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14 October 2019

This hot sauce recipe is made with fiery devil’s tongue peppers for a nice level of heat, along with lots of garlic, ginger, turmeric and honey for a touch of sweet. Let’s make hot sauce!

It’s hot sauce making time in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen again, my friends. Then again, when is it NOT hot sauce making time. I make hot sauces all year long, but right now I’m making a lot more because my garden is exploding with peppers.

Literally EXPLODING! I don’t know how many pounds of peppers I’ve pulled from my wonderful little garden. I am truly a lucky man to have all of these wonderful chili peppers.

I preserve chili peppers in so many different ways, but making hot sauces is one of my favorites. Hot sauces will last for many months (or longer) and you can drizzle them on just about anything. I grew more than twenty varieties of chili peppers this year and one of the most productive plants by far was my Devil’s Tongue pepper plant. Holy peppers!

I got dozens and dozens of pods from that plant. I am freezing some, drying some for making powders, creating some quick chili pastes, and of course making hot sauce with them, which I’m sharing with you below.

About Devil’s Tongue Peppers

Devil’s Tongue peppers are similar in color and shape to the Fatalii pepper, but with smaller pods and smoother skin. The peppers mature to a bright yellow or yellow-orange and has a sweet, fruity flavor, if you can get past the intense heat. The peppers were discovered in Pennsylvania growing among other habanero peppers, so it would appear it is a habanero type, though its exact origins are unknown. The heat level rivals that of the habanero and is still much hotter than most peppers.

Devil's Tongue Pepper

Learn more about Devil’s Tongue Peppers here.

Let’s talk about how we make our own devil’s tongue hot sauce at home, shall we?

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce in a small glass bottle, surrounded by devil's tongue peppers

Ingredients Needed

  • 8 ounces devil’s tongue peppers (see notes for alterative peppers)
  • 4 ounces carrot, peeled
  • 4 ounces white onion, peeled
  • 2 ounces garlic (or more as desired – I like a lot of garlic)
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt (I used smoked sea salt)
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water + more as desired

Devil’s Tongue Hot Sauce Recipe Steps

First, Chop the peppers, carrot, onion and garlic. Add them to a pot with the remaining ingredients.

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce ingredients in a pan, ready for cooking

Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. You can simmer longer if you’d like to develop the flavors more.

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce ingredients being cooked down in a pan

Cool slightly then pour the mixture into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce, process in the food processor

Add a bit more water if you’d like to thin the sauce out a bit to your preference.

You can serve it as is or strain it through a fine mesh sieve for a much smoother hot sauce.

Straining the Devils Tongue Hot Sauce into a bowl

Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator.

BOOM! Done! That’s it, my friends! Look at that vibrant color. Looks wonderful, doesn’t it? It’s nice and SPICY. I love it. I hope you enjoy it.

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce in a small glass bottle, very vibrant yellow in color

Recipe Notes & Tips

  • Yield. This recipe makes 1.5 cups strained when I added a touch more water. You can thin it out further with more water, or skip the straining for a chunkier sauce. It also upscales very nicely, so if you want to make a double batch, just double all of the ingredients.
  • Heat Factor. HOT. Devil’s tongue peppers pack a nice punch of heat.
  • If you can’t find devil’s tongue peppers, use habanero peppers or scotch bonnet peppers instead. Realistically, this hot sauce recipe will work with ANY type of pepper.
  • pH/Acidity. I measured this sauce at 4.1 pH. If you’d like to preserve the hot sauce in a water bath, I suggest adding more vinegar or a citrus, like lemon or lime juice, to achieve a pH of 3.5 or lower.
  • Safety. It is best to wear gloves when working with hot peppers. Hot peppers contain oils (capsaicin) that can cause burning sensation on your bare skin. Gloves will help. If you do feel the burn on your skin or when eating peppers or hot sauce, see my post on How to Stop the Chili Pepper Burn.

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce in a small bowl, very vibrant yellow in color

Frequently Asked Hot Sauce Questions

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

How long will this Devil’s Tongue Hot sauce keep?

This hot sauce 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 3.5 or so, to account for errors. This particular sauce measured 4.1 pH for me, so if you’d like it to last even longer, add more vinegar or a citrus (such as lemon juice or lime juice) to lower the pH. Sauces made with fermented chili peppers will last even longer.

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 those Hot Sauce Bottles?

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 (woozy bottles) that most hot sauce makers use, here’s another link: Hot Sauce Bottles (Woozy 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. Also, I would lower the pH to 3.5 if you’re running them through a water bath.

The National Center for Home Food Preservation provides home canning instructions and many recipes that have been tested for food safety. NCHFP.uga.edu.

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!

Try Some of My Other Popular Hot Sauce Recipes

Devils Tongue Hot Sauce in a wooden bowl, ready to serve

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. 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.

5 from 8 votes
Devils Tongue Hot Sauce Recipe
Devil's Tongue Hot Sauce Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
 
This hot sauce recipe is made with fiery devil's tongue peppers for a nice level of heat, along with lots of garlic, ginger, turmeric and honey for a touch of sweet. Let's make hot sauce!
Course: hot sauce, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chili peppers, devil's tongue, hot sauce, recipe, spicy
Servings: 72 teaspoons
Calories: 6 kcal
Author: Mike Hultquist
Ingredients
  • 8 ounces devil’s tongue peppers see notes for alterative peppers
  • 4 ounces carrot peeled
  • 4 ounces white onion peeled
  • 2 ounces garlic or more as desired – I like a lot of garlic
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey optional
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt I used smoked sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup water + more as desired
Instructions
  1. Chop the peppers, carrot, onion and garlic. Add them to a pot with the remaining ingredients.
  2. Bring to a boil then reduce the heat and simmer for 15 minutes. You can simmer longer if you’d like to develop the flavors more.
  3. Cool slightly then pour the mixture into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth.
  4. Add a bit more water if you’d like to thin the sauce out a bit to your preference.
  5. You can serve it as is or strain it through a fine mesh sieve for a much smoother hot sauce.
  6. Store in airtight containers in the refrigerator.
Recipe Notes

Makes 1.5 cups strained when I added a touch more water.
Heat Factor: HOT. Devil’s tongue peppers pack a nice punch of heat.
If you can’t find devil’s tongue peppers, use habanero peppers or scotch bonnet peppers instead. Realistically, this hot sauce recipe will work with ANY type of pepper.
pH: I measured this sauce at 4.1 pH. If you’d like to preserve the hot sauce in a water bath, I suggest adding more vinegar or a citrus, like lemon or lime juice, to achieve a pH of 3.5 or lower.

Nutrition Facts
Devil's Tongue Hot Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 6 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 18mg1%
Potassium 24mg1%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 293IU6%
Vitamin C 5mg6%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Devil\'s Tongue Hot Sauce Recipe - This hot sauce recipe is made with fiery devil\'s tongue peppers, lots of garlic, ginger, turmeric and honey for a touch of sweet. Let\'s make hot sauce! #HotSauce #HotPeppers

19 comments

  1. 5 stars
    OK, this is one of your best yet. I made this recipe verbatim (I usually Frankenstein a few recipes together) and I am so glad I did. I used habaneros instead of devil’s tongue since that what was in the garden. One recommendation – I let everything simmer for about an hour to really get the flavors to come together. I am glad I did but I would add more liquids (water + vinegar) next time since most cooked off with the extended time and it’s pretty thick. This is an instant heat, no delayed punch like the ghost pepper sauces. Amazing flavor, thanks, as always.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, Matt! Glad you enjoyed it! This is definitely a good one. It’s super easy to adjust with a bit more liquid.

  2. David Frana

    5 stars
    I used habaneros for this and it turned out great. It was the first cooked hot sauce I’ve made. I’m planning on growing fatalis next year and looking forward to making this sauce with them. Thanks Mike!

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Excellent, David! I love it! Glad you are enjoying the sauce.

  3. 5 stars
    Hi there,
    I’ve made some of your other hot sauce recipes and they are all delicious and super hot too. Love them! I have a question please about this one. Most of your recipes state the quantity of peppers to use. This one says “ounces”. Do you mean to weigh the peppers on a scale? I’m just wondering because that would be just about all the peppers I grew this season (like a large bowl full). My yield this year of Habaneros and Ghost peppers was pitiful due to weather. We didn’t have a hot summer. Just want to make sure you are saying to use lots and lots and lots of peppers in this recipe. LOL
    Please let me know so I can make this soon,
    Thanks much for sharing all your super wonderful recipes.
    Nancy

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Nancy, yes, that is by weight on a scale. However, you can mix in other peppers to save some of them if you’d like, or make a half batch. Let me know how it turns out for you.

  4. Really enjoy your recipes.. have saved many , just looking forward to getting a good pepper harvest

  5. 5 stars
    Just made this with Komodo Dragon chillies harvested from my greenhouse. Gonna let it mature in the fridge for a couple of weeks but had a sneaky taste. Wow!! This one packs a punch but it is good, so good.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks, Adam! I’m sure it’s AWESOME with the Komodo Dragon peppers. Nice!

  6. Sandi Jones

    5 stars
    Mike- this recipe looks fabulous. I have no devil’s tongue peppers but have habanero peppers left from my garden so I am going to make it. Have always liked mustard hot sauces so this will be a great new experience to make my own. Have always just made the regular hot sauces, salsas etc.

    Also, I have ordered the cook book from Amazon and will be glad to give it a rating when I get it. I have already tried some of the recipes you send to my email and they are great.

    Thank you so much

    Sandi Jones

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      Thanks so much, Sandi! I greatly appreciate it! I love this sauce. Extra spicy!! Maybe I need to make a Devil’s Tongue Mustard. Hmmm.

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