Nutty browned butter adds a wonderful underlying note to this otherwise straightforward Buffalo sauce. The emulsion of hot sauce and that melted butter is key to this condiment’s velvety texture, so be sure to whisk well. A cayenne-based bottled sauce like Frank’s RedHot works best here, especially when balanced by brown sugar and vinegar. But be warned: You may have trouble stopping yourself from licking the whisk.
- Serves: 1 person
- ½cup unsalted butter
- 1tablespoon finely grated garlic
- ¾cup cayenne-based hot sauce, preferably Frank's RedHot
- 2packed tablespoons dark brown sugar, plus more to taste
- 1tablespoon distilled white vinegar
- Kosher salt and black pepper
Step 1In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Continue cooking, gently simmering the butter and stirring the pan occasionally with a wooden spoon, until the milk solids at the bottom of the pan start to brown, 3 to 5 minutes. It should smell nutty and almost like caramel or butterscotch.
Step 2Remove from the heat and carefully transfer the very hot browned butter to a large, heatproof mixing bowl. Add the garlic, stirring until the garlic is fragrant, a few seconds. Add the hot sauce, brown sugar and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper. Whisk vigorously until emulsified. Taste and add more salt, pepper and brown sugar as desired.
Step 3Use immediately or refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week. This is an excellent dipping sauce for French fries, roasted cauliflower and any kind of chicken (grilled, roasted or fried), or slathered between two slices of toasted bread in a deli sandwich.