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Cowboy Candy or candied jalapenos are one of those side dishes you never knew you needed! They are delightfully sweet and spicy.

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Our jalapenos have been doing great this year. I have been fermenting them and pickling them. Today’s harvest was a bit smaller, so, I decided to make some cowboy candy.

Cowboy Candy in Jar

Essentially, it’s pickled peppers with sugar and a few spices added.

I made a 2 pound batch today which yielded 4 half pints or 2 pints.

Wash your peppers and slice into uniform rounds. You can remove the seeds if you wish. I highly suggest wearing gloves. Your hands may burn for a while if not.

In a non-reactive pot (I use an enameled dutch oven) put 2 cups apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of distilled white vinegar, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp turmeric, 1/4 tsp cayenne, and 2 cups of sugar. You can add up to 4 cups of sugar so taste along the way for sweetness. We don’t really like super sweet food, so, 2 cups were perfect for our taste.

Bring this mixture to a boil and simmer for a few minutes. Add the jalapenos and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes.

In the meantime, get your water bath canner filled with hot water and bring to a boil.

Place clean mason jars in an oven set to 180 degrees to sterilize them and place the lids in a small pot of boiling water to sterilize as well.

After the jalapenos have simmered for 5-10 minutes, take a slotted spoon and scoop them out. Put them into the sterilized jars.

Once you have filled your jars, ladle the syrup over the peppers up to 1/4 headspace in the jar. Take a butter knife or chopstick and stir to remove any air bubbles.

Wipe the jars and put the sterilized lids on top, as well as the ring to finger tight.

Carefully place the jars in the water bath canning with a jar lifter. **Make sure your canning rack is in the water bath canner**

Process half pints for 10 minutes and pints for 15 minutes.

Once the time is up, take canner off the burner and allow to sit for 5 minutes.

After 5 minutes, use your jar lifter to move the jars to a cooling rack. Leave them undisturbed for 24 hours and check for a good seal.

Once you have made sure they are sealed after 24 hours, you can remove the rings and store the jars.

If any jars did not seal, simply place in the fridge to enjoy right away!

That’s it! You must try these. They are so delicious.

See you soon!

Cowboy Candy in Jar

Cowboy Candy (Candied Jalapenos)

If you love sweet and spicy, you have to make these! They are the perfect compliment to almost any dish.
Prep Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Side Dish

Equipment

  • 1 Water Bath Canner

Ingredients
  

  • 2 pounds fresh jalapeno peppers
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup white distilled vinegar
  • 2-4 cups sugar add the sugar to taste
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Slice the peppers in uniform slices
  • Wash lids and jars. Add jars to 180 degree oven to sterilize and the lids in a small pot of simmering water to sterilize, as well.
  • Add hot water to your water bath canner, making sure the canning rack is in place, and bring to a boil.
  • In a non-reactive pot, add all the ingredients except the jalapenos. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Add jalapenos and continue to simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Take jars out of the over carefully.
  • Using a slotted spoon, add the peppers to the jars.
  • Once jars are filled, ladle the syrup over the peppers to 1/4 head space.
  • Take a butter knife or chopstick and stir gently to remove air bubbles.
  • Wipe tops of jars and place the lids on.
  • Add the ring to only finger tight.
  • Carefully put the jars in the canner while water is at a gentle boil using a jar lifter.
  • Process half pints for 10 minutes and pints for 15 minutes.
  • After the allotted time, remove canner from the burner and allow to sit for 5 minutes.
  • Remove jars with jar lifter and place on a cooling rack undisturbed for 24 hours.
  • After 24 hours, check for a good seal. Remove rings and store in the pantry.
  • Any jars that didn't seal need to be placed in the fridge to consume right away.

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