Chili Pepper Madness

November 03, 2017

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe

A hot sauce recipe made with your favorite hot peppers, garlic, honey and dark rum. Just a touch of sweet with your ideal level of heat. Drizzle it over everything.

Got another hot sauce coming your way, my friends. We're not fermenting the peppers this time - see "How to Ferment Chili Peppers" if you're interested in that subject - but instead working with fresh chili peppers that we'll be roasting.

Roasting your peppers is a good way to coax out additional flavors for your resulting hot sauce. It's a super simple sauce recipe with very few steps, though you'll be crazy happy with the end flavors.

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe

I'm calling this a more generic "Hot Pepper Sauce" recipe as you can see because you can make this with any pepper of your choice, realistically. I grew so many peppers in our garden this year and this is me basically using some of them up. I used a collection of Squash Red peppers, Jamaican Hots, and Brain Strain peppers, which are incredibly HOT, classified as superhot chili peppers

I was going for something VERY hot that I can spoon into chili, which I LOVE making this time of year, or for swirling into soups and stews to bring up the heat of the entire pot.

You are free to use whatever chili peppers you prefer to achieve a heat level you desire. You don't have to be a crazy man like me, eating the superhots. I'll have to make a milder version for Patty using a couple habanero peppers and rounding it out with sweeter peppers. She loves a good hot sauce, too, but isn't a fan of the superhots. Too hot for her! I have some sweet peppers fermenting right now for her. I'll be sure to share that recipe with you.

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe

The process is easy enough to make the hot sauce. In a nutshell, you'll chop your peppers and mix all of the ingredients, except the vinegar, together in a bowl. Spread it all out over a baking sheet and roast them in the oven for about 12 minutes to cook everything down a bit.

Cool it all slightly then process it all up in a food processor with apple cider vinegar.

You can strain the sauce at this point if you'd like a smoother sauce, but it's already pretty smooth. I didn't strain mine. You can still see some of the seeds in there. I sort of like that sometimes. Makes it feel more rustic, though go for your preference.

You'll definitely get your preferred heat along with a sweet finish from the honey and brown sugar, though it isn't TOO sweet. You'll also notice the pungency of the garlic, basil and dark rum for complexity.

Give a try, my friends! Let me know it turns out for you. I hope you like it! -- Mike H.

Frequently Asked Hot Sauce Questions

Here are answers to some of the most common questions I get on other sauces:

How long will this sauce keep? It should keep a few months easily in the fridge, or even longer. It's all about the acidity. To be technical, target level ph for shelf stable foods is below 4.6 ph, but should probably be lower for home cooks, around 4.0 or so, to account for errors. If you're concerned, add more vinegar to lower the ph. Sauces made with fermented chili peppers will last even longer.

Where'd you get that sauce bottle? I find them locally sometimes, but I also order through Amazon. Here is a link to some bottles I like (affiliate link, my friends!): Swing Top Glass Bottles, 8.5 Ounce - Set of 4. If you like the smaller bottles that most hot sauce makers use, here's another link: Hot Sauce Bottles, 5 Oz - 24 Pack.

Can I process this hot sauce for longer storage? Absolutely. Just be sure to use proper canning/jarring safety procedures.

What should I do with hot sauce? Aside from drizzling it over anything you please, here's a post I did about How to Cook with Hot Sauce. As if you need even MORE reasons to eat hot sauce. LOL. I hope you find it helpful!

Check out more Hot Sauce Recipes.

 Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce – Recipe


  • 8 ounces hot peppers, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 tablespoons dark rum
  • 1-1/2 cups apple cider vinegar (12 oz)
  • Salt to taste
  • Juice from 1 lime

Cooking Directions

  1. To a large bowl, add hot peppers, garlic, basil, brown sugar, honey and rum. Mix well.
  2. Spread the mixture over a baking sheet, reserving any remaining liquid from the bowl.
  3. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes at 350 degrees F.
  4. Cool slightly then add the mixture to a food processor with the reserved liquid, apple cider vinegar and salt to taste. Process until smooth.
  5. Swirl in lime juice and pour the sauce into a glass container or bottle. Cover and let it sit for at least 24 hours or longer for the flavors to blend.

Enjoy! Makes about 2 cups.

Honey Roasted Hot Pepper Hot Sauce - Recipe

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  • Comment Link Emanuele February 24, 2018 posted by Emanuele

    Made this today, and it's amazing. Didn't use rum though. I found it too runny after blending with the vinegar, so boiled it down a bit to thicken it up, then quickly gave it another whizz in the blender. Came out perfect!

  • Comment Link Carolyn January 31, 2018 posted by Carolyn

    When the recipe says to spread mixture over baking sheet, reserving any remaining moisture from the bowl. What do you do with the liquid that is left over - do you discard it or add it back in when you process the mixture in the food processor?

    REPLY: Carolyn, good catch. You can add that to the food processor as well. I've updated the recipe. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Tom January 02, 2018 posted by Tom

    I've just made this tonight (tried some using California Reapers, it's like pure fire!), when you say let it sit is that on the side or in the fridge?
    Does it make a difference either way?
    Many thanks for the recipe!

    REPLY: Thanks, Tom. You can let it sit in the fridge for a day or so. Glad you like it! -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link pieter November 29, 2017 posted by pieter

    do you have to use rum or is there a substitute

    REPLY: Pieter, you can omit the rum if you'd like. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Deb November 08, 2017 posted by Deb

    In the first responsor you say 20-30 ghost peppers? Really that many?


    REPLY: Deb, yes, you can make this sauce with that many peppers, but if that is too many, try it with 10, or a mixture of peppers. See how that goes for you. Just measure out 8 ounces of peppers on a kitchen scale. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Linda Crowley November 06, 2017 posted by Linda Crowley

    I'll be using ghost peppers-how many do you recommend?

    REPLY: Linda, you could use 20-30 ghost peppers for this, or you can mix it up and use a blend of peppers. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Karen November 04, 2017 posted by Karen

    Would you call 8oz of peppers a 1 cup measure? Also, what are your thoughts on using whole frozen peppers if I defrost them? Thank you.

    REPLY: Karen, typically 8 ounces is 1 cup, but I would go by weight rather than volume in this case, though it's pretty close either way. Yes, you can use thawed frozen peppers. No problem. Let me know how it turns out for you. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  • Comment Link Dave November 03, 2017 posted by Dave

    In your instructions on the apple cider vinegar was is 15 or 1 point 5 cups.

    REPLY: Dave, it is 1-1/2 cups. -- Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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