3-Pepper Hot Sauce
Hot sauce is popping up everywhere even in sweets, snacks and desserts, so I decided to try making my own. I made a few batches for friends and this one came out on top as a clear winner. I think this would make a great father’s day gift for any dad who likes spice – or a great hostess gift for summer when everyone is out and grilling.
After a few hots sauce attempts I’ve learned that the key to a great hot sauce is a balance of heat, acid and flavor. I like using a variety of peppers so the heat level is strong but doesn’t hit you all at once. I used apple cider vinegar because it’s a nice balance to all that heat and brings a good amount of acidity, the tomatoes are great because they’re both acidic and a bit sweet plus they add lots of flavor. The pineapple is a saving grace for me because it really helps mellow out all that heat and I’m a total wimp when it comes to spice, but don’t worry it doesn’t make the sauce too sweet, just helps round it out. Try this sauce and then experiment with your favorite flavors!
- Roast the jalapeños on a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil for 5-10 minutes at 400 degrees. This helps the flavors develop.
- Chop the pulla peppers, the habaneros, and the onion. Once they are cool enough to handle chop the roasted jalapeños.
- In a pan combine the chopped ingredients with cubed pineapple (you can used fresh or canned), crushed tomatoes (I used canned tomatoes), apple cider vinegar and salt.
- Stir everything together and let it simmer on medium to low heat for 15 to 20 minutes on the stove. Take the stove off the heat and let it come to room temperature.
- Blend the sauce to your desired consistency and pour into a jar or bottle. Label and store in the fridge!