Hash Brown Cupcakes with Chicken, Bacon & Mozzarella Recipe

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Ingredients:
2 Large Baked Potatoes
3 Slices of bacon
2 Chicken Breasts
1 Quart of Chicken Stock
Fresh Mozzarella Cheese
1 Large Egg
Salt & Pepper
Hot Sauce (All-Purpose, or your favorite kind)

Directions:
Slow cook the chicken breasts for 4+ hours in chicken stock and set aside to cool. Bake the potatoes and set aside to cool. Peel the skin from the potatoes and grate. Mix the grated potato with 1 egg, salt and pepper and a bit of oil. Press into a cupcake tin and make a well in the center. Bake at 400°F until the edges begin to brown. Set aside to cool and remove from tin carefully.

Shred the chicken breasts. Cook the bacon until crispy and break into small pieces over the chicken. Grate fresh mozzarella into the mix and add salt, pepper and hot sauce to taste.

Spoon mix into cooled cupcake cases. Bake for 5 – 10 minutes at 400°F or until hot and browned.

Firecast Podcast Episode #69 – Jennifer Reynold of Sauce Goddess, Plus Holiday Hot Sauce Gift Ideas

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Episode #68 – Jennifer Reynold of Sauce Goddess, Plus Holiday Hot Sauce Gift Ideas

Scott interviews the honcho of Sauce Goddess, Jennifer Reynolds, and finds out the story behind her divine BBQ products. Ken Alexander and Scott list several holiday hot sauce gift pack specials for your Christmas present shopping, and Scott reviews Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce.

Sauce Goddess Links mentioned in the episode:

2014 Holiday Gift Packs and Specials

JAC’s Tailgaters
25% off before Christmas
http://www.jacstailgaters.com

Voodoo Chile Sauces
3-Packs for $21 with Free Shipping anywhere in the Continental U.S.
http://www.voodoochilesauces.com

iBurn
Various Gift Packs and Shipping Deals. Go to website for details.
http://www.iburn.com

Sucklebusters
They have a large selection of SuckleBusters Texas Gift Baskets. FREE Shipping for a $50 order (coupon code free) + for every $25 we include one of our new spicy BBQ Rubs (regular $5.99, no coupon needed) . That’s FREE shipping + 2 FREE BBQ Rubs @ $50.
http://www.sucklebusters.com/texas-gift-baskets

Volcanic Peppers
Orders over $50.00 ship for free anywhere in the Continental U.S. before January 1st, 2015.
http://www.volcanicpeppers.com

Smoking J’s Fiery Foods
Orders over $50.00 ship for free.
https://www.smokingjsfieryfoods.com

Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce
10% off wooden holiday gift sets now through Dec. 17th with a portion of all website sales going to Wounded Warrior Project!
http://shop.scottyohotty.com

Build your own basket! By styles and themes…

Ken’s Asian-Style Stir-Fry Basket Example:

Volcanic Peppers Aji Dust (Pepper Powder)
Volcanic Peppers Yellow Bhut Jolokia Dust (Pepper Powder)
Volcanic Peppers Hot Garlic ‘n Onion Seasoning
http://www.volcanicpeppers.com

CaJohn’s Al Buddah Mild Asian Sauce
http://www.cajohns.com

Captain Thom’s Thai Monkey Sauce
http://www.captainthoms.com

Born to Hula Pineapple Habanero Sauce
http://www.borntohula.com

Intensity Academy Chai Sweet Chili Sauce
http://www.intensityacademy.com

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Charted Cheese Wheel Infographic

From all corners of the globe comes an infographic of 65 delightful cheeses, assembled into one wondrous wheel. The cheeses are broken down by the animal from which the milk is produced, the softness and hardness of the delicious dairy products, and shows the color and texture of each cheese.

Click the image below to see a mega-size infographic in detail. And if you want a poster-size print of the cheese wheel chart, you can purchase one at Pop Chart Lab starting at $29

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Green Mountain Gringo Salsa Steak Butter Recipe

Green-Mountain-Gringo-Salsa-Steak-ButterWant a spicy new topper for your next beef steak, piece of grilled meat or grilled seafood? Try a compound butter like this one: a delicious spread that employs both Green Mountain Gringo Roasted Garlic Salsa and a vinegar-y cayenne pepper sauce like Texas Pete. It’s simple, can be made in a matter of minutes, and can be prepared for several hours before your big meal…

Firecast Podcast Episode #67 – Indoor Kitchen Inventory with Ken and Scott

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Episode #67 – Indoor Kitchen Inventory with Ken and Scott

What do you have in your indoor kitchen? In an extended Ken’s Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander joins Scott as they give a rundown on many of the essential items they keep in their kitchens, from knives, tools, gadgets, pots, pans, and more!

Note: In case you’re wondering about the numbering of the podcast episodes being out of order, Episode #68 with Benito Maniscalco was edited and uploaded before this one. Sorry about the confusion!

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Chocolate Chip Chile Pepper Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs Recipe

chocolate-chip-cookie-dough-brownie-bombs-recipeChocolate Chip Cookie Dough Brownie Bombs
Modified from Hayley Parker, The Domestic Rebel
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 15-18
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup butter, softened
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Pinch salt
  • 2 cups miniature chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 pkg fudge brownie mix, baked and cooled
  • 1 pkg Candiquik or chocolate almond bark
  • 2 tsp cayenne powder

Sauce Showdown – Three Carolina Reaper Pepper Hot Sauces Go Head-To-Head

carolina-reaper-pepper-hot-sauce-showdownWhenever there is a new king resting atop the “World’s Hottest Chile Pepper” throne, you can bet that there will – for better or worse – be hoards of hot sauces that flood the market that contain that particular capsicum. Of course, unless you’ve been living under a rock the past year, you’ll know that the current record holder chile is Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, with an average of 1,569,383 Scoville Heat Units and measured peak levels of over 2,200,000 SHU. It’s expected that sauce makers will scramble to concoct a condiment containing the Carolina Reaper pepper; and whether or not the Reaper is a main ingredient or only available in trace amounts within the actual product, you can count on these companies veritably featuring the pepper as a headliner attraction on the bottle’s label. Additionally, many of these folks are looking mainly to quickly capitalize on the world’s hottest pepper craze and will do a less-than-stellar job at creating a good product, and focus on the heat of the sauce.

What I am personally interested in is the flavor instead of pure fire. I ask, what can you do to utilize the taste of the Carolina Reaper chile pepper in a cohesive flavor harmonization? Can you sculpt a product formula that isn’t a copycat of 500 other sauces that have come before it? Can it “wow” my taste buds in addition to “burning” them?

So I looked to a trio of proven fiery foods flavor master masters who have developed a Carolina Reaper-based hot sauce within the past year – Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns, Steve Seabury of High River Sauces, and Ed Bucholtz of Born to Hula Sauces – to see if it can be done, and done well.

The Reaper-filled offerings I will cover from these gentlemen are as follows: Heartbreaking Dawns’ Fervor Reaper Chile Hot Sauce, High River Sauces’ Foo Foo Mama Choo Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Sauce, and Born to Hula’s Reaper of Sorrow Carolina Reaper Sauce.

What I will do in this extended review of first go over each sauce individually, and look at the ingredients, the bottle label, the texture and appearance, the aroma, and the initial tastes of each hot sauce. Then, I will perform a battery of culinary tests and see how these three stack up against each other with meals. I will then crown one of them the sultan of sauce when it comes to employing the super-hot Carolina Reaper.

So let’s get burnin’!

The Raffle To Win An Awesome Guitar For Sgt Frank Hegr is Here! Hot Saucers 4 Heroes

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Hot sauce fans, the raffle is here!

Ranger-Frank-Hegr-and-his-wife-SharaAs mentioned a few weeks ago, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Frank Hegr is a selfless, brave individual (among many thousands in our armed forces) who put his life on the life for the cause of freedom. On September 8, 2011, Frank sustained multiple complex injuries from the detonation of a hand grenade while while conducting combat operations in Afghanistan. It is also known amongst Frank’s family and friends that he is a HUGE fan of spicy foods, so many of us in the Hot Sauce Community are joining together to do something very special for him.

ted-nugent-black-gibson-guitarOur good friend and chilehead “Arizona” Jack Penrod has in his possession a Gibson ES135 Hollow Body Electric Guitar autographed by famed rocker Ted Nugent, that Jack, with the generous help of Sam and Tina McCanless of Zane and Zack’s World Famous Honey Co., is now raffling off to raise money for Frank. We plan to give Frank this gift of monetary support (and hot sauce!) personally at this coming March’s Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show in Albuquerque, NM. Many others in the fiery foods industry and chilehead community are donating their time, their money and yes, even lots of hot sauce, for this great cause.

The raffle to win this awesome Ted Nugent autographed guitar is now live, and you can purchase tickets right here. Chileheads and BBQers, please spread the word to help a TRUE hero! 100% of the money raised from this raffle is going directly to Sgt. Frank Hegr and his wife Shara.

Tickets are $5.00 each. Feel free to purchase as many and as often as you like!

HotSaucers4Heroes Raffle Page

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Kevin’s Side of the Dish: Review of House of Jerky’s Ghost Pepper Beef Jerky

Kevin's Side of the Dish

Today I am reviewing House of Jerky’s Ghost Pepper Beef Jerky. I loved this since the first bite I got from it.

Ingredients:
Beef (top round), soy sauce, brown sugar, pineapple juice, honey, water, tabasco sauce, ghost chili pepper (bhut jolokia), garlic, red chili pepper, onion, liquid smoke, white pepper, black pepper, ginger.

High River Sauces Launches New BBQ Sauce

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November 18th, 2014

High River Sauces Launches New BBQ Sauce

high-river-sauces-rattler-bbq-sauce-chris-santosChef Chris Santos, judge on Food Network’s popular “Chopped” series and chef and partner of Beauty & Essex and Stanton Social, collaborates with Steve Seabury of High River Sauces to launch Rattler Barbeque Sauce – the barbeque sauce with a bite!

Showcasing the bold, fresh flavors that the award-winning hot sauce company High River Sauces is known for, Santos and Seabury have created a custom-made barbeque sauce with the perfect amount of sweet heat. Rattler Barbeque Sauce features spicy Cascabel Chile Peppers, which, like the rattlesnake, are known for their distinctive bite – the name Cascabel actually translates to rattle…

Firecast Podcast Episode #68 – Interview with Benito Maniscalco of Benito’s Hot Sauce

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Episode #68 – Interview with Benito Maniscalco of Benito’s Hot Sauce

One of the most underrated sauce makers in the country, Ol’ Benito Maniscalco of Vermont’s Benito’s Hot Sauce, stops by the Skype chatline and talks with Scott about his stellar products. Scott also reviews Bigfat’s Boom Shanka Curry Chipotle Hot Sauce, and gives a tip on how to clean your coffee and spice grinders.

Note: You may notice that Episode #67 has not been posted yet. As of this writing, that particular show is still being edited, and it will be coming next week, with a special “Kitchen Inventory Essentials” with Ken Alexander!

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3rd Annual Holiday Spicy Super Sale

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We are spreading the love for all things spicy in the way of this sale. We have gathered some of the best small market companies who make fiery products of all types and list them here with their own private sales for the holiday season. If you are looking for a gift for a spicy companion or just want to capitalize on some of these amazing offers, this is your opportunity to take advantage of their sales. So please browse through all the listings, and check out the links by clicking on their company names and see what interests you. We you find something great.

Review – Doritos Dinamita Fiery Habanero Tortilla Chips and Ruffles Deep-Ridged Classic Hot Wings Potato Chips

doritos-dinamita-fiery-habanero-and-ruffles-deep-ridged-classic-hot-wings-chipsIt’s time for another captivating snack chip showdown! Of course, since I try to keep it spicy, I’ve selected a pair of nationally-available brand names with takes on fiery flavor variations. Since major snack manufacturers are scatter-shot when it comes to not only featuring a product that should appeal to chileheads, but also be delicious at the same time, I came into this review with no expectations.

Interestingly enough, there are now actually a wealth of hot n’ spicy options down the chip aisle (almost too many, to be honest!), so I had to be very judicious in not only selecting suitable review subjects.

I ended up choosing Doritos Dinamita Fiery Habanero Tortilla Chips and Ruffles Deep-Ridged Classic Hot Wings Potato Chips, and I was fortunate because they were two fairly dissimilar munchies in core ingredients, texture, and flavor styles…

Hot Sauce Fans, Please Help a Hero…

Army-Staff-Sergeant-Ranger-Frank-HegrFellow Hot Sauce Fans and BBQers (and everyone else reading this!), there is a true, real-life American hero who needs our love and support…

U.S. Army Staff Sergeant (SSG) Frank Hegr is a selfless, brave individual (among many thousands in our armed forces) who put his life on the life for the cause of freedom. It is also known amongst Frank’s family and friends that he is a HUGE fan of spicy foods, so many of us in the Hot Sauce Community are joining together to do something very special for him.

Our good friend and chilehead “Arizona” Jack Penrod has in his possession a guitar autographed by famed rocker Ted Nugent, that Jack, with the generous help of Sam and Tina McCanless of Zane and Zack’s World Famous Honey Co., is planning to raffle off to raise money for Frank. We plan to give Frank this gift of monetary support (and hot sauce!) personally at this coming March’s…

Basic Chili Powder Recipe

Basic chili powder recipeThe secret to any great chili is start with an awesome basic chili powder recipe. A chili powder spice blend can be theoretically used to flavor up many different things (try mixing it in with some cuts of steak or chicken the next time you make burritos or fajitas!), but of course its main usage will always be a good bowl of chili con carne.

Pitmaster Jack Waiboer of GrateTV recently asked me for an all-around good recipe for chili powder, when I realized that I had never posted it to this blog! So, for everyone’s benefit to use as the core of your next bowl of chili, below is my chili powder recipe…

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