Cherry Bomb

Discussion in 'Sauces, Rubs & Marinades' started by hillbillyrkstr, Sep 5, 2016.

  1. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Well the garden produced a ton of cherry peppers this year. And I needed to figure out ways to use them.

    Cherry pepper plants

    I pickled a few jars to use on burgers and sandwiches (same peppers jimmy johns uses).

    After I canned a half dozen or so jars of these tasty pickled peppers I decided to throw my hat in the arena of hot sauce.




    The jalapeños and bell peppers did well this year to so I picked some and mixed them in with the cherry peppers and onions, and garlic.

    All the peppers, onions and garlic cut up and in the pot full of water.

    Everything cooked down.

    Sauce mixed with vinager, water, and strained.

    Finished product bottled up.

    Ghost peppers did well in the garden to. Gonna make some sauce this week.
     
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  2. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    NICE!!! If you run out of canning jars or bottles you could dry any of them for grinding into powders later...could be the makings for some unique dishes and flavors...you know that, but others may not.

    Now those ghost peppers? Think I'd pass...I like hot now and then, but it doesn't take much Naga Jolokia/Ghost to put one on the floor. I messed around with Scotch Bonnets a few years back...I figured if I can't take a nip off the pepper and chew it up that it was too hot to play with...you know the rest.

    Eric
     
  3. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Thanks Eric.

    I bought some more ingredients today and will hopefully be making the ghost sauce tomorrow. I'll post some pics if I remember to take them. Decided to use some fruit in this next batch!
     
  4. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    I've got lots of cherry bombs too - and will have some giant ghosts soon, so I'm watching to see what your next batch is with fruit (and the ghosts)!
     
  5. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Hey, there ya go!!! I like your creativity...fruits in a hot sauce, now that will be unique...probably tone-down the heat a little, too. I know it has a weaker, milder flavor, but Mango, along with a few others in combination, might be good with that Ghost Pepper Sauce. Let us know what you put together. I'm a big fan of hot sauces. My kids even keep me stocked-up with no less than a dozen different varieties. I just never took the time to make my own, so you got my attention.

    Eric
     
  6. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Well I take any pics except this one:


    But the sauce is done. House was toxic for a few hours yesterday.

    Mango Ghost is what I'm calling it but it has peaches, cherry peppers, jalapeños, and habaneros in it as well. And the normal onions, garlic, etc...
     
  7. smokinal

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

    Your sauces look great.

    I wish we had the room to grow a nice garden each year.

    Al
     
  8. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Thanks Al. The sauces came out good (I think anyway. First time I've made any hot sauce). I'm not sure how long they'll last though. With plastic bottle tops it's not like sealing mason jars. I waited until the bottles cooled to put the tops on because they have those little plastic restricters on them. Didn't want to melt them. I'm hoping they'll last a while.

    As far as the garden goes I have all the room in the world. Two 20x20 gardens this year (one is all cucumbers) and I'm expanding next year. Not to mention the crops I help my farming buddies plant. My wife is sick of canning at this point and we still have a lot of tomatoes to go! Lol.
     
  9. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    I did 17 bottles Eric. If you lived around me if give you one.
     
  10. forluvofsmoke

    forluvofsmoke Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I appreciate the offer. Hey, if you've got a fair amount of vinegar in that sauce, it may keep for a couple months on the shelf. The acidity helps quite a bit if everything was sterile from the start, but you know that already if you can veggies and such. It's not the same as if you'd done a water-bath, of course. If in doubt, just find a hole someplace in the back of your fridge out of the way...they'd keep for years in there.

    Man, the ingredients in that sauce sound like a winner to me!!!


    Eric
     
  11. smoking4fun

    smoking4fun Smoke Blower

    I like to call my hot sauces "Capsaicin Cough" - because that's always my reaction when I open up the bottle (and when I'm cooking them on the stove)...you know, when that aerated pepper oil gets in the air and you get a big inhale of it.
     
  12. bdskelly

    bdskelly Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome! b
     
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You definitely deserve points for innovation. Sounds like a great hot sauce!

    Disco
     
  14. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Can I get one!?  [​IMG]

    Man that looks like fun Hillbilly. I'm seriously considering doing peppers next year after how well they turned out for everyone this year. Have you tasted the ghost peppers yet?
     
  15. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Yeah you can get one dinger. Chili cook off is October 1st at Motz Farms (few miles from my place). Stan, and cam will be there as always (Stan is a judge, and cam is entering). We're trying to top $10,000 this year for charity! Half pigs, half beefs, redwings tickets, mechanic hours, etc up for silent auction. I have smoked and vacu sealed, and froze
    10 pounds of pulled pork to auction, and my buddy mark and I are auctioning off a guided goose hunt. You should check this out.
     
  16. hillbillyrkstr

    hillbillyrkstr Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Need the fruit to offset the heat.
     
  17. humdinger

    humdinger Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks! Oct 1st is my parents' anniversary so we might be doing Frankenmuth as a family. As always, if I can make it, I'll let you know!
     

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