Saturday, November 1, 2014

Satan Sauce

     The garden is finally done for the season and I find myself with an alarming amount of habanero peppers. For added fun, someone at work gave me about thirty more habaneros. I also have a couple of bags of habaneros from the last season in the freezer. Basically I have a shit-ton of habaneros. I turned to my trust copy of Hot Sauce! for a recipe to use. I found this one, but it called for Scotch bonnets. I figure they're pretty close in heat to habanero, so I just used habanero. The end result? This stuff is pretty damned hot with a good, persistent burn. Fortunately, there's a lot of flavor. It's totally worth the burn. What can you do with it? It's good on nachos, but you'd better have your big boy pants on if you're going to eat it like this. I'd be adding it to foods for a little extra oomph. That's just a suggestion. If you're a badass like me, you'll just spoon it into your face right out of the jar. As always, notes and changes are in blue.

Satan Sauce
via Hot Sauce!

  • 1/2 ancho chile
  • 1 fresh Dutch Red, Thai, or jalapeno chile (we used a scary red jalapeno that was lurking in the garden)
  • 16 fresh Scotch bonnets (preferably orange or yellow), stemmed
Didn't have time to run to a haberdashery,
we used orange and yellow habaneros instead.
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped yellow onion
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 cup distilled white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice (we squeezed it fresh from the bottle)
  • 1 tablespoon gold rum (I hope spiced rum is the same thing. We went with Bacardi Oakheart)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  1. Submerge the ancho in hot water and soak until soft, about 20 minutes. Drain, then finely chop.
  2. Roast and peel the Dutch Red. Stem, seed and finely chop (since I didn't use a Dutch Red, I didn't feel obligated to roast or peel. I did, however, stem, seed and chop the red jalapeno)
  3. Combine the Scotch bonnets (habaneros)  with the onion and garlic in a food processor and process until finely chopped.
  4. Pour the vinegar, lemon juice and rum into a nonreactive pan and bring to a boil. Pour the liquid into the food processor, add the oregano and the chopped red pepper; process lightly.
  5. Add the chopped ancho teaspoon by teaspoon, processing briefly in between, pulsing only enough to get a smooth yellow-orange sauce with red flecks. Over-processing results in a red sauce (which is what I ended up with)
  6. If you're planning on eating it right away, you're done. If you want to process it for canning, sterilize two half-pint jars and fill with the sauce. Process in a boiling water bath for 15 minutes. As always, refer to the National Center for Home Food Preservation to make sure you don't poison anybody. 
Good times!


  1. Looks FANTASTIC!! I love the addition of the booze.

  2. This is awesome I can't handle anything this hot, but I have family that can. Thanks for sharing this with us at Let's Get Real Friday. You are one of my featured bloggers this week. I hope you'll join us again at

  3. Yee-haw! Your Satan Sauce looks great to this Texas girl! Thank you for sharing it with us at Treasure Box Tuesday- pinned! :)