You can't go wrong with booze and barbecue.
America has combined two great American flavors – bourbon and barbecue – for the next hottest food trend.
Cincinnati-based Buffalo Wings & Rings, a 60-unit sports restaurant chain, is currently in the testing phase of a bourbon barbecue sauce for its chicken wings at select locations. Their special sauce combines a tomato base with molasses, brown sugar, peppers, onions, spices and bourbon.
“[The flavor] starts with heat, then sweet, then finishes with smoke,” said Elliot Jablonsky, executive chef of Buffalo Wings & Rings. “Bourbon definitely brings the smoke and kind of a wood flavor, like oak does to wine, in a good way.”
The reason for the spike in popularity of bourbon barbecue is the newness of the flavor.
“When you’ve been doing wings for years, it’s not that often that you can give people something a little more current,” he said.
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