Mama Teressa had on hand at the time.

Voila! A legend was born. Soon, customers who didn’t even live in Buffalo were clamoring for these delicious hot, spicy Buffalo wings. So Dominic teamed up with a fellow named Dick Winger who had been selling hot sauce to the restaurant, and they traveled around to promote the wings and sell Mama’s hot sauce to other restaurant owners.

Buffalo wings became really hot in 1990 when McDonalds began selling their product named Mighty Wings in some of their fast-food emporiums. Kentucky Fried Chicken, not to be outdone, offered Hot Wings in 1991. And Domino’s Pizza introduced their wings in 1994. They have remained hot to this day. (Source: National Chicken Council)

The Buffalo Bill mascot LOVES Buffalo wings.
The Buffalo Bill mascot LOVES Buffalo wings.

What is the Super Bowl connection?

I’m glad you asked. Do you remember which football team played in the Super Bowl four years in a row from 1990 to 1993? Go on, take a guess. It was the Buffalo Bills. Buffalo chicken wings received ongoing publicity coverage during that period.

That’s when the connection between the Buffalo wing and the Super Bowl was born. It’s practically un-American now not to indulge in that chicken treat on Super Bowl Sunday.

Did you know that Super Bowl Sunday is the second biggest eating day of the year after Thanksgiving? True! And America’s favorite appetizer, chicken wings, will have a prominent place on television viewers’ menus.

The NCC (National Chicken Council) – you probably did not know that chickens had a council, rignt? – estimated that 1¼ billion wing portions will be consumed that weekend. That is more than 100 million pounds of wings. Here is an extraordinary piece of trivia from the NCC: “If the wings were laid end-to-end they would circle the circumference of the Earth more than twice.”

What a waste of a great appetizer that would be.

"What's the two things they tell you are healthiest to eat? Chicken and fish. You know what you should do? Combine them, eat a penguin." – Dave Attell

Chicken wing without dressing
Chicken wing without dressing

What IS a Buffalo wing?

Take a look at the photo of this naked chicken wing. It can be divided into three parts by cutting it where it bends at the joints.

The part closest to the body of the chicken, is the meatiest part. It looks like a tiny drumstick. It’s called a drumette.

The middle part has less meat but lots of flavor and is called – ready for this? – a wingette.

The small pointy end is the tip or nub. No, it is NOT called the tipette. It is mostly a small piece of bone with some skin and useful for cooking a tasty broth.

If your surgical skills are rusty, you can usually find wingettes and drumettes sold separately at your neighborhood market.

Italian Buffalo Wings gluten-free

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds chicken drummettes
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce

DIRECTIONS

· Combine chicken, marinara and hot sauce in large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and place on the counter for 2 hours.

· Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place a baker’s rack over a foil covered cookie sheet.

· Place wings on the cookie sheet and bake for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a few of the larger wings are 165 degrees.

· Remove from oven and pop any bubbles of fat under the skin. Serve hot with celery sticks and dressing, if desired.

Note: By eliminating butter and substituting marinara sauce, about 100 grams of fat and around 800 calories are removed.

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Here are two easy Buffalo chicken wing recipes for you to try: the first is similar to the classic Italian Buffalo wing; the second is gluten-free with less calories (see video).

Classic Hot Buffalo Wings Yields 2 to 4 servings. Total time 1 hour

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds chicken wingettes and drumettes
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons red hot sauce, preferably Frank's Red Hot
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted

DIRECTIONS

· Preheat oven to 500 degrees F.

· Line a large baking sheet with foil and spray with vegetable oil.

· In a bowl, mix the flour with the salt. Add the chicken and toss to coat.

· Spread the chicken on the baking sheet in a single layer and spray with vegetable oil.

· Roast the chicken for 45 minutes, turning once or twice, until browned and crispy.

· In a bowl, toss the chicken wings with the hot sauce and butter; and serve.

Warning: eating Buffalo wings can be dangerous to your demeanor. The sauce coats your fingers and manages to get all over your face and clothing no matter how careful you are.

Gluten-free Buffalo chicken wings with less calories

Official Buffalo city document from 1977 declares July 29 the city's official Chicken Wing Day.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival (wing fest) is held every year on Labor Day weekend to celebrate the Buffalo style chicken wing.

Kobayashi eating
Kobayashi eating
Kobayashi celebrating
Kobayashi celebrating

What is the Wing Bowl and who is Mr. Kobayashi?

In 1993, a Philadelphia radio station hosted the first annual Wing Bowl chicken-wing eating contest.

About 150 people attended Wing Bowl One to see a competition between two contestants in a hotel ballroom.

Since then it has grown to become one of the competitive-eating circuit's most prestigious events, drawing crowds well over 20,000.

The event began as a radio promotion and now includes television and the Internet. Competitive eaters compete for cash prizes by eating the most chicken wings in thirty minutes.

Wing Bowl is traditionally held on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl.

Competitive-eating champ Takeru Kobayashi, conquered Philadelphia’s annual gustatory gorge-fest by eating 337 chicken wings in a half-hour before a crowd of nearly 20,000 at Wing Bowl XX 2011.

He demolished the record of 255 set the year before by Jonathan “Super” Squibb.

Kobayashi won a $20,000 cash prize for his victory. It was the six-time Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest champ’s first time competing at Wing Bowl.

It’s good news for chicken farmers that he favors chicken wings, too.

Where do Americans Buy Their Wings?

According to NCC data for last year, the top 5 restaurant categories to order chicken wings throughout the year are:

Casual Dining Restaurants: 33%

Pizza places: 26%

Chicken places: 16%

Mid-priced full service restaurants: 9%

Food stores: 8%

Mmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmm good!
Mmmmmmmmm, mmmmmmmm good!

Are there fast-food chicken wing restaurants?

Wingstop is a Texas-based restaurant franchise with 500 locations. They expect to serve more than 5.6 million wings on Super Bowl Sunday alone – an increase of 12% over 2011. The most popular wing flavors are Original Hot (Buffalo), Lemon Pepper, and Hickory Smoked BBQ.

Wingstop was founded almost 20 years ago. “Since then we’ve seen an enormous increase in the popularity of wings as a Super Bowl food,” said Jim Flynn, Wingstop CEO. “Fans place orders weeks early.”

Wing Zone, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is taking advantage of the increased chicken-wing traffic to introduce two new flavor rubs to their current line-up of 15 awarding winning options: Cool Ranch – “the great taste of ranch without the need for dipping” and Blackened Voodoo – “the Holy Trinity of Cajun flavors combined with bayou heat.” They expect to sell almost one million wings at 60 locations on Super Bowl Sunday.

You know what? Right this minute, I have the most intense desire to run out and pick up some of those delicious hot, spicy Buffalo chicken wings. How about you?

© Copyright BJ Rakow, Ph.D. 2012. All rights reserved. Author, "Much of What You Know about Job Search Just Ain't So." Readers say my book provided information they needed to write a dynamic resume and cover letter, network effectively, interview, and negotiate salary successfully. Includes a chapter for older workers.

Note: Credit is hereby awarded to my beautiful granddaughter, Robyn Kane, for suggesting that I research the history of Buffalo wings. Thank you, Robyn.

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GusTheRedneck 3 years ago from USA

Good Doctor bj - A great way to start the day is to read your wonderful expose'-planning article on Buffalo Hot Wings. Perfection from A to Z + all of the 1-2-3, too. When I went through Buffalo back in 2000, visiting a friend who lived there, he brought me over to the birthplace of Buffalo hot Wings where everything was served just like back when the wings began to fly.

Gus :-)))


femmeflashpoint 3 years ago

Doc BJ.,

1964 was SUCH an awesome year, providing the world with such awesome things ... like me, and Buffalo Wings! (Grin!)

Loved this article because it covers the history of one of my top-five favorite foods!! In fact, a few summers ago, one of my friends was in from Buffalo, and what did we discuss? Buffalo Wings. :)

Texas does have Wing Stop, and they're good, but PLUCKERS is much better!! It's also a Texas based restaurant and there aren't many of them. If you're lucky enough to live close enough to get to one, and if you can manage to work your way through their Atomic Wings, you'll win a tee-shirt announcing your victory, and get your photo added to the wall fame, where you will be noted as the Mother Plucker. :)

A friend and college is the current Mother Plucker at the Pluckers in Dallas, Texas.

I tend to stick with vegan dishes (unless I'm doing the Adkins thing), but I have never kicked the habit of making exceptions for wings.

Way good hub!!!!

femme


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

What a wonderful hub; I learnt so much and thank you for sharing ,. Have a wonderful day.

Eddy.


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Becky Katz 3 years ago from Hereford, AZ

My husband loves when I make him chicken tenders in the buffalo style. I will have to try your recipe, it looks good.


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John MacNab 3 years ago from the banks of the St. Lawrence

I'm just going to run out to the penguin drive-thru,drbj - back in a minute. There is a ritual in our house regarding Buffalo Wings; my wife guzzles them and I wince at the mess she makes. Nice one drbj - as usual.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Eating 337 chicken wings in a half-hour before a crowd..... Well-well, I bet that guy is ever since then not able to look a chicken in the eyes!

Lol! (I actually feel sick, just thinking of eating so many chicken wings in one session.)

Drumsticks are my favorite. (And please not more than 2 in 24 hours, thank you!) But I do love Buffalo wings when I don't have an option. I'm going to try these delicious recipes, but rather mild than hot. Those hot stuff makes me cry about nothing.

Brilliant, appetizing hub, drbj! Encore!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Very very solid info for a guy from Florida!! This girl from Buffalo gives you an A+!! Now, get your butt over to my site and read my chicken wing hub.....!! Please??........YUMMY!! ....UP+++


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AliciaC 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Your recipes sound very tasty, drbj. I've learned a lot of new facts about buffalo wings and the Super Bowl, too! Thanks for the interesting and enjoyable education.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

I love Buffalo wings, didn't know the history surrounding them. Your recipe sounds delicious. Our Walmart always has them and they are really good. I might just run up there a buy a few..Cheers..


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi drbj ... Love this history... well done... now you have me to thinking and maybe doing some experimenting with my smoker. I bet they would be good maybe with some Apple or Mesquite smoke flavouring.... look out chickens here I come.

Hugs from Canada


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Gus. Thanks for starting your day with my Buffalo hot wings and for your sublime comments. You started my day, too.

So happy you were able to visit the birthplace of the genuine Buffalo wings. That's a real thrill. Do you ever cook them yourself? Just wonderin'.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, what a privilege, Femme, to share your awesome birth year with Buffalo wings. That's a milestone that's hard to forget.

Happy that these gustatory delights are one of your top 5 favorite foods. And not surprised that a Buffalo buddy would want to spend time conversing about that famous product.

I've tasted Wingstop and Wing Zone wings but Pluckers is new to me. LOVE that name. I'll have to check out if there are any franchises in Florida. Their Atomic Wings seem awesome and the title of Mother Plucker does appeal to me.

Good to know that even though you favor a vegan diet you have not entirely forsaken these wings. Thanks for the visit, m'dear, and the kind words.


femmeflashpoint 3 years ago

Doc BJ,

If I ever get to be the Mother Plucker, I'll turn in a picture of you for their wall, and send you the tee-shirt. ;)

femme


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carolina muscle 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

what a yummy hub !!!! and I love chicken wings !!!!


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Amy Becherer 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

I have to say, drbj, that poor, lone, naked chicken wing made me sad. I'm not a meat eater by choice, and I don't like hot sauce, either. Yeah, I'm a drag at the dinner table. However, your supreme write on the glory of Buffalo Chicken Wings did make me hungry! Well...until I saw the chicken wing king during competition...I'm one of those people, drbj, that has to turn the TV channel when I see news coverage of hot dog eating contests. Just seeing that makes me feel like never eating again!

So, consider it the greatest compliment when I tell you that you even made my vegan tastebuds crave something with more beef than my keylime Greek yogurt. Yep, that crunchy, meaty apple hit the spot. Awesome, hearty reading, drbj, and that's sayin' something from a veggie lover!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Guilty! I am a buffalo wing freak. So I thank you for this.


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pstraubie48 3 years ago from sunny Florida

I had to give the picture of the person eating the wings a second glance to make certain you had not photographed me eating them. Yummy....but what a mess. And I really did not know all of the facts you shared. Now I can be a more knowledgeable wing eater :) :) Thanks for sharing with us. Sending Angels your way...ps


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Alastar Packer 3 years ago from North Carolina

What a classic American culinary invention- goes to show how by chance and talent success stories like Buffalo wings can happen. And what a marketing coup or branding with the B' Bills connection. 100 mil lbs that week-end, wow. Bad week for the chicks though. Maybe one should be spared like the turkey presidential pardon for Thanksgiving. Ha ha what a messy Wing Bowl there, too. Kobayashi is the modern Lead-Belly- sans the music of course. Cool fun one! Oh, happy Christmas and happy holidays drbj!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh crap, I am so hungry right now, I can't even finish reading all the comments. We have a favorite wing restaurant called R. C. Fowlers. Not too far away and they have really meaty wings. I'm on my way.


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breakfastpop 3 years ago

I love wings especially Beijing chicken wings. Maybe I should offer them for breakfast. Your hub has left me hungry and I am off to find some wings.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Never had any idea, BJ--and truly I HAD wondered where the heck they came up with the hype and the terms associated with them. I'm not a huge fan--too little to get all dirty for~~ But I've had my share and they are tasty. Maybe if they were turkey wings I'd like them better...ha ha~

I sound a lot like Mama Teressa--whatever you got--work with me on this! Great details and like Lela said....now I'm hungry for something!


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Austinstar 3 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Audrey, you may have just started a new food franchise! Hot Turkeys!


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Rosemay50 3 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I think we need to get someone over hear to teach our restaurants how to make proper buffalo wings. They are quite tasteless and not very hot. But thanks to you I can now make my own, yum


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Eddie, delighted you learned something new about Buffalo wings. It was my pleasure, m'dear, to share. Have a great weekend and an outstanding Holiday.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Now that's a wonderful idea, Becky, chicken tenders made like Buffalo wings. Nice and neat to eat. Yes, m'luv, please try the recipe, and give my regards to your discerning hubby.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, John - nice to know you have a Buffalo wing eating ritual at your house. You said you wince at the mess your wife makes. Don't you indulge? In wing eating, that is?

Thanks for the kind words, m'dear, give my best to your wife.


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sunforged 3 years ago from Sunforged.com

Ive eaten at the Anchor Bar many times before I made a diet change. Was a two minute walk from my college apartment.

I see you mention Frank's Red Hot, and many a reader might make the connection, but Frank's (Frank and Terresa) Red Hot is their original recipe. They sold the rights years back though.

You can buy their "Anchor Bar Hot Sauce" at Amazon. Might be a nice add for future readers who want an authentic option.

You really do need to use one or the other to get a proper, authentic Buffalo wing.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Martie. Yes, Kobayashi is a world-class chicken wing eater. As well as hot dogs. Just like you, I feel a little queasy at the thought of eating 337 of them in 30 minutes. Or any other time span. To each his own, m'dear.

So you are a drumstick kind of girl? Well, it takes all kinds ... :) Yes, do give the wing recipes a try - you can make them mild or HOT! - whichever you fancy. Thanks for enjoying this hub. Since you asked for an encore, you are entitled to a request. Within reason.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Paula - thanks for the A+ - coming from a genuine Buffalo girl that means a lot - to this girl from Florida. I shall mosey over to your chicken wing hub in return and thanks for the Up.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Alicia. Happy you found these buffalo wings looking tasty. It's my pleasure to share the wing facts and their Super Bowl connection.

Will respond to the interesting email shortly.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Somehow I knew, Ruby, you were a fellow Buffalo wing lover. I've never tried the Walmart version but would not be surprised to learn they sell tons of them.

Go on, m'luv, indulge yourself.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Rolly, for loving this Buffalo wing history. I think they would be terrific cooked with a smoker with Apple or Mesquite flavoring. Be my guest and let me know the results. Hugs backatcha.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You just keep trying, Femme, and you could well become the Mother Plucker of all time. Trust me. Thanks for the generous offer. We could share the tee shirt - 6 months for you and 12 months for me. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Ah, Chris, 'yummy' is one of my favorite adjectives. Thank you. And I knew somehow you were a fellow chicken-wing-lover as well as a flivver-fancier.


johnmacnab 3 years ago

drbj: Naw! Too much like making a mess instead of eating. I couldn't believe the first time I was introduced to wings, in a restaurant. I kept looking around to see if anybody was looking as the whole family guzzled in to the wings. I can dress them all up but I can't take them anywhere.


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Oops......I need to apologize for thinking drbj was a "guy.".....Sorry. I shall not make that mistake again!


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b. Malin 3 years ago

Ok, So now I'm Hungry...Got anymore of them Buffalo Wings, Drbj? I Loved your Recipe, but I doubt Lover Man will Eat them, but I will, so I will make them! Fun, and Most Educational read...who knew?


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

Lela--from your lips my dear to God's ears~!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You made me laugh, Amy, with your comment about that poor lone sad-looking naked chicken wing. I felt the same way when I first saw it and I am not a vegan. But when it is covered with hot sauce and broiled or baked, it becomes a thing of beauty. But I understand, my dear. Would never want you to forsake your dietary habits.

Happy though that you satisfied your crunchy urge with a nice healthy apple. That was a compliment and so were your gracious comments. Thank you, my dear veggie lover.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to know another buffalo wing freak, Martin. You are welcome. Bon appetit.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So you are not an overly neat person when devouring chicken wings, ps? They are yummy but impossible to eat neatly. Happy I could share some new facts with you. Would hate for you to be an uninformed wing eater, m'dear. The sharing is my pleasure and thanks for the Angels.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are so right, Alastar, Buffalo chicken wings are classic American culinary delights. Isn't serendipity wonderful?

Not so wonderful for the chosen chickens though and the Super Bowl connection does do its share in decimating their ranks. I like your idea of a presidential pardon but I think our leader is taking another one of his monthly vacations.

Kobayashi's wing-eating technique may be messy but he does manage to pack them away in his rather slight frame - he weighs less than 150 pounds BEFORE the contest. Lead-Belly is a most appropriate moniker. Thanks for enjoying this and the happiest of holidays to you, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hey, Lela, you're getting so hungry just by reading some of the comments? Imagine how hungry I am reading and anwering ALL of the comments.

Haven't heard of your favorite wing restaurant, R. C. Fowlers, before but I'm adding it to my list if I ever find myself in your vicinity. After I call you and invite you to join me that is. O.K.?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, bp. I knew you would also be a chicken wing lover. I have eaten them in Asian restaurants but not sure of their ancestry. Beijing or Canton - they all taste delicious to me. They would be great for a brunch. Hope your wing-hunt was successful.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Happy you find Buffalo wings tasty, Audrey, even if you prefer not to get down and dirty with them. I love turkey wings, too - what a great suggestion. They would be outstanding cooked the Buffalo style way.

I think you may be a reincarnation of Mama Teressa--whatever food you desire --work with me! Do hope you satisfied your hunger. For food!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Now you're cooking, Lela. (Forgive the awful pun.) I can see the TV ads now. Lela and Audrey wearing gigantic chef hats and extolling the virtues of the new chain: Hot Turkeys.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

If your restaurants need some help preparing the real Buffalo wings, just give them a copy of these recipes, Rosemary, for a fee of course.

Until they learn how, just cook your own. If you were not so far away I would join you, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, Josh, long time no see. Welcome! What a thrill to hear from someone who actually ate the original wings at the original restaurant. Many times!

Thanks for reminding me about citing that Frank and Tessa's hot sauce became Frank's Red Hot sauce. Though I never forgave him for not including Tessa's name. :)

I'm going to add, if I find it, the option for readers to buy "Anchor Bar Hot Sauce" at Amazon.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

The only solution, John, is to take the family to a Baffalo wing restaurant, drop them off, and pick them up afterward armed with hot towels and soapy water. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Paula, my dear, no need to apologize, I encounter that all the time. So far, not yet in person! I still love you.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Be my guest, b. Fill yourself up with delicious Buffalo wings and if Lover Man won't eat them, eat his share, too. I felt the same way when I learned all these fascinating facts. Who knew?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Audrey, dear, if you and Lela need a third partner for the Hot Turkeys franchise, I am all in.


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akirchner 3 years ago from Central Oregon

You'll be the first person we call BJ~


John MacNab 3 years ago

I could drop them off at a Buffalo Wing restaurant and take myself off to a fish and chip shop. There's nothing quite like a fish supper smothered in salt and wrapped up in newspaper. Ah, fish and chips out of a paper poke, sheer heaven - sure its messy and one of the best things about it is being able to lick your fingers afterwards. The Buffalo wingers can supply their own soap and water.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I'll be hangin' by the phone waiting for your call. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

'Sfunny you mentioned fish and chips, John. On my first visit to London I couldn't wait until I visited a fish and chips establishment. I was not disappointed. The combo was crisp and tasty and far, far better than any pale U.S. imitation. Plus a little less messy than the wings.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Now that I have seen your post and recipe, I am craving wings. Enjoyed the history lesson and am now better informed to share this with others. It will come in handy when I serve these at the next Superbowl party just around the corner. Love the messy photo posted -- this is the reality of eating wings!


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

Mmmm, what about the history of crab-sticks? Serious!

Luv u, drbj :)


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christopheranton 3 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

I love Hot wings. I never knew they were called "Buffalo wings" until now. We live and learn.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That's what they all say, Dianna. Once you read this hub and the recipe you will crave Buffalo hot wings, trust me. Delighted you enjoyed the history lesson, as I did, and that you are now better equipped for sharing with others. Enjoy them, m'dear, at your Super Bowl party. You might want to keep damp towels handy to keep the mess manageable.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Love you, too, Martie. I'll have to research crab sticks first, m'dear. Are they, by any chance, indigenous to SA?


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

It is my pleasure to acquaint you, christopher, with the U.S. nomenclature for hot chicken wings, i.e., Buffalo wings. Delighted that you love them and learned a few new facts. Enjoy!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 3 years ago from Sunny Florida

I love buffalo wings. Your recipe sounds terrific. The story of the birth of chicken wings sounds so interesting.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I love Buffalo wings, too, KKGals, and you will enjoy the recipes as much as the history of the wings. Promise.


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aykianink 3 years ago

This seems EXACTLY like the kind of hub that would've made Hub of the Day. Hm. Well, thumbs up to you, drbj. Good stuff.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

What a lovely compliment, aykianink, to see this as a Hub of the Day. 'Sfunny but I think so, too. Ah, well, can't win 'em all. The last Hub of the Day of mine I recall was 'Obesity is Widespread.'

Thanks for the thumbs up and the gracious comments.


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toknowinfo 3 years ago

Great hub, as always, about a great food. Although I have eaten the food often, and I knew they originated in Buffalo, NY, it was fun to learn more from you. It is also interesting to note, that prior to the invention of Buffalo wings, the wings were pretty much considered scrap food, except for the use of them in chicken stock. Thanks for putting a superb(owl) hub together.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

So nice to see you here, tki. Thanks for enjoying the background of Buffalo wings perhaps as much as eating them. You are absolutely correct about wings being considered rather worthless some years ago. In fact, I can remember my mother buying a chicken from the butcher and he threw in extra wings free of charge. Those days are long gone.

Love your clever superb (owl) comment. Happy Holidays, my friend.


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epigramman 3 years ago

Well because I live about 2 or 2 and a half hours from Buffalo on the Canadian side I have made a visit to the famous Anchor Bar on a few occasions back in the 80's ..... and we tried the 'suicide' wings but they were almost too hot - lol - so yes this world famous hub presentation certainly lives up to the world famous chicken wings themselves - and dear friend you have been a daily Christmas present to me since the day we met and here I sit on Christmas eve wishing you continued good health, happiness and prosperity in the new year. lake erie time 4:59pm Colin and his cats, Tiffy and Gabriel ontario canada


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

How wonderful, Colin, that you have actually sampled this gustatory delight in person at the Anchor Bar. And how brave to go for the 'suicide' wings. You ARE the man, m'dear.

Thank you for your always sublime comments as well as out-of-this-world epigrams. You make the world brighter for all of us. May your holiday be merry and happy and healthy and bright. ('And all your Christmases be white.') Can you hear me humming?


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prasetio30 3 years ago from malang-indonesia

I love chicken wings. Even, my mother often cook spicy chicken wings. My friend, I really love to read this hub. I found many surprises related with chicken wings which I had never heard before. Your recipe also delicious as well. Thanks for share with us. Voted up! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,

Prasetio


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, pras. Delighted to learn that you love chicken wings, and that your mother often cooks them spicy. Maybe you could ask her to make some for you to welcome in the New Year. Is that an idea or what?

Happy you learned some new wing surprises and a belated merry Christmas to you. May the New Year bring you all that you desire. Wish that to your mother for me, too.


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi drbj ... just an update the smoker wings were awesome. I marinated them in a blend of "Wildman Marinade" brewed by no other than me... lol

Lip Band-Aids are optional...

But really they were very good smoked... definitely on my list of agains.

Hugs from Canada


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Thanks, Rolly, for returning with your 'smoker wings' update. That Wildman Marinade you brew appears awesome. Maybe you should consider marketing it as 'Rolly's Really Hot' sauce. Hugs backatcha and a very happy, healthy New Year as well.


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tlmcgaa70 3 years ago from south dakota, usa

wow now that is some fascinating information...thank you for sharing it. two of my favorite hot foods were (notice i said were) cream cheese hot poppers and...buffalo wings. i still love them, i just cant eat them anymore. now i must settle for BBQ wings. loved the history of this delicious food. voted up and then some and shared.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

And theres me thinking that buffalo's had wings, darn it! lol! and well done Robyn for the great idea too, now I am hungry!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

You are more than welcome, tl. So sorry to learn that Buffalo wings no longer agree with your constitution. BBQ wings are a delicious but more tame substitute. Thanks for loving this history, the Up vote and the sharing. Have a very happy New Year, m'dear.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Awwww, another illusion shattered. Sorry, Nell. The chickens have wings, not the buffalo. I will be sure to thank Robyn for you. Funny thing, but every time I visit this hub I become ravenous for Buffalo wings.

Have a very happy New Year, m'dear.


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dahoglund 3 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I wish I had run across this years ago. I was confused by all the ads for buffalo wings. Obviously they were not from buffalo but that made it even more mysterious. Somewhere i read that they originated in the town of Buffalo and that solved the mystery.


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Gawth 3 years ago from Millboro, Virginia

That was a really interesting hub. You gave me some facts I can use this Super Bowl. Before all I could do is just eat them. :)


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Wayne Brown 3 years ago from Texas

Glad I took the time to read this...up to now I thought that Buffalo Bill invented using chickens he stole while touring around with his wild west shows. A form of trail-mix of sorts! LOL! I just hope we stick to the wings and don't get into spiced-up cowtails anytime soon! Good stuff here, Doc! ~WB


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Until I learned what Buffalo wings really were, I was confused about the mysterious name, too, Don. How could such a tasty little chicken snack be produced from a big ole buffalo. Twas a puzzlement!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to meet you, Gawth. Happy you found these Buffalo wing facts interesting and do hope you shared all this new knowledge with your Super Bowl buddies before, after and during the Game. Enjoy!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

I'm glad, too, Wayne, that you took the time to read this. Would hate for you to go through life with the misconception that Buffalo Bill was responsible for this gustatory delight.

A form of trail-mix of sorts! Now that is a really clever observation, but I would expect no less from you, pardner. The thought of spicy cowtails though does not appeal to me at all. Thanks for your gracious and original comments.


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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

I know that there's a place in New York called Buffalo, never did I think it was Buffalo Bill who invented this recipe. So I guessed it was in New York where buffalo wings originated, and you confirmed it. Hahahaha.

Sometimes I would pair it with rice, which makes it a nice accompaniment.

I love food history, keep it up. Voted up and interesting. :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Hi, FullofLoveSites - what an appealing name! Delighted I was able to confirm for you how tasty Buffalo wings got their name. Rice may be an excellent accompaniment to help you cool off your tongue and throat in between bites of those hot, spicy wings.

Thanks for the Up vote. You might also like to visit my hubs explaining the history of Toll House chocolate chip cookies - 'Chocolate Chip Cookies Seven Scrumptious Recipes' and doughnuts - 'Doughnuts are Good for You."


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bethperry 3 years ago from Tennesee

Oh gosh, I just love Buffalo Wings and now you've got me hankering for some! Very interesting info, and "wingette", there's the new word for my day!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

And I'm positive, beth, that Buffalo wings love you, too. Every time I glance at these photos a strange desire for them, even when I've already eaten, arises. Thanks for the visit, m'dear, the 'wingette' is on me.


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent tribute to buffalo wings!!! I used to be fanatic, not so much anymore, until I read your hub and now I want some asap. Thanks drbj, I think :)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

That's the problem with Buffalo wings fanaticism, Linda, it is so easily awakened again. Understand exactly how you feel since every time I glance at this hub, the desire for wings overwhelms me. You are welcome, m'dear, I know.


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RealHousewife 3 years ago from St. Louis, MO

So I was wondering if it was this hub of yours that's caused the national depletion of chicken wings around the world? I keep hearing on the news there's this shortage ...!


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Absolutely, Kelly! It is my lip-smacking, tooth-chomping, chin-with-hot sauce-dripping hub about Buffalo wings that has aroused such international gustatory interest in this gastronomical sensation contributing to mass shortages of same. The fact that the Super Bowl is nigh has nothing to do with it! :)


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aykianink 3 years ago

The DEVASTATING effects of awesome hubs:-)


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Pithy, m'dear, but SO sweet. Thank you, thank you. Love the 'awesome,' y'know!


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mosaicman 3 years ago from Tampa Bay, Fl

Hey Doc, I'm from Buffalo and I really didn't know how good I had it until I moved away. Although they have different places that sell Buffalo Wings in Florida and beyond, the majority taste "almost but not quite." Some places put breading on the wings (they look like they are on steriods!). Others just pour the sauce on the wing instead shaking the wings in the sauce and letting them marinate in it. Yet, still others bake the wing (ew!)

I was in Queens, NY in the late 90's. I thought since the two places were close to each other, everyone would know how to make them. Big Mistake! I called Dominos and asked for Buffalo Wings to go with my pizza. They sent me wings covered in a ketchup/hot sauce mixture. I learned my lesson.

Further more, national chains such as Buffalo Wild Wings don't even make them the same way. The only thing that is constant is their sauces. I was really disappointed when I found this out.

Anyways, nice hub.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida Author

Nice to see you here, mosaicman. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but isn't it curious how many chains selling Buffalo wings fail to imitate the original method of cooking them or the hot sauce that makes them so special.

Guess you will just have to make a pilgrimage back to Buffalo every so often to re-stock a supply. Thanks for finding this hub and sharing your disappointing experiences. ;)

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