Southern Pepper Sauce Recipe

Total Time 20 minutes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
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.
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  • 1 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil optional for extra hot pepper sauce
  • about 30 small peppers


  1. Clean jar, lid, and band and rinse well. Keep warm.
  2. Mix together sugar, salt, vinegar, and optional olive oil in a stainless steel saucepan.
  3. Cook over medium heat until it begins to boil.
  4. Fill jar with peppers and pour hot vinegar mixture over the peppers. Leave about 1 inch of headspace from the top of the jar
  5. Remove air bubbles in the jar by tilting jar slightly to allow bubbles to escape as pepper press against opposite side of the jar.
  6. Wipe jar rim to clean. Place lid on top of jar and tighten ring.
  7. Allow jars to seal by setting on countertop to cool with about 1 inch in between each.
  8. 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.
  9. Store in dark, cool cabinet or pantry for up to a year.

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