Sweet and heat are always a delicious combination. And some of my favorite peppers – chipotles – also add smoky notes into the mix. So for this hot honey recipe, we’ll infuse some chipotles into the honey to get a smoky, sweet, and spicy condiment.
For me, this honey concoction gives a ton of flavor with a spice that comes on a little slow. It takes a few seconds, but then your tongue and the back of your throat will feel the burn. It is not quite enough to give the spicy sweats, so judge for yourself whether the spice is right for you. Also, note that its spiciness doesn’t linger.
Make sure to keep the heat low and stir occasionally when simmering it together. We don’t want to burn or caramelize the sugar, just infuse it with some spice and flavor. We also don’t want to lose too much moisture from the honey, because then it will be too thick to pour later once it has cooled. Luckily, because we add some of the adobo sauce to the mix, I don’t think it will thicken too much.
Note that you can make a super-quick version of this by just heating the honey for 45 seconds in the microwave and mixing with 3 tablespoons of ground, dried chipotle pepper. It doesn’t have quite as robust a flavor, but it gets the job done with no need to heat anything on the stove.
How to Use the Hot Honey
Though you could eat some of this hot honey all by itself, that is not its intended purpose. It is meant to be used as a condiment to dip, drizzle, and drench its unique flavor on everything you want to eat.
You can honestly try this hot honey out in combination with your favorite recipes. The honey does help tame some of the heat of the peppers. So don’t be afraid to experiment. Use a beautiful olive wood honey dipper to easily spread it around.
Pizza, fried chicken, buttermilk biscuits, wings, cheese and crackers, ice cream, corn on the cob, BBQ sauce. All of them pair wonderfully with this hot honey recipe. Your imagination is truly the limit. Just try to think of anything that would go well with a spicy-sweet combo.
Recipes to try with hot honey:
- Buffalo Hot Honey Biscuit Sandwich
- Honey, Watermelon, and Feta Salad
- Honey-Glazed Salmon
- Chicken and Waffles
Chipotle Hot Honey RecipeCourse: SaucesDifficulty: Easy
Smoky, spicy, and sweet, this chipotle hot honey recipe makes a perfect dip or drizzle to add some extra zing to your favorite dish.
1 cup honey
1 can chipotle peppers in adobo
1 teaspoon ground dried chipotle pepper
- Open the can of chipotle peppers, take two peppers out, and chop them
- Take 1 tablespoon of the adobo sauce from the can of peppers – store leftovers from the can in the fridge for other recipes
- Add honey, chopped peppers, and dried pepper to the saucepan and stir to combine
- Simmer on low for 30 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally
- Strain it through a fine mesh strainer while it is still hot
- Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 months