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Copycat Franks Red Hot Sauce

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Do you happen to have a few cayenne peppers on hand that need to be used up? Recreate the flavor of America’s favorite red hot cayenne pepper sauce in your very own kitchen with this amazing copycat Franks Red Hot Sauce recipe!


Last year we grew several large cayenne pepper plants that produce beautifully all season long. We made homemade paprika, canned several jars of whole cayenne peppers and the other night while making my husbands favorite copycat hooters hot wings recipe– I discovered I was OUT of franks so a copycat franks recipe was born . . .

Copycat Franks Red Hot Sauce

You’ll Need:
18 Fresh Cayenne Peppers (Ends & stems removed)
1 1/2 c. White Vinegar
2 tsp Minced Garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp Garlic Powder


There are a couple of different ways to prepare this sauce- if you happen to have fresh cayenne peppers, simply remove the ends, measure all the ingredients into a small saucepan, heat over medium heat until boiling, reduce the heat slightly – but so the mixture continues to boil & simmer about 20-25 minutes.

Remove from heat, carefully pour into a blender & puree until thick and smooth. Transfer back into the saucepan and simmer another 15 minutes.


If you happen to only have canned peppers, which is what we used in this particular recipe- in a blender add 18 peppers, 1 c. vinegar (we used the juice from our home-canned peppers), garlic, salt, and garlic powder, cover and puree until smooth. Transfer to a saucepan, bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes.


This has better flavor if the flavors are allowed to marry overnight in the fridge, but if not, it still makes great hooters sauce!


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