Rodney’s Sauce

By: Hannah Lee Leidy
Photography by Jerrelle Guy

This sauce recipe will leave you wanting another bite of whatever you are eating with lots of drizzles of heat. It is actually fairly simple to make your own hot sauce and this sauce recipe will show you that. Additionally, there is mo need to buy hot sauce at the store anymore when you can just head to your kitchen.

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Makes 1 gallon

  • 1 gallon distilled white vinegar
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • ½ cup ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1¼ tablespoons red pepper flakes
  • 2 cups sugar

  • Special equipment: instant-read thermomete

In a small stockpot, warm vinegar over medium-high heat. After about 5 minutes, when the vinegar reaches 150 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, just before it starts to simmer, add the lemon slices and continue to cook until the lemon peels begin to soften and wilt, about 10 minutes more. Whisk in the black pepper, cayenne, red pepper flakes, and sugar. Continue to cook over medium-high heat until sugar is completely dissolved and sauce reaches 190 degrees, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to completely cool before using. Remove lemon and refrigerate sauce in an airtight container for up to 8 weeks.

  • Adapted from Rodney Scott’s World of BBQ: Every Day is a Good Day by Rodney Scott and Lolis Eric Elie. Clarkson Potter © 2021.

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