Buffalo Wings Hot Sauce


about 20 average-sized fresh cayenne peppers (or jalapenos if you prefer)

5 cloves garlic, whole

2 tablespoons dark grade maple syrup

2 cup white vinegar

1 tablespoon lime juice

1 teaspoon sea salt

1 teaspoon paprika

1 bay leaf

Make this sauce a week or several days ahead of time so the flavors have a chance to blend. Because it is vinegar based, it will keep a month or 2 in the refrigerator. 

Wash and cut the stem end from the cayenne peppers. Place all ingredients in a stainless steel saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce the heat to a low simmer. Simmer 20-30 minutes or until peppers are soft. Pour mixture into a blender. Blend well. Pass through fine mesh metal strainer. Let cool and then store in refrigerator.