Barberton Hot Sauce
This signature hot sauce comes in a bowl, not a bottle.
Why This Recipe Works
In Barberton, Ohio, a signature fried chicken dinner is not complete without a mildly spicy side of stewed Hungarian hot peppers, tomatoes, and onions that the locals call “hot sauce.” Though we couldn’t find Hungarian hot peppers in the supermarket, a red bell pepper, two jalapeños, and a smidge of red pepper flakes offered a similar ratio of sweetness to heat. We found that a small amount of raw white rice lent the sauce its distinctive silky, jammy quality. Adding water helped the rice break down and do its thickening work.
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