Smokin Hot Sauce!


Believe it or not, I cannot stand anything that's very spicy. My husband is another matter, he likes things as spicy as he can find them. A few weeks ago at the farmers market, I purchased a pound of cayenne peppers. Usually, when I get fresh cayenne peppers, I will make either hot chili oil or dry them for the crushed red pepper flakes. This time I decided I would try something a little different! With the fresh cayenne peppers, I decided to make it my own hot sauce. The inspiration for this hot sauce came from Frank's red-hot and Srirach hot chili sauce. I have to be very honest with you; I think Srirachi has met its match. This hot sauce is not for the faint of heart. I took a tiny taste of it and my tongue literally felt like it was sizzling for 5 minutes.
To make the hot sauce:1 pound fresh cayenne peppers2 cups white vinegarDirections:Wash and rinse your peppers. If you have rubber gloves, I would suggest that you wear them.Cut off the tops of the peppers and place peppers into a medium saucepan. Add vinegar to the peppers simmer on medium heat until the peppers are soft.Remove from heat, cover and let set for 10 minutes. Place peppers and vinegar mixture into a food processor or blender.Run your machine until all the peppers are liquefied.

The next step can be a little tricky; you need to remove the pepper seeds from your hot sauce. You want to make sure you use a strainer that has holes that are small enough the seeds won't go through. I tried two different items; the first was a mesh tea strainer. Since the tea strainer is very small, it took a very long time. With a spoon, I pushed the liquid through the strainer. After fussing with this way for a while, I decided to use my flour sifter, this actually worked quite well. I was able to place the liquefied mixture in the sifter then use the sifting blade to move the liquid from around the seeds. If I was to try this again, I think what I might do is get some cheesecloth and double or triple it, to gently squeeze sauce from the seeds.Once you have removed the liquid, do not throw away what is left over. I took what was left over and put it into a mason jar. I then added extra virgin olive oil. You want to stir the olive oil to make sure you're getting it down into the seeds. Make sure the olive oil covers the seeds; place a lid on the jar. Store in the refrigerator, use these any time you have a recipe that you need add crushed red peppers.
Place the hot pepper sauce in a jar. I had a glass maple syrup jar I put mine into. You can use a canning jar, left over salsa jar, spaghetti jar anything that is glass. Store the sauce in the refrigerator and use as needed. If you like buffalo wings, in our house we do buffalo chicken breasts. This sauce will be perfect for it. I would add to a small saucepan, a cup of the hot sauce that we just made, one stick of butter, half a cup of rice vinegar, and quarter cup of honey. Heat on medium low until the butter is melted, stir making sure the ingredients are well blended. Pour over your chicken and serve.