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Whenever we are in the Cincinnati area we make a stop at Quaker Steak & Lube for wings. They have the best sauces and service around. My wife’s favorite sauce there is Thai ‘R’ Cracker, a somewhat sweet chili sauce. We also usually pick up a few bottles of sauce to take home. Those bottles don’t normally last long, so I decided to make a copycat of the sauce. Just like the original, this chili sauce-based mixture combines a bit of sweet and a bit of heat all with a slight Asian zing. It’s really, really good stuff. Copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker Wings sauce is the kind of stuff that makes you want to lick your wings. And that’s borderline weird.
The secret to this copycat Quaker Steak and Lube Thai ‘R’ Cracker wings sauce is in the chili sauces you choose. Both garlic and sweet chili sauces come in a lot of different variations, making it difficult to match the original taste exactly. I recommend getting a few bottles of each different sauce and mix them and try them to find the combination that you prefer. Our local grocery store had several different brands of each. You can also try your local Asian market for others.I store my leftover homemade sauces in squeeze bottles. If refrigerated, I set them out an hour before using so they come to room temperature. You don’t want to put cold sauce on hot wings!
I absolutely love chicken wings, cooked any way, with any sauce (or without). I love them so much that I created a free eCookbook that is full of my favorite wing recipes.
Copycat Thai ‘R’ Cracker Wings
For the sauce
- ¼ cup chili garlic sauce or more as desired
- ½ cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil I used a bit less than 1 teaspoon. You might want to start with 1/2 teaspoon and taste and add more if you desire. A little sesame oil goes a long ways.
- 2 teaspoons ginger grated. I substituted 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- Place wings into a large resealable bag.
- Add the oil.
- Add the salt and pepper. Seal the bag, and toss gently to coat.
- Refrigerate for 1-3 hours before cooking.
- While the wings are cooking, make the sauce (see below).
- Serve wings tossed in the sauce.
For the sauce
- Combine all ingredients. Add more garlic chili sauce and sesame oil as desired.
Nutritional values are approximate.