Sweet and Spicy Hot Sauce

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  • 3 quarts ripened red peppers (mostly jalapenos)
  • 1 large onion
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar (start with ¼ cup increase to taste)
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tbs. cumin
  • 2 tbs. honey


  1. Grill the peppers and onion over a charcoal grill until a nice char forms.
  2. Add everything to a bowl, or blender and begin pureeing.
  3. Add the apple cider vinegar and lime as you blend but don’t add it all at once so you can regulate how wet the sauce gets.
  4. Add a table spoon of cumin and a pinch of salt to taste.
  5. Taste the sauce and cut it with honey in order to find that perfect balance of sweet, tangy, smoky, and spicy.
  6. If desired, strain the sauce through a metal strainer for a smoother texture.
  7. The flavors get better as the sauce ages in the fridge.