Skip The Sauce!
Recently, I’ve been seeing an increase of dry rubs to choose from in local pizzerias near me. For those amateur cooks like myself who are into DIYing it, I have a rotation of the best rubs for chicken wings I like to use when I want to skip the sauce. Don’t get me wrong – I love a good hot or BBQ sauce to slather on freshly fried or baked chicken wings. There’s something so satisfying about biting into a drumette or flat with a thick layer of sauce. With that being said, there is something to be said about going sauceless and using just a dry rub to flavor up that wing as well.
I’ve broken them down into the flavor style and my preferred brand for each, let’s take a look!
I could not write a blog on the best rubs for chicken wings you can buy without going right to Karma Sauce’s Jerk Me Around Seasoning. A good jerk seasoning needs to find the perfect balance of the allspice and Scotch Bonnet peppers and Jerk Me Around does it flawlessly. This was a Golden Chile winner at the 2013 Fiery Food Challenge at ZestFest and it’s no surprise why. If you have never had a jerk seasoning before, this is the place to start. The island flavors will make you want to take a trip to the Caribbean!
Brand: Karma Sauce
Sea Salt, Evaporated Cane Juice, Onion, Ground Chile, Green Mango, Garlic, Allspice, Black Pepper, Ginger, Thyme, Clove
Sweet & Spicy
This is Flower City Flavor Company’s all-time best selling seasoning and it’s no surprise why. What’s not to love in this blend? Sugar, cinnamon, chipotle and of course, real Jack Daniel’s Black Label Whiskey! Even though it’s great on any protein and even popcorn, our favorite love for it is on wings, especially smoked wings on a grill! Yum!
Brand: Historic Lynchburg
Sugar, Brown Sugar, Kosher Salt, Spices, Cinnamon, Chipotle Pepper, Black Pepper, Onion, Garlic, Vinegar Powder, Jack Daniel’s Black Label Whiskey
Bone Suckin’ is from top-to-bottom is one of the most complete lineups you’ll find at Flower City Flavor Company, so you know one of their seasonings would wind up here. We love their Original Rub but when it comes to all things chicken, their specialized Chicken Seasoning is the way to go for chicken wings. A little less brown sugar than the Original but it’s balanced nicely with the garlic power and salt. A must have in your seasoning rotation.
Brand: Bone Suckin’
Brown Sugar, Garlic Powder, Spices (Including Chili Pepper), Salt, Paprika, Sugar, Dehydrated Onion & Bell Pepper, Celery Powder, Citric Acid & Natural Flavor
Hot & Spicy
Another local gem, Max Spice is the seasoning for heat seekers. However, it’s not extremely hot, so even your friends and family who aren’t spice addicts will enjoy it. At $3.99, it’s definitely one of the best rubs for chicken wings you can get at the price point, especially since you don’t need a lot per use.
“A little Butt Rub makes everything better”. You’re dang right – I can’t make a list for the best rubs for chicken wings without this all-star seasoning. We think Butt Rub is especially awesome on chicken wings that are grilled, so when you’re out at a BBQ with the family or friends, make sure to bring this gluten-free and no MSG with you.
Brand: Bad Byron’s
Salt, Black Pepper, Granulated Onion, Granulated Garlic, Paprika, Chipotle Powder (Smoked Jalapeno), and Microcrystalline Cellulose (A Natural Anti-Caking Agent)
Other Great Flavors of Rubs to Consider
Lemon Pepper – Bone Suckin’ Lemon Pepper Seasoning
The Best Rubs For Chicken Wings: In Conclusion
Hopefully, you’ve read this blog with open eyes to consider going dry next time wings are on the menu. You can still get the same types of flavors as sauces, but biting into a crisp, juicy wing that’s crusted with a rub can satisfy even the biggest wing snob.
Whether it’s fried, baked, air-fried or grilled, shake it up and pour it on! Let us know your favorite type of rub in the comments.