The Ultimate Basic Hot Sauce Recipe (Time to Feel the Burn)

August 4, 2019
Read Time: 4 Minutes

Hot Sauce Recipes are Important

There are many edible plants that love living in South Florida, delicious treats like papaya, arugula, and sweet potato.  Another plant that really loves living in South Florida is the hot pepper plant. Our soil temp and air temp are perfect for the hot pepper plant, and obviously we have plenty of sun to bathe our beloved spicy pepper plants. Jalapeños, habaneros, and my personal favorites, scotch bonnets, all thrive in South Florida.

Because our environment is so good for spicy pepper plants, we’ll find ourselves a lot of times with an excess of hot peppers that need to be harvested. It’s 100% true that a pepper plant weighed down by a lot of fruit has a hard time surviving. Bearing a lot of fruit, pepper plants require a ton of extra water. It’s important to harvest our wonderful spicy peppers as soon as they are ripe!

These days, I end up with more peppers than I know what to do with, but there was a time when my peppers ready for harvesting came in few and far-between. If your pepper harvests come sporadically, like mine used to, a nice tip is to blend any newly harvested peppers into an existing h0t pepper blend. A small mason jar containing whatever pepper you currently have, blended with some white vinegar can stay in your fridge for a long time. Definitely long enough until you’ve harvested more peppers and are ready to add to your base.

How hot is too hot?

With that being said, I’m ready to share with you the ultimate basic hot sauce recipe. This recipe will work for any spicy peppers, but YOU decide the hotness of the sauce based on the pepper that you are using. Always keep in mind that spice tolerance varies from person to person. While it can be funny seeing people freak out when they realize h0w hot my hot sauce is, I enjoy seeing people react with pleasure to my hot sauces much more. This is an important element to keep in mind when producing hot sauces. You can control how hot your hot sauce is, based on the type and how many peppers are used, if pepper seeds are included, and what your hot sauce is cut with.

The Ultimate Basic H0t Sauce Recipe

No matter what pepper you grow, the basic recipe and technique is the same.  The key to a long lasting and tasty hot sauce is a lot of spicy peppers (optionally with the seeds included), some vinegar, and some garlic. Beyond that, you can really make the basic recipe extra fancy. And it’s not that hard at all. Take a look at the image below for everything that you need.

hot sauce recipe ingredients

The first step is to prepare the hot peppers. If you will be cutting open the peppers to remove some of the seeds (to reduce the overall hotness) it is a good idea to wear gloves. My wife and I have both found ourselves in hilarious but painful situations after handling hot peppers without gloves. If you want maximum spice, do what I do and just remove the stem and drop the entire pepper into the blender/food processor, no cutting needed.

Also in the blender/food processor you should add the following:

  • 1-2 cups of vinegar – white vinegar or apple cider vinegar are best
  • 4-5 cloves of garlic
  • a bit of salt and pepper
  • a tablespoon of allspice if you have it
  • a few large squirts of the fanciest mustard you can find (this is optional, but adding the mustard will thicken the hot sauce)
  • optionally personalize your hot sauce with one additional ingredient at the most – examples include mango, cilantro,  onion, or fancy/exotic spices

Heat up your hot sauce

Blend your ingredients thoroughly, until you’ve got a nice paste or liquid. Then pour the contents into a sauce pan and bring to a very gentle boil. Reduce the heat to low as soon as you see a few bubbles. Then gently simmer for 30-60 minutes.

One tip is to store your newly prepared hot sauce in the fridge for about a week. The heat will settle along with the flavors, which will peak.

Another tip is to use a sauce pan that won’t be used for anything else. After cooking hot peppers in it, a sauce pan will turn the heat up on anything else cooked in it, even after several washes, for quite a long time.

Finally, make sure to store your hot sauce in a glass container when possible to keep maximum flavor and freshness.

the results of our hot sauce recipe

 

The Ultimate Basic Hot Sauce Recipe
This recipe for a basic hot sauce can be used with any spicy peppers.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 8 or more spicy peppers
  2. 1-2 cups of vinegar – white vinegar or apple cider vinegar are best
  3. 4-5 cloves of garlic
  4. a bit of salt and pepper
  5. a tablespoon of allspice if you have it
  6. a few large squirts of the fanciest mustard you can find (this is optional, but adding the mustard will thicken the hot sauce)
  7. optionally personalize your hot sauce with one additional ingredient at the most – examples include mango, cilantro, onion, or fancy/exotic spices
Instructions
  1. Blend your ingredients thoroughly, until you’ve got a nice paste or liquid.
  2. Then pour the contents into a sauce pan and bring to a very gentle boil.
  3. Reduce the heat to low as soon as you see a few bubbles.
  4. Gently simmer for 30-60 minutes.
  5. Store in the fridge for about a week.
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