While Smoking J’s is all about our hot sauce, a reader let us know about a great recipe where you can make your own homemade hot sauce in a slow cooker. The nice thing about making it on your own is that you get to the adjust the heat level to meet your palate.

Ready to get to cooking this one up? Well, get out your slow cooker and fill it up with the ingredients below.


12 – 15 peppers, mix of jalapeño, serrano, lipstick, and a few red peppers that look like red banana peppers. Seeded and roughly chopped.

1 can chopped tomatoes, no salt added OR three or four whole tomatoes, cut up.

1 small onion, roughly chopped

White vinegar to cover, about 2 cups

water, about 1/2 cup (or 4:1 vinegar to water)

1/2 Tbsp wholecoriander

5 cloves of garlic, smashed

salt to taste

INSTRUCTIONS (from a reader)

I cooked the peppers and tomatoes for almost seven hours, in a Dutch oven, covered. If I’d had a slow cooker, I’d have thrown everything in the cooker and walked away (or gone out dancing) rather than tending a sauce. But, I was a good shepherd to my flock (of sauce) and stirred it hourly — on the half hour once the peppers broke down.

At about hour six, I mashed the garlic and peppers with a potato masher. Then I turned off the stove and went to sleep.

When I woke up, I heated the sauce to a boil again and simmered it for 15 minutes.

After reheating it, I ran it through the food mill and came up with a good consistency for sauce.

Then, I added a little salt and cooked it down a bit. The end product is an intensly flavored sauce with a slightly rough texture. It is still hot at the back of the tongue (from the vinegar) but packed with mellow pepper flavor.

Muy Calienté!