Slideshow: Taste Test: Buffalo Wing Sauce

Things are about to get saucy...
Things are about to get saucy...
Texas Pete Hot Sauce
Texas Pete Hot Sauce
The mildest of the three hot sauces, this was underwhelming to be frank (er, Pete?). When mixed with butter, it lost its spicy edge and tasted a notch too sweet. Good for people who are afraid of heat, or small kids.

[Photograph: texaspete.com]

Honorable Mention: Crystal Hot Sauce
Honorable Mention: Crystal Hot Sauce
This was a close second to Frank's for Best Hot Sauce. Vinegary with a kick, it sure makes the lips sizzle. Peppery, but in a pleasant way. We'd gladly eat wings coated in this hot sauce-plus-butter mixture.
Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce
Texas Pete Buffalo Wing Sauce
"Tons of false butter flavor," agreed tasters. It didn't have much "wing" flavor at the core—too sweet and the heat hits too late. You end up tasting the chicken more than anything, even with all the sauce drenched on top. And you probably don't eat Buffalo wings for the chicken flavor...
Crystal Wing Sauce
Crystal Wing Sauce
"Almost a honey barbecue sauce," said one taster. Smokey and sweet, this one wins for Least Like a Buffalo Wing Sauce. "Tomatoey," noted another taster. Technically it just says Wing Sauce not Buffalo Wing Sauce, but it felt like a tease given our expectations.
Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce
Frank's Red Hot Wing Sauce
Good for heat fiends, but missing the butter flavor to round it all out. Spicy and vinegary to be sure, but slightly harsh without a much needed richer base.