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Creeping Reaper Hot Sauce

Creeping Reaper Hot Sauce
This sauce has noticeable heat, but wont singe your tongue off like other Carolina Reaper sauces. This recipe uses Guajillo chiles as the base, giving it a bright and fruity body. Honey and roasted garlic give it a rich sweetness. This sauce is great for topping tacos, flavoring chicken wings, or basting barbecued pork ribs.

Submitted by: Geoff Marshall from Chicago, IL
Yield: 10 to 12 fluid ounces


Preparation Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

  2. Slice top off garlic bulb, coat in olive oil, and wrap in tin foil. Bake garlic for 20 to 30 minutes until tender and golden brown. Let it cool and remove cloves from skin. (Move on to step three while garlic roasts.)

  3. Remove seeds and stems from all chile peppers. Cut Gaujillos into 1 and ½ inch pieces. Reapers should crumble easily.

  4. Combine water and vinegar in a pot, add chiles. Cover and simmer on low heat for approximately 1 hour or until Guajillos are rehydrated and tender. Do not let this boil or burn. (Burnt apple cider vinegar is bitter.)

  5. Remove chiles from pot, save liquid. Add garlic, chiles, and salt to a food processor or blender. Puree to a fine paste, adding vinegar liquid as needed.

  6. Push puree through a wire mesh sieve to remove any large bits of pepper. (Wear your gloves!)

  7. In a mixing bowl or blender, blend or whisk all ingredients together until honey has dissolved. Add your spices and lime juice at this time.

  8. Bottle and serve!

More About This Recipe

Wear gloves when handiling these peppers! Avoid touching your eyes and use proper ventilation. Carolina Reaper chiles are delicious, but can be dangerous when handled irresponsibly. You can leave the seeds in the peppers, but seeds tend to bring out bitter notes along with extra heat. If you want this sauce to be even hotter, add more Reapers, but leave the seeds out for better flavor. For extra zip, add a couple of raw garlic cloves to the recipe before pureeing. Roasted garlic is sweet and mild. Clean your Guajillos before use, they are picked and dried in the field.


Based on 8 reviews

Customer Reviews

The Spice House

Hey JP,

The generous amount of apple cider vinegar helps preserve the sauce. Kept in a refrigerator, this sauce will last at least 6 months. Kept at room temp, this sauce will last at least 1 month. If you jar or can it properly, the sauce should last indefinitely.


What is the shelf life of this sauce? I am trippling recipe and what to be sure it lasts. Thanks!

Eric H.

I made the sauce today, with a couple tweaks it was a lovely. Since I was using fresh, homegrown Carolina Reapers, I used two instead of four, and one fresh habanero. I only had two thirds of a cup of apple cider vinegar so I used that and 1/3 cup wine vinegar.

The flavor is great. Sweet, tangy, and just the right amount of heat. I think my next batch I may cut the honey in half and do a 50/50 blend of wine vinegar and apple cider vinegar to dial down the sweetness a notch. It’s almost like a spicy BBQ, it’s delicious just a little sweeter than I like.


Doubled the recipe but only used one bulb of garlic. Gotta say it turned out AMAZING! I recommend trying it on some brisket!

Chris Then

This sauce was fantastic. I left out the cumin, the guajillos had plenty of smoky flavor to compensate.

mr green

this sauce is amazing! we had a bumper reaper corp this year… been making hot sauces, bbq sauces, jams and jellies, but this has become one of my favs! didn’t have any guajillos, so i used 6 fresh red reapers, great on chili, pizza, bbq, eggs, on and on. thanks for sharing the recipe, ill spread the gospel to my fellow hot heads about your site!

Geary York

Just made this, only difference is I put paprika in the pan when I simmered the peppers and added cayenne to the final whisking process! Extremely pleases with this sauce

Reed Litcher

Surprisingly not as hot as expected. Ended up using on a lot of things and it was gone fast. I’m making it again

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