My addiction to Old Bay seasoning began long ago. And as often as possible, I feed my addiction. Seafood and wings are my favorite uses of the classic seasoning. These honey Old Bay wings not only have that great seafood seasoning flavor, they have a bit of sweetness too. And a bit of heat. Not a lot, but just a hint. Nothing to overpower the main reason I made these wings: Old Bay flavor.
My favorite variation on these honey Old Bay wings is to leave out the cayenne pepper and substitute Mike’s Hot Honey for ‘regular’ honey instead. Mike’s Hot Honey is just that: hot danged honey! It’s creamy smooth and packs a serious kick. It’s not for the faint of heart, so if you’re a bit worried about the heat, try adding just a bit of it to your ‘regular’ honey and give it a taste.
My oh my. I had no idea how fantastic these would be when I first came across this recipe for crab boil-brined wings. I thought, what if the crab boil is too strong? And what? A mayonnaise-based wing sauce? Isn’t that illegal? Well, color me wrong on both accounts because these wings were incredible. The crab boil flavor (one of my favorite tastes) is there, but it’s sort of just hanging around in the background. Very pleasant. The creamy mayonnaise basting and dipping sauce is truly outrageously great. It reminds me of the dressing for crab salad in a way.
If you aren’t a fan of crab boil, you’ll still want to make these wings. You don’t want to deprive yourself of something this fantastic.It’d be ok to cut back on it a bit, but don’t leave out the crab boil. And if you’re like me, don’t be afraid to add more because my original worries about it being too strong were definitely unfounded. These crab boil-brined wings are something special.