10-12 chicken wings (2 1/2 lbs.)
1/4 to 3/4 cup hot pepper sauce
1/4 cup butter
Vegetable or peanut oil (for frying)
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 shallot, minced (optional)
1 onion, finely minced (optional)
pinch of sea salt
Fill a heavy bottomed, deep-sided frying pan with at least 1 inch of oil and heat until temperature reaches 400°F.
Split the wings at each joint and discard tips. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat with minced garlic. (Finely minced shallots or onions may optionally be added at the same time as the garlic.) If you prefer a smoother sauce, a stick blender may be used to smooth it out and blend in the flavors of the garlic, etc. When the garlic is a golden color, stir in the hot sauce. Add a pinch of salt.
When the oil is the correct temperature carefully lower the wings into the hot oil using a slotted spoon or wire basket, and deep fry for about 12 minutes, or until wings are cooked and crispy.
Drain on paper towels. Toss with the hot sauce, coating several times to cover well.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with a side of extra hot sauce for dipping, and a bowl of Blue Cheese Dressing or Ranch dip and celery sticks