Sweet and Hot Jalapeno Glaze

Jalapeno glaze made with fresh jalapeno peppers.

I created this Jalapeno glaze especially for my Jalapeno smoked ribs recipe.  Tender pork spare ribs are first soaked in a Jalapeno marinade , and are then slow smoked for hours. If you like the flavor of Jalapeno peppers, you'll like this. The idea is simple; the results are pleasantly aggressive.

The heat level of Jalapeno peppers varies. There are several different varieties, some being hotter than others. The mildest of them all is the Tam Jalapeno, a variety developed to have the great flavor of the Jalapeno without the heat. Growing conditions also have an effect on the amount of "fire" peppers can have.

Sweet and Hot Jalapeno Glaze

The ingredient list for Jalapeno glaze is short...only sugar, vinegar, Jalapenos and salt are needed. To a saucepan, add 1 cup of white sugar, 1/2 cup of cider vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 cup of Jalapeno slices, cut about 1/8 inch thick.*

Over medium heat, bring the ingredients to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer the glaze for three minutes. Cover the pan, remove it from the heat, and allow the glaze to cool.

This is a two-for-one recipe. It makes a jalapeno barbeque sauce, plus it doubles as a candied jalapeno recipe. Strain out the jalapeno slices, and be sure to save them, since they will be used later.

* For less heat, remove seeds and membranes. Wear gloves if sensitive to hot peppers.

The candied Jalapeno slices make a great garnish for the ribs.

Brush a very light coat of the glaze onto the smoked spare ribs immediately before serving. Just a touch of this Jalapeno Glaze adds a sweet, hot, and tangy kick to your ribs. And don't forget to drop on a few of the candied Jalapeno slices...they taste great!

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Sweet and Hot Jalapeno Glaze