Simple Southern Hot Sauce
chile peppers, stems removed (preferably a mix from your garden of cayenne, bird, and serrano, but any blend you like will do)
red wine vinegar
fresh garlic, minced
cayenne chile powder
A classic, all-purpose hot sauce.
- Add all of the ingredients to a small stockpot.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat until it comes to a boil, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer and let the sauce cook for another 30 minutes until the peppers start to break down and the liquid reduces by about 1/3.
- Remove the mixture from heat and, either with a stick blender or a stand blender, puree the mix until it's smooth.
- Transfer the mixture back into the pot and simmer another 15 minutes to thicken the sauce.
- Cool down completely and store, preferably refrigerated, in a glass container.
Therese Nelson is TASTE's Cook In Residence and founder of the website Black Culinary History.