Adventures in Backyard Hot Sauce

by Bethany Plonski September. 23, 2018 463 views
Tabasco chiles

Tabasco chiles

Every summer, we plant several kinds of peppers in our little container garden out back. This year we picked up a tabasco plant, and now we are swimming in tiny, fiery-hot peppers. 

The tabasco is producing like crazy. I think there is going to be a lot of hot sauce in our future.

After looking at a few recipes, I learned that traditional tabasco sauce is fermented. That wasn’t something I wanted to get into, so I decided to boil the peppers instead—outside on the grill, of course, because the internet is full of horror stories about making this sauce indoors.

A pot of fire

A pot of fire

The pepper fumes were no joke.

I confess: the goggles weren't necessary. :) But wearing a mask certainly did help!

The sauce ended up with a "burn your face off" level of heat. I definitely underestimated how hot these little peppers would be.

The final tasting process was painful to endure, and I ended up adding some water and a dash of agave nectar. I think I will continue experimenting with additional ingredients in the next few batches, but all in all it's a tasty sauce and damn hot!

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George Kunschman 2 years, 6 months ago

You are not only adventurous, but a risk taker! Great pictures, and backstory. And I agree with Joe, a selfie would have been an added treat!

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Bethany Plonski Replied to George Kunschman 2 years, 6 months ago

Thank you! Glad you enjoyed it. :)

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Bill Baird 2 years, 6 months ago

Hope it doesn't eat the lid.  lol

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Bill Baird 2 years, 6 months ago

Me too! So far so good :)

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Joe Zink 2 years, 6 months ago

Too bad you didn't take a selfie, would have been fun to see you with the goggles , mask and rubber gloves, like a mad scientist, but making hot sauce grinning

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 6 months ago

Haha, I will have to keep that in mind for next time!

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Joe Zink Replied to Bethany Plonski 2 years, 6 months ago

It's almost Halloween so a witches brew sort of photo would work too grinning 
Not sure what sort of spices you used, have you thought of adding some V8 to make it milder?

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Joe Zink 2 years, 6 months ago

I kept it basic this time around - just peppers, vinegar, garlic, and salt. I bet V8 would work really well, think I'm going to give that a try. Thank you for the suggestion!

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Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

I love these tiny things. You can put them in olive oil and the end result is amazing.

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Bethany Plonski Replied to Antonio Gil 2 years, 6 months ago

Sounds delicious! Will have to try that too. I think olive oil would go well with their flavor.

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