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Explore the art and science of how to make a good hot sauce with this simple recipe from the cauldrons of Hellfire. Learning how to craft your own pepper sauces at home is a great way to preserve the flavors of the season and enjoy red hot peppers all year long.
The key ingredients to any homemade hot sauce work together to deliver intense heat, flavor, and natural preservation qualities. Find out how artisanal hot sauce is made or jump to the recipe if you just can’t wait to start chopping.
When making artisanal hot sauces by the tried and true methods of the Sauceress and the Chilimaster at Hellfire, you would create a hot pepper mash and let it ferment to fully develop the flavors. This step involves making the mash and submerging it in brine for hours, days, or weeks at room temperature.
Fermenting peppers is a science and is optional. Feel free to skip the fermenting step and expect that the resulting hot sauce will be a little sharper and fresher tasting than an aged mash sauce. Keeping it in the refrigerator for about two weeks will also mellow the flavor.
Have the right equipment ready to go before you start slicing! The hotter the peppers, the more care you should use to avoid contact with your skin and eyes. Be ready to go with:
3 cups fresh hot peppers (red jalapenos, cayenne peppers, fresno peppers, etc)
3-5 garlic cloves, chopped
1 cup fresh chopped tomatoes, tomatillos, or a combination of these
1/2 cup chopped white or yellow onion
3/4 cup water, fruit juice, or cooking wine
¼ cup chopped cilantro (optional)
2 tsp brown sugar or honey (optional)
1 tsp lemon or lime juice
1 tsp salt
1 cup apple cider vinegar
Shake or stir before each use. Makes about two cups of all natural vegan hot sauce.
At Hellfire Hot Sauce, we started making the finest artisanal handcrafted hot sauces even before we formed the company in 2009. With the Chilimaster Merle growing the finest chili peppers and the Sauceress Diana creating mind-blowing and mouth-burning recipes with those ingredients, we have some of the hottest sauces and most loyal fans in the chilihead culture.
Whether you make your own fresh hot sauce at home or stock up on our seasonal and specialty sauces from Hellfire, you can spice up all your recipes and bring complex flavors to your family table or competitive BBQ. There may be no one single “perfect” hot sauce, but having one of every kind is sinful perfection.
Browse the famous hot sauces from Hellfire for more inspirations and fan favorites that will expand your handcrafted hot sauce repertoire.