My first attempt at making hot sauce...more pictures now!

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by fpnmf, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I buy hot sauce whenever I see a nice looking bottle.

    Mainly habenaro..I like hot.

    I was at one of the cutesy beach stores a few weeks ago and go a bottle of habenaro and jalapeno sauce.

    It is kinda chunky and set me on fire, I like it.

    Every time I look at the ingredients lists on bottles I say "Hey I should make my own".

    So I googled making hot sauce and picked out the easiest recipe I could find.

    1 quart jar

    Chop peppers...(wear gloves)

    Put a layer of salt on the bottom of the jar.

    1/4 to 3/8 inch layer of peppers.

    Layer of salt and so on.

    Cheesecloth over the top and hold it down with a rubber band and put it in a cabinet.

    Let it ferment for a week.

    Fill to cover peppers with vinegar and back in cabinet for a week.

    Puree and into fridge,draining vinegar as it  floats to the top.

    Save the vinegar for spicing stuff.

    There ya have it.

    I had a bunch of peppers given to we will see how it goes.

    Have a great day!!


    First day...

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  2. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Beautiful pic!  I like hot stuff.  Not sure I am ready for this one, tho.  It sounds REALLY hot.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks good Craig!

    Can't wait to see how it tastes.
  4. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Sounds great, looks great too.  Looking forward to seeing how it turns out.  I just may have to try this.
  5. tank

    tank Smoke Blower

    Keep us up to date.  I am always interested in hot sauce.
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can it really be that simple?

    Great Looking Pic!

  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I love the way it looks.........all the pretty colors layered so nicely.......but there is no way this mamby-pamby could eat it.....
  8. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Day 4 after 4 chopped up cloves of Daves fresh garlic on top last nite.

    The house smells sooooo good.

    Almost full of fermented juice.

    Whoooo hoooooo!!!

    Have a great day!


  9. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Looks better every day!
  10. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    hmmmm, looks veryyyyy interesting. I've never considered fermenting the peppers....seems a bit like making kimchee. After the puree you gonna run it thru a foodmill?? I often make hot sauce using dried arbol chilis but do the boil method. I have about 6 jalapeno plants in the garden....will have to try this one. Thanks for the post, looking forward to the updates
  11. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I love the sauce made by the La guys at Mcllhenny.

    I looked at how they used to make and how they make it now.

    All I need is some little oak barrels and it would be very close.

    Gonna puree then thru a sieve, Then into the fridge and drain the vinegar that floats up.....gonna save it too.

         Thanks for your interest...  It is much fun...

  12. rp ribking

    rp ribking Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Craig, Looks real good, I'll PM you my address or you may all ready have it, for a sample.

    Since I have been smokin' meat I have found out that non-spicy people are a minority, most people like it spicy/hot.

  13. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I thought you had sent me a funky addy Mr Smith...Send it to me won't be rocking for a month or so ..but you will get the first taste..

  14. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I put the vinegar in to cover..

    A few days later it is smelling and looking great!!


    Next week I will puree it and into the fridge.

    This was looking good and I am happy with it so it was time to kick it up a notch!!

     Went over to see the King of the Piney Woods Plantation...

    We gabbed and smoked and laffed for a bit then it was time for me head back.

    He gave me 9 grocery store bags of veggies.  Okra, sweet banana peppers, bell peppers,habenaros and jalepenos.

    And some venison he has been trying to get rid of.

    What a great man!!

    So I decided it was time to make a bunch more hot suace!!

    I shredded 2 bags of habs and 1.5 bags of Jalepenos, 6 heads of garlic and one onion.

    Took about 4 hours to get thru it.

    K-Dog stopped by and I tightened him up with veggies and meat and he hung around until the pepper sauce vapor was too much for him.

    One glass 2 gallon jar and one of those jugs from the cheese balls from walmart later it was done.


    The one on the left has mostly habenaros and the one on the right is mostly jalapenos..


    They went into the cabinet under the sink to ferment and will stay there about a week and then the vinegar.

    Have a great day!!

  15. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did your dad or mom or Ray take after your love of hot stuff?
  16. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    It looks great Craig [​IMG]
  17. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Not that I know of..

    I dont recall any of them liking spicy stuff except Mom did some.

    I didn't really care for it much til I moved to Atlanta and expanded my eating with all the different ethnic foods there.

  18. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    I use the same but use the vinegar method. [​IMG]
  19. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    [​IMG]It should[​IMG]which is a good thing.
  20. fpnmf

    fpnmf Smoking Guru OTBS Member


      So far I am quite happy with it!!

      Have a great day!!


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