Since Buffalo Wild Wings first opened its doors in Columbus, Ohio, in 1982, the fast-casual titan has redefined what it means to be a chain restaurant in America. By combining all things boozy and fried with a command center’s worth of HD televisions for watching sports, Buffalo Wild Wings has quickly become one of America's most ubiquitous chains.
Of course, none of this would’ve been possible without B-Dubs’ wings, sauces, and seasonings. Whether your preference is spicy, sweet, or something in between, Buffalo Wild Wings has you covered. But as the company’s name suggests, these aren’t your average wings -- they’re wild wings. This qualification raises the question: Which of the chain’s 22 sauces and seasonings is truly the wildest? We set out to answer this question, establishing once and for all what it means to be wild.
So how does one qualify wildness? There’s, of course, a spice component, but it’s a secondary quality when assessing. When we talk wildness, we’re looking at three distinct criteria:
1. The Flavor Level: How much punch a sauce or seasoning packs in each bite is one of the keys to determining wildness. Sure, a wing can deliver tons of spice, but can it also bring the BBQ or garlic or curry advertised in its name, too?
2. Unexpected Elements and Flavor Combos: This component measures how well certain flavors in sauces go together, as well as accounts for anything hitting the taste buds that’s either unexpectedly good or bad that wasn’t advertised.
3. How Well Its Name Represents It: No one likes a deceptive sauce (especially if that sweetly titled sauce ends up scorching your tongue instead), so we also included a grade for sauces and seasonings based on how accurately they’re named.
And now, without further ado, every Buffalo Wild Wing flavor, ranked by wildness.