Buffalo Wing Sauce
This Buffalo Wing Sauce has the perfect balance of flavors and a smooth consistency. It’s easy to make and excellent for tossing with fried or baked chicken wings.
When you grow up eating Buffalo Wings every Sunday for your entire childhood, you really get to know what the perfect sauce tastes like, and this is it.
And no, I’m not talking about me (I’m from California), but rather about my husband Pete, who is an Upstate New York native. He really knows his stuff when it comes to wings.
Even though buffalo sauce only has four ingredients to it, the balance is essential.
For example, Pete taught me that you don’t want to add more Frank’s sauce when you want spicier wings, but rather, you want to add ground cayenne pepper.
Frank’s is spicy and cayenne-based, but it also has a ton of vinegar in it that’ll make the sauce too tangy. It can easily throw off the balance.
This Buffalo Wing Sauce has a luscious, smooth mouthfeel that coats the wings really nicely, and has the right amount of spiciness and tang to it.
A good buffalo sauce will coat a spoon and have a slight thickness.
That way you know that it’ll coat the chicken wings beautifully too.
How to Make Buffalo Wing Sauce:
To get started, melt a half stick of unsalted butter in a saucepan:
You can also melt it in the microwave instead, if that’s easier for you.
Next add Frank’s, and the exact one you want is “Frank’s Red Hot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce.”
They sell quite a few varieties, but it’s this original one that you want in particular:
Next add worcestershire sauce. Only a little bit is needed:
Then add ground cayenne pepper to the buffalo sauce:
When you want more heat, always add more ground cayenne pepper instead of extra Frank’s sauce. Otherwise you’ll throw off the balance of acidity.
Whisk this all together until it’s emulsified:
If you haven’t tried chicken wings baked instead of fried, it’s one of my most popular recipes since 2012 and many people like them more than fried wings.
One more note on the sauce: it will change in consistency as it cools off, because butter tends to firm up as it chills. For that reason, we make the sauce while the wings are cooking. You can reheat it as needed.
Can you make buffalo sauce ahead? Yes, just reheat on the stove or in the microwave and whisk together to combine.
Also, we don’t add any salt to the sauce, as there is a substantial amount in the Frank’s. But you can adjust to taste if you’d like.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
For the Buffalo Wing Sauce:
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 6 tablespoons Frank's hot sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper or more to taste
- Melt the butter in a saucepan or in the microwave.
- Add the Frank’s hot sauce, worcestershire sauce, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine.
- Taste the sauce and add more cayenne pepper if you want it spicier. Enjoy!
Post updated in August 2018 with more writing and tips. Originally published January 2017.