About Helpful Hot Sauce

When the pandemic hit in the spring of 2020, I had a lot more time at home to tend to my garden and ended up with a bumper crop of hot peppers. Not wanting them to go to waste, I started to experiment with different hot sauce recipes. After much trial and error and many taste tests with friends and neighbors, I perfected a few key sauces and flavors. That fall I made several batches of sauce and offered them on Facebook, promising that all profits would go to a local Arlington charity. Reviews were strong and word spread, and the next year (2021) I sold several hundred bottles of Helpful Hot Sauce with profits going to Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis (I grew up a Hoosier). In the fall of 2022 Arlington Magazine featured Helpful Hot Sauce, and this year I hope to sell even more and help the Arlington Food Assistance Center (AFAC), and Riley Children’s Hospital! 


Smoked Pepper: This tomato-based sauce has some kick, but the heat isn’t overpowering. Primary peppers used in this sauce are habaneros, jalapenos, and fresnos, with a couple ghost peppers thrown in for some zing. The big flavor profile comes from smoking the peppers, garlic, and onions over pecan wood and then adding them to the sauce. The hot sauce is great on bowls, Mexican food, scrambled eggs, and can be added to chili and queso.

Peach Habanero: The peaches in this sauce help mellow the heat of the habaneros. You can also taste the subtle flavors of cinnamon with a hint of nutmeg. This sauce is great on chicken and pork as well as on eggs. It also works as a marinade.

El Diablo: It’s as hot as it sounds. El Diablo sauce is made using a combination of superhots including Ghost peppers, 7-Pot Chaguanas, Kraken Scorpions, and Carolina Reapers. Danger Will Robinson!

Cranberry Habanero: This is the sweetest, most mild sauce in my collection, but it still has some zip. Made with cranberries, pears, and habaneros, this one has a pretty purple color and is great on turkey (and even better on turkey sandwiches). Also try pouring some over a block of cream cheese and serving with crackers.

Note… Helpful Hot Sauces are still homemade, and while the acid level in the sauce helps preserve them, bottles should be kept in the refrigerator and should keep for a few months.

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If you’re interested in ordering a bottle (or more) fill out the form below and I’ll send you an email to confirm the order! (Cost will be $7 per bottle+shipping.)