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Nashville Hot Sauce

This Nashville Hot Sauce is made from cayenne pepper, vegan butter, white vinegar, plus a special seasoning mix. It has the right amount of heat and sweetness, comes together really fast, and is naturally vegan.

The Nashville Hot Sauce in a small glass jar is seen with a frying pan of vegan chicken and some fresh herbs in the background.

I’m a big fan of hot sauces and I already made different versions of this condiment.

Check out my recipes for a homemade Buffalo Sauce, the Wing Sauce, or my Sweet Chili Sauce

Those are staples in my household and this Nashville Hot Sauce is a seriously amazing addition. What makes it really standout is the perfect balance between sweet and savory because, you really can taste the heat and the sweetness.

Ingredients for the homemade Nashville Hot Sauce assembled in small bowls on a wooden board.

What is great about this recipe

So easy and versatile.

The flavors: smoked paprika garlic, onion powder, cayenne pepper.

Step by step pictures makes it even easier.

Budget friendly and perfectly spiced.

Showing side-by-side how first vegan butter is melted in a small metallic saucepan before spice mixture is added.

What is Nashville Hot Sauce made of?

For my version of the regional hot sauce you need:

  • Vegan butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • White vinegar

Side by side views showing the addition of cayenne pepper and vinegar to the small saucepan with the base Nashville Hot Sauce.

What is the difference between Nashville and Buffalo sauce?

The difference between these two sauces are that Buffalo sauce is made with store bought hot sauce like franks.

Nashville is made with cayenne pepper and pepper that means it is prepared without a hot sauce.

Top view on the metallic saucepan with the ready Nashville Hot Sauce and a wire whisk inside.

How to make Nashville Hot Sauce

In a pot or casserole, melt vegan butter. Add cayenne pepper, garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, white vinegar, season with a pinch salt and pepper.

Whisk it all together and keep stirring until the sauce beings to simmer.

Let it cool down a bit, then give into a jar or serve immediately over your favorite dish.

I like to serve it over vegan chicken cubes, that I fried before, delicious.

Store leftovers in the fridge for 2 weeks.

Nashville Hot Sauce is poured over vegan chicken in a frying pan.

Tips and recommendations

You can use canola or grapeseed oil instead of vegan butter, but I really like the buttery flavor. 

Need more spice? Add 1 Tbsp more cayenne pepper. But if you are sensitive to heat, I recommend you use less cayenne pepper and go for more brown sugar to create a milder flavor.

Showing the spicy chicken in the frying pan coated in Nashville Hot Sauce.

What to serve with Nashville Hot Sauce

Collage of two pictures of the Nashville Hot Sauce with recipe title text.

As always, if you try my Nashville Hot Sauce, tag me on Instagram or Facebook with a snapped picture.

Cheers, Florian.

Nashville Hot Sauce is poured over vegan chicken in a frying pan.

Nashville Hot Sauce

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes

This Nashville Hot Sauce is made from cayenne pepper, vegan butter, white vinegar, plus a special seasoning mix. It has the right amount of heat and sweetness, comes together really fast, and is naturally vegan.

Ingredients

  • 4 oz vegan butter
  • 3 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 Tbsp white vinegar
  • salt, pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a pot or casserole, melt vegan butter. Add cayenne pepper, garlic, onion powder, smoked paprika, brown sugar, white vinegar, season with a pinch salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk it all together and keep stirring until the sauce beings to simmer.
  3. Let it cool down a bit, then give into a jar or serve immediately over your favorite dish.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 22mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 5gProtein: 0g
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