It’s no secret; we all love chicken wings. Across the country, in most homes, they are a staple enjoyed as a snack, lunch, or part of our dinner.
They are a treat, a regular meal, or enjoyed after a heavy night out.
But finding the best rub for our wings can be a challenge, especially when it comes to the dry rub. We want our wings to be tender and tasty, without the rub overwhelming the flavor of our tasty chicken.
And with so many of us loving the Cajun flavors of the South, we find ourselves desperately trying to recreate the flavors at home and often failing miserably.
Well, no more! Today, we are here with the best recipe for dry rub chicken wings to create the Deep South Cajun flavor we all want!
The Louisiana Rub Wingstop offers a milder take on Southern flavors, blending spices for a taste of Louisiana wherever you are in the world.
Learn how to make your favorite rub at home, saving you time and money in the long run!
The recipe is easy to follow and is sure to be a hit at parties or functions in no time! Just keep reading to learn how to make this fantastic wing rub!
What is Louisiana Rub at Wingstop?
Now you might be sitting here wondering what the Louisiana Rub is! Well, let’s get into it! The Louisiana Rub is Wingstop’s take on the classic Southern flavors.
It’s slightly milder than the Cajun rub while still offering the same great taste and flavor.
There’s a mixture of several spices that deliver a unique flavor to the wings we think you will love! The garlicky rub can be tailored to your tastes, so you can ramp up the spice or turn it into a milder dish if needed!
It's the perfect flavor for an evening meal or lunch that you are sure to enjoy.
We think we have gone on enough now; let’s get into the recipe so you can get cooking!
What ingredients do I need?
You don’t need too many ingredients to make the Louisiana rub, and remember, you can adjust the spice level if required to suit your tastes. To make the rub, you will need the following:
- One teaspoon Smoked Paprika: the sweet peppery taste of smoked paprika adds more than just color to your wings! It's the base ingredient of your rub, and the amount can be adjusted if needed.
- One teaspoon Garlic Powder: the recipe calls for a lot of garlic, and garlic lovers will love it! You can adjust the amount if you want to, but we doubt you will!
- ¼ teaspoon Dried Oregano: the Italian herb will add some earthiness and a hint of bitterness to the rub. We would opt for dried instead of fresh to avoid adding moisture to the rub. Dried oregano will help keep your wings nice and crispy!
- ½ teaspoon Cayenne Pepper: this is where the heat comes from! You can adjust the amount of cayenne pepper included to tailor the spiciness of the rub to your tastes.
- ½ teaspoon Chili Powder: the mild heat will add an aromatic spice and flavor to your rub. You can opt for chili flakes if you have them, but grind them into a fine powder to avoid any hard chunks in the rub.
- ½ teaspoon Cumin: an ingredient that surprises some people, but the cumin will add a nice warmth to your wings. It also compliments the other spices well and even amplifies those peppery spices!
- 1 ½ teaspoon Brown sugar: despite this being a spicy dish, you still need a bit of sweetness! The brown sugar will offset some of the heat while adding a toasty flavor to the rub too. You can use white sugar if that’s what you have available.
- Salt and Pepper: it would be a pretty poor recipe if it didn’t have salt and pepper, wouldn’t it? Salt and pepper can be added to taste and further season the rub. We recommend using ½ teaspoon of salt and ¼ teaspoon of black pepper.
- 2 lbs of chicken wings
- One tablespoon of oil: vegetable is best, but you can use any oil you have to hand
Louisiana Wingstop Rub Recipe
Now that we have covered what you need, let's get into how to make the rub! Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking tray with aluminum foil.
Set the tray to one side, and we can begin with the rub!
Take a small mixing bowl and whisk together all the dry rub ingredients. Remember, you can adjust the spice amount if needed! In a large mixing bowl, add your chicken wings.
Drizzle these with vegetable oil and toss so the wings are coated in the oil. An even coating ensures the rub sticks to the chicken properly for even flavor.
Once the chicken is coated, you can add the rub mixture. Pour the contents of the small bowl onto the chicken and rub the mixture onto the chicken.
Use your fingers to massage the rub into the chicken wings and ensure they are coated all over. You can also pat them with a paper towel to ensure the wings are adequately covered.
It also saves you from getting the rub under your fingernails! Place the coated chicken wings onto a baking sheet. Ensure there's a single layer and the chicken is evenly spread out.
Place them in the oven and bake for 45 minutes. Depending on the size and amount of your wings, the time they take can vary. You want your chicken to be fully cooked and crispy when they are done!
Turn the oven off and remove the wings from the oven. Serve them immediately, or when they are cold, the choice is yours!
You can serve the wings on their own or with your favorite dipping sauce; Ranch dressing works well with these flavors!
Can I use frozen chicken wings?
You can use either fresh or frozen chicken wings to make this dish, yes. If you do use chicken wings, be sure to thaw them correctly before cooking with them.
The rub won’t stick to the wings properly if they are slightly frozen, and you run the risk of food poisoning if your chicken isn't defrosted correctly.
Thaw your chicken in the refrigerator overnight before making your rub. If you have purchased frozen chicken wings, be sure to follow the instructions on the packet to thaw them correctly.
Does Wingstop have a hotter flavor?
For those that love spice, try Wingstop’s Atomic wings! They are hotter than the Louisiana ones you have just made and are sure to leave you gasping for water.
These wings are made with Habanero peppers which are fairly high on the Scoville scale. The Scoville scale measures spiciness, so you know these are going to leave your lips tingling.
They are worth a try, especially if you like spice!
What other flavors does Wingstop have?
Wingstop has eleven flavors in total, so there is sure to be one that suits your taste buds! The wings range from sweet to very spicy, catering to the whole family.
You can choose from Garlic parmesan, Lemon Pepper, Hickory Smoke BBQ, Mild, or Hawaiian for those that enjoy milder flavors.
The Louisiana Rub sits in the medium spice group with Spicy Korean Q. Then it’s the hottest flavor. Original hot, Cajun, Mango Habanero, and the Atomic wings.
All of these flavors are tasty, and even the mildest flavors don’t taste bland. No matter your choice, you can expect flavor with every mouthful of wings!
What should I serve with my Louisiana rub wings?
You can serve the wings on their own for a lunch or snack or add some tasty sides for a feast or evening meal!
French fries accompany the wings well, or you can add mashed potatoes, onion rings, or salad. The choice is yours; there is sure to be a side that tickles your fancy!
And just like that, we have come to the end of today’s article! As you can see, making the Louisiana rub from Wingstop can be achieved quite easily at home, with just a few simple steps!
Be sure to adjust the spices to suit your taste, and in less than an hour, you too can be enjoying tasty wings!