Buffalo Sauce Recipe

The best homemade buffalo sauce recipe. Made just as you like it with the right amount of spice. Perfect for buffalo wings, pulled pork, burgers and chicken fingers.

Over the past week I’ve been whipping up my husband’s love language. All things buffalo.

Matt pours loves buffalo chicken dip and pours buffalo sauce over everything. Pulled pork. Wings. Burgers. Potatoes. Popcorn. Salad. You name name the food and he’s probably put his favorite sauce on it.

He’s perfectly content with his store-bought sauce but I wanted to see what he thought of a homemade sauce. His reaction after these buffalo wings? He was in love. With the sauce itself and me for making the sauce. The homemade buffalo sauce allowed him to control the amount of spice. And the rich buttery flavor? Delicious.

spoon drizzling buffalo sauce over chicken wings

About this Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe:

  • Flavor: It seems silly to talk about the flavor, because if you’re here, you most likely are all too familiar with the spicy flavor of buffalo sauce. Buffalo sauce is similar to hot sauce, but is enhanced with other flavor, the main one being butter. This makes it richer than traditional hot sauce.
  • Texture: This sauce is super smooth thanks to the butter, and I’ll teach exactly how to make the sauce that way so that it is not greasy.

Where does buffalo sauce get its name?

Rumor has it that buffalo chicken wings were first served in a restaurant in Buffalo, NY, created by the owner. Pretty amazing that her special buffalo wing sauce became something that millions love so much!

What is buffalo sauce made of?

Traditional sauce is made of cayenne pepper sauce (we used Frank’s RedHot), butter (to cool down the hot sauce a little), vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and spice.

But my favorite ingredient? Butter. We use unsalted butter and add a dash of salt if needed, but you can use salted butter if you’d like.

brushing buffalo sauce over chicken wings

How to Make Buffalo Sauce From Scratch

This spicy sauce is really easy to make. When we first started making homemade buffalo sauce, it was sometimes greasy. And no one wants that. But we’ve since developed a method to give you the smoothest, richest buffalo sauce around.

Here’s our hint

Many recipes call for the butter being melted in and warmed at the same time as the hot sauce. But we find when we do this, the butter often separates and the sauce becomes oily, making it hard to mix in. If you add the butter after the hot sauce is heated when the pan is removed from the stove, it will be easier to melt the butter in smoothly.

  • Take the butter out of the fridge, unwrap and cut it into tablespoon pieces. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium heat, combine the hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Allow the mixture to warm through and allow it to start to steam, but don’t let it boil. Stir it often.
  • Once the sauce heats and starts to steam, and barely start to simmer, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the butter to the hot sauce and mix quickly with a whisk to stir while the butter melts.
  • The sauce will cool slightly as the butter melts, but it should be warm enough to completely melt the pieces of butter.
  • Add a dash or two of salt if you’d like, to taste.
overhead view of buffalo sauce with wings around it
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What goes with buffalo sauce?

Buffalo sauce goes on appetizer recipes and even dinner recipes!

Looking for a vegetarian option? Make buffalo cauliflower! Simply roast cauliflower in the oven, then toss with buffalo sauce. It’s one of our favorite Meatless Monday dinners.

Storing Homemade Wing Sauce

This recipe makes enough to cover 5 pounds of wings with several layers of sauce and then still have sauce leftover for dipping. Be sure put any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

If the sauce separates and becomes “chunky”, it’s just from the butter hardening. All it takes is a minute in the microwave to soften that butter and make a smooth sauce again.

buffalo chicken wings on parchment paper
buffalo chicken wings on parchment paper

Easy Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe

4.63 from 56 votes
The best homemade sauce recipe. Made just as you like it with the right amount of spice. Perfect for buffalo wings, pulled pork, burgers and chicken fingers.
Servings 16 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/3 cup Frank's RedHot sauce
  • 3 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks) room temperature
  • salt to taste

Instructions
 

  • Take the butter out of the fridge, unwrap and cut it into tablespoon pieces. Set aside.
  • In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Allow the mixture to warm through and allow it to start to steam, but don't let it boil. Stir it often.
  • Once the sauce heats and starts to steam, and barely start to simmer, remove the pan from the heat.
  • Add the butter to the hot sauce and mix quickly with a whisk to stir while the butter melts.
  • The sauce will cool slightly as the butter melts, but it should be warm enough to completely melt the pieces of butter.
  • Add a dash or two of salt if you'd like, to taste.
  • Serve the warm sauce over wings, on pulled pork or as a dipping sauce.
  • Refrigerate any leftovers. As you refrigerate the mixture, the sauce will thicken slightly (because the butter will harden again). Simply reheat the mixture in the microwave in short increments
  • This mixture makes enough to cover 5 pounds of wings and have extra for dipping. Yields about 3 cups of sauce.

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Notes

My sauce is greasy. What happened? If your sauce ends up greasy, that means that the butter got too hot and separated. It is still completely edible and will taste good, but next time, make sure the hot sauce mixture isn’t too hot before adding the butter. That way it will melt in smoothly and not be oily.
Refer to the article above for more tips and tricks.
The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 16, with 1 serving being 1/16 of the sauce. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**

Nutrition

Calories: 104kcal | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 532mg | Potassium: 32mg | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 14.9mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 104
Keyword buffalo recipes, game day, homemade sauce, tailgate

Recipe slightly adapted from Allrecipes.com

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About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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Lynn
2 years ago

5 stars
Delicious!! I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used Louisiana Hot Sauce. This is a keeper!! Thank you so much!!

Shayla
2 years ago

5 stars
This sauce is AMAZE BALLS!!!! Question? U list the nutritional facts but not a serving size??

Chad
2 years ago

5 stars
I made this sauce. The spices are PERFECT. I used it for Buffalo Cauliflower that was dynamite tasting. I’ve done it twice now. Second go round I used half butter and half coconut oil…the coconut oil gave me a healthier kick but more importantly made the sauce stick way better. Might try ghee and coconut next time.

Thanks for that!

sharon
2 years ago

5 stars
Made this today for lunch… absolutely the BEST buffalo wing sauce I’ve ever had… did not have paprika so used smoked paprika… cut the recipe in 1/4 so we have enough for 2 people for a couple of weeks… Thanks for this FABULOUS wing sauce recipe!!!!

Heather
2 years ago

5 stars
This sauce is AMAZING! I steam my wings for 10 minutes to get some of the fat off, then put them on a rack in the fridge until they are DRY. I toss them with baking powder, garlic powder, salt and pepper then bake at 450 for about 50 minutes. They’re so crispy and with this sauce they are perfect!

stephanie hassell
2 years ago

Have used Franks Hot Sauce before and its too spicy for our family – is there any way to calm the heat a little but still get the wonderful taste.

Falan
2 years ago

5 stars
This was absolutely wonderful! I’ve never made buffalo sauce before (nor have I ever bought any), and I’m so glad this was the recipe I tried. Perfect! Any ideas on how long it will keep in the fridge?

Mike
11 months ago

I’ve always found recipies that use a (bought?) sauce to make another sauce frustrating. While there is nothing wrong with it, it would be nice (for a change) for a recipe to make a sauce, be that. Now I need to go make a cayenne pepper sauce.

Chloe
9 months ago

1 star
Not a fan. It never thickened. It would separate as soon as I stopped stirring. Did not work as a dipping sauce at all. Tastes like hot sauce and butter mixed together, no real flavor.

Pam
7 months ago

5 stars
This sauce was AMAZING! That was per a buffalo winger, I fed this to. They said it was the best wings they had ever eaten and asked for them again. I do think the sauce is better refrigerated a few days after making, then reheated and used. It gives the sauce time for all those wonderful flavors to work together and become one. I used it directly after making and reheated. My opinion is only important to me; see what you think.

Patti
1 month ago

5 stars
I just made this sauce and it turned out perfect. I ran out of white vinegar, so used 1 tbsp red wine vinegar to top it up. Used the sauce on buffalo chicken wraps, and everyone at the table raved over the sauce!