The Garlic Buffalo Sauce recipe I’m sharing here will have you singing “The Bills Make me Wanna Shout!”. And if you just can’t do that, it will -at the very least- have you extremely glad that Buffalo and their magical wings exist.
Why make Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe when you can purchase one from just about any store? Simply put, this is infinitely tastier.
Homemade Buffalo Sauce
When I trundle through the grocery store, I walk straight past the bottled Buffalo sauce. How to make Buffalo sauce from scratch is not as big a mystery as you may think!
Please note, I said I walk past the Buffalo Sauce in the grocery store. Why?
Well, in short, because the homemade one just tastes so very much better. I challenge you to compare them if you’re ever given the chance.
Homemade Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe is robust with the round flavour of garlic, not just heat and vinegar like the store bought counterpart. It’s not hard to make, either.
When you combine a simple process with a delicious outcome, I think making your own Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe is a no-brainer! This post will teach you how to make Buffalo sauce with Frank’s Red Hot Sauce.
We love this sauce everywhere you’d use a classic Buffalo wing sauce. Chicken, of course, but also as a sauce for these divine vegetarian Cauliflower Wings.
Heck- we even like Buffalo sauce on grilled burgers, be they beef, chicken, turkey, pork, or veggie.
Buffalo Wing Sauce
Buffalo sauce isn’t just for wings. Nothing says “Game Day” like Buffalo wing sauce flavors on everything. I’ve already shared our new favourite bread basket addition; Buffalo Garlic Knots which works perfectly with this recipe.
You can make a double batch of this Buffalo sauce recipe and still have some left for spreading on sandwiches, dipping chicken tenders into, making Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs, Boneless Buffalo Wings and Buffalo Chicken Baked Potatoes.
While you’re at it you might as well whip up Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches and Hot Buffalo Chicken Dip. But don’t think this is just for game time munchies.
It’s the perfect way to liven up a weeknight meal or snack. Buffalo sauce is a year round, any occasion condiment at our house.
Let’s go Buffalo! Both sports and sauce-wise!
What is Buffalo Sauce?
Buffalo sauce is a spicy and vinegary sauce usually tossed on chicken wings. Legend has it that it was first created at a the Anchor Bar in Buffalo, NY by whisking together Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and clarified butter.
That being said, this sauce is just that much better that it justifies the diversion from tradition while still being completely identifiable as Buffalo sauce.
Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
Every region has their own favorite hot sauce, in my experience, and in Western New York Frank’s is king. While this recipe diverges a little from that original simple blend of Frank’s Red Hot and butter, that signature Frank’s flavor is still key.
I do NOT advise subbing in another hot sauce if you want the true Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe experience. That being said, if you have a hot sauce you love to slather on foods, feel free to take the liberty! (I’m looking at you, Cholula!)
You can even order Frank’s Red Hot Sauce via amazon by the gallon. Yes. We regularly go through a gallon of Frank’s. Who doesn’t?
When you learn how to make homemade Buffalo sauce, you’ll never reach for the store bought sauce!
Buffalo Sauce Recipe
You do not need exotic ingredients for the ultimate garlic buffalo sauce. All of these items should be easy to find in the most basic grocery stores.
It’s so easy to make Buffalo sauce right in your own kitchen. Here’s a list of ingredients in Buffalo Sauce to gather.
Buffalo Sauce Ingredients
- Unsalted butter
- Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
- Whole cloves of garlic
- Apple cider vinegar
- Worcestershire sauce
- Cayenne pepper
If you love Buffalo Sauce, but can’t quite handle the spice, the printable recipe includes notes on how to adjust it for Mild Buffalo Sauce and Medium Buffalo Sauce Recipes. If you like it even hotter, the recipe also includes an alternative “extra spicy” version.
People. USE UNSALTED BUTTER IN THIS GARLIC BUFFALO SAUCE RECIPE.
I am sorry to type-scream, but it is seriously important to the final outcome. Frank’s Red Hot Sauce is salty enough without added salt from butter.
While it might not be problematic if you are simply dunking food into the finished Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe, if you’re brushing it onto something and baking it, or further cooking it, you’ll evaporate the liquid, leaving behind a far saltier end product.
Just trust me. Please.
How to make Buffalo Sauce
You don’t actually need more than the whisk, saucepan, and something to store your sauce in, but the stick blender does make life easier.
- Good Grips 9-inch whisk
- Cuisinart Stick Blender
- 2 quart stainless steel saucepan
- 1 quart regular mouth mason jars
I choose to use a stick blender for making our Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe the sake of ease. It’s not strictly necessary.
You could toss the contents into a blender, vent the lid, lay a couple layers of paper towel or a hand towel over the top and let ‘er rip. A food processor would probably do the job, too.
If you don’t have either of those, you can smash the softened garlic cloves with a fork or potato masher for a more rustic sauce. A word to the wise, though… a stick blender is a dead handy thing to have around for pureeing hot soups in pots and other jobs where you’d have to try to transfer boiling liquids to blenders or somesuch.
This stick blender is my favourite and I’ve worked it like it is in a real high-stress test-lab for the past 4 years. It has held up flawlessly to the beating I give it.
The best storage for Garlic Buffalo Sauce is a plain old mason jar; they don’t stain or absorb odours, so they’re perfect for the job. I prefer the regular mouth because it’s a little easier to pour the finished sauce from neatly.
How long is the sauce good after it’s made? You can store homemade Garlic Buffalo Sauce in the refrigerator for up to a month without the quality deteriorating.
If you’re going to store longer than that, though, you should freeze it. And if you have Garlic Buffalo Sauce in the house for longer than a month, you may want to rethink the lack of snack food in your life. I say this because I love you.
Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe
This is the only Buffalo wing sauce you’ll ever need. Use this spicy, tangy sauce on everything from chicken to cauliflower wings!
Melt the butter with the garlic cloves over low heat. Let the mixture bubble gently until the garlic cloves become very tender, about 10 minutes. Take care not to “toast” the butter or garlic cloves, removing from heat as needed to prevent browning.
Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly.
Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before blending until smooth with a stick blender or a regular blender. Transfer to a jar to refrigerate. It may separate as it cools, so whisk it together before using.
Garlic Buffalo Sauce RecipeRate Recipe
- 1 cup unsalted butter melted
- 1 1/3 cups Frank’s RedHot
- 10 cloves garlic peeled and lightly smacked to release oils
- 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
- 2 teaspoons Worcestershire
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
- Melt the butter with the garlic cloves over low heat. Let the mixture bubble gently until the garlic cloves become tender, about 10 minutes. Take care not to “toast” the butter or garlic cloves, removing from heat as needed to prevent browning.
- Whisk together all remaining ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Boil for 2 minutes, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat and allow to cool for 5 minutes before blending until smooth with a stick blender or a regular blender. Transfer to a jar to refrigerate. It may separate as it cools, so whisk it together before using.
Nutritional information is an estimate and provided to you as a courtesy. You should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe using your preferred nutrition calculator.
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You can also use our Garlic Buffalo Sauce Recipe to make these great dishes:
Ultimate Buffalo Chicken Meatball Subs
Creamy Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
Oven Fried Homemade Chicken Nuggets and Boneless Buffalo Wings
This recipe was originally posted in January of 2017 and republished in April of 2023 with improved instructions and recipe notes.
Latashia Senior says
I just made this sauce and it’s absolutely phenomenal!!
I’m so glad you love it, Latashia! Thank you for taking the time to rate the recipe and let me know you enjoy it!
Was the perfect balance of heat and savory goodness!
Thanks so much for taking the time to rate the recipe and let me know you loved it, Kathy!
Absolutely PERFECT. Mom said it is the best buffalo sauce she’s ever had, and I agree! Perfect!!
That makes me super happy, Kari! Thanks for rating and reviewing the recipe! xoxox
Paris Hardnett says
Hii Can I used minced garlic instead of garlic cloves? If so how much minced garlic should I use?
Are you using minced garlic from a jar? If so, I’d recommend using whatever the amount is they say is equivalent to a full clove, but you’ll need to watch it carefully because it will be far more prone to browning and you want to avoid that. Also, the minced garlic in jars usually has citric acid as a preservative, so it’ll change the flavour profile of the sauce a little. I do highly recommend using whole cloves if at all possible. 🙂
Would you recommend any alterations to home can this in larger batches to have on hand in the pantry?
Hi Erika- I wouldn’t advise canning this because the butter in it makes it unsuitable for canning. It freezes pretty well, though!
I’m from Utica, NY. This wing sauce is very similar to what our pizzeria’s serve with their wings. Thank you for the awesome recipe!
You’re welcome, Ed! Thanks for the great review!
This recipe looks amazing! I’m buying the ingredients next time I hit the grocery store! How long does it last in the refrigerator??
Hi Carly- I would say a batch is good for about 3 weeks in the refrigerator!
I have some questions 😉 Do you use the original Frank’s red hot or Franks buffalo sauce ? Also when it says to combine the remaining in a saucepan, is it the same sauce pan the butter and garlic is in or another one and then do you combined them at the end?
Hi Angela- I use the same pan and original Frank’s Red Hot!
I don’t think I can buy Franks red hot sauce in Australia so is there a substitute I can use
Hi Maria- Here is a link I found for a copycat recipe for Frank’s RedHot. http://www.geniuskitchen.com/recipe/copycat-franks-red-hot-sauce-494182 The basic idea of Frank’s is that it’s a little more viscous than, say, Cholula or Tabasco, for instance. I’m not familiar with the brands of hot sauces available in Australia, so I’m not sure what brand would compare favorably. The truth is that wing sauce can be made with whatever hot sauce you like best, but the most “legitimate” or “authentic” wings are made with Frank’s. I encourage you to use whichever hot sauce you like best and experiment with it a bit!
Try using valintino hot sauce much better quality
Do you boil all the remaining ingredients with the garlic and butter, or do you combine them with the garlic and butter before blending?
You boil them all together! 😀
OMG! look yummy….
Hi! -Just wanted to say, this sauce sounds AMAZING. We love sriracha in our house, specifically for the robust garlic element in tandem with the fire of hot peppers- but it’s not the best for hot wings or messy fingerfood. I look forward to trying this!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Robert. I can’t wait to hear what you think!
I do pretty much the same thing but have a twist. I use Frank’s hit sauce but, here is my twist, I use a half a stick of butter per half bottle if Frank’s. I put in a healing tbsp of minced garlic with some juice and wait for it, a 2 shots of tequila. Boom. I also charcoal grill my wings with hickory chips. Never deep fry ever! Serve these to your hungry men in your family and you will see. I do use a seasoned rub on my wings but that’s my secret recipe. Old Bay Seasoning on the wings. Opps did I just say that out loud, lol. I like sharing my recipe. Try it, o know it will surprise
That sounds outstanding, Jim!
Erin Grace says
Can you can this sauce and store in pantry?
I’m sorry, Erin, but the butter in the recipe makes it unsuitable for canning. You can (see what I did there? Heh.) freeze it, though. You’ll need to reblend it after thawing because it will likely separate in the freezer, though.
I am looking at the chicken. The breading looks so divine. Is that the boneless chicken wings recipe in the flesh?
That is not the same recipe, but you can get it here!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed says
That sauce sounds amazing! Homemade recipe are the best!
Hi! Question….do you take the garlic cloves out after they release their flavor a become soft?
Thanks for asking, Suzi! It appears I explained what happens next in the body of the post but not in the recipe… I’ve fixed the recipe to read that you should either use a stick blender or regular blender to blend until smooth!
Thank you!! Have tried several of your recipes, and love them all…will Def be trying this one 🙂
I love Frank’s in our hot sauce. The one thing I like to add is a splash of Worcestershire sauce.
Cheryl - Pook's Pantry says
YOU ARE MY FAVORITE!!!!! (Sorry for yelling, but not really)
HA! I think yelling about Garlic Buffalo sauce is perfectly reasonable!