In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

Smoked Cherry Rum Pepper-Sauce (wing sauce).

Over the years I’ve shared many Peppersauce (hot sauce) recipes with you, but this one here is SPECIAL! Not only is it BANGING with Fiery Caribbean Sunshine (heat), it’s packed with flavor and is very versatile. Your chicken wings will demand to be covered in this Smoked Cherry Rum Sauce. Should you not have the ability to smoke the peppers, feel free to use them as is and hit the sauce with a tiny bit of liquid smoke.

You’ll Need…

20-30 hot peppers
1 lb cherries (I used frozen)
4 cloves garlic (smashed)
1/2 cup white vinegar
3 tablespoon Cane Sugar
2 cups Apple Cider (not vinegar)
3/4 tablespoon sea salt
1 cup dark rum

Important: Please wear gloves and wash your hand immediately after handling such hot peppers. I used a variety of some of the hottest peppers in the world when making this sauce. Feel free to use peppers you like or can source (Scotch Bonnet, Habanero, Scorpions, Naga, Seven pod etc – watch the video below where I discuss the peppers I used). If doing this recipe gluten free, be sure to go through the full list of ingredients to make sure they meet with your specific gluten free dietary needs.

Wash and air dry the peppers, then place them on your smoker. Please note that we want to kiss these peppers with the smoke, so it’s not on the smoker for long or at a high heat. Additionally, make sure there’s enough space between the peppers, so they take on that gentle smoke quickly.

I believe my smoker was set to 170 and I had them on for about an hour and 10 minutes.

  • Remember the goal is to gently smoke or kiss the peppers with the smoke. I used cherry wood as the wood of choice, but any fruity wood will work.

Remove the stems and into a deep sauce pan, followed by the other ingredients. (keep the gloves on please)

Put the stove on medium heat and bring to boil, then turn the heat down so you have a simmer.

Be sure to vent your kitchen (open a window and/or turn on the fan above the stove). I had the lid on the sauce pan and simmered it for 30 minutes.

Turn the heat off and allow it to cool for about 1 hr before we use the stick blender to make this as smooth as you like. You may use a traditional blender or food processor. Do make sure it cools before blending it, to avoid getting burn.

It will thicken as you puree it, but you’re in control of the final consistency so rock on.

Place in a sterilized bottles. Will last in the fridge for 6 months (at least). Use as you would any hot sauce, but with all honestly, you’ll improve your wing game with this one. And should you dare, top your BBQ Ribs and Chicken with it (after basting with your fav bbq sauce).

BTW, these were not Caribbean cherries, but the North American cherries you can find in the frozen section of your grocery store. Yes, canned cherries will work too. Drop me your comments below, tag me on Instagram and don’t forget you can now get my cookbook – The Vibrant Caribbean Pot, 100 Traditional And Fusion Recipes @

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1 Comment

  1. Tonietta Appoh
    April 21, 2021 / 3:50 pm

    The smoked Cherry Rum Pepper Sauce look yummy!!! I cannot wait to try it.

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