Hot Honey Buffalo Sauce: Spice Meets Sweet

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Hot honey buffalo sauce is a fantastic blend of sweet and spicy that I can’t get enough of! It seriously upgrades any dish, whether it’s a batch of classic buffalo wings or a spicy drizzle over your favorite pizza.

I love how the spicy kick of the buffalo sauce combines with the lingering warmth of honey — it’s like they were meant to be together. The beauty of this sauce lies in its simplicity.

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With a few ingredients and a quick whisk, you’ve got yourself a versatile sauce that punches up the flavor in any dish. It starts with a tangy base and amps it up with a sweet heat that’s addictive, to say the least.

This article will unlock the secrets to creating this hot wing sauce in your kitchen. From the ingredients you’ll need to the step-by-step process, and finally, some mouthwatering ways to use your new favorite sauce.

Look for more delicious Buffalo flavor? Try Buffalo chicken tenders, Buffalo chicken zucchini boats, Buffalo chicken sandwiches, or Buffalo chicken chili.

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🥘Ingredient Notes

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Hot sauce: I’ve tried a variety of hot sauces, but I keep coming back to Frank’s. It has the perfect blend of flavor and heat for my family. But feel free to use your favorite hot sauce.
  • Honey
  • Garlic powder
  • Black pepper
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Unsalted butter
The ingredients for a hot sauce recipe.

🥣How to Make Hot Honey Buffalo Sauce

  1. Start by pouring your hot sauce into a saucepan. Add the honey, garlic powder, pepper, and red pepper flakes.
  2. Bring the sauce to a simmer over medium heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes, then take it off the heat.
  3. Cut the butter into small chunks and stir it into the hot sauce. Whisk until it is fully melted.
A pot of tomato sauce with spices and seasonings.
Mix the ingredients
A person is whisking a sauce in a pan.
Add the butter

🍴Serving Ideas

Wondering how to use your hot sauce?

  • Chicken Wings: Who doesn’t love a good buffalo wing? Air fry some chicken wings and toss them in this sauce, and you’ve got a plate of sticky, spicy goodness. Throw celery sticks and blue cheese dip on the side, and you’re golden.
  • Shrimp: Another favorite in our household is shrimp. Shrimp and this buffalo sauce are a match made in culinary heaven. Just sauté your shrimp and drizzle the sauce over, and you’ve got a spicy seafood delight.
  • Vegetables: It’s not just for meat; roasted veggies like cauliflower or broccoli get a nice zing from this sauce, too.
  • Dips & Dressings: Stir it into your favorite dip or dressing for a flavor upgrade. Works wonders with hummus or in Buffalo ranch dip.
  • Pizza: Have you ever tried a buffalo chicken pizza? If you haven’t, you’re missing out. Next time you make a homemade pizza, swap your tomato sauce for this buffalo sauce. Add shredded chicken, onions, and lots of cheese, and enjoy a flavor explosion.
A person dipping chicken wings into a bowl of tomato sauce.

💭How to Store Hot Honey Buffalo Sauce

To store your sauce, let it cool completely, then transfer it to an airtight container. Pop it into the refrigerator, where it will happily live for up to a week. Stir before you use it again.

Or you can freeze it. Pour the cooled sauce into a freezer-safe container, leaving a little space at the top for expansion. It’ll keep for about three months. To use, thaw it in the fridge overnight. And remember to always label your containers unless you enjoy playing the “mystery freezer item” game!

🌶️Spice Level

How hot do you want your sauce? As written, this recipe makes a pretty spicy sauce. It is perfect for Buffalo wings, but if you want to adjust the spice level to your tastes, here are some suggestions.

  • Mild: Reduce the red pepper flakes to a pinch and double the amount of butter.
  • Medium: Reduce the red pepper flakes to a pinch.
  • Hot: Make the recipe as written.
  • Blazing: Include a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or add a dash of ghost pepper sauce.
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Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • Taking the sauce off the heat before gradually whisking in the butter will help emulsify the butter and create a smooth and slightly thicker sauce with a velvety texture.
  • The type of hot sauce you use can change the flavor of your buffalo sauce. Frank’s RedHot sauce is the classic choice, but don’t be afraid to experiment with other brands and flavors. Any cayenne pepper-based sauce will give you a traditional Buffalo flavor. The heat level can vary dramatically between brands, so choose according to your heat tolerance.


Can I make this sauce ahead of time?

Absolutely! This sauce can be made and stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just be sure to stir it well before using it.

Can I use this sauce on something other than chicken wings?

Definitely! This sauce is versatile. It’s great on chicken wings, but don’t let that limit you. Try it on grilled chicken, as a dipping sauce for veggies, or even drizzled on pizza. The possibilities are endless.

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Hot Honey Buffalo Sauce Recipe

Published By Anne
Unleash the flavors of sweet and spicy with hot honey buffalo sauce! Perfect for wings or dips, this sauce combines the fiery kick of buffalo with honey.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time15 minutes
Servings: 8
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  • 1 cup hot sauce Frank's or your favorite hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  • Combine the hot sauce, honey, garlic powder, black pepper, and red pepper in a saucepan.
    1 cup hot sauce, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon pepper, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Let it simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat
  • Cut the butter into small pieces and add to the saucepan. Whisk until melted.
    2 tablespoons butter


Here is how you can adjust the spice level to your tastes.
  • Mild: Reduce the red pepper flakes to a pinch and double the amount of butter.
  • Medium: Reduce the red pepper flakes to a pinch.
  • Hot: Make the recipe as written.
  • Blazing: Include a teaspoon of cayenne pepper or add a dash of ghost pepper sauce.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 46kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 817mg | Potassium: 54mg | Fiber: 0.2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 155IU | Vitamin C: 22mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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