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After watching "The Wing and I" in Good Eats and being the one that always ordered Buffalo wings (I no longer live in the US), I decide to give it a try. The recipe for the sauce is:

  • butter
  • garlic
  • hot sauce

I wonder what exactly is hot sauce. Alton Brown said there are dozens of hot sauces. I tried to use plain tabasco but that doesn't work. Can I make my own?

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I did the same thing, and yes, Tabasco doesn't really work that well. There are some good sellers on Ebay UK that can provide better hot sauces. – cptloop Jan 18 '12 at 23:52
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The original Buffalo Wings are made with Frank's RedHot Sauce. The original recipe is simply equal parts melted butter and hot sauce.

However, you truly can use just about whatever hot sauce you want in even greater ratios if you want more kick. There are also some distributors that specialize in spicy wing sauces. I recommend Defcon 2 if you are adventurous and enjoy a very nice kick of heat.

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That's a great answer for the the main question... but what if I can't find any hot sauce? Can I make hot sauce from other sauces? – Julio Oct 2 '10 at 11:39
@Julio: Usually any place that sells tabasco will sell Frank's (usually). – Aaronut Oct 2 '10 at 14:03
@Aaronut Yes, I remember Frank's being popular, but I haven't been able to find it in Belgium. Tabasco, arrabbiata and curry ketchup, yes, chili or hot sauce, not yet :( – Julio Oct 2 '10 at 15:05
@julio: It's hard to imagine that you can't find hot sauce, but I've never been to Belgium. I did tell you how to make wing sauce -- equal parts hot sauce and butter. I didn't understand your question to mean "How do I make hot sauce?". IMO that belongs in another question -- it has little to do with what hot sauce goes on buffalo wings. – hobodave Oct 2 '10 at 18:35
Fair enough, I'll add another question. I was surprised at the beginning, but then remembered food in Europe is not spicy (in general). Tabasco is under foreign food :) – Julio Oct 2 '10 at 20:42

You make hot sauce by combining peppers and vinegar... you have to figure it out by personal taste past that.

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Yes you can make your own. Or you can visit your local grocery store and pick from any of the likely dozens that are available. Franks Red Hot is popular in North America (I find it has no flavour, really).

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If you want a similar hot sauce to the one used in Buffalo wings, it is possible to make your own. A hot sauce like Frank's largely consists of dried cayenne peppers, soaked in vinegar, water, salt, and garlic. Put it in the blender until it's smooth.

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