So, I have been on an epic quest to find a good hot sauce, I know what I like, I know what it is very hard to find here (Texas Pete, which is actually made in NC), and now I am trying to make my own hot sauce. I have made my own sauces for just about everything else, why not this? Why have I not come to this decision until now? Oh yea, that damn bar exam. Well, I've decided I'm going to have a future with or without passing this bar right now, I am a great employee and I try really hard. And FYI, I am a smart cookie (no one is perfect right?).
Here is how I made my "Hatch Pepper Hot Sauce"
6-8 fresh hatch peppers sliced and diced
1.5 cups of vinegar (I used apple cider, you can use whatever kind you like)
2 cups of water
8-10 cloves of garlic smashed and peeled
1 teaspoon of black pepper corns
1 tablespoon salt (you can half this)
1 tablespoon local honey (you can double this)
1/2 of a large yellow onion (you can substitute this with a shallot)
1 tablespoon asian chili oil
1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
Directions: Add everything into the pot and let it come to a boil. Let it reduce by about half (prob 10-20 minutes) and let it cool. If you have a hand blender you can just put it in there and go to town and make a puree. If you don't, you want to let your sauce cool slightly before adding it to a blender or food processor as it WILL somehow get on you. Blend it to a nice even puree.
So, you let it cool over night, and then you can strain it to get all the seeds and chunky garlic, onions, and seeds out of there. This can be a frustrating process, but it is worth it.