I love Frank's Red Hot Sauce as much as the next person. I really do put that $#!% on everything. And it's one of the few (possibly only) mainstream condiments that doesn't have an ingredients list that makes my head spin.
But nothing beats fresh homemade hot sauce.
I have made this hot sauce in years past and it is always a big hit. I usually give a few jars away as well, and I still have enough to last me a whole year. We toss it in wraps, on salads, over eggs, and cover our chicken wings in it. I have even put some on my sushi wraps! We get cayennes from our farm share and Farmer Paul always has bushels of extra cayenne peppers that we are welcome to take.
Some people think that fall smells like pumpkin, but to me it smells like spicy cayennes boiling on the stovetop. Consider this your warning: your house will smell when you make this!
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20-30 minutes
Cut the tops off your cayenne peppers and put the peppers in a pot on the stove top. Add the garlic and 1 tsp of salt. Pour about 2 cups of vinegar on top (if you are using more or less cayenne peppers, just enough vinegar to cover the peppers is what you are aiming for. A good rule of thumb for me has been about 1 cup of vinegar per 10 peppers). Bring this to a boil and then let it simmer until the peppers are soft (usually 20-30 minutes). This is when your house is really going to start to smell! Maybe do this on a day when you can open your windows :-)
Pour the mixture into a blender, add 1 tbsp of garlic powder, and puree until smooth. You can add more salt and/or garlic powder to suit your tastes. Once it tastes the way you prefer and is blended, pour it through a mesh strainer to get the seeds out. I find canning to be tedious, but if you want to can these you could. I just pour mine into a glass mason jar and keep it in the fridge. It's safe in there for at least 6 months.
NOTE: Most people would say you need to use white vinegar. I have made this with both distilled white vinegar and apple cider vinegar, and both worked well. I would say it's a judgement call and you can use whichever one you prefer.
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