Honey Gold Sauce Recipe | Say Bye to Tasteless Chicken Wings

January 21, 2023
Written by Kristy J. Norton

Honey gold sauce is a BBQ condiment made from a mixture of honey mustard, hot sauce, apple cider vinegar, butter, sometimes lime juice, and a few more ingredients. This will give you a tangy, sweet chicken dip recipe that will awaken your taste buds. So this is something to try if chicken wings are starting to taste boring to you.

Those who know me as a professional chef know how often I make chicken wings. I like to smoke them on a pellet grill every now and then. However, the problem is modern mass-produced chicken now has a bland taste. They don’t taste like chicken anymore. Last year, I learned about honey gold sauces from my BBQ circle and how they can help chicken taste better. 

So I got really intrigued and tried various versions of the recipe. Now that I know what works, I’ll show you my favorite method to make the honey gold sauce, from the simple method to the Memphis honey gold sauce version. Plus, you’ll learn everything about the honey gold sauce, what you can use it for, and how to use it on your chicken wings. 

Honey gold sauce recipe

How to Make Honey Gold Sauce? (My Favorite Recipes)

As mentioned, there are many ways to make honey gold sauce. I will share two simple ways to make this delicious sauce.

The first will have a short ingredient list, and the other will be the Memphis honey gold sauce recipe. 

Honey Gold Sauce Recipe for Chicken Wing Dip 

Now let’s get straight to work by checking the first recipe. You don’t need a lot of ingredients or prep time for this. First, here is what you need:


  • ½ cup of honey mustard
  • ¼ cup of hot pepper sauce
  • Three tablespoons of unsalted butter
  • One tablespoon of lemon juice (optional)
  • One pinch of salt
  • One pinch of ground black pepper
Mustard Honey Sauce


Step 1

Melt three tablespoons of unsalted butter in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Step 2

Add ½ cup of honey mustard and ¼ cup of hot pepper sauce. 

Step 3

Then season with salt and black pepper and keep stirring. You can also add one tablespoon of juice from lemon. 

Step 4

Cook until the sauce thickens, which should take about 5 minutes of cooking time.

Now you have a chicken wing sauce ready for your honey gold chicken wings.

You can use this as a dipping sauce to make honey gold wings or as a special condiment on your already-cooked wings.

Memphis Honey Gold Sauce Chicken Wing Recipe

I remember when I first tried to make this recipe. My partner was expecting a disaster. “What are you trying to do mixing honey and chili peppers?”

However, when he tasted it, the look in his eyes told me that this recipe was a hit. And here it is!


  • ½ cup of hot sauce
  • Three tablespoons of butter
  • One tablespoon of chili powder
  • ⅓ cup of dark brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup of honey
  • Two heaping tablespoons of turmeric
  • One tablespoon of crushed cayenne pepper
  • Two tablespoons of distilled white vinegar
  • ½ tablespoon of salt
  • One teaspoon of ground black pepper
  • One tablespoon of garlic powder


Step 1

Melt three tablespoons of uncooked butter in a saucepan. Don’t brown the butter. So, keep the heat on medium.

Step 2

When completely melted, add 1/2 cup of hot sauce and stir until it’s all blended.

Step 3

Next, add half a cup of honey and two tablespoons of vinegar. Then, keep cooking for two minutes.

Step 4

For seasoning, add the salt, garlic powder, black pepper, chili flakes, turmeric, and cayenne pepper and mix until everything is all combined.

Step 5

Next, add your brown sugar. Then, keep simmering until the sugar dissolves. The sauce is ready when it begins to thicken. 

Homemade Honey Sauce

Best Honey Gold Sauce You Can Buy Online

Honey gold sauce is a chicken wing sauce that can be addictive. 

I understand that sometimes, you may not have the time to make the honey gold sauce at home.

You might be wondering where you can find the best ready-made honey gold sauce for your chicken wings.

These are some of the best honey gold sauces I like to stock up on when I’m short of time:

What is Honey Gold Sauce Made of?

There are wide varieties of honey gold sauce recipes. However, the simple ones are made with honey, hot sauce, mustard, vinegar, butter, salt, and spicy cayenne pepper. 

Yellow mustard is the base sauce, while honey adds sweetness. There’s usually always a spicy note to it, thanks to the cayenne or chili pepper in the hot sauce. However, it’s neither too spicy nor too sweet. It is perfectly balanced and has enormous flavors. 

What is in the 24k Wing Sauce?

24K gold is a habanero sauce with orange habanero peppers, vinegar, carrots, salt, onions, garlic, and lime juice, among other ingredients. It’s an excellent sauce that will satisfy those who love tangy and sweet habanero flavors in their chicken wings. 

What is Gold Fever Sauce Made of?

To make your Gold Fever sauce, take a saucepan and add honey, mustard, butter, hot sauce, salt, and pepper. Stir until the butter melts and simmer for five minutes or until sauce thickens. You can use it on chicken wings, but ensure you serve it hot. 


Who doesn’t love chicken wings dipped in honey gold sauce? Deep-fried or grilled, they develop a crispy, golden red color and are super delicious and enjoyable. 

I’ve shown you how to make the quick honey gold sauce and the Memphis version. However, the main idea of both versions is to melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Then, add the honey mustard and hot sauce. Season with salt, black pepper, and other ingredients you have. Then, keep stirring while everything simmers for about five minutes. That’s it. 

Note that I wrote the recipes according to my taste. If you want it sweeter, add some more honey or sugar. You may also add some lemon water for flavor.

You can use your golden honey sauce on chicken wings and other recipes if you want sweet-tasting but spicy food.

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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