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Thursday Night Football and Players with Meatball Matchups.

     Week 5 of the NFL season is set to kick off tonight when The Arizona Cardinals take on the St. Louis Rams at St. Louis in what looks on paper to be a pretty boring game, at least fantasy wise.  The Cardinals are the real story hear as they are one of three teams left in the league who are unbeaten at 4-0, a feat they haven’t achieved since the 70s when they were the St. Louis Cardinals.  In my opinion the Cardinals are the most overrated team in football.  They have won three of four games by four or less points, have a shaky situation at quarterback, and have zero aability to run the ball.  Two of their wins came against the rookie QB lead Seahawks and rookie QB lead Miami Dolphins.  The real surprise games for Arizona was the wins against New England by 2 points and the crushing win against Philadelphia beating them by the tune of 27-6.  It is hard to count those wins as flukes and is a testament to how well the Cardinals defense is playing so far this season, perhaps the only saving grace the team has.  But can they keep it up?  For this week, I think they can.  Here’s why.

Arizona is coming off a big OT win against Miami where the Miami rookie QB Ryan Tannehill threw for over 400 yards, but the Cardinals only allowed 1 TD while gaining two interceptions in all those yards.  The secondary unit of Arizona just do not give up touchdowns.  These guys are firing on all cylinders right now and this week, against the Rams, I don’t see that changing.  While the Cardinals were having some problems deciding which quarterback should lead the way, an injury gave Kevin Kolb a few unchallenged weeks to earn that spot.  In three games he has 750 yards, 7 touchdowns, with only 2 interceptions.  His ability to take care of the ball when he has it has helped Arizona keep their unbeaten streak alive, who knows what will happen when their “starter” Skelton returns.  As long as he can keep that up, the Cardinals will play well, but St. Louis is averaging 2 interceptions a game so Kolb will have to be extra careful with the ball.  With no real impact in the running game, this one all comes down to Kolb, his receiving core of Larry Fitzgerald who is always a threat no matter who is tossing him the ball and the new league leader in receiving touchdowns, Andre Roberts, and the Cardinals defense.

St. Louis, on the other hand, has been very inconsistent on offense and it all starts with their third year QB Sam Bradford who is not quite living up to his Rookie of the Year status from two years ago.  He hasn’t progressed at all over the past two season. A lot of that comes down to the lack of talent the Rams have catching the ball.  They don’t have a starting WR who has ever gained 1000 yards in a season.  Their leading receiver, Danny Amendola, is doing well so far this year with 350 yards and a pair of scores but don’t count on him doing much against the NFL’s top defense.  The St. Louis running game has also not been able to get anything going on the ground.  A good ground game, something both teams are lacking, is important in opening up more of a team’s playbook including play-action passes and screens.  The running game in St. Louis revolves around Steven Jackson who hasn’t had a season in which he gained less than 1000 yards  since his rookie year 9 years ago.  He has always been one of those rare workhorses in a league that is full of running back committees.  I can’t help but think that his overuse is finally catch up to him as he reaches his 30s this season.  He was sidelined two weeks ago with a groin injury, which is still lingering and, along with rookie Daryl Richardson averaging 5 yards a carry, Jackson’s chances of having a big game are slim tonight in Arizona.

Game Predictions:

Arizona 26

QB: Kevin Kolb – 22/34, 230 yards, 2 TD
WR: Larry Fitzgerald – 6 rec, 85 yards, 1 TD
WR: Andre Roberts – 5 rec, 65 yards, 1 TD
WR: Early Doucet – 4 rec, 40 yards, 0 TD
RB: Ryan Williams – 15 carries, 55 yards, 0 TD
TE: Rob Housler – 4 rec, 35 yards, 0 TD

St. Louis 16

QB: Sam Bradford – 25/37, 235 yards, 1 TD
WR: Danny Ammendola – 7 rec, 75 yards, 1 TD
WR: Brandon Gibson – 6 rec, 70 yards, 0 TD
WR: Chris Givens – 4 rec, 45 yards, 0 TD
RB: Steven Jackson – 13 carries, 45 yards, 0 TD
RB: Daryl Richardson – 10 carries, 30 yards, 0 TD
TE: Lance Kendricks – 5 rec, 30 yards, 0 TD

Even writing these stats were boring.  You would think that if the league is going to make sure that teams have even less rest throughout the year by mandating Thursday night games for more than 2/3rds of the season that they would at least make the single game on Thursdays be a good match-up.  The next good Thursday game is when the Saints take on the Falcons the last Thursday in November.  Thankfully I, nor many others, don’t have any players from this game to worry about fantasy wise.  Luckily for me, I have a good place to go for cheap drinks and the best buffalo wings one can buy.  There is also the fact that I don’t have to watch Footlocker employees blow a game again, I can go back to booing the real refs and let them blow the game the way they are paid to do.  Or, maybe I can get the barkeep to put The Office on at 9pm.  In lieu of that, lets take a look at other players around the league who have cupcake match-ups this week.

Meatball Match-ups:

QB:

Matt Ryan ATL – He is off to a great start and is leading all the conventional passers in fantasy points.  He gets a start no matter who he is playing but this week is special as he takes on a Washington secondary who has given up 300+ yards and 3 TDs to all but one quarterback so far.  Look for Matt as a lock for those stats or more.

Andy Dalton CIN– This second year, the fiery redhead sure plays a mean football.  In his rookie season he showed us his potential.  Over the last three games he has lived up to that potential.  Throwing for 318 yards and 3 TD, 328 yards and 3 TD, 244 yards and 2 TD over the past three games respectively, look for him to have another 300+ yard 3 TD game against the dolphins who just lets everyone throw for 300 yards against them.

Eli Manning NYG– The 2 times Superbowl MVP is indeed ELIte.  He is second in passing yards with 1320 and has a healthy 7 TDs – 4 INT (3 of those interceptions coming in one game) ratio.  This week will be one of Eli’s softest match-ups of the season when takes on the Cleavland Browns.  The Browns are averaging 300 yards passing against their D and they haven’t even faced one of the leagues top dogs yet.  Look for Eli to have 350 yards and at least 3 TDs.

Sleeper: Andrew Luck IND – The rookie sensation who is supposed to be the next coming of the football god, Payton Manning, should look quite like his successee this week as the Colts take on the Packers in Indianapolis.  I’m not saying the Colts will win, they probably won’t against such a potent offense as the Packers, but playing from behind will force Luck to take it to the air, and the Packers pass defense is nothing to write home about; all signs point to “great success.”  Luck has already thrown for 300 yards in two of his three games and against much better secondaries than the Packers have.  Look for 300 yards and 3 TDs for Luck this week.

WR:

AJ Green CIN- With the easy match-up I described above for Amdy Dalton, look for Green to be the main beneficiary of those stats with two of Dalton’s touchdowns coming his way.  As a rookie last year, Green and Dalton grew leaps and bounds together and I think the success of each is due to the confidence and camaraderie  one has for the other.  This may end up being the best QB/WR duo of all time.  I see them doing great things in years to come.  This is what football is all about.  Look for at least 100 yards for Green along with those two TDs.

Julio Jones ATL– There is a pattern here, QBs with great match-ups will lead to WRs with great match-ups.  As if you weren’t going to start Jones of Green if you have them, these guys may be the reason you win this week.  Jones has been huge when on the road.  Facing the ‘Skins at home who have given up 100 yards and a score to each of the last three #1 receivers they have faced, there is no reason for Jones to kick the coming-up-big-on-the-road habit just yet.  Pen him in for 110 yards and 2 scores.

Reggie Wayne IND– His name was made a fantasy commodity when Payton was his QB in Indianapolis and is proving to be just as helpful with the rookie Andrew Luck taking over.  After one of the worst downfalls a team has ever seen last year, the Colts are poised to be one of the top teams in the recent years to come.  With a great match-up against the swiss cheese holes in the Packers secondary, look for Reggie Wayne to have a big game because Luck relies upon him so heavily.  100 yards and 1 TD.

Sleeper: Malcom Floyd SD- His name has not always been synonymous with fantasy starter, things have changed for the San Diego Chargers veteran wide out.  He is no longer living in Vincent Jackson’s shadow.  He has Phillip Rivers all to him self now.  While I have never been a fan of Rivers, the guy puts up a lot of yards.  This week the Chargers take on the Saints who have given up 100 yards or 1 TD to the top receiver for 3 out of the last 4 weeks.  This is as good a week as any for Floyd and Rivers to get on the same page.  They should be able to compile 90 yards and a score together against the 0-4 Saints.

RB:

Ryan Matthews SD – Ryan Matthews was highly touted in the off-season due to his success last year, but he is a risk this game because San Diego is playing backfield games.  Nonetheless, I don’t see any reason why Matthews shouldn’t have a great game if he gets a good amount of carries against the worst run defense in the league, The New Orleans Saints.  The Saints have given up over 400 yards and 5 scores to running backs in the first quarter of the season.  Look for Matthews to regain his starting role and have 150 total yards and 1 touchdown.

Marshawn Lynch SEA – This pick should come as no surprise as Lynch has been a top 5 running back since last season and is the only piece of ‘real’ offense the Seahawks have.  Not to mention they are facing the Carolina Panthers who are giving up on average 100 yards to running backs on the ground.  While not every running back scores on the ground, they also give value to running backs through the air as well.  Look for Lynch to have 150 total yards and one rushing score.

Frank Gore SF – While Gore is not the back he used to be and is being spelled by backup Kendall hunter, he still can break tackles and tastes blood once he gets near the end-zone.  Against Buffalo who has given up six scores so far and last week gave up 100 yards to two different backs, Gore looks set to have his biggest game of the season.  Look for 110 yards for the old wrecking ball and if he doesn’t get too many goal line touches hawked by Hunter he may very well end up with 2 TDs.

Sleeper: Cedric Benson GB – Green Bay hasn’t been known as a running team since before Brett Farve.  With talent like Farve and Rodgers, they don’t need a great back to win Championships.  Against the Colts, Green Bay should have the lead and will use Benson to manage the clock.  Given that the Colts gave up 190 yards and a score to Maurice Jones-Drew and 120 yards and score to Matt Forte plus two more TDs to Forte’s backup, Benson looks in line to pick up where the Colts left off before their bye week.  I like him for 130 total yards and 1 score.

So that wraps up my potential big game match-ups.  If there is interest for my thoughts on tight-ends, kickers, and team defenses leave a comment otherwise I’ll keep the section like this for most weeks.
Thanks for the read.

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My Sunday Revolves Around Football and Coffee

“My son, you’d sleep through an earthquake. Now, get up.”

This was not an uncommon quote I’d hear my father say to me weekday mornings during the school year. Sometimes he’d yell it, sometimes he’d say it quietly while shaking one of my appendages, but it was always accompanied with a warm cup of coffee.

These days, I have to make the coffee myself if I want some in the morning. Also, I’m not sure my wife would get out of bed if I didn’t make it. While I’m not the biggest fan of waking up before 9am, for a good cup of coffee, I’ll do just about anything, that includes buying a $300 coffee maker because it is the only one on the market that will consistently hit the perfect water temperature for brewing, 200 degrees.

We didn’t always have the luxury of this do-all coffee maker. When we first got married, I was making a french press, sometimes two, every morning. In my opinion, there is no better way to make a pot of coffee then to let your coarse grinds steep in almost boiling water for 4-5 minutes in a french press. But I became lazy and my wife broke three of my French presses. I needed a less involved way to make coffee. Something that I could get started and then forget about while I got ready for the day.

Moccamaster and grinder

I heard about the Technivorm Moccamaster in an issue of Cooks Illustrated. It was their only recommended auto-drip coffee maker. This intrigued me. I did my own research and the consensus was the same as Cook’s review, it simply made great coffee. And it really does. The reservoir holds ten cups of water. The water is drawn down into the heating element, when it boils, the pressure pushes the water through a clear plastic tube that passes back through the reservoir where the water cools to the a near consistent 200 degrees (optimal brewing temp) and then is slowly trickled over the coffee grinds and slow dripped through the brew chamber and into a carafe that can keep the coffee warm for hours. This remains the best present my wife ever bought me.

For a while, in between school and a “real” job, I worked as a barista in an upscale breakfast and lunch restaurant in New Jersey. This is a place that was serious about their coffee. They served their specialty coffees in french presses to every guest, and they carried ten different coffees from all over the world that had their own unique characteristics. From the floral and fruity, acidic Kona coffee from Hawaii, to the dark, molasses, and caramel chocolate notes of coffee from the Blue Mountains in Jamaica that retails for forty dollars a pound. I still like to think that I’m not a coffee snob, I think of myself as an educated consumer.

Today, like most other days, I’m not using any fancy coffee, just some basic, moderately inexpensive, Trader Joe’s coffee. But I’ll tell you what, it tastes like an eight dollar cup of coffee from an upscale coffeehouse or breakfast joint. When you throw in a better coffee, you get even better results.

~ FOOTBALL WEEK 4 ~

Enough about coffee. Let’s talk football. Welcome to the first week of byes. The Pittsburgh Steelers and the Indianapolis Colts take a seat for the week and get to watch the games like ordinary people. For the rest of us we struggle to fill the holes the bye weeks leave in our fantasy teams. But it is Sunday nonetheless and this week is packed with great games. I’ll express how I feel about a few of the good match-ups and try to predict the outcome. If you live in Vegas, please do not head to the nearest sports-book to place a bet based on my words – if you do, only let me know if and how much you’ve won.

Carolina Panthers 24 @ Atlanta Falcons 30.

Matty Ice, Matt Ryan. I was hyping this guy earlier in the week when I was discussing who to start at QB for my fantasy team. This guy is on fire this year and I don’t think he stops any time soon, and he is one of the main reasons the Atlanta Falcons are off to a 3-0 start. Not only does he have two of the best receivers in the league with Julio Jones and Roddy White, but he’s also got a future Hall-of-Famer @ tight end in Tony Gonzalez. This should be a big game for Ryan playing against a team that has been average against the pass, allowing atleast one TD to each quarterback they have faced thus far. Look for Ryan to throw tree touchdowns for 320 yards, plus another 30 yards rushing and maybe a rushing TD himself. I’ll give Gonzalez a touchdown as he is just a huge target in the endzone. Between Jones and White there will be two touchdowns and 220 yards.

Last year’s Rookie of the year, Carolina’s Cam Newton, is off to a rough start, compared to the record pace he started off with last year. But that doesn’t mean he isn’t a threat, even against one of the top defenses in the league. He will have his hands full, but keep in mind that this guy can run fast and hard, is a threat to run in a touchdown anytime they are within the redzone, and has a rocket launcher for an arm. If the receivers aren’t there, which I don’t think they will be for much of the game, Newton will have a great game running the ball. Look for Newton to have 200 yards passing with a score, and 90 yards rushing and a score. On the receiving side of the ball, Steve Smith with have a decent game of 70 yards and the only TD, leaving the rest of the guys to scramble over the scraps. The running game will have some yards, maybe 110, split between DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart with Stewart getting the only rushing score there, if he is playing – he was limited in practice all week so keep an eye on this.

New Orleans Saints 27 @ Green Bay Packers 34

Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers has been nothing short of disappointing so far this year. Look for that to change this week against the worst defense in the league, and maybe of all-time. Yea, I said it! If there is ever a game to give Rodgers confidence going into it, it is this one. The Packers are not a run first team so Rodgers will throwing the ball all over the field today. He has no shortage in quality receivers either. Jordy Nelson and Greg Jennings should both have nice games with 80 yards and a touchdown each. Then you have Jermichael Finley at tight end who, when he is having one of his games, is un-coverable. Look for a good game from him with 70 yards and a score. This leaves three other receivers James Jones, Randall Cobb, and Donald Driver with little production to share. 150 yards and one touchdown between them. This gives Rodgers a huge game, 380 yards and 4 touchdowns – it will happen.

The Saints are really living up to their alter-ego this season as the Aints. They just ain’t getting it done. Drew Brees and his offense are putting up the points scoring 32, 27, and 24 points respectively over the last three games but none of those scores have been enough to win a game. This week doesn’t look promising as they are up against one of the most potentially explosive offenses in the league. They have to do a better job at stopping the other team from scoring when it matters. But Brees should still have his normal good game, 300 yards and three touchdowns against a defense that isn’t exactly stellar themselves. The touchdowns will go one each to the big, talented, tightend, Jimmy Graham, the ever present Marques Colston @ WR, and the versatile running back, Darren Sproles. Doesn’t matter who scores on offense, it won’t be enough this week.

Game of the Week

New York Giants 30 @ Philadelphia Eagles 27

Of course this is the game of the week for me, I am a Giants homer. Nonetheless, this game will be good. The past few years, the Eagles have almost always found a way to stop the Giants; I guess that is what happens when you play a team twice in a year. It is always nerve-racking to watch my guys play the Eagles. But I think the Giants have this in the bag. Eli Manning is proving that you can’t spell elite without ELI. He is averaging over 300 yards a game, in one of those games he threw for 510 yards and three TDs. He won’t replicate those numbers today, but he will get the job done with 280 yards and two touchdowns. Victor Cruz and Hakeem Nicks (if he plays) will be factors splitting 180 yards but only one score, I’ll give that score to Victor Cruz because Nicks is a little banged up and Cruz is on my Fantasy team. The other touchdown from Manning will go to Martellus Bennett at tight end. Manning has always gotten the tight ends involved an made relevant since he started. That won’t stop this game, as he is averaging 60 yards a game and has scored in every outing so far. Look for nothing different today from him. Ahmad Bradshaw and rookie Andre Brown will split carries depending on who is having the most success. Coming off an injury, look for Andre Brown to have the better game with 65 yards and a score.

I have a hard time writing about the Eagles because I just don’t know what to make of them. Michael Vick should be one of the most dangerous quarterbacks on the field with his powerful arm that can throw the ball clear across the field to his legs that make him one of the fastest players in the game, but he just can not stay healthy or keep the turnovers from piling up. He already has nine turnovers and it won’t get any easier as he faces probably to most formidable defensive lines in the NFL in the New York Giants Justin Tuck, Osi Umenyiora, and Jason Pierre-Paul. These guys get on the QB, and never let him rest. Outlook for Michael Vick’s injury prone ribs: Not so goo!. But Vick knows how to find a way to be productive against the G-Men so he should have a decent game. 240 yards and two touchdowns, two interceptions, plus 40 yards rushing, sounds about right for him. DeSean Jackson looks in line for a good game, 80 yards and a score. And the tight end, Brent Celek, also looks to have a chance today – I’ll give him 40 yards and a touchdown. Leaving Jeremy Maclin with the big bulk of the remaining yards but no score. LeSean McCoy will working hard today to find the holes, but the kid has moves, and will rack up another good game her as the Giants D Line are much better against the pass then against the run. McCoy should turn in 100 yards and a score today, keep it a close game til the very end.

Fantasy Standouts: Week 4 Dream Team

QB: Aaron Rodgers: 380 yards, 4TDs = 31.2 Points

RB: Ray Rice: 180 total yards, 1TD = 24 points

RB: Maurice Jones-Drew: 160 total yards, 1 TD = 22 points

WR: Calvin Johnson: 115 yards, 2 TDs = 23.2 points

WR: AJ Green: 110 yards, 1 TD = 17 points

WR: Victor Cruz: 80 yards, 1 TD = 14 points

TE: Vernon Davis, 70 yards, 1 TD = 13 points

Kicker: David Akers: 3 FGs, 2 PAT = 11 points

Total Points = 155.4 Points

Happy Sunday!

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What is Football without Wings?

In lieu of weekly Thursday night games and the return of real referees, not the replacements the NFL jacked from Footlocker, today’s recipe is my personal favorite for football Sundays when I have a bunch of friends and family over.  I simply can not start a blog about football and food and not have the first recipe given be buffalo wings.  I have searched high and low for the best buffalo wings one can eat.  I’ve been to the Anchor Bar in Buffalo where they were invented and, while they were good, they were short of special – just wings and sauce (half butter, half franks red hot).  Then as a teenager I came to know Cluck-U-Chicken very well.  Their different take on Buffalo Wings – breaded, fried, with many different sauces of varying heat and sweetness – was new and refreshing and started me on my journey to craft my own favorite wings.  The last place I’ll mention is a little Irish Pub in Clark, NJ called Molly McGuires where their wings are nicely breaded and fried, sauced with a medium heat, slightly sweet sauce and for added texture you can ask for them “Pippen Style” and they will, after saucing them, throw them in the broiler to give them a great crunch – a perfect bite.  This gave me the last push of inspiration in perfecting my own wings and sauce.

To me, Buffalo Wings are more about the sauce and the quality of the Blue Cheese dressing used, than how the wings are prepared.  You can cook the wings and tenders to your personal preference and top with a tangy/hot sauce, then dip into a quality blue cheese dressing and you are still guaranteed an great snack to compliment and replenish the energy you will expel watching your favorite teams and fantasy players spend an hour at a time battling towards the Super Bowl.  Here are  a few ideas on how to prepare wings or chicken tenders along with my perfected sauce that even my wife loves.

Chicken:

For the chicken, you can grill, bake, or deep-fry your wing pieces depending on your personal preferences.

Grill on medium heat for 25-30 minutes, turning a few times to keep from burning.  Internal temperature should be 165 and there should be no pink in the chicken.  I start checking after 25 minutes.

Bake similarly at 375 degrees for 1 hour turning a once halfway through.  If you like crispier skin, you can crank up the heat and cook for less time.

Or you can deep-fry them.  I like to treat them like southern fried chicken and below you will find my recipe for fried chicken wings and fingers and Buffalo Sauce; below is the recipe for this.

Buffalo Chicken Wings (or Tenders)

Master ingredient list:

3 1/2 pounds of chicken wings with skin separated into drumettes and wingettes (or chicken tenders) thawed

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

Table salt

2 tablespoons & Dash Sriracha Sauce

4 teaspoons ground black pepper

1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder

1 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 & 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 cups unbleached all-purpose (AP) flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon mustard powder

1 1/4 cup of vegetable oil

1/2 cup peanut oil

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

6 tablespoons of Franks Redhot Sauce

1 1/2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons habanero sauce (optional for heat)

3 tablespoons brown sugar

Step 1 Ingrediants – Buttermilk Brine:

1 cup buttermilk

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 teaspoon sriracha sauce

1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1) In a bowl, whisk together the above ingrediants.  Divide evenly into 2 or 3 one gallon plastic freezer bags.  Pour equal amounts of buttermilk mixture into each bag of chicken.  Seal bags and refrigerate overnight.  (You can make it same day, but the longer in the fridge, the better).

Step 2 Ingredients – Dredging

3 1/2 pounds chicken wing pieces with skin (or tenders) thawed

2 cups unbleached all-purpose (AP) flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons black pepper

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3/4 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon onion powder

1/4 teaspoon mustard powder

1/4 cup buttermilk

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the AP Flour, baking powder, salt, black pepper, garlic powder, smoked paprika, cayenne pepper, onion powder, and mustard powder.  Add 1/4 cup of buttermilk into the flour mixture and use your hands to mix and form small clumps.  Taking 3 or four pieces at a time, dredge wings (or tenders) in flour mixture, making sure to press the mixture on to chicken for an even thick coat.  Place pieces on a plate.

Step 3 Ingerdients – Frying

1 1/4 cups vegetable oil

1/2 cup peanut oil

Heat oil to 375 degrees in cast iron pan (or deep-fryer; you may need more oil) over medium-high heat.  Working in batches, carefully drop chicken pieces into oil.  Cook 3-5 minutes until golden brown, flip and cook 3-5 minutes longer.  Internal temperature should be 165 and there should be no pink in the chicken.  Transfer to wire rack with large baking pan underneath.

Step 4 Ingredients – Saucing

8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter

6 tablespoons Franks Redhot Sauce

3 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar

2 tablespoons sriracha sauce

1 1/2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoons habanero pepper sauce (optional for heat)

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Place all ingredients in a small sauce pan over medium heat stirring continuously until butter is melted.  Adjust ingredients to taste – if it is too acidic add a little more brown sugar and butter, if it is too sweet add a little more franks hot sauce, if it is too spicy add a little more butter.  Let mixture simmer for a few minutes while stirring.  Toss with wings.  Enjoy with a quality blue cheese dressing.  My personal favorite is Brianna’s Homestyle True Blue Cheese.

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