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Ever been to Buffalo? Ever hear of Chiavetta's? 40 year old recipe originated for fire-fighters.

Updated: Jan 17, 2021

Product Description:

"This secret family recipe first gained prominence over 40 years ago at hundreds of Volunteer Fire Dept. outings catered by Tom Chiavetta’s family. Now you can enjoy its special flavor and discover its great ability to keep meats and poultry tender and juicy right on your own grill. Grilling Directions: The best grilling is done over charcoal. Marinate meat item in sauce for 30 minutes or more before grilling. Baste each time grilled meat is turned. After grilling, place barbecued items in a pan, baste with sauce, cover pan tightly and allow sauce flavor to steam into food for 10-15 minutes… then enjoy! Excellent with beef, poultry, lamb, pork, fish, and vegetables on the grill or in your oven."

I lived outside of Buffalo years back and my love of great Buffalo Wings and Chiavetta's came from there. If we ate chicken it was made with Chiavetta's. There are some knock-off copycat recipes out there but nothing beats the real thing. When I used to buy it I could get a bottle for less than $3 bucks. I recently had a family member return up there and brought me two bottles back which I traded for a twelve pack of Miller lite beer! I believe it's over $6 now.

Just like that I'm out of both bottles but it was well worth the trade and brought back a flavor profile that I hadn't had in a loooong time. If you read about it many will say Chiavetta's is like a religion up there. It's Magic, it's the best ever, I wouldn't go that far but it is definitely a unique blend with a vinegar base that makes it perfect for BBQs. I used it making the King Wing Recipe a few times now, which turns out less salty than using Dales. I used a little bit that I had left in my last overnight brine for a pork butt.

I think it would have been better served to inject it since it wasn't a full Chiavettas brine. The meat was flavorful tho. If I had the Briner Bucket ( bucket list item) I wouldn't have to use as much brine and the meat will stay submerged fully. Over time I suspect the Briner will save money.

The good news is you can find this product on Amazon and eBay. The good news is if you click that link it's sorted out any used products... Right now as of writing this article the price on eBay for Buffalo's Own Chiavettas is $17.72 and trending at $19.51 over the past 90 days.

For Amazon: A two pack is a better value as it's the shipping costs built into the price that makes it much higher than buying it off the shelf if you live near Buffalo. For those of use that don't have access this Amazon may be our only hope.

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