With cooking, there are a few flavors I really enjoy. I really like garlic, I really like spicy, and I like sour/vinegary things. So, when my garden produced more Jalapeño peppers than I could easily eat, and I knew what to do with, I decided to make some hot sauce. I went for a easy Jalapeño hot sauce in the style of Louisiana hot sauce.
There are only four ingredients, peppers, salt, vinegar, and garlic. This isn’t a complex hot sauce with a lot of other flavors. This was my first attempt at making a hot sauce, and I am very happy with how it turned out.
I look forward to trying some of my other peppers in different sauces once they have ripened.
You can change the sauce up to your own taste preferences. This is just a base sauce that you can build on, depending on what flavor profile you are going for. I like apple cider vinegar, and use it a lot as you can see on this site, so that is the vinegar I used. You can use white distilled vinegar if you want more of the pepper flavor to come though, and less of the apple cider vinegar.
Lots of other vinegar can also be used. I’m thinking of trying malt vinegar in my next batch of sauces.
Some other ingredients that you may want to try in this sauce are oregano, basil, or onions. You could add mustard powder for a spicy mustard sauce.
This is just a simple, easy Jalapeño hot sauce. Take it and improvise however you want. Have fun!