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Homemade Buffalo Sauce Recipe

August 21, 2017
3 min. read

Hot sauce is a favorite condiment for anyone who loves a bit of heat. Whether you enjoy it splashed over a popular finger food, sprinkled across a savory breakfast platter, or drenched over a chicken sandwich, hot sauce (especially Buffalo sauce) is on most spicy food-lovers’ lists of go-to toppings.

But where exactly did “Buffalo” sauce originate?

A Brief History:

As with many famous “origin stories,” the history of the buffalo wing is often disputed; but one thing is certain—it was first invented in Buffalo, New York. In the 1960s, chicken wings were not a popular food item; they were mainly used in stocks or otherwise discarded. While the specific details differ here, the story goes that a restaurant owner had an excess of chicken wings and hungry mouths to feed, so she came up with the idea of deep-frying them and coating in a hot pepper-butter-cayenne based sauce. This dish soon became very popular in the New York area, and was adopted by other restaurants and bars as well.

Today, Buffalo wings are a popular snack nationwide, particularly as a tailgating and sports-watching appetizer. The Buffalo-style sauce used most commonly for these wings can now be enjoyed in a wide variety of flavors and varying levels of heat. It is also used in a number of other dishes, from boneless chicken tenders, to dips and pizza.

How to Make Homemade Buffalo Sauce:

Learn how to make your own homemade buffalo sauce with the following step-by-step recipe! You can adjust the amount of hot pepper sauce and cayenne pepper to your preferred level of heat.

You’ll need the following ingredients: 1 stick butter, ½ cup hot pepper sauce, 1 ½ T white vinegar, ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce, ½ tsp. cayenne pepper, 1/8 tsp. garlic powder, and salt and pepper to taste.

Buffalo Sauce - Ingredients

1. First, melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat.

Buffalo Sauce - Step 1: Melt Butter

2. When the butter is melted, add the hot pepper sauce.

Buffalo Sauce - Step 2: Tabasco

3. Then add the white vinegar…

Buffalo Sauce - Step 3: white vinegar

4. Worcestershire sauce…

Buffalo Sauce - Step 4: Worcestershire sauce

5. …and spices.

Buffalo Sauce - Step 5a: Spices

6. Whisk to combine.

Buffalo Sauce - Step 6: Whisk

7. Bring the mixture to a simmer while continuing to whisk. When the mixture begins to bubble, remove from heat, whisk, and set aside for use.

Buffalo Sauce - Step 7: Boil

You can store the sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to one month. Shake before using to reincorporate ingredients.

Use it as a topping for your favorite dishes or in recipes like the five shown below.

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Use with the following recipes:

Buffalo Chicken Dip

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Everyone’s favorite party dip—slightly spicy and tangy, definitely creamy and cheesy, and the perfect pairing for some toasted Martin’s Butter Bread or warm Party Potato Rolls and fresh veggies like celery and carrot sticks!

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Crispy Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Crispy fried chicken bites coated with homemade buffalo sauce and spicy pepper jack cheese atop Martin’s Party Potato Rolls.

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Buffalo Hot Dogs

Buffalo Hot Dogs

Oven baked hot dogs topped with buffalo sauce, ranch dressing, bacon, scallions, and blue cheese crumbles. The ultimate tailgating meal!

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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Pulled chicken coated in buffalo sauce and topped with easy ranch coleslaw, all nestled in a Martin’s “Big Marty’s” Roll. Try this at your next summer cookout!

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Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Use leftover shredded buffalo chicken from the above recipe, along with some Monterey jack and blue cheese, to make this delicious grilled cheese sandwich!

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