18 Nov Cobra Chilli I Believe I Can Fly Wing Sauces
Review by Michael Elias
Product: Cobra Chilli I Believe I Can Fly Wing Sauces
Location of Manufacture: Mudgeeraba, Australia
Mild: Fresh Tomato, Cayenne Chilli(15%), Fresh Onion, Pure Ghee, Distilled Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Non GMO Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Spices, Citric Acid
Hot: Fresh Tomato, Fresh Habanero Chilli(15%), Fresh Onion, Pure Ghee, Distilled Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Non GMO Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Spices, Citric Acid
Ultra Hot: Fresh Tomato, Carolina Reaper Chilli(15%), Fresh Onion, Pure Ghee, Distilled Vinegar, Garlic, Sugar, Non GMO Canola Oil, Sea Salt, Spices, Citric Acid
Review: This marks the first time I have reviewed a Wing Sauce from a chilli sauce maker so I’m feeling pretty lucky at the moment. I’m a huge fan of chicken wings so on a day like this it’s good to be me.
In my experience with wing sauces I have found that they work best when the sauce is tossed over the wings just after they have been cooked. You can fry the wings if you wish but for some added smokiness to the chicken my preference to barbecue them over charcoal.
For this review we split 3kg of barbecued chicken wings and tossed them through the 3 sauces provided for this review – the mild, the hot and the ultra hot.
Having noticed all the sauces are very close in colour and texture I decided to play Chicken Wing Russian Roulette. I invited 2 of my fellow chilli fans for the game with the forewarning that one out of every three wings sampled would be “hot” however I didn’t know how hot…so I was going in blind as well. But we will get to the results of that a bit later.
Onto the review – all 3 sauces essentially have the same core ingredients with the difference being the type of chilli used. The mild sauce has Cayenne chilli and the flavours are fairly well balanced. You can taste the freshness of the ingredients and the amount of chilli in the jar was just enough to provide some spice but not enough to deter non chilli lovers. The sauce went extremely well with the wings.
The hot sauce swaps out the cayenne chilli for habanero chilli and business is about to pick up baby. It’s definitely a step up in spiciness from the mild with the habenero and the heat starts to overpower some of the sweeter flavours. It’s like a slap to the face to wake you up. It’s a genuinely hot sauce and one I’m sure chilli fans will enjoy. It worked really well with the wings.
And now for the ultra hot and somebody call the fire brigade. This sauce is a real slobber knocker, if the hot felt like a slap to the face the ultra hot feels like a Mike Tyson knockout punch. Only the HP22B aka the Carolina Reaper can bring this sort of heat and this is definitely an ultra hot sauce. With this sort of heat you can’t really detect any of the other ingredients in the sauce – and that’s not a bad thing for this sort of heat. It’s one for the genuine hot chilli heads out there so novices need to take it easy with this sauce.
So how did the game of the Chicken Wing Russian Roulette work out and how did we go ? An Ace, King and Queen were handed out with each one representing one bowl of the wings(Ace was Ultra Hot, King Hot and Queen Mild). The deck of cards only contained the four suites of Ace, King and Queen and whichever you drew determined the bowl you grabbed the wing from. One of my friends drew an Ace first up and was gone after one Ultra Hot wing, leaving a battle of two. As each card was drawn we prayed having seen my friends reaction that we would get the Kings or Queens before getting the Aces but I was confident I could handle it no matter what. And I had to because for the next 2 turns I drew the Ace card, meaning I had to survive 2 Ultra Hots to try stay in the game. Having downed those 2 deliciously super hot wings my mate was the next one to draw the final Ace and was finally defeated…….woohoo Winner Winner Chicken Wing Dinner
My heat scale for the 3 Wing Sauces are as follows
Mild is a 2 out of 10
Hot is a 7 out of 10
Ultra Hot 10 out of 10
Verdict: Cobra Chilli I Believe I Can Fly Wing Sauces are a delicious range of sauces targeted as a finishing sauce or marinade for your chicken wings. However I feel this can be used as a finishing marinade on any piece of poultry that takes your fancy roasted, barbecued or fried. Wings may not have taken off the same way other barbecued meats may have but with these sauces they have the chance to fly high. My final score for this sauce range is a 9 out of 10.