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.

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  • 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.
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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.

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  • 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.
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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…

The Firecast Podcast Episode #76 – Sam & Tina McCanless of Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.

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Episode #76 – Sam & Tina McCanless of Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.

The Washington state-based owners of Zane and Zack’s, Sam and Tina McCanless, join Scott and talk about what it’s like to combine honey and hot sauces, and also discuss a timely Ted Nugent-autographed guitar raffle that will benefit a wounded U.S. soldier, Sergeant Frank Hegr. Ken reviews two products, and Scott tries out The Pepper Pantry‘s Hot Peppers In Oil.

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Rudy Reviews Chile Spot Ghost Pepper Honey Roasted Almonds

Chile-Spot-Ghost-Honey-Roasted-AlmondsRudy Reviews is back with an offbeat review today. Why is this offbeat you may be asking, well today I’m reporting on a non-sauce review. Today I’ll be looking at almonds from Chile Spot. The Chile Spot is the creation of a gentleman named Jeff Porter from Downingtown, Pennsylvania. Jeff established his company in 2005 but his love for everything spicy began long before that while living in the finger lakes area of the state of New York. Jeff started out creating wing rubs and sauces as well as other sauces. He teamed up with fellow chileheads in the area and with some convincing, Jeff decided to take his passion to the next level.

The Chile Spot totes an impressive line of products which include: relish, hot sauce, jam, jelly, caramel corn among a variety of other items. Jeff gave me a little bit of a teaser in that he’s in the process of creating a whole milk cheddar cheese that has Moruga Scorpion in it. The Chile Spot will be at the New York City Hot Sauce Expo in April selling their products. Today I will be sampling their Ghost Pepper Honey Roasted Almonds

Review – Fix Hot Sauce Sriracha Sauce

fix-hot-sauce-sriracha-sauceEnough about how much sriracha is today’s big hot sauce trend. I know it is, you know it is, so enough gushing about how it’s taken the world by storm. Instead, let’s take a look at some of the artisan sauce makers and see what dazzling new directions they can take with the Thailand genre that goes by the name “sriracha”.

I was contacted by Alex Loukas of the Fix Hot Sauce Team based in Seattle, Washington, to cover their emerging sriracha product of the same name. According to their website, this is their story:

“Our Fix journey started in Vietnam, where we saw and tasted the difference of authentic, farm-fresh, and non-processed goodness. Our minds were blown. From then, we made it our mission to bottle the premium flavors of South Asia and bring it back home.

We used to be interested in average bowls of pho served with your average hot sauce. We want more. And you deserve more. Fix was born to bring the best damn hot sauce to America.”

Not only were they making the claim to have the best hot sauce, but I was also dying to know if I could ever truly love a sriracha sauce, so with my review of Fix Hot Sauce, it was a “double challenge accepted”. Read on to see what I thought…

Firecast Podcast Episode #75 – Steve Seabury Discusses the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos, and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

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Episode #75 – Steve Seabury Discusses the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos, and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

High River Sauces Head Honcho Steve Seabury discusses a couple of fiery foods events he is producing, the 3rd Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo and the brand new California Hot Sauce Expo, along with the new Hot Sauce Hall of Fame coinciding withe NYC show.

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Review – Paulman Acre Strawbanero Lightning Smoked Pepper Sauce

paulman-acre-strawbanero-lightning-hot-sauce-1Rudy Reviews is back and more than ready to get saucidellic with the second of three sauces from Paulman Acre. For the sake of running a long introduction and repeating myself, you can go to the link for my review for “Pinalava Sunshine, where you can familiarize yourself with Paulman Acre.

I’m really into the labels of Paulman Acre sauces. I’m not much for labels because let’s face it, taste is king but these bottles are sharp….

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