Vinegar Hot Pepper Sauce

Discussion in 'Peppers' started by bubba in texas, Mar 31, 2012.

  1. Does anyone have a recipe for one?  I enjoy putting a sauce like this on any kind of bbq and I've found one recipe online that is better than most that I've tried, but still not 100% satisfied.

    If anyone has one, please share!
  2. alblancher

    alblancher Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    I normally just soak hot peppers in vinegar for a couple of months.  Heat the vinegar, crush the peppers you want to use and let soak for a couple of months.

    I use either japs or the small multicolored ornamental peppers.
  3. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

  4. 'Vinegar Hot Pepper Sauce" can mean a lot of different things.
    I think if you're more specific in what you're looking for you'll get better answers.
    Otherwise, folks are just making an educated guess at what you want, and in most cases that's not helpful.

  5. What I'm talking about involves cayenne pepper....something that you put on ribs or brisket in a bbq joint. Initial post was vague.
  6. jaynik

    jaynik Smoking Fanatic

    Hard to tell what you are looking for. There is a recipe here for Starnes BBQ sauce which is a vinegar based sauce with hot sauce, cayenne and some other stuff. Is that what you ate looking for?
  7. That sounds about right.  Did you just google Starnes or where is the recipe?
  8. I make a lot of hot sauce using Habs, Bhut Jolokia, and Trinidad Scorps.  I chop them up and let them ferment for 3 months, throw them in the Vita-Mix with vinigar, onion, garlic, and salt and then can jars of it.  I have had people say it is the best hot sauce they have had.  I have also made fruity hot sauces using mango, lime, lemon pineapple, kiwi, ect.  Let me know if you want more info.

  9. Is it a thin tart sauce or a thicker sweet/sour sauce?

  10. This is the vinegar/cayenne BBQ sauce that I know:

    Darn simple!!

    2 cups good apple cider vinegar (not the cheap crap!)
    2 tablespoons kosher salt
    1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
    2 teaspoons crushed cayenne pepper flakes
    2 tablespoons brown sugar

    Have fun!!!

  11. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

     I am interested in your procedure, especially what you do to " Ferment " the Chiles. What temp, anything on them to stop mold and spoilage, the whole deal start finish...JJ
  12. thoseguys26

    thoseguys26 Master of the Pit

    I would also love to hear some more info on your process. Sounds tasty.
    1. Once you have enough peppers wash them good and cut the stem end off, watch for peppers with internal yuck.  I frequently find ones with fuzzy mold type stuff inside or black seeds, I don't use these.
    2. Put the peppers in a food processor and pulse chop until you have pea size pieces.
    3. Put them in a sterilized jar
    4. Add 1 Tbsp of kosher salt per 1.5 cup chopped peppers
    5. Add a pinch or two of yeast....I used regular bread yeast
    6. Seal the jar with an "air lock lid"
    I have made sauce after a month of fermenting and after 3 months of fermenting and notice no difference.
    1. Put fermented peppers in a sauce pan with enough vinegar ( I used white) to cover and simmer for 15 min. ( do this when the wife and kids are gone, it will choke everyone)
    2. Transfer to a "Vita Mix", you could use a regular blender but you will not get as smooth of a consistency.
    3. Add one whole onion quartered
    4. Add 4-5 cloves garlic
    5. Add enough vinegar to allow everything to mix and form a whirlpool type of effect
    6. Then just add vinegar to get the desired amount of heat if you want it tamed down.
    7. Add salt if needed.
    Once you get to the blender you can add whatevery you want.  I have not done it, but I have read of guys fermenting the onion, garlic, raisins, whatever fruit ect.... with the peppers

    Check out
  13. Martin,

    That's about like the one I'm talking about.  I'm at work right now so I don't know exactly what I put in mine, but did find one on the internet that is somewhat what I have found in a BBQ joint in Elgin, Texas that I used to eat at and modified it to my taste.  I have found that I add a little more cayenne pepper and don't use the crushed red pepper because it clogs up my squirt bottle that I use.  My recipe does not call for the brown sugar, but I would imagine that if someone likes the sweet/sour taste, it would be good.  I kind of tend to the sour/hot taste myself. is a "cool" looking site......gonna have to check that out tomorrow when I'm smoking a butt!
  14. Cool!

    The brown sugar is just for balance, the sauce isn't noticeably sweet.

  15. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I make it all different ways, the only constant is fermentation.

    Thin sauces have the pulp removed and the pulp is dehydrated and made into spiced salt and Crab Boil type spices.

    The thicker stuff I dehydrate the pulp and run it through a coffee grinder then add back to the hot sauce.

    So far my "Pineapple Habanero" hot sauce is the most flavorable.

    My "Lemon Lime" is hot and the flavor is ok

    The "Fire in the Hole" is mostly heat with a little flavor

    The "Mango" Hot sauce is a bit unique, sort of hard to describe, but does well on chicken.
  16. Martin

    I bought a 9 lb butt yesterday and cut it in half......been on the smoker since 6 am in the pouring rain.  I'm going to try your recipe tonight to go with the pulled pork sammies.
  17. Sounds like you're good to go!

    Last edited: Sep 29, 2012
  18. Martin

    Just tried the sauce....AWESOME!

    The brown sugar like you said just leveled things out. Bravo, my man!

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