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Prep Time:
30 Minutes
Marinade Time:
30 Minutes - Simmer
makes 2+/- cups
Grill time:
30 Minutes

Homemade Hot Sauce

With Roasted Garlic & Cayenne

Posted on by Andrea Alden
Homemade Hot Sauce
Serves makes 2+/- cups
Prep Time:
Marinade Time: 30 Minutes - Simmer
Grill time: 30 Minutes
It’s become a tradition to make hot sauce as a holiday gift for friends, and my Homemade Hot Sauce With Roasted Garlic & Cayenne was a huge success again this year. This sauce isn’t overly vinegary, instead relying on the intense cayenne pepper for punch. Easily adjust the heat of this recipe by subtracting hot peppers and adding sweet bell peppers, which also bulk up the sauce without watering it down. The roasted garlic and blistered skin of the peppers add a hint of smoke to the finish, giving this hot sauce flavor along with the heat.
Blister Skin on the side burner
Blister Skin on the side burner
Simmer 30 mins
Simmer 30 mins
Serve to spicy delight of others
Serve to spicy delight of others

Homemade Hot Sauce

Serves: makes 2+/- cups       Total Time: 90 Minutes


  • 50 cayenne peppers
  • 1 to 5 hot peppers like scotch bonnet (optional)
  • 2 to 4 sweet bell peppers
  • 1 tbsp. coconut or avocado oil
  • 1 fist sized onion, diced
  • 1 head of garlic, roasted
  • salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp. white vinegar


Step 1
Preheat the grill to 500°F, or use the infrared side burner on high. Blister the skin of all of the peppers over direct heat. Remove the peppers from the heat and allow them to cool enough to handle.
Step 2
Wearing gloves, chop all of the peppers. Seeds will increase the heat of this sauce, so leave them in or dispose of them; it’s up to you.
Step 3
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the oil and onion, and begin cooking the onion. Add the peppers and roasted garlic, allowing everything to come to a simmer. Add salt and pepper to taste, and the maple syrup, continuing to simmer for about 30 minutes.
Step 4
Add the cooked pepper mixture to a blender or food processor; make sure that the lid is secure. If you are sensitive wearing a mask and/or goggles are also a good idea. Turn the blender on. Slowly add the water and vinegars, blending until the mixture is as smooth as you can get it.
Step 5
Strain the mixture through a mesh sieve into a waiting bowl. If you think that you can extract any more liquid from the remaining pulp, use cheesecloth and squeeze out a little more of this awesome-sauce.
Step 6
Pour the strained sauce into squeeze bottles or canning jars. This will keep in the fridge for up to a month, but contains no preservatives.

Homemade Hot Sauce With Roasted Garlic & Cayenne pairs perfectly with potatoes, fish, chicken, and pretty much anything else you can imagine getting saucy with. If you like spicy, this hot sauce is  fantastic and it's an easy recipe to make. Do you like to keep things spicy or not so much?

Happy Grilling!

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