Our favorite buffalo wing sauce Recipe

Our favorite buffalo wing sauce Recipe

If you love buffalo wings as much as we do, you have to try this sauce recipe! I’ve tinkered with different wing sauces over the years, but this one has become our absolute favorite.

What makes this sauce so good is that it strikes the perfect balance between spicy, sweet, and garlicky flavors. I use cayenne pepper to give it some heat, then balance that out with brown sugar and fresh garlic. The end result is a sauce that perfectly coats the wings and has everyone raving!

Everyone has their own style of cooking their wings. If I’m just cooking for my husband and me my favorite method is the air fryer, but if you are making large batches of wings for a crowd, that method isn’t very practical. Deep frying, baking them in the oven, or even throwing them on the grill (weather permitting), are definitely better ways to go.

Tip: If you are going to deep fry your wings, why not try this fried cheese sticks recipe to go along with them? I mean the oil is already hot right?!

This tangy sauce goes well with wings cooked in any style. While everyone has their preferred way of cooking wings, one thing we can all agree on is that a great sauce is key!

Let’s Gather Up the Ingredients

Ingredients for our favorite buffalo wing sauce.
  • Chicken wings

  • Lemon pepper seasoning

  • Salt

  • Cayenne Pepper– Optional

  • Butter

  • Garlic– I use fresh garlic cloves in my recipe, but you could substitute granulated garlic in a pinch.

  • Frank’s Hot Sauce– Or your favorite brand

  • Brown sugar

  • Worcestershire Sauce

Now Let’s Get Cooking

For the wings:

Cut the chicken wings at the joint into sections. Discard the tips or save them for chicken stock later. Wash the wing sections and pat them completely dry.

Add the dry wings to a large bowl and season with the cayenne pepper, salt, and lemon pepper seasoning. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to permeate the meat.

Cook the wings per your favorite method.

For the sauce:

Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter along with the garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer gently for about 1 minute so that the garlic can infuse into the butter.

Add the hot sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and vinegar to the garlic butter. Simmer for another 3 minutes and then transfer to a large mixing bowl.

Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cold butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, allowing each tablespoon to melt completely before adding the next. This will help to emulsify the sauce.

Add the cooked wings to the large bowl of sauce and toss until the wings are well coated. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing!

This sauce is also great on these Air Fryer Buffalo Shrimp!

Finished wings on a plate with lettuce and ranch dressing

Frequently Asked Questions About Our Wing Sauce

How spicy is the sauce?


It has a nice kick thanks to the cayenne, but won’t completely overpower your taste buds if you’re sensitive to heat. Feel free to adjust the cayenne amount to your personal spice preferences!

How long does it take to make?


You can prepare this fast and easy sauce in about 5 minutes. Then just toss the cooked wings in the sauce until fully coated.

What do you serve with the wings?


Cool ranch or blue cheese dressing and celery sticks make classic accompaniments. This versatile sauce also goes great with chicken fingers or tenders!

Do you really need both butter AND hot sauce?


Yes! The butter provides thick richness while the hot sauce brings that signature tang.

Try out this simple yet scrumptious wing sauce recipe and let us know what you think! It might just become your new favorite too. Trust me, your friends and family will be asking for these wings all football season and Super Bowl Sunday long.

If you decide to make this buffalo wing sauce or any of my other recipes please be sure to give it a rating and let me know how yours turned out. I love hearing your feedback and I will do my best to answer any questions you have as quickly as I can. 

As always, I will be back next week with more delicious recipes from my RV kitchen to yours!

Buffalo Wings

Our Favorite Buffalo Wing Sauce

This wing sauce is the perfect combination of spicy, and slightly sweet with a mild mellow garlic flavor in the background.
5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 5 people

Ingredients
  

  • 3-4 pounds chicken wings
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon pepper seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 tablespoons cold salted butter divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, pressed through a garlic press or grated with a micro-plane
  • ½ cup of your favorite hot sauce I prefer Franks Original Hot Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
 

  • Cut the chicken wings at the joint into sections. Discard the tips or save them for chicken stock later.
    Wash the wing sections and pat them completely dry.
  • Add the dry wings to a large bowl and season with the salt and lemon pepper seasoning. Allow to sit for about 30 minutes to allow the flavors to permeate the meat.
  • Cook the wings per your favorite method

For the sauce:

  • Melt 2 tbs of the butter along with the garlic in a small saucepan over medium-low heat. Simmer gently for about 1 minute so that the garlic can infuse into the butter.
  • Add the hot sauce, brown sugar, Worcestershire, and vinegar to the garlic butter. Simmer for another 3 minutes and then transfer to a large mixing bowl.
  • Whisk in the remaining 2 tbs of cold butter, 1 tbs at a time, allowing each tbs to melt completely before adding the next. This will help to emulsify the sauce.
  • Add the cooked wings to the large bowl of sauce and toss until the wings are well coated. Serve immediately with ranch or blue cheese dressing!


12 thoughts on “Our favorite buffalo wing sauce Recipe”

  • 5 stars
    We used this sauce to make buffalo chicken dip for the games yesterday and it was delicious! Definitely my new go to sauce!

  • 5 stars
    Most of the time, I just use store bought buffalo sauce, but I guess I have to ditch that habit now. This homemade sauce was amazing! I hosted a watch party last weekend and made some wings with this recipe and all of my friends loved it!

  • 5 stars
    I’ve tried so many buffalo sauces before and this one made it to my top 3. It had a nice balance of spice and sweetness and the garlic flavor stood out but wasn’t too overpowering. I think I could use this recipe as a dipping sauce for fries.

  • 5 stars
    I’m generally not a fan of spicy foods, but Frank’s Hot Sauce is the exception. That’s the only hot sauce I’ll ever consider using for this recipe. It’s so good I feel like I could eat a million of these wings, except I’d have to fight my family for them! I always double this recipe so we can all get our fill.

  • 5 stars
    This buffalo wing sauce is one of the best ones I’ve ever tried! The cayenne adds a nice kick without being too overpowering, and the brown sugar adds a hint of sweetness. I’ll be using this recipe every time I make wings from now on.

  • 5 stars
    Just had made this recipe last night and went all out with cayenne! This household is crazy for anything spicy.

    Love this recipe so much! We paired it with some bleu cheese and it was just perfect.

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