Buffalo Barbecue Sauce Recipe

A small bowl of buffalo barbecue sauce.
Photograph: Daniel Gritzer

Why relegate Buffalo sauce to chicken wings? Here, we've borrowed those flavors—namely, Frank's Red Hot Sauce and butter—and worked them into a slightly thicker ketchup base. A pinch of celery salt adds a subtle reminder of the carrot and celery sticks typically served with Buffalo wings, while a splash of cider vinegar helps keep the sauce more firmly in the tart zone where it belongs. Not totally unlike Lexington Dip, this is a slightly thinner, vinegary sauce that's meant as more of a topping than a glaze. Try tossing it with shredded smoked chicken or pulled pork.

Recipe Facts

Active: 20 mins
Total: 20 mins
Serves: 32 servings
Makes: 2 cups

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup Frank's RedHot Sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup

  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • Pinch celery salt

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine hot sauce, ketchup, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, butter, and celery salt. Bring to a low simmer over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter melts. Continue to gently simmer, stirring, over low heat, until flavors meld and sauce thickens slightly, 5-10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
12 Calories
1g Fat
1g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 32
Amount per serving
Calories 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 2%
Cholesterol 2mg 1%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 6mg 28%
Calcium 2mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 25mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)