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Sweet Heat Sauce from Popeyes Recipe

If you’re a fan of Popeyes restaurant, then you must know about their famous Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce.

Once you try it, you forget anything you knew about sweet chili sauces.

All because this condiment doesn’t come from just a regular fast-food chain.

This sweet heat sauce is surprisingly sophisticated and goes with a variety of dishes, from fried chicken, grilled steaks, pork, and seafood.

If you too want to experience a burst of flavors this sauce brings, you have to master this copycat recipe.

Don’t worry, we’re going to help!

How to Make Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce

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Popeyes Sweet Heat sauce is flavorful and spicy enough to be used as a dipping sauce or marinade.

The Popeyes team made it based on a classic honey mustard dip with a bit of a spicy twist.

Sweet and tangy, this sauce has some kick that you wouldn’t normally expect from a fast food item.

Besides, you won’t believe something that exquisite could require such simple ingredients.

You will need hot pepper flakes, butter, garlic, brown sugar, salt, and apple cider vinegar.

But the key is in the balance between all of these ingredients.

Ingredients:

(5 servings)

  • ½ stick of unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup apple cider vinegar
  • ½ cup of water
  • 2 cloves of fresh garlic
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

The best thing about making this Sweet Heat Sauce at home is that you can make it as sweet or hot as you like.

Add a pinch of cayenne or a few extra drops of hot sauce to increase the heat.

Or add another tablespoon of honey or brown sugar if you like it sweeter.

Don’t be afraid to play around with the ingredients to find a perfect balance of spicy sweetness.

Besides, you can make a double batch so you always have it on hand to add an extra burst of flavor to any of your favorite, complimentary dishes.

Step 1:

Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Then place in a saucepan over medium heat together with the butter and brown sugar.

Step 2:

Stir for about 2-3 minutes until the sugar dissolves in the melted butter and the garlic becomes soft.

Step 3:

Then add water and apple cider vinegar to the butter mixture and stir until the sugar mixture dissolves in the liquid.

Step 4:

Add red pepper flakes and hot sauce to the saucepan and mix until well combined.

Taste the sauce to adjust the ingredients for the desired flavor.

Season with salt and pepper, and serve!

Ingredient Substitution

Since the Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce is so customizable, it is a perfect option for those who have a taste for both sweet and spicy.

Opportunities are limitless if you want to play with the flavors to reach your desired spiciness.

We’ve got some ideas you should check.

Honey

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With a few simple recipe modifications, honey is an equitable replacement for brown sugar in this sweet and spicy sauce.

However, you have to take into account the extra moisture honey will bring.

Replace each cup of brown sugar with ⅔ cup of honey for the best results.

But you can always tweak the measurements to your liking.

White vinegar

Don’t have any apple cider vinegar on hand?

Use white vinegar. It is as simple as that.

White vinegar has the most neutral flavor so you can use it without any odd flavors showing up.

Besides, it’s one of the most common ingredients in our pantries.

You won’t even notice a swap which should be 1:1.

Cayenne powder

Since cayenne powder is one of the most common ingredients in red pepper flakes it makes the best substitute.

However, it’s hotter than regular red pepper flakes.

This just means you’ll need to adjust the ratio for this recipe.

We recommend cutting the amount in half.

But if you’re after heat you won’t go wrong using it in a 1:1 ratio.

Sriracha

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The recipe doesn’t specify what hot sauce you should use for the Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce.

You could use any, really!

Still, we recommend you go for sriracha as a first choice.

It’s sweeter than several other hot sauces and gives the best flavor to your dishes with a spicy touch.

What to Serve with Sweet Heat Sauce Popeyes

You can use Sweet Heat Sauce from Popeyes on anything you’d normally put the hot sauce on.

Usually, it is made as a condiment for meats and vegetables.

You can also try it with chicken, beef, fish, and tofu. You really can’t go wrong.

Spicy shrimp

Simple, juicy, and flavorful shrimp is a perfect addition to any dish.

This shrimp recipe makes the shrimp packed with so many flavors thanks to oregano, garlic, and lemon juice.

But what will really make it unforgettable is the Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce.

Just add a few drops to the marinade and surprise your guests with this spicy goodness.

Tortilla soup

Tortilla soup is one of the most simple Mexican-inspired soups that is made entirely from vegetables, jalapenos, shredded cheese, and chicken.

It is also proof that vegetable soups don’t have to be bland.

Instead, it is smoky vibrant and spicy.

Add a splash of Sweet Heat sauce to your tortilla soup to warm your soul from the inside out.

Caesar

Since most bottled salad dressings are often filled with excess sugar and artificial flavors, you just have to bypass the junk and make your salad healthier.

Make a homemade vinaigrette with this Sweet Heat sauce, vinegar, and mustard to give your Caesar some new shades.

Crispy romaine hearts, Parmesan, thick pepper, lemon, and a spicy sauce are a perfect combo to break from the standards.

Fruit salad

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This side heat is different as we’re not used to pairing something spicy with fruits.

But, in fact, a combination of the spicy sauce with a fruit salad could be surprisingly good.

Try drizzling your Sweet Heat sauce over the fruit salad next time you make it and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Be sure to tell us how it goes!

How to Store Sweet Heat Sauce Popeyes

Homemade sauces typically have a shelf life of about 90 days, assuming you take the right precautions.

First and foremost you must sterilize everything you use in the process of making the sauce as well as the bottle you plan on storing it in.

While sugar and vinegar are good preservatives, the fact you use peppers in the sauce limits the shelf life.

So, follow these tips to make your Sweet Heat Sauce from Popeyes last longer.

Store Sweet Heat Sauce Popeyes in the Fridge

Before you store your hot sauce in the fridge, make sure it’s cooled completely.

Then transfer it into a sterilized mason jar or a glass container and store it in the fridge for about 3 months.

Store your Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce in the Freezer

To let the Sweet Heat Sauce last longer, store it in the freezer.

For that, transfer the sauce into an airtight container and leave a little headspace for expansion.

Seal the container and freeze the sauce for up to 12 months.

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Sweet Heat Sauce Popeyes Recipe

Sweet and tangy Popeyes Sweet Heat Sauce will make any of your dishes taste 5x times better. Easy to prep, make and store. Try it today for an ultimate spicy experience.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 5
Calories 43 kcal
Equipment
  • 1 saucepan
Ingredients
  
  • 1/2 stick Unsalted butter
  • 6 tbsp Dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 cloves Fresh garlic
  • 1/2 tsp Red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 tsp Hot sauce
  • Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
 
  • Peel and mince the garlic cloves. Then place it in the saucepan over medium heat together with the butter and brown sugar.
  • Stir for about 2-3 minutes until the sugar dissolves in the melted butter and the garlic becomes soft.
  • Then add water and apple cider vinegar to the butter mixture and stir until the sugar mixture dissolves in the liquid.
  • Add red pepper flakes and hot sauce to the saucepan and mix until well combined.
    Taste the sauce to adjust the ingredients for the desired flavor.
    Season with salt and pepper, and serve!
Nutrition
Calories: 43kcalCarbohydrates: 7gFat: 1.8gSodium: 26mg

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