Homemade Jalapeño Hot Sauce With a Kick
Why You Need to Try This Recipe
What is so special about this recipe? Really only one thing: It tastes so much better than all of those basic jalapeño pepper recipes I kept finding that were too vinegary and left no flavor to enjoy. Spend five minutes searching for a jalapeño hot sauce recipe on Google, and almost every recipe you find will be identical to the next. This is different, tastes different, and leaves a bit of flavor behind in my mouth.
The basic jalapeño hot sauce recipes that float around are a good start to build off of, but as a hot sauce connoisseur, they just didn't cut it. This recipe gives you a good bit of heat and just enough flavor to make it tasty without overpowering your food's flavors. Don't worry, the small amount of BBQ sauce that is added will not make your hot sauce taste like BBQ, it will simply add a nice flavor.
Wear Gloves and Ventilate Your Home (Trust Me)
Yes, I am going to be annoying and tell you to wear gloves and ventilate your home repeatedly. Why? Well, there is always that one person who's like, "Nah, I've got this! I don't need to do any of that. I've been working with peppers long enough to handle it." And guess what? That person has been me enough times to know: No matter how familiar you are with peppers, you need to wear gloves and open the window!
- 40 jalapeños
- 4 habaneros
- 6 cloves garlic
- 1/2 cup vinegar
- 1 medium onion, yellow or vidalia
- 1/4 cup BBQ sauce, any tomato-based kind
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1/2 of 1 lime juice
- 2 tsp olive oil
- 6 cups water, only half will go into blender
- Slice all of your peppers. Seeding is up to you. I prefer more heat so I leave the seeds in. If you decide you want to bring down the heat a bit you can seed half or all of them.
- Heat olive oil at medium to medium high heat in a 5 quart or larger pot.
- Chop onion and garlic.
- Open a window or door for ventilation!
- I'm serious, go open a window because this is going to stink up your whole house and make your eyes and throat burn if you don't! Your stove fan will not be enough help! (Trust me I've tried)
- Saute peppers, onion, and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes stirring constantly.
- Add 6 cups of water.
- Cook at medium heat for 30 to 40 minutes stirring often. Peppers should look softer by now.
- Drain half of the water. When in doubt less is better than more. More will water down your sauce, less will just intensify your sauce or cause it to be thicker. If you drain too much you can always go back once the sauce is finished and add small amounts of water to get it to the desired consistency.
- Add all ingredients left into the blender. You may have to add everything except half of the peppers until you get some of them blended, depending on the size of your blender. I usually add all liquids/spices, and half of the peppers, blend, then add the other half of peppers.
- Add to jars, refrigerate, and enjoy!
Add-Ins for Jalapeño Hot Sauce
So this is my recipe, but feel free to have fun with it. Look in your fridge, see what you have on hand that can make the flavor just right. I add in the habaneros because the jalapeños alone aren't hot enough for me.
Some ideas of things to add to your jalapeño hot sauce recipe:
- soy sauce
- liquid smoke
- bell peppers
- banana peppers
- grape jelly
- fresh acidic fruits (may change PH balance and require more vinegar)
Once you have the basics figured out you can pretty much just play with the taste of the sauce. Once it's finished, but still in the blender give it a taste. See if there is something you would like to add to it, but remember to start out with only adding small amounts at a time.
If you plan on keeping this sauce for a while, remember that adding sweets or fruits can change the PH balance. Basically all that means is it will go bad sooner if you don't add enough vinegar to make up for the difference.
Enjoy Your Jalapeño Hot Sauce Recipe
Now that you have made it, start eating it! This recipe goes well on tacos, burgers, and well, just about anything you can enjoy hot sauce on.
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