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Cowboy Candy

Melissa Graves with Donna's Cafe in Madisonville shares a unique recipe with lots of flavor and plenty of spice.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Cowboy Candy
Prepared by Melissa Graves of Donna's Cafe


3 lbs fresh firm jalapeños ( any hot peppers)
2 cups vinegar
6 cups white sugar
3 TBS Garlic


remove stems and slice

Bring vinegar, sugar, and garlic to boil and simmer for 5 minutes

Add peppers

Return to hard boil and reduce heat for 4 minutes

Can be refrigerated for use.

You can also can in sterile jars. If canning dip peppers into 1/2 pint jars. Return syrup to full boil for 6 minutes. Pour syrup over peppers, leave 1/4 inch rim space and wipe rim of jar clean.
Place caps on jars

Place jars in water bath 2 inch below rims and boil for 10 minutes. Place jars on counter wrapped in a towel overnight. Leave alone till next day and Check for seals on all jars. Enjoy as a side garnish or try on a grilled cheese. My favorite is cheese burgers. The syrup is an excellent kick up for chicken and waffles.