I live in the Philippines where Frank's Hot sauce is frankly quite expensive. I'm planning to make a homemade Buffalo Wings sauce with Trappey's Hot sauce (which is cheaper) to sell in our entrepreneur food stall.

Does anybody know any good combinations for homemade buffalo sauce with this combination?

So far, I tried simmering 2/3 parts buttermilk with 1/3 trappey's hot sauce, and added 1/8 cup of ketchup (just for the sweeter addition). It kind of lacks the "tangy" "sharp" taste that I taste in restaurants. Can this be amended by adding white vinegar in the mix? Any spicing suggestions that makes a big difference? :D

  • Trappey's is a pretty big line, which one are you using?
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jul 5, 2014 at 20:21
  • Trappey's Cayenne! Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 5:30
  • OK, Answer edited based upon that information.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 6:27

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Know that the traditional Frank's Buffalo Wings Sauce is just Frank's RedHot and melted butter. I'd definitely start there, and tweak with the substitution. The old standard is 1/2 cup (118ml) Frank's RedHot to 1/3 cup (79ml) melted butter.

Vinegar is a distinct possibility, to me neither buttermilk nor ketchup make sense.

You might find this recipe for homemade hot sauce helpful. The reviewers love it and it's supposed to taste like Frank's.

EDIT after comments to OP:

Trappey's Red Devil Cayenne Pepper Sauce contains: Distilled Vinegar (Vinegar and Water), Red Cayenne pepper, Salt, Guar Gum, Xanthan Gum, Ascorbic Acid (to preserve freshness).

Frank's RedHot contains: Aged Cayenne red peppers, vinegar, water, salt and garlic powder.

The Scoville rating of Frank's Original is 450, Red Devil is 800-1200 according to these sources: Franks, Trappey's

So, the only significant difference in the ingredients is the garlic in the Franks. The fact that vinegar is listed first in the Trappey's list and second in the Franks list is meaningless, since Franks separates "water and vinegar", Trappey's lists them together.

Frank's claims that the peppers in that sauce are "aged". I looked into that and found that the peppers in some hot sauces (including Frank's) are made into a mash and allowed to ferment before they are made into the sauce. AHA! I suspect that there's your tang.

For the sake of economy and a special "brand" that could potentially set your product apart as superior and unique, I'd experiment with making your own hot sauce starting with fermenting your peppers. Here's a Google search to get you started. I found a lot of those sites informative. Another thing that you can do right off the bat is ferment batches of peppers of varying hotness and mixing that mash with your Trappey's to create mild, medium and hot varieties of your sauce.

And add garlic and butter.

And ditch the buttermilk :)

  • Awesome post Jolenealaska! Thanks for clarifying so many distinctions between Franks and Trappeys and also the methods on how to bridge the gap in the taste! You're so helpful!!! Thank you so much! :D Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 14:40
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    It's also possible there's a more local fermented pepper product, maybe a paste if not a sauce. Even if it's not cayenne, it'll probably have a lot of similar flavor.
    – Cascabel
    Commented Jul 9, 2014 at 15:18
  • @user25749 Absolutely my pleasure. I learned, that's always a bonus :) Also, I would totally look into Jefromi's suggestion, it's a good idea.
    – Jolenealaska
    Commented Jul 10, 2014 at 5:01

I've always made mine with Crystal hot sauce, which is sweeter and hotter than Franks. You'll have to experiment with proportions to get the result you want, based on the sauce, but generally you can do 2:1 hotsauce and butter. Buttermilk will certainly give you some tang, but I've personally never tried it in a Buffalo sauce. I start my sauce with minced garlic and shallots in with the butter and let them sautee until the butter has melted, at which point I whisk in the hot sauce and let it all warm together. I try not to let it boil, to avoid separation. I finish mine with honey, to really give it brightness and round out the heat a bit. Play around with it, there's no such thing as too much hot sauce.

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