This pepper sauce recipe is a Southern family favorite. Perfect to serve with cornbread, greens or black eyed peas, this pepper sauce recipe is one you’ll turn to again and again.

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Good ole Southern Pepper Sauce is a favorite condiment to serve with any number of dishes in the south – from black eyed peas to pinto beans, collard or turnip greens and some even like a little bit of it with their BBQ. A jar of this spicy sauce could just about always be found on the supper table, making it a staple item to make each year.

Actually, at the end of each summer, Daddy would gather a bunch of peppers from his garden to make a good number of jars to use, keep in the pantry and to share with friends.

Here’s how he made his pepper sauce. This recipe is for one pint jar.

Southern Pepper Sauce Recipe

This pepper sauce recipe is a Southern family favorite. Perfect to serve with cornbread, greens or peas, this pepper sauce recipe is one you'll turn to again and again.
4.6 from 15 votes

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time20 mins
Author: Robyn Stone

Ingredients

  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher or pickling salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil optional for extra hot pepper sauce
  • about 30 small peppers

Instructions

  • Clean jar, lid, and band and rinse well. Keep warm.
  • Mix together sugar, salt, vinegar, and optional olive oil in a stainless steel saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until it begins to boil.
  • Fill jar with peppers and pour hot vinegar mixture over the peppers. Leave about 1 inch of headspace from the top of the jar
  • Remove air bubbles in the jar by tilting jar slightly to allow bubbles to escape as pepper press against opposite side of the jar.
  • Wipe jar rim to clean. Place lid on top of jar and tighten ring.
  • Allow jars to seal by setting on countertop to cool with about 1 inch in between each.
  • Test seal after about 12 hours by pressing finger to the center of the lid. If sealed, it will not pop back. If not sealed, refrigerate and use.
  • Store in dark, cool cabinet or pantry for up to a year.
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104 Comments Leave a comment or review

    1. I have not used sea salt in this recipe but other people have said they do. Just make sure it is pure sea salt with no additives. You can’t use table salt; it can cause the liquid to be cloudy. Hope this helps.

  1. Can olive oil be added at a later date
    Best way to store pepper sauce and best way to store after jar has been open

  2. I’m from the south and u are so right it is so good on some beans and cornbread I’m glad I found ur recipe. Thank you so much !

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