Vermont Sriracha

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Cayennes are long, red peppers that are strikingly beautiful and often used for decorative purposes. Besides the heat, their flavor is mild, so they go well in places where pure heat is needed to let other flavors shine.


  • 3 oz. cayenne peppers
  • 4 medium garlic cloves
  • 3/4 cup white vinegar
  • 2 tbs. maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. salt


Remove the stems from the peppers and roughly chop the rest. Peel and slice the garlic. Simmer the garlic, peppers, vinegar, maple syrup, and kosher salt in a small pan for about 20 minutes at medium heat, or until the peppers and garlic are soft. Purée the hot sauce in a food processor, being careful to leave room for steam to vent while puréeing.

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