BBQ Tip #5: How To Tame Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapenos have a great flavor, they can enhance many different sauces, spices and foods.  But, and it’s a big but sometimes, people come over for dinner and they just can’t stand the heat.  Here’s a tip on how to serve jalapenos without the heat.  This little tip will tame your jalapenos, leaving you with the pepper taste but very little of the heat.  At my house I usually tame half the jalapenos, leaving the other half with the heat for those that love the burn.

To tame jalapenos all you need is jalapenos and some Sprite. I've never tried it with other lemon lime sodas, I was told to use Sprite, and that's what I've always used.

The first step is to remove the seeds and veins from the jalapenos. It doesn't matter if you cut them in half or not. Just remove the seeds and veins.

Put the jalapenos in a bowl and cover them in the Sprite. Put the bowl of japapenos and Sprite in the refrigerator for 24 hours. What you'll end up with are very mild jalapenos and a bowl of very hot Sprite. Don't throw away the Sprite, put it back in the bottle and keep it in the refrigerator. The "kicked up" Sprite makes a great spritz for ribs or other BBQ'd meats.

15 Comments on BBQ Tip #5: How To Tame Jalapeno Peppers

  1. Odin the Dog // June 29, 2010 at 6:32 pm //

    Great tip! I guess the carbonic acid is responsible for removing the heat?

  2. mike the coffin guy // June 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm //

    Great tip, thanx. The left over sprite could be added to a brazing liguir too, that might be damn good

  3. Very cool tip pun intended :)

  4. Rick Hellewell // June 30, 2010 at 8:26 am //

    I’m thinking that you might want to label the bottle of Sprite so that you don’t drink it by mistake.

  5. Great tip, I had not heard of that one before. My mother in law is still mad at me for swearing that Jalapenos in ABT’s aren’t “hot” so maybe I can talk her into trying another one that had the sprite treatment first.

  6. I was thinking you should label the Sprite, too. Only I was thinking of labeling it something like, “Reme,I saved this for you.” :O)

  7. Any ideas if this works with other liquid? Coffee, alcohol, apple juice?

  8. What a fantastic idea!
    You could always use the balance of that Sprite when ever a pest of a friend stops by…He Pal! Have a Sprite!

  9. I’m a first nime pepper grower and when i took a bite of one of my jalapenos………the damn thing was way to hot. So thanks for the tid bit!


  10. Wow, what a great tip!! Thanks, I never heard this before!

  11. Not that there was any doubt, but I can confirm this tip works. I just rinsed mine off, after soaking for over a day and I know have what tastes like little sweet green peppers. Shameful to do this to such a lovely little pepper, but I have to play to my audience. ;-)

  12. bob Jones // July 29, 2012 at 3:51 am //

    I am wondering if I should save the soda for that smart mouth know-it-all guy down the street from me?

  13. Frank Alexander // September 4, 2012 at 4:45 pm //

    Thanks for a great idea. Have you tried soaking the jalapenos for less than 24 hours and if so, did the heat reduce a little? that’s the goal I am looking for.

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