Sunday, August 16, 2009

Buffalo Wild Wings Honey BBQ

BBQ Background (Val):
Honey BBQ from Buffalo Wild Wings has become another one of my favorite sauces. This sauce was first introduced just as a temporary summer promotion in 2005, I believe. I honestly wasn't that wild (excuse the pun) for BW3's (and why is it nicknamed BW3's anyway? There are only 2 W's. Anyone know?) before this sauce was introduced. I had gone there a few times with Dave because he really dug the chicken strips they have.

I was always left a little dissatisfied. The spicy sauces tasted too much like vinegar, and the only sweet one "Sweet Barbeque" was lacking flavor. It also had a funny texture to me--a little more like tomato sauce than BBQ sauce. The few times we ate there, I actually resorted to dipping the chicken strips in ketchup.

Then, lucky for me, Honey BBQ was introduced. Honey BBQ has a perfect blend of sweet and spicy, and a nice smooth texture. Finally, BW3's had a great compliment to their strips. Our frequency at BW3's increased dramatically that summer, mainly due to this new Honey BBQ. Since it was temporary, they didn't sell bottles of the sauce, so the only way to get it was to eat there.

Sadly, after the summer, they discontinued the sauce. They had an online poll where you could vote to bring back Honey BBQ, so I did my part and voted frequently! Several months later, Honey BBQ was introduced as a real sauce! You could get it again in the restaurant and also purchase bottles to take home.

Now, Honey BBQ has become one of our BBQ staples at home!

Dave's Take:
A delicous sauce. This is straight forward barbeque sauce perfected. It goes well with most foods, and it's a safe bet for larger gatherings where tastes are likely to vary. Highly recommended to have around at all times.

If you're looking for something with more zip, there are many options I prefer more. (On a personal level, I tend to prefer something with a bit more zing, and I don't mind sauce with a strong vinegar taste.) But if you're not always in the mood for something that'll burn your mouth, this is one of your best bets.


Val's Take:
Honey BBQ is a sweet, versatile sauce that can be used on anything. I use it for chicken strips and often on homemade BBQ pork, beef or chicken sandwiches. At the time of its release, this was the best sauce I'd ever tasted. It's currently tied in my book for the top spot with another sauce I will post later. It's hard to give something a 10, because that means there's nothing better out there, but Honey BBQ is about as close as it gets for me to perfect.

Rating: 9.9/10

Any Buffalo Wild Wings. There's probably one near you! Search here for locations. BW3's have some pretty fun trivia games, so I would recommend the atmosphere as a compliment to good food. Take a bottle of sauce home, too! If you don't live near a BW3's, you can also order bottles of sauce from their online store.

Cost: $4.25 a bottle



Buffalo Wild Wings have the great taste and spicy flavor that I have
come to expect.

Sweet blog! I can't believe I have never noticed this one before. Are you going to do any Gates sauce reviews?

Thanks Zach! Yeah, Gates should be on tap as well :)

We picked up some Gates Extra Hot on a recent trip through KC. Suffice to say...I absolutely loved it!