When I first moved in with my partner, it wasn’t our books, furniture, or kitchen tool collection that I was most worried about combining—it was all the hot sauce. I picked up a bottle of hot sauce from the space on a walk through the neighborhood, then went back the following week for another because we’d already burned through the first. How good it was seemed to confirm my suspicions: I can make a lot of things, but fermented hot sauce is clearly best left to the professionals. “Making hot sauce is so easy—especially at home if you’re not doing huge batches like we do at the restaurant,” he says. Pick your peppersThe first step in making homemade hot sauce is choosing a pepper to highlight.