Large carolina 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.

Yield: 10-12 fluid ounces

Featured Ingredients

Kosher salt is the workhorse salt of most kitchens, with a pure salt flavor and a versatile flakey texture. Each crystal is an irregular,... Size Options
$4.99 kosher flake salt
Aromatic and earthy, ground cumin is an essential flavor in Latin cooking, and frequently used in Indian curries and rice dishes. We... Size Options
$5.99 Glass jar, 1/2 cup (wt. 2.3 oz)
Guajillo chilies are one of the most commonly used chilies in Mexican cuisine. With a bright, tangy flavor and a moderate fruity heat,... Size Options
$5.99 Resealable bag, 4 ounce
This is the hottest pepper available to the public. Carolina Reaper peppers boast a blistering 1,569,000 Scoville units on average. Its... Size Options
$9.49 Resealable bag, 0.5 ounce

Creeping Reaper Hot Sauce Recipe

Preparation Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees fahrenheit.

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

2. Remove seeds and stems from all chile peppers. Cut Gaujillos into 1 1/2 inch pieces. Reapers should crumble easily.

3. 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.)

4. 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.

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

6. 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.

7. Bottle and serve!

Yield: 10-12 fluid ounces
Helpful Hints

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.

Recipe Equipment

Food processor, mesh strainer/sieve , gloves.


Share Your Recipes!

Do you have a recipe you'd like to share with The Spice House community? We are currently gathering recipes to include in our collection and we would love to share yours online.

Submit Yours



Made this sauce last night, wow was it good. There's an instant zip of heat on your tongue, but it doesn't grow into a blaze. Definitely making this one again.


Great sauce! I used fresh reapers and just roasted them with the garlic. Next time I'll add a couple more reapers because after straining much of the heat was lost..or maybe I'm just crazy.