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Grilled Mango Habanero Hot Sauce

When I first started getting into hot sauces I noticed the ones that incorporated mangos were always able to hit that sweet spot between taste and heat. The natural evolution of the grilled pineapple jalapeño hot sauce that I made seemed to be replace pineapples with mangos and jalapeños with habaneros. The hope is that the mangoes will keep (or even improve) on the sweetness of sauce while the habaneros will really give it that extra kick I am looking for.

Necessary Utensils

Ingredients

Preparation

  1. Cut up your mangos into one inch cubes totaling 2 cups. Mangos are notoriously tough to cut so don't hesitate to check out a tutorial on YouTube.
  2. Grill the mango cubes at medium-high heat. You do this to help bring out the sweetness and to add a little bit of caramelization. Remember to grill your mango cubes on all sides. You can move onto the other preparation steps while you are grilling because it will take some time.
  3. Cut up your orange bell pepper into quarters or eights. You just want to cut it up enough so the pieces aren't going to leave a lot of empty space when you put them into the blender. The blender is the great equalizer and is going to chew up everything but the smaller the pieces are and the less space there is between them the easier they will mix.
  4. Dice 1 cup of sweet onions. Like the orange bell pepper don't worry about being too thorough. 1 inch pieces will be fine.
  5. Chop up 1 cup of habaneros. Cutting them into quarters should be enough. Leave the seeds in for an extra kick of heat!
  6. If you decided to make your own lemon juice by squeezing some lemons do that now but the store bought stuff is totally fine.
  7. Peel 7 cloves of garlic out of the bulb. Put them in a bowl or cup for easy access when you are about to blend.

"Cooking"

When blending sauces you usually want to start with the liquids and then the spices to ensure they mix well. You can then add all of the solids on top.

  1. Add 2 cups of Bragg's apple cider vinegar to the blender.
  2. Add 2 tablespoons of lemon juice.
  3. Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  4. Add 1 tablespoon of salt.
  5. Add 1 tablespoon of ground black pepper.
  6. Add 2 cups of grilled mango.
  7. Add 1 diced orange bell pepper.
  8. Add 1 cup of sweet onions.
  9. Add 1 cup of habaneros.
  10. Add 7 cloves of garlic.
  11. Turn the blender on and let it go to town. It is essentially impossible to "overmix" a hot sauce so I would say that whenever you feel the sauce is done actually wait 30-60 seconds longer because the sauce is probably thicker than you want.

Chow Down!

I went a little overboard when I actually made this recipe and put in 7 habaneros instead of 4-5. While I find this a to be a perfect amount of heat not everyone agreed with me. So while I did seem to hit that perfect mixture of mangoes and habaneros for myself, I recommend you err on the side of caution the first time you make this recipe.

All that being said this sauce was absolutely amazing for chicken wings.


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