Homemade Buffalo Sauce


Buffalo Sauce is one of the easiest condiments to make at home.  Butter, hot sauce and garlic are all you need for a quick, delicious homemade buffalo sauce.



I have a serious love of anything and everything “buffalo” flavored.  Last winter my mom and I decided to break out the deep fryer make our own buffalo wings.  We needed a buffalo sauce that wasn’t too spicy because we have some serious wimps in the family so I set out to create a basic buffalo sauce we could use as a base.  The fun thing is that you can make the sauce as spicy – or not – as you want.

Buffalo wings

What I love most about this sauce, other than the flavor, is that it takes about 5 minutes total to make.  You can whip it up at a moments notice.  The recipe is a great base to create your own unique buffalo sauce!  I would say this is a mild buffalo sauce. If you want it spicier, I’d add a little Tabasco or more Frank’s to it, a little at a time until you get the right amount of heat.  More garlic? No problem – just add it in!  A little honey to sweeten it or ginger to add an Asian twist.

Buffalo sauce

Other than the obvious use on chicken wings, I love to use homemade buffalo sauce on a buffalo shrimp salad, in buffalo popcorn and even in the slow cooker for buffalo chicken sliders! The possibilities are endless.

Homemade Buffalo Sauce
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  • ⅓ cup butter
  • ½ cup Frank's Red Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder (or more to taste)
  1. Melt butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Once melted, remove from heat.
  2. Add rest of ingredients and whisk to combine.



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63 comments on “Homemade Buffalo Sauce

  1. Michelle on said:

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I made your sauce tonight to use in buffalo chicken calzones for dinner-YUM!

  2. I love this idea! When my brother was here visiting I bought him “wing sauce” because he uses it on a lot of food – I could have made him this!!

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  3. This sounds super easy to make and super yummy. I’ve been trying to find ways to make more things homemade! Thanks for the share!
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  4. Yum! This looks great!

  5. This is fantastic! I was just wondering yesterday what was in “buffalo sauce” as I made buffalo chicken sliders. Thank you! Pinning. And, thank you for linking up at Snickerdoodle Sunday! I hope to see you again tomorrow!!
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  6. Oh my goodness , yum, I think I need to get some wings from the market. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo
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  7. I had no idea buffalo sauce was so easy to make! I’m definitely going to try this with some grass-fed butter!

  8. Sounds really good….thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog Hop!
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  9. Yum! I love buffalo sauce! I add it to my hamburgers, grilled chicken, even roasted cauliflower. Thanks for helping me out with this recipe!

  10. I always have hot sauce in the house. Hmm. good idea
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  14. Sounds amazing Camille, I’ve never made homemade Buffalo sauce before…gonna start NOW 🙂 Found my way over from Melt in Your Mouth Monday! Pinning 🙂

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  15. Hi Camille,
    I just love your sauce and will sure be trying it very soon. Hope you have a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
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    Miz Helen

  16. Yummy, my son loves buffalo sauce on his chicken wings, tenders, etc. This will come in handy. Stopping over from WFMW.

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  18. We make our own buffalo sauce too and make it the same way except we don’t add vinegar. Now I need to try it with the vinegar because that sounds like a yummy addition!

  19. So nice to see how easy it is to make Buffalo sauce. Now I know why I like it so much. Hot sauce + butter + garlic = yummy!

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  21. So easy! And I love Frank’s Red Hot! Thanks for sharing!

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  25. My stepbrother does this all the time when we have “plain” chicken for dinner. I’m amazed the butter doesn’t show on his frame!

  26. Looks just perfect, Camille!!! Happy Sunday~

  27. LOVE that you went homemade! Always makes me feel like I’ve done something fabulous! 😀

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  30. This is a great recipe, love the idea of making it! Now, if I could just know how to substitute that famous Frank´s sauce..

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  34. Love from scratch sauces! Unfortunately we don’t get these sauces here. Thank you for sharing, it’s a keeper. =)

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  39. Yummy! Growing up, my mom almost always made homemade buffalo sauce, and its been years since I remembered this…you just reminded me AND made my mouth water 😉

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  49. Thank you for this recipe, Camille. It’s very nice indeed to have a milder Buffalo sauce in my files. P.s. I may be one of those heat wimps

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