This Hot Pepper Sauce is a classic Southern recipe. It’s a delicious pepper vinegar that you can put on just about anything to give it a little extra boost of flavor!
Hot Pepper Sauce is one of my favorite southern recipes. It’s so easy to make. Just add a bunch of hot peppers to a jar of vinegar and then let everything marinate for a month or 2. When it’s ready you have a spicy vinegar that you can add to all sorts of things.
My grandma used to always have a jar in her pantry and we’d put it on everything. My favorite is a splash of pepper vinegar on my collard greens.
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What is Pepper Sauce Made of?
- Hot Peppers – The peppers are the key. You want something spicy. Traditionally it would be small little hot peppers like tabasco peppers and that is definitely what I recommend if you have them. They don’t sell them in stores in my area and I don’t have a garden so I use jalapenos or, in the case of my most recent batch, Fresno chili peppers. Serrano peppers, habaneros, Thai chili peppers….any of these can work you just want them to be spicy and to fit in a jar.
- Vinegar – Plain white vinegar is all you need for this recipe. I am sure other types of vinegar would work as well but I’ve never tried it.
- Salt – Every recipe needs a little salt. The salt helps to pull the flavor from the peppers into the vinegar.
You can play around with adding other whole, dried spices such as peppercorns if you’d like to add a different flavor to the mix.
How to Make It
Fill the Jars – Stuff your peppers into your jars making sure to pack them in.
Boil It – First you combine the vinegar and salt and bring it to a boil.
Pour It – Pour the hot liquid over the peppers in the jar, filling the jar to the top before screwing on the lid.
Wait – Now you wait. Place the container in a cool dark place for 2 months to let the flavors come together.
How to Store It
The vinegar is very acidic and because we use so much of it in this recipe you don’t have to store this dish in the refrigerator. Just make sure it has a lid the tightly fastens to keep it sealed and store it in a cool, dark place like your pantry. It will last indefinitely this way.
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