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Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce Recipe

Hooters, a famous beach club, and restaurant that first opened in Daytona Beach have been serving a variety of foods throughout the country.

But one dish that became beyond famous is the Hooters Daytona Wings, which come with a sweet and tangy sauce. Although it’s tangy-sweet ketchup and mustard condiments, it is not so simple to make.

For that exact reason, we’ve prepared the most deliciously simple Hooters Daytona Sauce recipe. As a bonus, we’ll show you how to feature it with the famous Hooters wings.

How to Make Hooters Daytona Sauce

If you have always wanted to learn how to make the famous Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce but never tried it, this recipe is your green light. Despite the complexity of the sweet and tangy flavors, it amazingly coats any dish, and it is super easy to make.

You will see—we don’t use any oil, thickening agents, or Worcestershire sauce as you’re used to, so it might seem a little strange. But once you use it to coat your chicken wings or fish, it will strike you with a palette of flavors.

Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce is also a perfect partner to a BBQ sauce to go with chicken wings, ribs, or any other meat.

So let’s see what you’ll need for an ultimate beach sauce and wings experience.

Ingredients:

(4 servings)

For the wings:

  • 3 pounds of chicken wings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the sauce:

  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup red hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp spicy garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper

Instructions:

Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce is super simple and calls for relatively simple ingredients. But you shouldn’t neglect the step-by-step instructions. Reaching the right consistency and texture of your favorite wing sauce requires attention to detail, a little bit of time, and some effort.

This recipe makes about an entire cup of sauce. Add some boneless grilled wings and you’ll get a match made in heaven, perfect for sharing with your family and friends.

Without further ado, let’s jump to the recipe to see how to make the famous Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce and Wings.

Step 1:

Mix the all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, and paprika in a medium bowl. Alternatively, you can put all of the ingredients in a zip-lock bag and turn it over several times to mix the ingredients.

Step 2:

Toss the wings and shake until they’re nicely coated in flour. Then shake off the excess flour from the chicken wings and let them sit in the fridge for about half an hour.

Step 3:

While the wings are resting, prepare your Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to simmer over medium heat.

Bring the Daytona Beach Sauce to boil and lower the heat to simmer a little more for it to thicken. It takes about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.

Step 4:

Preheat the grill to 375 °F and grill your wings until golden brown.

If you don’t have a grill, bake the chicken wings in the oven. Just spray a large baking sheet with olive oil and bake your wings for about 15 minutes at 375 °F. Then turn them over and bake for another 20 minutes.

Step 5:

The final and most enjoyable step: toss the wings in the Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce until they are generously coated. Serve immediately for the best wings experience.

Alternatively, use a brush to brush the Daytona Beach Sauce onto all sides of the wings, and then return them to the oven to broil for about 5 minutes. This will give them a glazed look.

Serve your original Hooters-style wings with a ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, or just naturally. The Daytona Beach Sauce will give them enough flavors to please the crowd.

Ingredient Substitution

The sweet and spicy flavors are what make Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce so simple and special at the same time. Shifting a little away from the original recipe won’t make it any less special though.

So, you can personalize the Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce as much as you like, to suit your taste palate or the dish you want to pair it with.

We’ve already prepared some tasty alternatives for you to consider.

Worcestershire sauce

Although we told you Worcestershire sauce is not used in the classic Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce, you can always use it as a substitute for the soy sauce. It is made from a fermented blend of ingredients like anchovies, salt, sugar, vinegar, and spices.

It has a little less umami and a little more tang than a soy sauce, with less salt. So, you might need to play with the salt a little. Substitute Worcestershire sauce for soy sauce at a 1:1 ratio.

Agave nectar

If you’re a tequila fan you must probably already know about the agave nectar that comes from a plant that grows primarily in Mexico.

While it is a sweet syrup that can be used as a replacement for honey in baking goods, it’s best for recipes that require little to no heat. Just like our Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce.

You can swap agave nectar for honey equally. However, note that it’s a bit sweeter, so you might need to tweak it a little and use half the agave of what the recipe calls for.

Dried peppers

Crushed red pepper flakes are nothing but dried peppers that have been ground just enough to leave you with a mix of flakes and seeds.

So, if you happen to have dried peppers in the pantry, just make your pepper flakes by removing the steams and giving your peppers a quick whirl in the food processor.

Nevertheless, keep in mind the different levels of heat different pepper give. For the best flavor match, use peppers of similar heat to cayenne.

What to Serve with Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce

Buffalo wild wings make the best pairing for the Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce recipe. But this sweet and spicy Hooters Wing Sauce can be used on pretty much anything.

Every time you crave some meat, fish, or tacos with a little bit of spiciness, whip up the Hooters Sauce.

Try these for the best experience.

Chicken bites

Since nuggets are the king of snack food, a great alternative for chicken wings is chicken bites. You won’t be able to leave any food behind with this crispy, crunchy coating and juicy tender meat dipped in a tangy and sweet sauce.

Seriously, it’s finger-licking good.

The spicy sauce and chicken recipes are the best companions. Moreover, you can even enjoy it if you’re vegan. Just make some tofu and veggie bites instead. It will work perfectly.

Fried shrimps

Next time crispy fried shrimps are on the menu, try not to opt for tartar. We know it’s hard since we’re all used to pairing the fried shrimps with the creamy dipping; however, this Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce offers you even more benefits.

This sweet and spicy sauce will provide a nice contrast to the “sharp” fried shrimp texture and will add some necessary acidity and sweetness. If you want to keep experimenting, mix some tartar sauce with the Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce.

You’ll thank us later.

How to Store Hooters Daytona Sauce

As it usually is with homemade hot sauces, they can last for about 3-6 months in the fridge if stored properly. However, if you’re a hot sauce lover, Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce might not survive that long in your household.

Still, you have to know how to store it properly.

Store Hooters Daytona Sauce in a Fridge

Storing Hooters Daytona Sauce in the fridge helps it last longer as the fridge decreases the rate of the oxidation reaction. Just keep the sauce in a sterilized container (prepare it by boiling for about 20 minutes).

However, if you smell an off odor or flavor, it should be thrown away.

Store Hooters Daytona Sauce in a Freezer

Usually, you don’t have to freeze commercial hot sauces. But with the homemade version, freezing is one of the best options. But note that while the glass container is good for storing in a fridge, it won’t work for freezing because the liquid might expand. Just use a resealable freezer bag and you’ll be good to go.

Pro tip: place the bag with the Daytona Beach Sauce on the cookie sheet in the freezer so it freezes while lying flat. It saves storage space.

hooters daytona sauce

Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce Recipe

Try this sweet and savory Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce today and you’ll never be the same. It pairs wonderfully with a variety of dishes besides the famous Hooters wings. Simple yet complex flavors kick up any dish to the next level.
4.91 from 11 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Equipment
  • 1 pot
  • 2 mixing bowls
  • baking sheet
Ingredients
  
For the wings
  • 3 pounds chicken wings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
For the sauce
  • ¾ cup BBQ sauce
  • ¼ cup red hot sauce
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp spicy garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper
Instructions
 
  • Mix the all-purpose flour, salt, pepper, and paprika together in a medium bowl. Alternatively, you can put all of the ingredients in a zip-lock bag and turn it over several times to mix the ingredients together.
  • Toss the wings and shake until they’re nicely coated in flour. Then shake off the excess flour from the chicken wings and let them sit in the fridge for about half an hour.
  • While the wings are resting, prepare your Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce. Combine all the sauce ingredients in a pan and bring to simmer over medium heat. Bring the Daytona Beach Sauce to boil and lower the heat to simmer a little more for it to thicken. It takes about 15 minutes. Remove from the heat.
  • Preheat the grill to 375 °F and grill your wings until golden brown. If you don’t have a grill, bake the chicken wings in the oven. Just spray a large baking sheet with olive oil and bake your wings for about 15 minutes at 375°F. Then turn them over and bake for another 20 minutes.
  • The final and most enjoyable step: toss the wings in the Hooters Daytona Beach Sauce until they are generously coated.
    Serve immediately for the best wings experience. Alternatively, use a brush to brush the Daytona Beach Sauce onto al sides of the wings, and then return them to the oven to broil for about 5minutes.
    This will give them a glazed look. Serve your original Hooters-style wings with a ranch dressing, cheddar cheese, or just naturally. The Daytona Beach Sauce will give them enough flavors to please the crowd.

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