Hot Pepper Guy Shares Tips and Recipes

In this post I share the pepper guys famous hot pickled pepper recipe.  ENJOY!

Terry Berke the PepperGuy

Simple Ingredients

I had a blast meeting Terry last year at the Woodland Trial Gardens in Northern California.  Here are some photos I took of him sharing his peppers.  You can totally tell he LOVES peppers!!!

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Pepper Guys Pickled Hot Pepper Recipe
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Pepper Guys Pickled Hot Pepper Recipe


  • 10 lbs jalapeno peppers (substitute okra, etc.)
  • Carrots, onions, etc. as desired
  • Garlic
  • Onion flakes
  • Bay leaf
  • Oregano
  • Thyme
  • Marjoram
  • Olive oil
  • 3 Tb. Sugar
  • 9 Tb. Salt
  • 2 pints water
  • 2 pints white vinegar


  1. To prevent collapsing, puncture each pepper, and then blanch fresh jalapeno peppers for 3 minutes in boiling water. Pack blanched peppers into tempered-glass canning jars (quarts work well). Add the following ingredients to each jar: 1/4 clove garlic, 1/4 tsp. onion flakes, 1 bay leaf, 1/8 tsp. ground oregano, 1/8 tsp. thyme, 1/8 tsp. marjoram, and 1 Tb. vegetable oil. Cover with boiling brine solution prepared as follows: Mix together: 3 Tb. sugar, 9 Tb. salt, 2 pints water, 2 pints vinegar. Close the containers with canning lids and process 10 minutes in boiling water, then cool. Note: Jalapenos should be hot when brine solution is added. The addition of carrot slices adds color to the product. One batch of brine is enough for 7 quarts of jalapenos if they are well-packed in the jars.

During the presentation Terry shared a pickled pepper recipe that I can’t wait to try this next harvest season. Click Here or on the image above to view the recipe.  I can’t wait to share more of the recipes Terry sent to me as well so be sure to follow my blog by subscribing to my newsletter so you won’t miss them featured in the months to come!

In the field with Pepper Guy

Happy Gardening and Let’s Grow Some Peppers!

Bren Haas

6 thoughts on “Hot Pepper Guy Shares Tips and Recipes”

  1. Talk about a guy pepped up for peppers! Wow,they also look beautiful, I love peppers but have never grown them. I might have to try this year along with that recipe.

    • I can’t imagine a summer home garden without peppers. There are so many fun varieties on the market today for us to pick from. Great to connect Matt – lets keep in touch into the harvest season!

  2. So glad to find Garden Chatter Google Presentations and enjoyed the learning from Terry #PepperGuy. You have a wonderful blog filled with great information….Thank you!

    • Thank you Maggie – looking forward to stopping over to your site today as well. Adam Cortell and I have a great line up coming up this month and into May. I hope you will subscribe to my Newsletter to find out more ‘Garden Chatter’ information.

  3. Terry was so entertaining to listen to! I laughed every time he said “Wicked Hot” when referring to some of the spicier peppers he has bred. Great idea to have a professional plant breeder on to explain the process. Thanks!


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