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.
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!
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