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20 November 2015

A homemade hot sauce recipe made with a variety of superhots, including the Carolina Reaper, 7-Pots and Scorpion peppers. Very hot!

OK, my friends. It is time to reveal one of the hottest hot sauces I have ever made in my own kitchen. Yes, it is homemade and it is crazy hot. Crazy hot in a good sort of way, the way only a serious chilihead can enjoy. Or any true heat lover.

The story is this. I was putting the finishing touches on my new cookbook, “1 Million Plus! Cooking with the World’s Hottest Chili Peppers” and I had acquired a couple of pounds of superhot chili peppers to complete a photo shoot for the cover and promotional materials.

We took our photos and when everything was wrapped up, I had the wonderful benefit of having a LOT of superhots to work with. I also grew a slew of peppers in our own garden this year.

We’re talking Carolina Reapers, Scorpions, a couple of 7-Pot Chili Pepper varieties. And that was what I had. A big variety.

Let’s Talk About the Hot Sauce Heat

With superhots, you can expect a wide range of heat, though the majority of them start at over 1 Million SHU. Some will approach or surpass 2 Million SHU, which is somewhat insane, but again, these are ranges so you can typically expect your pepper heat to fall in the middle somewhere.

The heat depends on many factors, such as soil and growing conditions of the particular peppers.Well, my leftover peppers must have been grown under some ideal conditions, because they were HOT. Yeah! Nice and hot! Top of the range. I didn’t not want them to go to waste, so I turned the majority of them into a hot sauce that I still have today.

This is a Louisiana style hot sauce with a few extras added in for flavor. A Louisiana style hot sauce consists of peppers and vinegar, and they’re extremely popular.

With good reason. This superhot version brings in the variety of superhots and adds in roasted garlic and basil. That’s it, with a bit of salt. You can expect variable results depending on the chili peppers you choose to work with.

To push for the top end of the scale, use only Reapers or 7-Pot Brain Strains if you can get them. Pure Scorpions would be crazy killer hot. Or vary it up like I did. You can also make this with roasted jalapenos, or pretty much any pepper you prefer. Choose your peppers with love. That is always a good place to start.

Tips for Making Superhot Hot Sauce

A word of caution. Aside from the obvious heat you will achieve with this sauce, you must also beware of fumes in the kitchen. Make this sauce in a well ventilated room.

Open the windows if you can. Pepper fumes can be rough, especially with superhots. Consider a mask and/or goggle to protect your eyes.

Also, wear gloves. I cook with superhots all the time and the oils usually do not bother my skin, but when cooking with a large amount, cutting them open, handling them, you will get some on your skin. It may burn, but if not, it can still burn other parts of your body that you touch. So, be careful. Learn How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn.

Once you’ve made the hot sauce, jar or bottle it and let it sit a week or two for the flavors to truly meld, though you can eat it right away if you’d like. Enjoy!

Patty’s Perspective

There is an MC Hammer song playing in my head right now. “Can’t Touch This!” Seriously, I was afraid to get near it to even take a photo. Mike is crazy.

The Hottest Damn Hot Sauce I Ever Made - A Louisiana Style Superhot Hot Sauce Recipe

Frequently Asked Hot Sauce Making Questions

Here are some answers to the most common questions I get about this and other hot sauce recipes:

How long will this hot 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. I have not measured the ph of this sauce, but I won’t have it around very long anyway. If you’re concerned, add more vinegar to lower the ph.

The best ph meters that I recommend are from Thermoworks. Get yourself a ph meter from Thermoworks today. I am a happy affiliate.

Where’d you get that hot 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.

Can Hot Sauce Kill You?

It is possible to overdose on capsaicin, the chemical that makes chili peppers hot. However, the only way you can die from eating hot sauce is if the sauce if sufficiently hot and you eat it in sufficient quantity. A study performed in 1980 calculated that it would take consuming 3 pounds of superhot pepper powder to kill a person weighing 150 pounds. It is highly unlikely anyone could consume that amount, as their body would react before reaching such a limit.

There have been reports of people ending up in the hospital in extreme situations after eating superhot chili peppers, particularly those with previous medical conditions. There is also the story of a man who burned a hole in his esophagus from eating super hot peppers, but that was from vomiting, not from the peppers themselves.

While it is true that eating extremely hot peppers and hot sauces can cause vomiting, nausea and stomach pain, the reality is that they cannot tear or burn through any of your body parts.

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. I hope you find it helpful!

Relevant Superhot Chili Pepper Information



If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

The Hottest Damn Hot Sauce I Ever Made - A Louisiana Style Superhot Hot Sauce Recipe
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The Hottest Damn Hot Sauce I Ever Made - A Louisiana Style Superhot Hot Sauce Recipe

A homemade hot sauce recipe made with a variety of superhots, including the Carolina Reaper, 7-Pots and Scorpion peppers. Very hot!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: hot sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: hot sauce, reaper, sauce, superhot
Servings: 90 tsp
Calories: 15kcal


  • 1 pound superhot chili peppers stems removed – use a mix! Anything over 1 Millions Scovilles, baby!
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 12 large basil leaves
  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  • Heat an oven to 400 degrees. Set the superhot chili peppers and garlic on a baking sheet and bake them about 15-20 minutes, or until the skins slightly char. Keep an eye on these. You don't want them to burn, and watch out for any fumes.
  • Add peppers to a food processor. Squeeze garlic out of their skins and into the food processor they go.
  • Add basil leaves and process.
  • While processing, add in vinegar until it is nicely pureed. Watch out for the fumes!
  • Add salt and stir. Push the sauce through a strainer or use a food mill to really strain it.
  • Pour into sterilized bottles and enjoy. Give to your friends! The longer you let it sit, the more the flavors will meld.


This made a couple of bottles for me. This is a KILLER HOT HOT sauce. So good!


Calories: 15kcal


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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Mike, I have a question for you. I am going to make some of my super hot Carolina reaper sauce. Usually I have fresh peppers, but this time my pepper guy is sending me a 1/2 of gallon of Carolina reaper mash I have never used mash before, just fresh peppers. My batches are one batch = 6/5 oz bottles

    How many ounces of the mash do you think I should use for one batch of 6 bottles. I was considering 8 oz total, but I wanted a really hot, you think that will be too much or too little. Thanks

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, Brian. I guess it’s hard to say, as it depends on what other ingredients you’re using and how much vinegar you want to use. 8 ounces sounds good, but then you have 22 more ounces to fill, + more if you’re straining. You could go up to 15 and even 20 ounces if you want more pure reaper flavor/heat. Sorry if this isn’t helpful.

  2. Dwayne Mouton

    Hi Mike . I noticed one of the responses mentioned smoking the peppers for a couple hours rather than baking. I want to try this method so my wife doesn’t divorce me. I have an electric smoker but I’m not sure how long are at what temperature to smoke them. Any suggestions.? Thanks.

  3. Can you do this recipes with dehydrated carolina reapers? I dehydrated ALOT of them so i could later down the road.

  4. Michael Jenkins

    Instead of the oven do yourself a favor and use a smoker for a few hours. It adds so much flavor to the sauce and saves your ears from listening to people complain about the fumes.

  5. 5 stars
    Hi Mike. Big fan of your site!
    I’m up to my ears in a few varieties of ghost peppers and chocolate scorpions. I’ve made loads of other hot sauces but never with superhots. I’m wondering how fermenting will effect the heat levels. I’d like to maximize heat and flavor and also have a long shelf life. My plan was to ferment the peppers, garlic and basil; and then blend with vinegar afterwards. Do you have any input for fermenting superhots, especially with regards to the heat level? Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Bill. Fermenting does tend to mellow things, but you’ll still get a LOT of heat from the superhots. Very enjoyable! Ferment them as any other pepper. Let me know how it goes for you.

  6. 5 stars
    Great recipe. Everyone thought this was delicious. And a little goes a LONG way but with great flavor. I used 7 Pot, jalapeño and an unknown (given to me by a friend), I used probably around 1.5 Cups of white vinegar, close to 30 fresh basil leaves, no clue about salt but I used a pink salt (4-5 really hefty pinches), 8-9 cloves of garlic roasted with the peppers along with drizzled with olive oil. This is my first time doing this and it turned out great.

    When they mention fumes that’s hilarious. Wear a mask, goggles or maybe char these suckers on a grill………OUTSIDE! Feels like your kitchen/house was sprayed with mace versus air freshener!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Courtney. Glad you enjoyed it. Yes, the fumes can really get you with superhots! Oh boy.

  7. 5 stars
    Just made this sauce with my reapers, ghosts, chocolate habs and scorpions! Such a killer pairing of peppers for this recipe and the color is beautiful

  8. 5 stars
    Awesome recipe, thank you so much ! So I found that leaving some of the pulp adds greater heat, more depth of flavour which is less vinegary. I will try a waterbath (bain-marie) with all the extra not going into the fridge. I am hoping it’ll keep !

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Mili! Glad you enjoyed it! Nice and HOT for sure! =)

  9. Can you can this sauce for longer shelf life? Would canning change the heat or flavor?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Angelina, yes, see the section in the post on this:

      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 (3.5 is better) or so, to account for errors. I have not measured the ph of this sauce, but I won’t have it around very long anyway. If you’re concerned, add more vinegar to lower the ph.

      Canning won’t really change the flavor, but over time the ingredients meld more and more. I hope this helps!


    4 stars
    First summer of gardening. I have a scotch bonnet which is loaded with little green peppers and a Trinidad Scorpion that’s just a bit behind that. This sounds like a good recipe. Two questions:

    1) What kind of vinegar? Distilled white or cider (or something else)?

    2) I planted the Trinidad Scorpion between my tomatoes and it’s getting pretty shaded. Will that affect the heat?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Tim, you can use whatever vinegar you prefer. Use one you enjoy the flavor of. Shade really shouldn’t affect the scorpion heat, though other conditions can, such as soil conditions, temperature and other stressors.

  11. Wow, this recipe looks amazing. I’ve got 2 questions- does the sauce have a very “vinegary” tang to it, like Tabasco, and if so, would it be ok to substitute half the vinegar for water or something, to allow more of the peppers’ flavor to come through? Also, just because I kinda think it’d be an awesome thing to try, have you roasted these super hots over wood smoke before, and tried that for sauce? An insane man’s version of the chipotle? LOL

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Steve, if you’re concerned about vinegar flavor, yes, you can replace some with either water or citrus. It will keep for longer with vinegar and/or citrus, which lowers the pH, however. Also, I have made many sauces from smoked peppers. Very good! Definitely worth giving that a go. Let me know how it turns out for you. Enjoy!

  12. Hello,
    I was curious about the basil leaves. Does the Basil flavor come through good? I haven’t made hot sauce with it yet and was a little apprehensive since it can be a strong flavor.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Dan, it’s not a very strong flavor addition, though you’ll detect it. You can easily omit if you’d prefer. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  13. 5 stars
    I got my hands on a bag of dried reapers, can I just toast these then reconstitute them to make the sauce?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Joe. I like to keep my hot sauces in the refrigerator personally, but many people keep them out. It’s really up to you. Best to get your hot sauce to a pH of 3.5 or lower for longer keeping.

  14. 5 stars
    My husband loves this recipe! I was wondering does everyone else’s turn out a little thick? More like a tomato sauce thickness than a watery mix? I use a mesh strainer but wonder if I am doing something worng?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Sue! Glad to hear. You can very easily thin the sauce by adding a little bit of water, say a tablespoon at a time, or some extra vinegar until you reach the consistency you prefer. Let me know how that works for you. Enjoy!

  15. 5 stars
    this recipe is great . I used it last 2 years with ghost and butch t , everyone loved it . just put up this years batch , 8 pints from 1 large reaper plant , used bat nitro , bat phos guano and good organic compost . plant was up against brick wall really liked the heat . I used apple cider vinegar and Alaskan alderwood salt , nice smoky flavor and major heat . thanks for sharing you recipes Mike.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks so much, William! Glad you are enjoying it! It’s one of my favorites. Easy and tasty. And HOT!

  16. Just made batch pound scorpion pound Ahi Rico pound Burning Bush added extra cup vinegar got 9 8ounce jars canned. Roasting oven cuts the fumes in the house a lot. Wife says thanks

  17. 5 stars
    Just made a full batch of this. Yielded about 18oz. I blended in vitamix and added another 1/2 cup vinegar to thin it out. I used 3oz Carolina reaper, 6oz ghost pepper, and about 9oz Scotch bonnets. Grew them all myself and have way more scotch bonnet than the others. Would have loved to try 100% reapers but I only have 3 small plants….Ended up roasting on the grill outside at 400deg. Gave it a nice fire roasted char taste….This batch is super hot despite only 50% superhots.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Eric! Yeah, you’ll still get plenty of heat there! Glad you are enjoying it!

  18. 5 stars
    Just made (barely made it through) a batch with Carolina Reapers and Dragon’s Breath peppers….next up Carolina Reapers with Ghost peppers!!! This is a fun day!!! Glad I am making these things outside!!! Even the neighbors are getting a little thrill out of it!! haha

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Haha, awesome, Sean! Yeah, outside is smart! My wife is still mad at me from the last batch of Reaper sauce. =)

  19. 5 stars
    Just made this, used extra garlic and it’s burning white hot this stuff lit my mouth on fire and it was quite the sauce!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      I hear you, Garth! This is most definitely a HOT hot sauce! Enjoy (in small doses, haha!).

  20. 5 stars
    Used 100 Carolina reaper pods, which weighed just over half a kilo to make this.

    Roasting them in the oven filled the house with what I would describe as a pleasant, but powerful aroma – my beloved had a slightly different description….

    Grinding them up in the food processor was okay – until I took the cover off that was and then it was hard to breath. Then put the paste through the chinois sieve. After that I couldn’t get the sauce in a vac-sealed bag quick enough. Rinsed everything off, in the dishwasher and exited the kitchen. Ended up with 450ml.

    Thought nitrile gloves would be a good idea. Took them off and wiped my hands on the apron, and then rubbed my eye….

    Yep – some must have splashed on the apron – thought my eye going to burn out . Jumped into the pool – eye still burning. Fortunately the hose was running to top this up and after holding the end of that against the eye for several minutes the burning finally subsided.

    Once my sight was restored, obviously had to taste it. The smallest possible drop was enough. Definitely the hottest sauce I’ve ever had. Lips are still burning just from licking them 20 minutes later.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Dang, Neil! I know, working with superhots can get you sometimes!!! I’ve had similar experiences, even after all these years. Oops! Super happy you like the sauce, though! The things we go through for superhot love…

    2. Elpidio Amayo

      For the chile lovers, next time that you get a taste with you eyes, reach for a pinch of salt and put it under your tongue. Don’t ask me why it your eyes estar watering, and it washes the heat away.
      Try it next time.

  21. 5 stars
    Had a freezer full of psycho chills from a bumper crop last year and came across this recipe and decided to use them up. Hot damn this sauce is hot! Use sparingly or give as a present to your enemies

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Haha, I hear you, Stewart! It certainly is HOT!

      1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

        Todd, I recommend distilled white vinegar for this, though you can use champagne vinegar. Or, use apple cider vinegar for a touch of tangy sweetness.

      2. 5 stars
        This is my 2nd year growing Carolina Reaper Peppers – & I have some Trinidad Scorpions flowering now! Last year I candied & canned them with a mixture of habenero, dragon cayenne, and jalapeño – and the juice made some AMAZING marinades. going for only super hots this year for hot sauce. My son LOVES this & we can hardly wait for it to “cure” long enough to eat it! Great recipe & hold up well to the canning process

      3. In the south we typically use apple vinegar for hotsauce and marinades. White vinegar is for home remedy mixtures and witchcraft.

  22. 5 stars
    I made this today with the last of this year’s Reapers, Scorpions (Maruga & Butch T), Ghosts, Habanero, and some Red Jalapenos. I grow them all from seed and had a bumper crop this year. I smoked the peppers using indirect heat on my charcoal Weber for about 30 minutes before adding them to the pot. I also added some lime juice and honey to the recipe. I didn’t strain the sauce so it’s a little thick but I like it that way. It tastes great today so I imagine it will taste even better in a couple of weeks. The smokiness really comes through with just a hint of sweet. The heat is pretty intense and lasts for a while………great hot sauce recipe!! I can’t wait to try your other pepper head recipes.

    1. 5 stars
      Greeeeat idea. I’ve wanted to try roasting on the grill (indirect heat) as you mentioned. Can’t wait for this years first crop to try this twist. Cheers.

  23. Thanks so much for this recipe – making it now (and staying true to your directions). I’m going to toy with it the next few times with other things like carrots/honey/sugar etc. Thanks!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Chuck! Thanks! Let me know how it turns out for you.

  24. Angela Hoschouer

    5 stars
    Love this recipe! A friend gave me alot of ghost peppers and scorpion peppers. I used about 10 of each and used fresno peppers to get to a pound (because while I love spicy…I wanted to actually be able to eat the sauce). The flavor is absolutely incredible and it is still crazy spicy! I just made it today and have already been eating it. I can’t wait to see how the tastes after the flavors have time to meld. I couldn’t use the peppers right when I got them so I froze them and just defrosted them before I roasted them. It worked perfect! Thanks for the awesome recipe. I will definitely make it again using different pepper combinations.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Angela! I appreciate it! Glad you enjoyed the recipe!

      1. angela hoschouer

        One quick question…after sitting overnight my sauce has separated. I’m sure it will be fine once I shake it up….but is the separation normal? I completely strained mine so it is purely liquid.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          You’ll notice more separation if you strain it, but yes, a quick shake takes care of that.

  25. Jacob Wernicke

    So I took this recipe and your bhut jolokia hot sauce recipe and sort of combined them. Basically I roasted the ingredients of the other recipe instead of sauteing and added the basil and garlic of this recipe. The whole thing tasted like a super spicy tomato sauce. I like using it on anything Italian, southeast asian or real bland (like Mac and cheese) The red wine vinegar I think is overpowering for the other recipe, but goes great with the basil and garlic of this recipe.

      1. 5 stars
        Just made this for the first time,tried a different recipe from myself before thinking I will check online so defo doing this next,would like your take on mine as not sure am safe Haha,so boiled a cup and a half of vinegar,added 3 tsp of crushed garlic,half tsp of salt,half a lime,x3 dried scorpion pods,boiled for ten mins. Put it all in processor and added 14 baby tomatoes,one whole tomatoe,currently letting it cool but it is evil lol

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Sounds like you’d get some good heat and flavor there, Mark. I’d give it a go! Enjoy!

  26. 5 stars
    Ok, I could only get my hands on 6 Scorpion peppers. I roasted them along with Mango, Garlic, Carrots , and Serrano peppers on the grill for 10- 15 minutes. Then slowly boiled them in 16oz of white vinegar . I Put them in the Blender, then a good mill. The sauce seems kinda thick. Is there a way to thin it?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Bierolson, you can thin the sauce with either water, stock, or more vinegar. Another way is to simmer the sauce with some beer for a while. Extra flavor that way. Let me know what you wind up doing!

  27. 5 stars
    Great recipe brother!

    I only used a 1/4 lb of Reapers (all I had from my plant) and back filled the rest with Chilacas and it still came out wicked hot. Everyone who’s tried it is addicted. Even the girls at work were putting drops on the back of their hand and licking it off, then coming back by my desk for another drop every 20 minutes.

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. Just made this using only Carolina reapers ended up with about 16 oz of the good stuff …. HOLY HELL THIS STUFF IS HOT … I love super hot food but I really dont even know what to use this stuff for. Anyone have any suggestions?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Ken, yes, it’s about as hot as you can get. You can use a drop to heat up a whole pot of chili or a stew. Or, you can try to dilute it. Make a batch of sauce with nothing but sweet peppers (no heat) and mix them. Repeat until you’ve got a sauce you can enjoy. You might have a lot of sauce, though! Let me know what you wind up doing. Super curious.

  29. Taylor Maddox

    I’m not crazy about superhot stuff, but I’m trying to be. How weak would I make this sauce if I used 50g reaper, and 400g jalapeno or Serrano level peppers?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Taylor, it wouldn’t be as hot with the jalapenos or serranos, but if you’r’e still using Reapers, you’ll get a LOT of heat for sure. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  30. Mike, I finished the sauce used a teaspoon of sugar in each batch. 2 lbs of Trinidad scorpion and Carolina reapers from my garden. OMG I have bought the hottest sauces I can find and after I tasted it I ate 3 pieces of bread and half a gallon of milk to try to cool it down but was insanely hot! Love it! Flavor is good heat is ridiculous I may try to add maybe some fruit juice (pineapple or cherry) next time to see how it is. Thank you for the recipe going to have some friends try it out! Lol I got four mason jars half filled out of two lbs of peppers that I started growing in June. Let you know after next round how it turns out with some tweaking.

  31. 5 stars
    Mike, firing up the grill ( roasting outside) to make some sauce I grow my own peppers (Reapers & Trinidad scorpion) I’m going to mix them. I have fresh basil, fresh garlic, red wine vinegar and I was wondering about adding sugar how much should I add? Was going to do honey as I saw you recommended in an earlier post but I ran out. Also anything else you think would be a nice addition?

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Hey, John. I would only add a bit of sugar. Brown sugar would be interesting to try. With this recipe, I like to keep it more pure peppers, but you can easily use it as a base to play. Carrots would be a nice sweet element. The superhots REALLY take over, though. Let me know what you wind up doing!

    2. Try grilling a peach or a pear and mix it in

      Try grilling a peach or a pear for your sugar I like using mangos myself

  32. Mike, just went and got all my ingredients I grow my own peppers I have two full freezer storage bags of reapers & Trinidad Scorpions I’m going to use. I got red wine vinegar, fresh basil and was going to try to add some sugar for sweetness how much should I use? Is there anything else to add to the recipe that may enhance the flavor or is it better to just keep it simple? And do you prefer straining it or will the added seeds make it hotter? Lol not that it won’t be scorching already! Going to roast my peppers on the grill to keep the fumes outside. Going to start making in about an hour. Thanks

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      John, I would just include a tablespoon of sugar or honey at the most, and there are a number of ingredients you can include to play with flavors you prefer. I sometimes strain to smooth it out, but not always. I hope you enjoy it!

  33. 4 stars
    Oof! That’sa spicy meat-a-ball!
    I was actually doing pretty good until I started washing the bowls and stuff. It was like I set off a CS grenade in the sink. An hour later, I think I’m finally done coughing and sneezing. Wow.

  34. 5 stars
    Just made this sauce with 1/2 lb of Bhut Jalokians and it is just what I was looking for! Tasty, lots of flavor and hot as hell!
    One thing: After I had scraped all the sauce I could get off the blending container and put all the implements in the sink to wash the fumes that came off when the water hit it damn near choked me! Really hadn’t expected that so just a word to the wise.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Phil. I’m glad you like it. Yes, often times there are the fumes that can get you. Best to work in a well ventilated room. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Sue, I store mine in the fridge. I feel it is safer that way, despite the acidity. Some people keep their hot sauces in their pantry.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Darlene, the sizes vary with peppers, so weighing is best, but with most superhots, you’ll use anywhere from 30-60 or even more if they’re fairly small.

  35. Mike,
    Going to try this recipe out today with some peppers out of the garden. Going to be using Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, Devil’s Tongue, Reaper and Ghosts. I prefer grilling my peppers whole. My question is being that I am going to be using a couple of beastly peppers I have considered adding sugar to the recipe to give it a sweet kick. Any recommendations on whether I should brown or white sugar? As for vinegar which would help the flavor profile more. – I have white, champagne and apple cider that I can use. U look forward to hearing your thoughts.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Great, Tony. Let me know how it turns out for you. If you’re going to use sugar, I would use white sugar for this one over brown, or instead try honey. For the vinegar, I would use champagne vinegar, though either would work with this recipe. Looking forward to hearing how you like it.

      1. 5 stars
        Hi Mike. Made the hot sauce and used light brown sugar and white vinegar since I couldn’t get the page here to load and see your recommendation. It definitely has a good flavor profile with the sweet blending nicely with the heat. I have had a more than a few compliments on it from true heat lovers (and even lit up a few who thought they knew hot LMAO). Will definitely try your recommendation next batch.

        1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

          Thanks, Tony! I’m super happy you enjoyed it. It’s definitely one of my favorites. Have a good one!

    2. Elpidio Amayo

      Instead of sugar’ try molasses, and for a Mexican touch add mezcal or Tequila to the vinegar.

  36. 5 stars
    My son loves this sauce!! I dried all my pepper from last year. How can I translate dried peppers into what I need for this recipe? Thank you

  37. 5 stars
    Okay, so I used this recipe for my very first attempt ever at making hot sauce… I just didn’t use super hot peppers. I used a mix of habaneros and sweet bells. I used an entire bulb of garlic, less basil, and just a titch of orange blossom honey… maybe a tablespoon at most. Ran it through a food mill at the end… OMG it’s absolutely amazing! This technique is the bomb! I’ll be doing it again with different peppers, and eventually with the superhots I’m sure. I have a buddy who has a bunch of them… but yeah, thank you for the recipe! I wish I could post a pic! 🙂

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Awesome, John! Truly, you can make any hot sauce with this technique, as you’ve proved! Thanks for shouting out. Wish I could taste your hot sauce!

  38. Has anyone ever tried smoking these chillies like a Chipotle because I love the smokiness of Chipotle sauces but they are not as hot usually being made of jalepeno.. also what kind of protection do you use when making these insane hot sauces? I’m kinda scared to cook up any of these concoctions in my home..

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Daniel, yes, I have smoked superhot peppers. I then ground them into a powder for some smoked chili powder seasoning. Works great! For protection, wear rubber gloves. That will keep the oils from touching your skin. You can wear eye protection if you’re worried about getting anything in your eyes. Also, open a window and have good ventilation to let the fumes dissipate. You can also cook outside if possible. Let me know if this helps. Here are some links to help you:

      10 Tips for Cooking With Superhot Chili Peppers.

      How to Smoke Chili Peppers.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Ma. This will easily last a year in the refrigerator. If you’re concerned, check to ph to get it below 4.0, preferably 3.5, by adjusting the amount of vinegar. Enjoy!

  39. Rico Fielder

    I have 64 plants almost tall enough to be transferred outdoors. T scorpions, bhut, Carolina Reapers, chocolate scotch, habanero, and ghost this year. Should be a good season for peppers in Mississippi.

  40. Im making an insanity sauce, do you think this recipe will make a good hot sauce?
    8 stemmed dried ghost peppers
    8 stemmed dried ghost peppers
    5 stemmed carolina reapers
    ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons garlic
    6 trinidad moruga scorpion peppers stemmed
    3/4 cup tomatoes
    3 teaspoon lime
    1 teaspoons salt
    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup diced cilantro

    5 stemmed carolina reapers
    ½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    2 teaspoons garlic
    6 trinidad moruga scorpion peppers stemmed
    3/4 cup tomatoes
    3 teaspoon lime
    1 teaspoons salt
    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
    1/2 cup diced cilantro

    REPLY: Gage, sounds good to me! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  41. OK here we go, made this with(using metric measurements),
    Round one:
    170g trinidad scorpion, 110g scotch bonnets, 60g 7 pod(brain strain) ,40g carolina reaper, 60g cayenne, 60g birds eyes, + garlic salt ,vinegar , basil as per recipe.. = 15-15.5 /10 ,super hot but tasty almost borderline uneatable(undiluted), ticks the 3 boxes( numb lips ,throat burn + head sweat!!) .
    Round 2:(under construction) I try for 500g of scorpions, 300g reapers , 400g 7 pods:) we’ll see!!!

    REPLY: Awesome! Keep me posted! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  42. Sean McGrath

    I just harvested a bunch of my Chocolate Trinidad Moruga Scorpions (grown in New Zealand) and made one bottle (I halved your recipe). I just stupidly did a taste test (tip of a teaspoon) with no food. These little beasts are displayed in all their dangerous glory in a small bottle of death. This is moronically hot! I would call this sauce a chemical weapon. Many thanks! (FB post with photos in link)

    REPLY: Nice! Yes, quite hot!!! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  43. A friend gave me a jar of 5 pickled Reapers which I want to try on this recipe. I can fill out the weight with some dried Habaneros from my garden. My question is, do I need to make any adjustments because the reapers are pickled?

    REPLY: John, you can rehydrate the habaneros to fill out the recipe, yes. I’m not sure if you’ll get a flavor change starting with pickled reapers, but the recipe will work. I think it will be good. Let me know how it turns out. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  44. I have always wanted to commercially sell hot sauce do you have any advice for me?

    REPLY: Gage, I plan on writing either a book or a large blog post about this subject, but the main thing is making sure you have a great recipe, a good production facility that follows all FDA safety rules, good bottling and distribution, and a sales plan. Generic, I know, but contact some of the big names out there and see what they’ve done to get going. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  45. Colin Armstrong

    does a sauce prepared this way need to be refrigerated?

    REPLY: Colin, it really depends on the final acidity, which should be below 4.0, though I prefer to refrigerate my hot sauces regardless. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  46. just made this one with Carolina Reapers and morgua scorpions i love the heat but it’s definitely not for the weak or the scared

  47. Just picked 6gal of reapers and 5gal of habanio I plan to put them in my smoker for a few hours. Last year I did ghost peppers I removed all the seeds . Do you remove the seeds or not ? I have basil so I will pick some to try.

    REPLY: Johnny, I usually don’t remove the seeds, but you can if you’d like. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  48. Do you think cooking/charring the peppers on the grill would be a good idea? Or perhaps even boiling the peppers.

    REPLY: Ben, absolutely. I do this all the time and love charred peppers. You can easily peel them this way if you’d like. You can also boil them and process them, or process them simmer. Many methods. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  49. Erica in NYC

    Lovin’ it! I used reapers and t-scorpions, no straining. Reapers have a nice taste. I tried it with ghost peppers, but did not like it as much.

  50. 5 stars
    I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out fabulous! I used a pound of super hots that I purchased off of craigslist. They were a mix of Naga Viper, 7 Pot Douglah, Carolina Reaper, and Trinidad Scorpians. I also used dark purple basil. The recipe made approximately 20 ounces of finished sauce (I didn’t strain it). The flavor is fantastic! I opened all my windows and had a box fan going while I made it, but the worst fumes happened while washing the dishes 🙂 Thank you for this awesome recipe!

  51. How much sauce do you end up with from this recipe, and how well does it scale down? Also, do you know off-hand about how many peppers are in a pound? I’m probably only going to be able to spare about a dozen from my harvest.

    REPLY: Dan, you can still make this sauce and yes, it does scale. Depending on the size of your pods, you can get about 20-30 pods or more per pound, as they are quite small and light. You’ll still get quite a lot of heat with a dozen or so. Try adding other peppers to round it out, or tomatoes. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  52. I have only 2 reaper peppers, and was wondering how I could make them into a hotsauce using your recipe, any tips on how to slim the recipe down for it?

    REPLY: Kaito, you could try adding in other peppers to fill out the recipe. Thereapers will still add PLENTY of heat. Otherwise, you really won’t make much sauce with only 2 reapers. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  53. What is the concentration of the vinegar you used, is it 6% or 10%? I assume it’s a white vinear. I think I’m gonna make a little of this killer at the weekend 🙂

    REPLY: Michael, I often use a typical 5% white vinegar, though this also works with better quality vinegars, like white wine vinegar or champagne vinegar. It is to your taste preference. Let me know how it turns out for you. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  54. I have made a sauce like this, but instead of the oven i use the grill with a little apple wood.

  55. I do mine a little differently and you might want try this as it will add to the flavor profile. Ferment the peppers. To do this, add the stemmed peppers and salt to the food processor with a tablespoon of white sugar. Pulse until the peppers are finely minced. Transfer to a quart mason jar and cover with a coffee filter. Let sit for 7 days. On day 3 start to stir the mash twice a day. On day 8 transfer mash to a blender and add your other ingredients and puree. Then force the mixture though your strainer, pressing with a spatula, to remove skins and seeds. You can bottle at this point but I like to bring the mixture to a hard simmer for a few minutes. Had not thought of using basil before but will try.

  56. If you dehydrate the peppers and make a flake/powder, how much would you use to make this sauce?

    REPLY: The ratio by weight is typically 10 raw to 1 dry, so you should factor accordingly, though it may take a bit of experimentation. I make hot sauce from dried pods frequently and it always works out great. One habanero sauce I do calls for about 30 dried pods. Love it. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  57. I am growing some Carolina Reapers and some Carolina Reaper hybrids this year and plan to make a sauce using this method but adding a twist to it. I am going to use some strawberry to add some natural sweetness, throw in a bunch of cayenne peppers I am growing for more color and add some lime juice. The lime juice adds a punchof flavor and helps preserve it a bit longer. I can’t wait for my Reapers to ripen, thanks 🙂

  58. Just made mine, used 6 scorpion morugas I purchased at the local market, plus some garlic gloves. Baked then, gave the scorpions a little char, then into the food processor they went, along with some vinegar and sunflower oil. They desintegrated and turned into a great sauce, really spicy, but not as killer as I imagened it would be. Didn’t need to strain, but some seeds remained. I had never tried superhots before, but they sure did put all my previous sauces to their knees 😀 They all seem like vinaigrette to me now 🙂

    REPLY: Horacio, that’s awesome! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  59. 5 stars
    Thanks for great sauce recipe. I used Carolina Reapers and it is divine! I wish I could capture the roasting smell in a bottle. So yummy and fiery

  60. I’m conditioned so that my head starts to sweat just reading recipes like this.
    I’m growing Reapers this year and I also have a nice crop of habaneros coming in.
    I’ve seen many recipes that ferment the sauce for about a week before bottling.
    What does that do for it?

    Also: do you include the seeds and membranes?

    REPLY: Mitch, fermenting the pods mellows them out and does add a lot of flavor. I am currently fermenting a load of peppers and will be writing about this soon. I DO include the membranes and seeds, though you can remove them before fermenting and saucing. With superhots, though, removing the membranes won’t really reduce the heat as the heat is spread throughout the pod, unlike milder peppers. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  61. Barry Moon

    I have one rookie question- why the basil? I’ve never seen herbs of any kind in hot sauce ingredients lists before- commercial or otherwise. Salsa, yes, but not hot sauce. What does this do for it?

    REPLY: Barry, I LOVE fresh basil in sauces. Adds a nice dimension. You can try cilantro, which would be nice as well. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  62. DAniel Lehman

    I am assuming using dried reaper peppers is OK for the recipe?

    REPLY: Daniel, yes, you can use rehydrated dried peppers. No problem! Let me know how it turns out. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  63. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe yesterday because my husband loves hot chilli sauce but following heart surgery we are watching his salt intake and the commercial sauces are pure salt – even a lot of recipes I’ve found are very salt heavy. This sauce was quick to make and tasted great – or so I’m told – I lost all feeling in my face : )

  64. 5 stars
    Hi, I have just made this recipe today, thanks, so easy to do. I do not grow any super hots so just used several orange habanero and made up the rest with a mix of other milder chillies I grew last season – still very tasty and very hot.

  65. Texan stuck in Ga. Other than ONE Mexican restaurant, the ideas of spicy in ga I call tap water. I am real happy to have found your page. I heard of a chili a long time ago that is so hot it could cook an egg when the chili is still cold. Any ideas what types of spices they used for that? Also what is the best garden or Greenhouse setup for getting the most flavor and keeping the heat?

    REPLY: Ronald, thanks, and glad you found the site. You can refer to our growing section on growing info, though I have not personally setup a greenhouse. Sorry. I haven’t heard of an egg being cooked in a cold chili. Not sure on that one! But I’d love to see that! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  66. Looks wonderful. I fortunately live close to Smokin Ed Currie’s shop in South Caroilna and was able to pick up a packet of Carolina Reaper seeds among a few other varieties. Just now getting a few seedlings, and I’ll have then growing in a table-top greenhouse over the winter until I get them outdoors. Can’t wait to try the recipe. Do you know where to get the small bottles to store the sauce? Amazon?

    REPLY: Sounds great, Kris. Yes, I get bottles from Amazon. I have some linksin some of the hot sauce pages where you can find them. Thanks! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  67. 5 stars
    I made two batches with these recipe–one with ghost pepper, one with Trinidad Scorpion. Both turned out great, but I did add extra vinegar to thin it out. I used my NutriBullet to purée it so I didn’t need to use a strainer. Thanks for the recipe!

  68. 5 stars
    Made this sauce this weekend. Absolutely fantastic. With great power comes great taste. I used my home-grown Trinidad Moruga Scorpion peppers and made the hottest sauce i ever tasted which doesn’t have added capsaicin extract.
    Thanks for the recipe!

    REPLY: Awesome, glad you likedit! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  69. Hi. My buddy gave me 1 Carolina Reaper and 1 Ghost Pepper that he had grown. I want to make separate Chicken Wing sauces with those. Love super hot sauce obviously. Can you give me recipes/quantities based on only 1 of each of those peppers? Thanks in advance for any help!! Kevin

    REPLY: Kevin, it might be better to sub in other peppers with the others you have to fill it out. You can easily cut this recipe in half, though, or even a quarter, for a smaller batch. Let me know how it turns out. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  70. 5 stars
    I just made this tonight and it is definitely a WOW!
    I only had 12oz of scorpions so I used some thai peppers and 3 jalepenos to make up the other 4oz. I didn’t strain it as I used my blender to mix and added some extra vinegar to thin the sauce. It came out very smooth and is thick but not chunky at all.
    I can’t wait til more peppers are ready.
    Thank you so much!!

    REPLY: Sounds awesome! — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  71. Do you leave the seeds in before you put the peppers in the processor or take them out?

    REPLY: Ryan, I leave them in, but you can seed them if you’d like. Be sure to wear gloves. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  72. If I’m using rehydrated peppers (carolina reapers, in my case), do you still want to bake them or do you go straight to processing after rehydrating?

    REPLY: Matt, if you’ll be using rehydrated peppers, I would not roast them. You can always cook the sauce down a bit in a pot after mixing instead to mellow the flavors and let them meld. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  73. Hi. Are you using dried basil leaves in the recipe?

    REPLY: Thomas, I used fresh basil, but you can sub in dried basil. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  74. What if I’m using dried chillies?

    REPLY: You can use dried chiles. Just rehydrate them before using. Works great, actually. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  75. I hope you see this. I am making this in July for Christmas gifts. Can I store it in cupboard or can I do a hot water bath to last till then?

    REPLY: Susan, you would need to do a hot water bath to preserve this for long term. Once opened it should be stored in the fridge, though the vinegar should keep it OK. — Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  76. Just picked a pound or so of my super hots and wanted a good recipe for some hot sauce. I already have a batch “aging” now similar to this but made with my homemade star fruit and apple cider vinegar & lime juice. Have to give this recipe a try too!

  77. 5 stars
    Thanks for the great recipe. I didn’t have a pound of chillies so I made some minor changes but the smell of the oven roast garlic and chilli was awesome!
    Now have a bottle of that really packs a punch.

  78. The consistancy of the sauce looks fantastic. I have a load of red bhut jolokias ready for picking this week so I’m going to give this recipe a go. Will let you know how it goes.

  79. Daphnenetely

    I intend making this sauce for Xmas but will be away on holiday. Can I leave it in the cupboard and how long will it last if not refrigerated?

    REPLY: This is a typical Louisiana style sauce with vinegar, and a number of resource say a sauce like this can last up to 3 years when stored properly, but I personally wouldn’t keep it that long. It will last longer in the fridge. The flavors change, though, as they age. Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

  80. Can’t you just blend it until lreally chopped fine enough ?

    REPLY: Lois, yes, you can do it that was as well. I like to strain it, though, for a smoother sauce, but I don’t always. – Mike from Chili Pepper Madness.

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