Candied jalapenos are often used in chicken wing recipes, as well as BBQ sauce and in canning jalapenos. Many people also enjoy them as stand-alone, cowboy candy jalapenos. Create a candied jalapeno BBQ sauce that’ll satisfy your taste buds without burning your mouth.
One reason to make candied jalapeno BBQ sauce could be the harmonious blending of sweetness and heat. You may also be interested in the nutritional value of jalapenos, including vitamin C and dietary fiber.
A candied jalapenos recipe to start with
This recipe for candied jalapeno BBQ sauce uses the canning process. Steep flavors and nutrients out of your jalapenos, and let it blend with the candy syrup. We’ll show you how in this simple, expert tutorial. It’s essentially for sweet pickled jalapenos that balance in flavor over a 2-week to month-long period.
Drying your jalapenos in a home dehydrator will intensify their flavor by reducing moisture content. Transform this recipe into candied jalapeno powder and use it as a spice at your choosing.
This candied fresh jalapenos recipe is composed of the following ingredients:
- 4 lbs. jalapeno
- 4 cups apple cider vinegar
- 5 cups of sugar
- 2 tbsp. Whole mustard seeds
- 1 tsp. turmeric
- 3 tbsp. garlic powder
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
Slice your jalapenos evenly, leaving the seeds in. Pour the apple cider vinegar into a pot, adding all of your spices. Boil the mixture for 5 minutes at a simmer, then add the sugar and repeat.
For a sweet jalapeno with less heat, add the sliced jalapenos and cook them in your sauce for 10-20 minutes. Not cooking them at all won’t make extremely hot sauce, especially after the canning process, but it’s an effective way to preserve its spiciness.
When canning jalapeno peppers, use equally sized mason jars. Fill each one with your soaked jalapenos, packing them down to prevent air pockets. Leave a 1” gap from the top of the jar. Next, fill your jars to the brim with your sauce, wipe the rims clean and screw the lids on tightly.
The canning process can be challenging, which isn’t desirable for easy candied jalapenos. A pressure canner and a pair of tongs will allow you to seal large batches of jars simultaneously. Protect your food by bacteria-proofing your jars. Use appropriate gear for handling piping hot jars and a large pot of boiling water.
How to make candied jalapeno BBQ sauce
This BBQ sauce recipe uses the following ingredients:
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Chopped onion and green pepper
- Sliced jalapeno
- 1 cup candied jalapenos and sauce
- 3 chopped apples
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 tbsp. Garlic powder
- 2 ½ cups apple cider
- 1 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2 cups tomato puree
- 1 cup water
- 1/3 Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ cup molasses
- 1 cup mustard
- Salt and black pepper
Oil and heat a large pot before adding the onions, green peppers and salt. Stir and cook for 2 minutes, then add the sliced jalapenos, continuing to stir and cook. Add your chopped apples and brown sugar, then cook long enough to soften the apples and mix the ingredients together.
Add all of the remaining ingredients to the pot. Continue cooking and stirring until your sauce thickens, then remove the pot from heat, and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Pour the BBQ sauce into a blender, increasing the processing speed until all of the ingredients are liquefied.
Voila! Store your masterfully crafted, candied jalapeno BBQ sauce in seal-able mason jars until ready for use!
Beyond the candied jalapenos recipe
Creating sauces, like canning jalapeno peppers, is easier work when you have the right kitchen tools. You can save time and effort by preparing large batches.
Maximize your raw ingredients by using a meat dehydrator. When there’s a bulk sale on jalapeno peppers, garlic and other ingredients in your grocery store, dry and store them for later use. You’ll be able to save money, and prepare everything in one fell swoop.
You can also use an electric dehydrator to preserve your meat. Make delicious batches of candied jalapeno BBQ sauce-flavored beef jerky, and store it in vacuum-seal containers. It’ll last for months!
A meat dehydrator is a useful kitchen item for a host of amazing food ideas!