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Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce Recipe
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4.96 from 25 votes

Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce Recipe

This homemade Carolina Reaper hot sauce recipe is incredibly hot, made with roasted Carolina Reaper peppers, the hottest peppers in the world, garlic, and onion. If you love your hot sauce “hot”, it doesn’t get any hotter!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Course: hot sauce, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Carolina Reaper, hot sauce, sauce, spicy
Servings: 60 teaspoons
Calories: 2kcal


  • 8 ounces Carolina Reaper peppers stems removed - NOTE: go by weight, not size. This was about 20 pods for me, but mine were small this year
  • 1 large bulb of garlic top sliced open to expose most of the garlic
  • 1 medium white onion sliced in half
  • 3 tablespoons good quality vinegar distilled white, champagne or apple cider vinegar for more tangy
  • ½ teaspoon salt or more to taste
  • 1 cup of water or more, as desired


  • Heat your oven to 400 degrees. Set the Carolina Reaper peppers, garlic and onion 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 the peppers and onion to a food processor. Squeeze garlic out of their skins and into the food processor they go.
  • Add in the vinegar and salt. Process until you get a chunky mixture. Watch out for the fumes!
  • Add in a half cup of water and process again until the sauce starts to smooth out. Check it for thickness. If you’d like a thinner sauce, add in a bit more water a little at a time, processing, until you reach your desired consistency.
  • If desired, you can strain the sauce to smooth it out, or use it as-is. If you do strain it, you can discard the pulp or dehydrate it to make a superhot seasoning powder.
  • Pour into sterilized bottles and enjoy. The longer you let it sit, the more the flavors will meld.



This made a couple of 5 ounce woozy bottles for me, strained. It will make close to 1.5 cups, unstrained. Much will depend on the size of your onion and garlic. This is a KILLER HOT HOT sauce. So good! Reapers all the way!


Calories: 2kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 15mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 36IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg