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Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce

It’s Buffalo season!

There are food and activity parings that strongly associate in our minds, food that will always be linked to a specific occasion. Crab cakes remind me of weddings, Ritz Crackers and Cheddar Cheese squares are paired with trips to the river, Chicken Salad Sandwiches are for bridal/baby showers and Buffalo sauce is for sports watchin’. Can you even hear that word and not want to put on a team jersey?

If there was ever a season for a sauce, this is it. I can’t say that I am a gigantic sports fan, although I did play Powder Puff football in College, so I do understand the game. What I love is the event. People gathering together, rooting for (or against) a team, fun finger foods, Sunday afternoonย comradely. It would seem out of place if their wasn’t at least ONE buffalo food.ย 

So here is a sauce, one that you can probably throw together with stuff from your spice cabinet, allowing you to avoid a trip to the store because you ran out of Franks Red Hot sauce.ย 

Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce


  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar (apple cider or white wine vinegar work as well)
  • 1 tbs chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1/2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 1 tbs garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1 tbs cornstarch
  • 2 tsp canola oil
  • Yield: About 1/2 cup


  1. Add all ingredients to a pot, whisk until well combined. Cook over medium-high heat until just starting to bubble and thicken. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Thin with water or vinegar, if desired.
  2. Store in an air tight bottle. Keep refrigerated.
  3. *To make chicken wings, toss the finished sauce with melted butter and then coat wings. Sauce will not keep well with butter. Combine with melted butter just prior to using.

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59 Responses to Homemade Buffalo Wing Sauce

  1. Deanna January 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    It never occurred to me to make my own buffalo sauce. Brilliant!

    • hop June 4, 2013 at 2:04 pm #

      Are they delish

  2. Jessica January 27, 2012 at 1:49 pm #

    I ran out once and had to go to the store at half time! Bookmarking so THAT never happens again ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. Colleen Bierstine January 27, 2012 at 3:42 pm #

    I’ve got try making this for superbowl weekend! I don’t eat wings (obviously; I’m a vegetarian)but my dad LOVES them, and my mom likes to make homemade ones. This could be the perfect sauce!

    • Someonesavegan October 18, 2013 at 11:49 am #

      How do you know someone’s a vegan? Don’t worry. They’ll fucking tell you.

      • josh December 26, 2013 at 7:41 am #

        LMFAO..got that right

      • triquetrWitch March 8, 2014 at 5:11 pm #

        OMG!!!!! To true

      • Nova May 22, 2016 at 4:07 pm #

        Since the default assumption is that everyone eats meat, yes they fucking *have to*.

  4. chinmayie @ love food eat January 27, 2012 at 7:01 pm #

    THis sauce looks excellent! I will have to try it…

  5. Cassie January 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm #

    It’s definitely buffalo season. I LOVE THIS!

  6. Ann January 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm #

    Okay, it’s official! This is the coolest thing EVER! Honey Bunny and I are crazy, CRAZY for wings…I bake them, but I love them!

  7. Maggie @ kitchie coo January 27, 2012 at 9:57 pm #

    I don’t eat wings, but I suspect this sauce would be good on any chicken. Any sauce that is homemade is right up my alley, yum!

  8. Liz January 28, 2012 at 6:25 am #

    What a neat idea! I have never thought of making my own wing sauce, but it sounds marvelous!

  9. Kim Bee January 28, 2012 at 1:38 pm #

    Oh this is wonderful. I gotta try this. But not during football. Cuz that is just so anti-Lunatic. Lol! I played football once, they asked me not to come back cuz I was “too rough”. Er, okay. I’m just a wee little girl.

  10. kat January 28, 2012 at 3:39 pm #

    what a great idea! i love this!

  11. Kristi Rimkus January 29, 2012 at 9:45 am #

    I like making my own sauces. They’re more affordable, but even better, I know what’s in them. There aren’t ingredients I can’t pronounce.

  12. Kimberly (unrivaledkitch) January 29, 2012 at 11:15 am #

    Looks fantastic. I love making homemade sauces so you know exactly whats in everything. awesome! thanks for sharing

  13. Sara January 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm #

    Miss Fits, How many, say, stars would you give this Buffalo sauce of yours? I love that the ingredients I almost always have on hand- HUGE bonus ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. Jenn@Baking Jenn's Blog January 29, 2012 at 7:02 pm #

    I love this idea!

  15. fatpiginthemarket January 30, 2012 at 7:55 am #

    Buffalo wing sauce is totally for sports watchin’…I agree! My husband is a devoted Frank’s fan so I have to make this and see if I can win him over to a homemade version.

  16. Bree January 30, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Great idea!

  17. claire @ the realistic nutritionist January 30, 2012 at 12:01 pm #

    I’ve never seen homemade sauce before, this is a great idea! I’m def. making this!

  18. BigFatBaker January 31, 2012 at 9:30 am #

    What a BAMF!! Playing powder puff would have been fun but I don’t think my school has a team…only rugby. You just became my BF’s new best friend. He will be so happy when I make this, thanks girl!

    • Jackie January 31, 2012 at 11:26 am #

      You’re so funny! If you make it, let me know how it turns out and if you made any changes/improvements ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. Tiffany January 31, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    I’m making buffalo tofu for the super bowl! ๐Ÿ˜€ This sauce looks fantastic! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jackie February 1, 2012 at 10:06 am #

      CAN NOT wait to see that post! Sounds fabulous an healthy, just like you ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. Lindsey@Lindselicious February 1, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Oooh I never thought to make this myself. YUM!!

  21. sippitysup February 2, 2012 at 9:13 am #

    I took a much lazier route with my Buffalo Sauce recently and I am soooo bummed. I wished I’d seen this last week. Oh well there is always the future. This will become my new sauce. I can tell it’s perfect. Thanks GREG http://www.sippitysup.com/baked-sweet-potato-fries-buffalo-dipping-sauce

  22. Jackie February 2, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    Greg, thats so sweet of you to say ๐Ÿ™‚ and your sweet potato fries look incredible!

  23. Sara February 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm #

    I made it! I didn’t have different paprikas so maybe that’s what is a little off for me with the flavor… but still pretty great! Mine looks a lot thicker than yours does in the picture… could I add water without diluting the spices?

    • Jackie February 2, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

      Try a little water or vinegar. It’ll dilute the spices a bit, but shouldn’t make a huge difference. Let me know if you make any improvements, I’m open to playing around with the recipe a bit!

  24. Sara September 9, 2012 at 4:58 pm #

    I somewhat used this recipe, which was fabulous. I cooked homemade seitan in it.

    Any vinegar will work (apple cider vinegar, distilled, red wine, etc.). I didn’t use onion powder or smoked paprika, and it still turned out great. I did add 1 tablespoon of butter, though.

  25. Cree November 16, 2012 at 5:38 am #

    I tried this recipe, and accidentally used Red Wine Vinegar in place of Rice Wine Vinegar. My sauce came out to be more of a paste, is there a way to fix that?

    • Jackie November 16, 2012 at 7:06 am #

      Just thin it with some water. You may have just cooked it too long and actually reduced it to a paste.

  26. Donna November 21, 2012 at 6:06 pm #

    To coat wings and such, should this be mixed with butter like store bought sauce??
    Sounds awesome by the way! Really looking forward to making it ๐Ÿ˜€

    • Jackie November 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm #

      It depends on how you want to make them, but yes adding melted butter for chicken wings is a great way to go.

  27. Christine January 6, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    This may be wing sauce but it’s not wing sauce from Buffalo. Two essential ingredients are missing…..butter and Frank’s hot sauce!

  28. Sonia February 3, 2013 at 11:04 am #

    Wanted to make my own instead of the typical store-bought hot sauce. This is perfect. Putting it on our wings tonight for the Superbowl. Thanks!

  29. Lynn, Buffalo NY March 4, 2013 at 1:53 pm #

    Live in Buffalo, Grew up in Buffalo..never left.

    Buffalo wing sauce is just hot sauce and butter. Nothing fancy….more butter more mild…..

  30. Sarah March 12, 2013 at 3:11 pm #

    I live in Australia so I can’t buy Franks but this looks amazing. Will definitely satisfy my craving for buffalo wings ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. Kristine March 17, 2013 at 1:07 pm #

    If you were to use the whole batch how much butter would you need?

    • Jackie March 17, 2013 at 1:18 pm #

      It depends on your personal preference, but I would use about 3 or 4 tbs.

  32. Katie! April 7, 2013 at 5:47 pm #

    Hi! Thank you for this recipe! It was super tasty! I used white vinegar and apple cider vinegar ~ also thinned it with water (then vinegar when it lost it’s flavor). I hope to perfect the taste – with the water:vinegar ratio – next time I make it, which will be soon! Thank you again!! Awesome recipe!!!

  33. Brittany July 23, 2013 at 10:21 am #

    How long does this stay good for in the fridge? We like to use our buffalo sauce for dipping (fries, chicken nuggets, etc).

    • Jackie July 23, 2013 at 8:47 pm #

      It’s hard to say. With the vinegar, it should last quite a while. Some people say it’s good until it starts to mold (yuck), but I would probably toss it after a few weeks.

  34. Brook July 28, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

    Hi! Made it….loved it! I used my Vitamix to get rid of the graininess of all the spices, and used a bit more of the spices, anyway…it’s great! But it made quite a bit and I was wondering how long will it last in the fridge in a tightly sealed glass jar? Thanks!

    • Buffalo Sauce Chef November 12, 2013 at 11:58 am #

      What a great recipe! I am on the search for the best buffalo sauce and I was hoping I could post your recipe on my site. Most of the recipes I have found tell you to use some store bought sauce like Franks but I really like how yours is completely from scratch! Even if I can’t repost it, this is one of the top recipes I have seen out there and is so delicious I’m making it again this weekend.

      • Jackie November 12, 2013 at 12:07 pm #

        That’s OK with me, as long as you credit me with a link back to the recipe

  35. josh December 26, 2013 at 7:50 am #

    Im gonna try this next time we make hot wings … I usually use a store bought sauce but I like to make my own stuff cause the store bought stuff isnt hot enough… I am going to sudstitute the cayenne for my homemade ghostpepper powder…

  36. Dee Dee December 27, 2013 at 3:36 am #

    Thanks for the recipe! Can’t get Frank’s here in Bulgaria, nor cayenne peppers. Can’t wait to make this tonight!

  37. Melissa February 12, 2014 at 7:13 pm #

    I must tell you that I was skeptical of this recipe, but it was the perfect addition to my recipe. I probably would have never made it had a friend not made some taquitos for me that required a hot sauce. Her taquitos were amazing, so I went on the search for a buffalo sauce that I could make and found yours. I didn’t use the sweet paprika because I didn’t have any, and I used avocado oil instead of canola oil. This will be my go to recipe from now on! Thank you!

  38. Lee August 15, 2015 at 4:42 pm #

    This looks delicious! I like the fact that it doesn’t use any prepared ingredients.

  39. Dan December 1, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    Wasn’t quite right so I added a quick shake of tabasco and tbsp ketchup. That helped.

  40. Siggi March 20, 2016 at 5:22 am #

    Thanks for excellent sauce. I rather want to make my own instead of buying some with unnatural ingredients. That is great.


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