The Rock Bridge Hy-Vee in Columbia, Missouri, competed in a local wing contest – the 29th Annual United Cerebral Palsy Heartland Wing Ding fundraiser in August. It was the first year Hy-Vee participated, and the Hy-Vee team walked away with first place in the “Best Sauced Wing” category.
Three meat department employees – Luke Pierce, Zac Pulliam and Market Manager Jeff Myers – worked together, but Pulliam gets to take credit for creating the winning recipe.
Pulliam’s buffalo sauce was orange-based. One of his favorite hot sauces has cherries in it, which inspired him to incorporate fruit into his homemade sauce. He initially “stole” a recipe from a friend but, after lots of experimentation, ended up changing the recipe entirely. Pierce’s role was running the show at the event and serving customers.
“Our team went all out for this great community event and put a face to the name of our store. They also showed that our wings can compete with other great local barbecue joints,” said Matt Off, store director at the Rock Bridge Hy-Vee. “I initially gave the guys a hard time about what would happen if they came home empty-handed, so I’m glad they won. They worked really hard and we’re proud of them.”
As a bonus, the trio got to eat a lot of different wings, just for competing.