Southern Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe


  • 12 medium long or conical chili peppers such as cayenne, de arbol, habanero or jalapeno
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12 black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp pickling salt
  • 1 cup cider vinegar


  1. Put the peppers, garlic cloves, peppercorns and salt into a bottle with a capacity of about 12 ounces.
  2. Using a funnel, pour enough vinegar into the bottle to cover well. Put the caps on and shake to dissolve the salt.
  3. Let the bottle sit 2 to 3 days undisturbed so the vinegar can absorb the other flavors. The longer it sits the hotter it gets.
  4. Store the bottle in the refrigerator or in a cool place. Until the pepper flavor gets weak, you can top off the bottle with fresh vinegar as needed.



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