Sweet Heat

Add a zesty spice to your meals with these hot honey recipes

Honey in baking recipes, coffee and on peanut butter sandwiches are just a few of our favorite ways to eat honey. But what if you have a craving for something with a little zip – a bit of spicy zest for your palette?

Some like it hot, and for those who do, these tangy recipes are just for you.

Adding a spicy honey blend to your meals intensifies the flavor and slaps your taste buds on the back with a fine-and-dandy “How do you do?!” Spicy honey is ideal in marinades for chicken, pork or beef. It also deepens the flavor of everything from salads, veggies and pizza to homemade muffins and biscuits to spicy Buffalo wings and even ice cream (hot and cool!).

If all this is tickling your taste buds, keep reading. Below, we offer three of our favorite recipes for spicing up your Sue Bee® honey.

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Honey Habenero


1 pound of Sue Bee® honey

6 habanero peppers chopped into medium-to-large pieces

6 small dried peppers, roughly chopped


Add chopped peppers and honey to a medium saucepan. Heat the honey and simmer on medium heat for 15 minutes to infuse it with the pepper flavor and heat.

Remove the honey and let it cool to room temperature.

Pour the honey through a fine strainer. Set the peppers aside and save those for a snack later (candied peppers – yum!).

Store your spicy honey in a glass container and keep it in the refrigerator.

Photo of honey dripping on chicken

Thai Honey


1 cup Sue Bee® honey

3 Thai peppers, chopped fine


Add chopped Thai peppers to saucepan with Sue Bee® honey and simmer on low heat for one hour.

Remove from stove and let sit for one hour. Strain and transfer to glass jar and store in the refrigerator. Add your spicy concoction to all sorts of things. Did we mention fried chicken?

Photo of honey and Sriracha

Super Simple Spicy Honey


1 cup Sue Bee® honey

Your favorite hot sauce (Tabasco, Sriracha, Cholula, etc.)


Combine cup of Sue Bee® honey and 8 teaspoons of your sauce of choice (make it 4 teaspoons of one and 4 teaspoons of another if you’d like). Microwave for 30 seconds and then stir it up. (You can also heat in a saucepan on stovetop.)

Store in a sealed container (glass jar, preferably) in the refrigerator.

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