Firecast Podcast Episode #79 – BBQ Chat with Big Moe Cason

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Episode #79 – BBQ Chat with Big Moe Cason

Big Moe Cason steps into the interviewee chair and talks about what he likes and doesn’t like in barbecue, and also discusses his TV career with shows like BBQ Pitmasters. Ken and Scott list their heroes and mentors in the chilehead world, and Scott reviews Scott O’Hotty’s The Ghost Sauce.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Firecast is Sponsored in Part By:

  • Chilehead Tees – Are you a heat freak? Whether you love hot sauce, chile peppers, buffalo wings, BBQ, bacon, or anything dealing with fiery & spicy foods, this is the place to get t-shirts and swag to show off your obsession.
  • Sucklebusters – Texas BBQ Rubs, BBQ Sauces & Texas GunPowder! SuckleBusters is preferred by competition BBQ Cooks, and has won numerous awards including back-to-back 1st Place sauce wins at the American Royal – the World series of BBQ competitions.
  • Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

2015-screaming-mi-mis-awards-nyc-hot-sauce-expoThe NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2015 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, Wholesalers and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were presented in front of the media and live audience on Saturday April 24th at the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. This was a year to remember with some amazing highlights. CaJohn’s took the Three-Peat in the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce with their Firehouse Hot Sauce, Defcon Sauces took the first ever sweep in Screaming Mi Mi history collecting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Chicken Wing category and Brooklyn newcomer Queen Majesty took 2 Screaming Mi Mi’s in the Jalapeno and All Natural categories. It was a tightly scored competition and the winners are very much deserved…

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Inaugural Class Inductees!

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First year Hall of Fame inductees, clockwise from left to right: Edmund McIlhenny, John “CaJohn” Hard, Dave DeWitt, Dave Hirschkop, Chip Hearn

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

hot-sauce-hall-of-fame-ringThe fiery foods industry is rife with talented and influential individuals, so selecting ten original nominees was no easy feat, let alone choose five folks to be inducted in the first year. The votes has been tabulated, and the announcement will be made today at the 3rd Annual New York City Hot Sauce Festival… here are the first five inductees to the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2015!

During the induction ceremony (today, Saturday April 25th), the first class will be awarded fiery red jackets and some super sweet Hall of Fame rings!

Here are the winners…

Rudy Reviews Papa Turts “So Hot It Hurts!”

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Welcome back for another Rudy Review! Today I’m taking a look at a hot sauce made in my home state of Michigan from a company named Papa Turts. Papa Turts is run by a couple named Matt and Mandy and they named their company after Matt’s nickname. His nickname was originally “Turtle”, but after they had their child, one of Matt’s friend started calling him “Papa Turts” and the name stuck. After asking their friends what the name of the company should be, someone suggested “Papa Turts, so hot it hurts!” and they thought it was a perfect name….

Watch the NYC Hot Sauce Expo this Weekend LIVE on YouTube!

nyc-hot-sauce-expo-live-streaming-youtubeHigh River Sauces and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo are beyond excited to be teaming up with our friends The Chili Alchemist from the UK. The Chile Alchemist will sit side stage to bring you the birds eye view of their live stream from the Expos Main Stage. This 2 day live stream from YouTube will give the viewer exclusive footage of one of America’s biggest hot sauce shows in the world. They will be taking you behind the scenes as they…

Homemade Hot Sauce!

hot-to-make-hot-sauce-2It is very easy to make a good, homemade hot sauce.

Even though virtually all chile pepper sauces have a base combination of peppers and vinegar, you can add all kinds of ingredients to a hot sauce. The possibilities are endless! Just a smattering of comparable components to add to the aforementioned two ingredients…

Wendy’s Brings Heat with Fresh Jalapeños, Ghost Peppers with Two New Spicy Offerings

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Wendy’s is soon debuting two spicy limited-time menu items next week that is great for the Chilehead on the go – the Jalapeño Fresco Spicy Chicken Sandwich and Ghost Pepper Fries.

The sandwich features Wendy’s signature spicy blend and 100% all white meat chicken breast, topped with fresh, diced jalapeños and specially made ghost pepper sauce, and capped with a bakery-inspired, freshly toasted red jalapeño bun. The heat is complemented with savory flavors from warm, melty cheese sauce, delicious Colby Pepper Jack cheese and a crunchy red onion. Recommended Price: $4.99.

The Ghost Pepper Fries are smothered in cheese sauce and then topped with diced, fresh jalapeños, shredded cheddar cheese and a ghost pepper sauce. Recommended Price: $1.99.

Although “spicy” or jalapeño-laden sandwiches are typical for fast food chains nowadays, ghost pepper-flavored items are still our of the norm. I plan to test out these fries and see if they would appeal to both chileheads as well as the mild-mouthed general public.

Firecast Podcast Episode #78 – Upcoming Hot Sauce and Chilehead Events and Festivals For 2015

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Episode #78 – Upcoming Hot Sauce and Chilehead Events and Festivals For 2015

Scott covers all of the major trade shows, expos, festivals and events remaining in 2015 that are of interest to hot sauce fans, chile pepper lovers, and general spicy food fans and chileheads in general, from Scott’s calendar on his website.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Firecast is Sponsored in Part By:

  • Chilehead Tees – Are you a heat freak? Whether you love hot sauce, chile peppers, buffalo wings, BBQ, bacon, or anything dealing with fiery & spicy foods, this is the place to get t-shirts and swag to show off your obsession.
  • Sucklebusters – Texas BBQ Rubs, BBQ Sauces & Texas GunPowder! SuckleBusters is preferred by competition BBQ Cooks, and has won numerous awards including back-to-back 1st Place sauce wins at the American Royal – the World series of BBQ competitions.
  • Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class

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World’s Hottest Pepper Producer, Puckerbutt Pepper Company, Creates Variety Twice as Hot in NEW HP-56

World's Hottest Pepper Producer, Puckerbutt Pepper Company, Creates Variety Twice as Hot in NEW Hp-56

Here is a video of WBTV-CBS Charlotte, North Carolina TV reporter, Kristen Hampton, eat a decent-sized chink of pepper that looks to the successor to Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, which is currently the world’s hottest chile pepper. The producer of both the Carolina Reaper and this new hotter strain, the HP-56, Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Pepper Company, look to debut this new contender soon with an unofficial SHU level of around 3 million. More details to come…

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Firecast Podcast Episode #77 – Hot Sauce Industry History Chat with Chip Hearn of Peppers and CaJohn Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods

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Episode #77 – Hot Sauce Industry History Chat with Chip Hearn of Peppers and CaJohn Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods

In the second part of his coverage of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Scott chat with Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Nominees Chip Hearn of Peppers and John “CaJohn” Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, as they talk about the history of the fiery foods industry. Ken Alexander also discusses whether or not to refrigerate hot sauces, and Scott has sage advice on his to get rid of mosquitoes around camp sites.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Firecast is Sponsored in Part By:

  • Chilehead Tees – Are you a heat freak? Whether you love hot sauce, chile peppers, buffalo wings, BBQ, bacon, or anything dealing with fiery & spicy foods, this is the place to get t-shirts and swag to show off your obsession.
  • Sucklebusters – Texas BBQ Rubs, BBQ Sauces & Texas GunPowder! SuckleBusters is preferred by competition BBQ Cooks, and has won numerous awards including back-to-back 1st Place sauce wins at the American Royal – the World series of BBQ competitions.
  • Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class

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Eastern North Carolina Sauce Recipe

eastern-carolina-sauce-recipe-bbq-hot-pepperIn eastern North Carolina, this type of spiced vinegar sauce offsets the richness of smoked, BBQ pork.

Makes 2 Cups

Ingredients

1 cup distilled white vinegar
1 cup apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. crushed red chile flakes
1 tbsp. hot sauce
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. paprika

Directions

Combine vinegars, sugar, chile flakes, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and paprika in a storage container.

 

Review – Ricante Hot Sauces

Ricante Hot SaucesHailing from the egregiously-underrated hotbed of spicy pepper sauce activity in the great country of Costa Rica, Ricante Hot Sauces is a family-owned company started by Ricky Ricante by using fresh chiles from his backyard. He combined them with fruits such as mangos (a staple of many sweet hot sauces) to create what would become his flagship product, OG Mango Caliente.

Later, Ricante Hot Sauces would branch out not only in their native Costa Rica, but also in Southern California, North Eastern Ohio, Virgina, South Carolina, North Carolina, Illinois and other select markets throughout the UNited STates. Armed with four other sauces, Fire Melons, Manzana Encendida, Pine Dulce and Chipotle Bueno (all of which I will review today for you today), Ricante aims to become one of the bigger players in the international fiery foods industry.

I’ll first go through the five sauces, list off the ingredients, and give you my initial impressions of them…

Homemade Blueberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

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This awesome, mega-delicious homemade blueberry BBQ sauce recipe is one you have to try is you love your barbecue sauce to be on the slightly fruity and sweet side. I would include myself in that group, but it had better be an extremely balanced and tasty sweet BBQ sauce and not overpowering in the fruitiness department.

Thankfully, this blueberry BBQ sauce is wonderful, and has a little something for everyone – sweetness from the blueberries and brown sugar, tartness from the red wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar, smokiness from the chipotle chiles, spiciness from the habanero, and full body and rich savoriness from the rest of the ingredients.

Mmmm-mmmm! Time to make some good stuff!

Ingredients…

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