(NOTE: As a Featured Publisher for FoodBuzz I participate in their Tastemakers Program. Every once in a while I receive product, for free, from advertisers to use and possibly review. This is the case with the KC Masterpiece Buffalo Marinade.)
There is a school of thought that soaking meat in a marinade doesn’t do all that much. I pretty much subscribe to that thought process. A lot of times when you buy a bottle of marinade it suggests a 30 minute marinade time. That’s the case with the KC Masterpiece Buffalo marinade. I went with a 2 hour soak time and don’t think it imparted a great deal of flavor in the meat. Certainly not as much as you’d like in a “buffalo chicken” dish. But, there was away around this little problem. I not only did the marinate thing I used it as a glaze too.
When it comes to grilling chicken I am a big fan of thighs. Okay, it doesn’t matter if it’s grilled, fried or roasted, my favorite piece of chicken is the thigh. But I digress…
I took a couple of chicken thighs, removed the skin and trimmed as much fat off of them as I could. The trimmed thighs were put in a bowl and covered with the KC Masterpiece Buffalo marinade.
The flavor of this “buffalo” sauce is very, very tasty. Just the right amount of heat. As you can see from the label KC Masterpiece thinks it’s HOT. And right out of the bottle it does have a little kick. This kick doesn’t transfer to the meat all that much after the cooking process. But the marinade does have that stereotypical buffalo flavor. And that’s good a thing. There’s nothing worse than ordering anything “buffalo” and having it not taste of that wonderful red pepper/cayenne flavor.
I grilled the chicken on the Weber kettle over medium high heat until it was done. After removing the chicken from the grill I noticed the flavor just didn’t have the kick I would have expected. It had a very nice grilled, buffalo chicken flavor but lacked the heat I wanted. So I mixed a half cup of fresh marinade (don’t use the stuff you used on the chicken) and mixed it with a couple of tablespoons of honey. I put the chicken back on the grilled and glazed it with the honey buffalo sauce. Bingo…heat and sweet all in once.
When I think of buffalo chicken wings I also think of Bleu Cheese dressing. A buffalo chicken sandwich wouldn’t be complete without something bleu cheese on it. I decided a bleu cheese sauce would be proper. So I quickly came up with something. And truth be told I think the bleu cheese sauce came out amazing.
Grail’s Quick & Easy Bleu Cheese Sauce
- 1 cup mayo
- 1 tablespoon Saco Cultured Buttermilk Blend
- Bleu Cheese crumbles
Mix mayo, buttermilk blend, bleu cheese and two tablespoons of milk until blended. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Just before use thin with more milk until you have a sauce that’s easy to spread.
Get yourself some slaw and place it on your bread. A layer of nice chopped up buffalo chicken thighs and top with some of the bleu cheese sauce.
This sandwich was fantastic! I loved the flavor of the buffalo marinade along with the tang of the bleu cheese sauce. It was so, so good. You’ve just got to give this a try.