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Fermented Quarantine Hot Sauce

Follow basic fermentation preparation practices when making this hot sauce.
  1. Clean and Sanitize all of your equipment.
  2. Gently rinse off any dirt from your peppers
  3. create a 2.5% brine solution
  4. Slice your pepper thinly and place into a fermentation vessel
  5. Keep the peppers under the brine at all times
  6. Ferment anaerobically
  7. Ferment in an area that between 55f and 75f for at least 1 month but as long as you want

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Fermented Hot Sauce

Prep Time30 minutes
730 days
How much do you want to make? 2 quarts


  • 1362 g spicy peppers thinly slice
  • 1950 g water
  • 50 g kosher salt

optional ingredients to add to the fermentation crock

  • 65 g carrots or to taste
  • 115 g onions or to taste
  • 8 cloves garlic or to taste

optional ingredients to add when making the hot sauce

  • xanthan gum use 1/2 tsp per 4 cups of sauce that's being blended
  • red wine vinegar to taste
  • salt (I use the brine from the peppers) to taste
  • honey to taste


  • Clean and sanitize your gallon size fermenting jar, lid, and air lock with a sanitizing solution
  • With gloves on, remove the stems from your pepper pods and gently dink in some cool water. You don't need to wash the pepper. You are simply trying to remove superficial dirt off the pods.
  • In a well ventilated area thinly slice your peppers and place them in your fermentation crock. Cover the peppers with cabbage leaves to form a top covering, then place a weight on top of the cabbage leaves. This will keep all of the peppers below the brine during fermentation.
  • Pour the cool 2.5% brine solution over the peppers till the water level is 1 inch over your weights.
  • Cover and place the air lock in the lid. Place the jar in a cool area (55f -75f or 13c – 29c) and let ferment for at least 4 weeks or in my case 2 years.

Making the hot sauce

  • Once your peppers have finished fermenting strain out the brine and place the fermented pepper mash in a blender.
  • Blend till smooth while slowly drizzling 1/2 cup of Red wine vinegar and 1/2 cups of the fermenting brine. This will help thin out the sauce to get it to the desired consistency. If you plan on adding xanthan gum only add a little bit at a time while the sauce is blending. The appropriate ratio is 1/2 tsp per 4 cups of sauce. This will help stabilize the sauce and keep it from separating. If you don't add it, that's ok too. You'll just have to shape up the bottle prior to using.
  • If you want to cut the heat a little you can add honey or sugar.
  • Once you are happy with your sauce you can pasteurize it by heating it to 180f (82.2c) for 10 minutes. Place the hot sauce in sterilized bottles and store in your pantry or in your refrigerator.

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13 thoughts on “Fermented Quarantine Hot Sauce”

    1. You know I’m not sure. I’ve heard you can but I haven’t personally tried. The fermentation comes from the natural LAB’s found on the peppers. When you dry the peppers those bacteria are killed off so I would imagine that you might have to add a starter (perhaps from sauerkraut) and possibly some dextrose for food. If you try it let me know what happens….

      1. 5 stars
        This recipe is awesome, I use Haberno, great taste and hot,Eric you inspire me please keep up the good work. can’t wait until October for the Sausage

  1. andrew james barnes

    5 stars
    I gave it a 5 star because it made me ROFLMFAO!!!! You crazy man. I knew a guy once who was in this bar hot wing eating contest…Did not go well for him. Had to go to the E.R. Cannot believe y’all were’nt wearing gas masks when you were processing those peppers.
    But here’s my question: What did u do with all that pepper sauce?

    1. I still have it. We eat it one drop at a timeπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. I was hoping to give some away or sell it online but I found out that the cost to ship this sauce to the US is outrageous.

  2. I thought your quarantine hot sauce video was awesome. I’d love to add it to my burgers, splash in spaghetti, add it to jerky, and share with friends. How do I go about getting a bottle of your 7 gallon mix (haha). I’ll send a few bucks. I do not expect anything for free.

        1. I’m not saying I can’t shit it internationally, I’m saying it’s cost prohibitive. I live in Panama and they require certifications from the USDA to receive food items as well as certifications from Panama’s Ministry of Health. On top of that each bottle would cost around $50 to export. Trust me, if I could ship it out at a reasonable price I would have already sold the 7 gallons I have available πŸ˜…πŸ˜…

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