Spicy-Sweet Wing Sauce Recipe

Updated on February 28, 2018
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The finished product
The finished product

The Secret's in the Sauce

Here's my secret: I use Frank's Red Hot Wings Sauce as the base for a homemade Buffalo wing or boneless wing sauce.

A standard procedure is to use a vinegar-based cayenne-pepper hot sauce mixed with butter and margarine, and voila! You have a great wing sauce. Until a few years ago, that's all I would use.

But then a great friend of mine, Reggie B., turned me on to his wife's amazing sauce, which was the best I've ever tasted. Mrs. B. worked at a fancy restaurant in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where she would create some less-than-formal entrees for her enthusiastic lunch crowd. Buffalo wings were a big hit there, but since it was such a great restaurant, she couldn't just serve a standard wing sauce. She had to create something special and unique: a version of the recipe I'm going to share with you now. A few years ago, I was finally able to get hold of the recipe from her and begin creating it myself. The recipe for her original creation is top secret, but what I'm about to share with you is my (still-amazing) version of the same sauce.

Cook Time and Calories

Preparation: Easy

Cooking Time: 5 Minutes

Cooking Temperature: Medium heat, about 200 degrees

Estimated Calories Per Batch: 990

Estimated Fat Grams Per Batch: 91.7

Estimated Calories Per Serving: 13.75 Calories Per Tablespoon

Estimate Fat Per Serving: 1.28 Grams Of Fat Per Tablespoon

Estimated Servings: 72 Tablespoons Per Batch

Weight Watchers Points Plus Estimation: 24 Points per Batch

Weight Watchers Points Plus Estimation Per Serving: .34 Points Per Serving

What you'll need
What you'll need

What You'll Need

This wing sauce is a terrific blend of sweet and hot. It tastes very special, but uses just a few ingredients that you can buy at any grocery store.

  • 1 cup of Frank's Red Hot Wings Sauce
  • 1 stick of butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp of minced garlic, or fresh minced cloves
  • About 1/4 cup of light brown sugar (How much you use depends on how sweet you want it. I would recommend starting out with less and adding more as you go.)
  • 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce.

Grab your measuring cups, spoons and a small saucepan, and I'll meet you down at Step 1!

How It's Made

  1. Measure out 1 cup of hot sauce.
  2. Pour into a saucepan.
  3. Add sliced butter or margarine.
  4. Add brown sugar.
  5. Add the garlic and Worcestershire sauce, and turn on the heat.
  6. Allow the mixture to achieve a slight rolling boil, stirring frequently.
  7. Turn off the heat, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes.

1 cup of red hot sauce
1 cup of red hot sauce

Step 1: Pour the Hot Sauce

OK, this is the most difficult and most important step, so listen closely: You need to pour Frank's Red Hot Wings Sauce into a measuring cup until you reach 1 cup. (Don't mind the tomatoes in the picture: I just added them for decoration!)

Pouring the sauce
Pouring the sauce

Step 2: Pour Into a Saucepan

I know you didn't have a problem with Step 1, so let's continue. Pour the cup of hot sauce into the small saucepan. Congratulations, you're done! Let's move on.

Step 3: Add the Butter or Margarine

I cut the butter into eight slices because it melts a whole lot more easily. Go ahead and slice up your cold butter, adding it to the wing sauce in the pan.

Brown sugar
Brown sugar

Step 4: Add the Brown Sugar

Start out with just 1/8 cup of brown sugar if you want just a touch of sweet with more heat. I personally like it a bit sweeter, with about 1/4 cup of sugar. You don't have to pack the sugar down: fill the measuring cup up fairly loosely, level it out, and pour it into the sauce.

Precooked mixture
Precooked mixture

Step 5: Add the Garlic and Worcester Sauce, Turn on the Heat

Now you are ready to add the teaspoon of minced garlic and the tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the pan. Once complete, you can place the saucepan on the stove at low-to-medium heat, stirring frequently. Don't leave it unattended or the wing sauce will scorch! You don't want to go back to Step 1—or worse, order out for dinner—because you ruined your almost-finished sauce!

Rolling boil
Rolling boil

Step 6: Reach a Slight Rolling Boil

You will want to stir the sauce on low-to-medium heat until you reach a slight rolling boil. Once it's at a boil, stir frequently for about two minutes. You will notice the sauce changing color a little and slightly expanding: that's a good thing. At about the two-minute mark, turn off the heat.

Cute doughboy timer set for 30 minutes
Cute doughboy timer set for 30 minutes

Step 7: Set the Timer

You want to make sure the heat is turned off. If you're using an electric stove, remove the sauce pan from the hot burner. Set a timer for about 30 minutes and cover the sauce pan. When the timer goes off, your sauce is done! This recipe will make about a cup and a half of wing sauce.

The finished product
The finished product

More Recommendations and Bonus Recipes

If you enjoyed this wing sauce recipe, I'd love for you to try my best buffalo chicken dip recipe. This dip is made from a standard wing sauce, ranch dressing, cream cheese, and shredded cheese. If you love buffalo wings, you'll love this: it's like hot wings without the bone.

If you love wing sauce, but don't have the time to make your own recipe, you're in luck! This is one of the largest retailers of hot sauce and wing sauces, including the famous Anchor Bar brand.

How about a homemade hot sauce? The recipe above is made with a standard buffalo hot sauce, but if you're the type of person who likes to make everything from scratch, here's a bonus for you: homemade red hot sauce. This will take you about 35-45 minutes—which is why most people just buy their hot sauce from the store—but if you are feeling froggy, go ahead and jump!

Homemade Red Hot Sauce

What You'll Need

  • 11-12 extra-ripe red jalapeno chilies or 20 Tabasco or Serrano chilies, sliced thin
  • 3/4 cup diced onions
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup distilled vinegar

How It's Made

  1. Mix the peppers, onions, salt, garlic, paprika and olive oil in a nonstick sauce pan over high heat. Sauté for about 3 minutes.
  2. Add the water and cook an additional 20 minutes, or until peppers are soft and most of the liquid has evaporated. (Caution: Keep a fan on or the windows open for ventilation; the peppers can cause a strong reaction in the eyes and nose.)
  3. Remove the pan from heat and allow to sit until the hot sauce reaches room temperature.
  4. In a blender or magic bullet (I recommend the magic bullet), blend the mixture for about 20 seconds or until smooth.
  5. Carefully add the vinegar and blend a few more seconds, to make sure the sauce is well incorporated.
  6. Now you are ready to taste it. You may want to add more salt or garlic, depending on your preference.
  7. Strain the sauce in a fine mesh sleeve. Once strained, pour the hot sauce into a bowl or bottle: that's your homemade hot sauce!

If you want to make that into a wing sauce, just start back at Step 1 of the recipe above.

Teriyaki Wing Sauce and Marinade

This is such a great recipe. Simply add all ingredients into a medium sauce pan, bring the contents to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Turn off the stove and you are ready to dip your chicken wings—or if you prefer, let the sauce cool and use it as a marinade for your chicken or steak.

What You'll Need

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Asian (dark) sesame oil
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1 tablespoon minced and peeled fresh ginger


I hope you enjoyed this recipe! It truly is one of my favorites: there is nothing better than a wing sauce that has a kick with a little bit of sweet to it. Try it on deep-fried buffalo wings, boneless wings, or baked wings, and you will love it!

Until next time,

Mike Fuller, your Buffalo lover

(Not like a real buffalo lover, as in the animal: just a Buffalo sauce or wing or dip-type lover. I've only met a buffalo once. I guess you could fall in love with a buffalo after just one meeting, but that would be kinda weird.)


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      Zeb 6 weeks ago

      Trying this tonight, thx

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      wiz 5 years ago

      Wow genius that is the same sauce that a millio people have online way to post a crappy wing sauce ... Keep up on fmakeyoull self feel like a pr

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      Justin is awesome 6 years ago

      OO YAA!! lol best wing sauce eve


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      EMinGermany 6 years ago

      Thank you so much for the recipe especially the homemade hot sauce. I live overseas where 'Hot Sauce' might as well be fictional.

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      hez 6 years ago

      Oh, man, my dad used to use texas pete and butter. Your recipe with Frank's Red Hot looks way more flavorful, and I LOVED my dad's hot wings. And I think I might incorporate some Buford's Floozy Sauce in with your Teriyaki wings recipe. Mmm, orange and horseradish and soy sauce, oh my!

      ~hez http://floozysauce.com

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      Crystal 6 years ago

      I just made this sauce, my husband and I are making wings for dinner. We didn't have Worcestershire sauce in the house so I substituted Balsamic Vinaigrette for it. My husband and I also LOVE garlic so we put in a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon and oh my gosh.. I don't think I'll ever order wings from a restaurant again. This is DELICIOUS!

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      6 years ago

      I just made this sauce and it's amazing.

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      John 6 years ago

      This wing sauce helped me to win 1st place in a Buffalo wing contest last year and 2nd place this year (different judges) Total $500.00 I did add a couple of tablespoons of sour cream to it before tossing the wings! Thanks for recipe!!!!

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      wendy87 7 years ago

      its mouthe watering recipe ...

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      joe 7 years ago

      Just made some wing sauce from this recipe and it was awesome! Thank you very much!

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      aayus 7 years ago

      hi,,like buffulow sauce,, so much...

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      jestone 7 years ago from America!

      Good Hub, thanks. I will make some of my own just because of you sir.

      Keep hubbin'


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      dusty 8 years ago

      like to share a favorite sauce

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      julief 9 years ago

      great looking wing sauce recipe, cant wait to try it.

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      Dottie1 9 years ago from MA, USA

      I'm likin this recipe. Can't wait to try it! Thank you!

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      CraigD 9 years ago

      Great recipe, I tried it. i used the full 1/4 cup of brown sugar, nice article and wing sauce recipe

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      Michelle Simtoco 9 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Hi Mike, another hubnugget? Wow!!! More stuff to try in the kitchen. LOL Yes, this hub is part of the Golden Hubnuggets Rush this week. Why don't you guys join the fun by voting for this hub if you found this hub to be helpful and informative! Here is the link: https://hubpages.com/community/Golden-HubNugget-Ru...

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      Frieda Babbley 9 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      Great hub! Something in here for everyone and very easy to follow instructions. I'm going to try it. Too bad Reggie B.'s wife's recipe is top secret. But I dont' blame her. Most of mine are too. =D

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      Kari Poulsen 9 years ago from Ohio

      Mike, I can't wait to try this! You are the gourmet chef of all things buffalo! Do you have any more? PS: I love your timer! Such a happy and joyful little doughboy!

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      C. C. Riter 9 years ago

      I'll try this. I'm used to the original buffalo sauce too. thanks

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      ajcor 9 years ago from NSW. Australia

      sounds like a really good recipe - looks like a caramel sauce in the picture - with spice I guess...chicken wings are a household favourite so new recipes are very welcome...cheers and thanks

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      K. Strong 9 years ago

      looks good ill have to try this soon peace out

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      dareha 9 years ago

      You are making me hungry! Can I order this over the internet??

      Great photo layout, good job.

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      dreamer22 9 years ago

      This is a great wing sauce recipe, I put it on baked chicken wings and they were great. thanks nice article

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      Mike Fuller 9 years ago from Indiana

      Well I hope you like this wing sauce recipe as much as the buffalo chicken dip recipe. Let me know if you have any more requests. Thanks Mike

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      Shane 9 years ago

      If this sauce is half as good as your buffalo chicken dip, I can't wait to make it.

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      jaybirdad 9 years ago

      he's right, this wing sauce is fantastic.

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      Mike Fuller 9 years ago from Indiana

      Thank you, Thank you, Don't get me wrong I like all types of wing sauce but this is one of my favorite recipes

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      sackboy4 9 years ago

      good sauce mike !

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      sackboy4 9 years ago

      very good sauce mike !