Here's How To Make Your Own Sriracha

Sriracha, sometimes known as rooster sauce because of the trademark rooster on the label, is a staple in many pantries and restaurants. It has become so widely adored as a hot sauce that can spruce up eggs, pizza, soups, or noodle dishes that a t-shirt with the logo was available at Urban Outfitters. Like the sauce itself, it was extremely popular, but unlike the sauce, it is unfortunately currently unavailable. 

In a story that sounds more like it came out of The Onion satirical newspaper rather than a real outlet, the city of Irwindale, California, where the factory where Sriracha is produced, filed a lawsuit in 2014 against the company because more than two dozen of the town's inhabitants complained about the spicy smell emitted into the air as a byproduct of making the sauce (via National Law Review). Luckily, the court did not specifically curtail the production of the sauce and the makers were able to mitigate the odors.

How to make your own Sriracha at home

However, there's always a chance that the supply chain could be disrupted in the future, so if you're a Sriracha fan, it might be wise to try and make your own version at home so that you can have a constant supply (via Leite's Culinaria). 

It's actually quite easy. All you need to do is combine 1.75 pounds of red jalapeño peppers, 3 garlic cloves, 2 tablespoons of garlic powder, 2 tablespoons of white sugar, 1 tablespoon of brown sugar, 1 tablespoon of kosher salt, and 1/2 cup of white vinegar. Combine all these ingredients except for the vinegar in a food processor until you have a coarse mixture. Store the mixture for seven days in a clean glass jar at room temperature. Then, you'll want to move to a saucepan, add the vinegar, and boil the mixture. Allow it to simmer for five minutes and then blend it again until the paste becomes smooth. You can then either strain it or leave it as is if you prefer a chunkier sauce. Season to taste and enjoy your own homemade Sriracha!