Chipotle Hot Sauce
The chipotle (pronounced "chee-POAT-lay") pepper is a basically a smoked or dried jalapeño pepper. The origins of the smoked chipotle pepper are rooted in the area surrounding Mexico City and were developed prior to the Aztec civilization. These wonderful peppers may very well have been smoked to keep them from rotting. Regardless, they Chipotle Pepper is divine!
- 12 ounces red wine vinegar
- 3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
- 2 to 3 tablespoons chipotle pepper puree - Start small and add more for additional heat.
- 1 stick unsalted butter, cut into pieces
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and freshly ground cracked pepper - Tellicherry Pepper is best
- 2 tablespoons ancho chile powder
Stir in together the vinegar, Dijon mustard, chipotle puree, honey, and oil in a glass bowl. Combine thoroughly. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Next, slowly melt the butter in a large skillet or a large pot on the grates of the grill. Add the hot sauce mixture and bring to a boil. Finally, add the ancho chile powder while stirring and then season with salt, to taste. If not hot enough for your liking, add the balance of the chipotle pepper puree. Use on chicken or anything you would like have additional smoky favors with. Enjoy!