Many foods are simply vehicles with which I consume hot sauce. I mean, seriously, what is the point of scrambled eggs if not to eat hot sauce? Lucky for me, homemade hot sauce is also a great way to use up late summer peppers.
While the tomatoes are wrapping up, my pepper plants seem to only be getting started. I grow peppers almost exclusively for salsa, but the tomato-to-pepper ratio is off this late in the season. All these excess peppers get sautéed in red wine vinegar and smoked soy sauce, then blended into a perfect hot sauce to eat on pizza, mac and cheese, potato salad, deli sandwiches, salads, or eggs.
Hot sauce bottles with shrink wrapped plastic tops are inexpensive and fool proof, as long as you have a dishwasher, a hair dryer, and a funnel. (You do need to disinfect your bottles in the dishwasher or boiling water so you don’t spread botulism.) Slap a label on it and you’ve got cute little gifts to hand out to your friends plus plenty of hot sauce to see you well into next year’s pepper harvest.
NOTE: play with flavors. You can add herbs and spices, garlic, onions, and even fruit to your hot sauce. Smoked soy sauce, or any soy sauce for that matter, is also not necessary, it’s just what I like in mine.
NOTE: remove seed for less spice and keep some seeds for more spice.
WARNING: wear food-safe gloves to avoid chemically burning your hands with the peppers.
550 grams of hot peppers of your choice, ribs and seeds removed and roughly chopped. I used poblano, jalapeño, cayenne, and scotch bonnet.
3 cups red wine vinegar
1/2 cup smoked soy sauce
Wash all bottles, caps, and your funnel in the dishwasher on high or boil them in a large pot. Remove being careful not to touch the opening of the bottle or the funnel.
Put all ingredients in a sauce pan and heat on medium until boiling. Turn off heat and let cool. Blend in batches until smooth.
Put hot sauce in disinfected bottles with funnel. Seal tightly with lid. Place plastic shrink wrapped top on all of your bottles and shrink using hair dryer or heat gun.
Tie or stick a label on your hot sauce and give out to your friends and neighbors.
And here is a pin to save this recipe for later!