Mesquañero - Our Most Popular Hot Sauce Recipe
We’ve had our share of side-hustles at Ozark Akerz over the years. From partnering with Raleigh Brewing Company to sell Ozark Outlaw, a small batch beer made with our organically raised jalapeño peppers to crafting Christmas ornaments out of black walnut shells and brewing our popular Mesquañero™ hot pepper sauce.
Even people who didn't like hot sauce became converts after trying a sample of our mesquite smoked habanero pepper sauce. The funny thing is Mesquañero™ was a mistake! We forgot to add Ghost Jolokia peppers to one batch of pepper sauce and Mesquañero™ was born. It became our bestselling pepper sauce.
Customers continue to ask for it, but we have to disappoint them. We would love to continue brewing Mesquañero™, but it’s very labor intensive and we no longer have access to a local commercial kitchen, so we've decided to discontinue it.
It's not the end of Mesquañero™ though. We've decided to let it live on through you by revealing the recipe so you can brew it at home and share our bestselling pepper sauce with others.If you decide to share the recipe with friends and family or on social media, please credit Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm. Thank you for helping us keep the recipe alive and smokin'!
Ozark Akerz Regenerative Farm - Mesquañero Hot Pepper Sauce Recipe
You'll need a food processor or blender to make the hot pepper sauce.
Don’t worry about smoking too many peppers for this recipe, you can use leftovers to season dishes or make a mesquite flavored salsa.
Instructions and Recipe
Cut bell peppers in half and remove seeds.
Soak mesquite chips before use. Put mesquite on hot coals and add whole habanero peppers and bell peppers (cut in half) to grill. Cook until soft with some blackening.
Finely chop all bell peppers in a food processor or blender to create bell pepper mix. Remove chopped bell peppers to a bowl.
Add and finely chop habeñeros in food processor/blender. Remove chopped habeñeros to a bowl.
Add the following to food processor/blender and mix thoroughly.
After blending thoroughly, put through a strainer to remove solids. You can use the leftover pepper solids (affectionately known as gubbins) to season food or salsa.
Transfer the strained liquid to mason jar(s)
Although not part of the original recipe, you can mix it up by adding fresh and finely chopped garlic to a batch.
Sue & Mike
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