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How do you make tobasco Sauce?

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by nakom, Jan 26, 2011.

  1. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    Does anyone know how you make a hot sauce like tobasco?  I cannot get the consistency of the tobasco sauce.  I am not as worried about the taste as I am the consistency.  I want to make a similar sauce that I play with the pepper blend to get what I want.

    I have looked on the net but the sauces are not what I was looking for.  Any thoughts?


  2. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Read the ingredient label on your fav and get busy.

     Good luck and have fun!!

  3. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    Louisiana Tabasco sauce starts with Tabasco peppers chopped and packed into barrels with salt for months and months.  The "mash" is then mixed with vinegar and allowed to "cure".  The liquid is strained and packaged.  This is my understanding from how it is made.   Chef John Folse in his book  "Encyclopedia of Cajun and Creole Cuisine" offers this alternative

    6lbs sweet red cherry peppers

    3 lbs hot red jalapeno peppers

    remove stems from peppers and quarter, retaining seeds. 

    In a large sauce pot place peppers and seeds with enough water to cover by 1/4 inch

    bring to rolling boil, reduce to simmer and cook until peppers are tender but still bright red, do not brown

    remove tenderized peppers from liquid and run through food mill or puree in food processor.

    I make a sauce of just diced jalapenos, salt and vinegar.  After a couple of  months in the fridge I run through a food processor or just dish out and serve.  You can add sugar to this to take out some of the bitterness.

  4. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    I made some w/ tobassco peppers  and vinegar and salt. made a mash and aged it in a glass gallon jar . came out pretty good , Not as good as tobassco but still pretty good.
  5. nakom

    nakom Fire Starter

    Thanks for the responses.

    I will try the recipe you listed, I pretty much did the same thing with Jalapenos but it got real thick and I cut it with white vinegar.  It did not taste right but maybe I cooked it to long and too hot.  Thank you for the advice, I really like hot sauce and I like to have tried and true recipes and then experiment.