Apple Sriracha-Style Hot Sauce

Don't let the apples in the ingredient list fool you, while this fermented hot sauce initially hits your taste buds with a bit of bright sweetness, it's followed by an intense heat similar to Sriracha.

Apple Sriracha-Style Hot Sauce
Photo: Jacob Fox
Prep Time:
1 hr 15 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 25 mins
9 cups


  • 3 quart bottled spring water

  • 4 ½ tablespoon all-natural fine sea salt

  • 3 pound red chile peppers, such as Fresno, stemmed and quartered*

  • 2 pound red apples, cored and cut into chunks

  • 1 head garlic, cloves separated, peeled, and coarsely chopped (about 1/4 cup)

  • ¼ cup sugar

  • ¼ cup cider vinegar


  1. In a 6-quart crock or glass jar stir together the water and salt until salt is dissolved. Add the next three ingredients (through garlic). Place a clean plate that fits just inside the container on chile mixture to keep it submerged. Cover container with a clean kitchen towel. Let stand at 65°F to 75°F for 3 to 5 days or until bubbles form around edge of container. (A layer of white residue may form on the surface during fermentation, especially if the temperature of the room is warmer. If desired, skim off residue before continuing.)

  2. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chiles, apples, and garlic to a 6- to 8-quart stainless-steel, enamel, or nonstick pot. Add 6 cups of the liquid from the container. Stir in sugar and vinegar. Bring to boiling stirring occasionally; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes or until apples are tender.* Using an immersion blender, blend mixture until smooth. (Or allow mixture to cool and process in batches in a blender until smooth.)

  3. Firmly press mixture through a fine-mesh sieve, using a whisk to scrape and push the solids through (the more solids that are pressed into the liquid, the thicker the sauce will be). Discard solids remaining in sieve. (For a thicker sauce, return sieved mixture to pot and bring to boiling; boil gently, uncovered, 10 minutes or until desired consistency.) Transfer sauce to clean jars or bottles. Store in the refrigerator up to 6 months.

Banana Pepper-Green Apple Hot Sauce

Prepare as directed, except use hot banana peppers for the red chile peppers and Granny Smith apples for the apples.Per teaspoon: same as above, except 2 cal.

Beet-Apple Hot Sauce

Prepare as directed, except add 1 pound red beets, finely chopped, to the mixture in Step 1.Per teaspoon: same as above, except 70 mg sodium


Chile peppers contain oils that can irritate your skin and eyes. Wear plastic or rubber gloves when working with them.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

3 Calories
1g Carbs
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 432
Calories 3
% Daily Value *
Sodium 69mg 3%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Vitamin C 3.4mg 17%
Calcium 1mg 0%
Potassium 10mg 0%
Folate, total 0.6mcg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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