The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #59 - Michele Northrup and Tom Was of Intensity Academy, Plus a Report from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival
Scott has a conversation with the saucy Michele Northrup and Tom Was of Intensity Academy on their spicy condiments, their new Sauceology Group co-packing venture, and making the world’s hottest lollipops. World record hot sauce collector Vic Clinco reports in from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival, and Scott reviews Carmelita Chile De Arbol Con Habanero Hot Sauce.
As promised a few days ago, below is my review for Buffalo Wild Wings Ghost Pepper Sauce and Salted Caramel BBQ Sauce wings. These two wings sauces, along with their Classic Margarita Sauce is a brand new trio that’s part of B-Dub’s “Sauce Lab” – which is a slick marketing term for “limited time only” flavors for their namesake chicken pieces.
Via Ken Alexander, of FieryWorld.com and one of the Head Judges of the World Hot Sauce Awards:
“Below is a list of the winners of the inaugural World Hot Sauce Awards. The awards ceremony was held at the Lafayette, La Acadian Center, and the site of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo.
“The winners were selected by approximately 30 judges from across the country, including executive chefs, restaurant owners, elected officials, beauty queens, hot sauce industry experts, and enthusiasts! The judges tasted 582 separate samples and each category had multiple judges. Everyone had a “hot” time and sweating foreheads, red faces, and sniffly noses were prevalent in the judge’s ranks! The awards are listed by division and category.
“My apologies if there are misspellings along the way, but there was limited time to proofread the list in an effort to get it out to everyone in a timely manner!!! Congratulations are in order for everyone who submitted an entry and especially to the winners across very crowded fields of excellent spicy sauces, spices, confections, etc etc etc!!! So without further ado, here are the lucky winners…”
It’s time for another batch of new sauces from Buffalo Wild Wings. This time out, the chicken wing chain has a trio of new flavors: the super-hot Ghost Pepper Sauce; whch by some accounts, is hotter than their previously-hottest Blazin’; Salted Caramel BBQ Sauce, a sweet and salty blend; and Classic Margarita Sauce, a fruity alcoholic beverage-style spin put into buffalo wing form.
I will be trying these (with a formal review to follow) this coming weekend, so stay tuned! If you’re interested in these BWW wing flavor options yourself, let if be known that these are only available for a limited time only at participating Buffalo Wild Wings restaurants.
Me and mustards have a sometimes peculiar relationship. Don’t get me wrong; I’m a lover of a fine, flavorful mustard. Yet I’m picky, fussy, and hard to please in a number of ways when it comes to the pungent condiment. I’m a fan of the straight, bright yellow table mustard, but only in a certain limited range of applications. I go crazy for a sweet and spicy honey mustard with incredible depth, a good deal of sweetness and an overall smoothness to taste the extremely sharp edge off.
But an ultra-bitter, nasal-y, sharp, horseradish, or a whole-grain mustard? My view on them can vary from unsavory to that of “I can’t wipe off my tongue enough after sampling it!”. So if you want me to like a mustard, it had better delivery on several different fronts or else it’s not going to please my finicky tongue.
El Diablo Hot and Spicy Mustards is a fairly new company that aims to change the game when it comes to fiery mustards. And make no mistake, El Diablo is not ashamed of the “spicy” moniker, as their marketing mentions, “flavors so powerful, so hot, so intense…not even the devil could resist”. But can their flavors – namely Mango, Smokey Chipotle, Steakhouse, Texas Chili, Jalapeno, and Habanero Hot & Spicy Mustards - fit in squarely with my particular palette? Well read on to find out if I liked these…
The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #58 – Derrick Riches on Buying, Maintaining and Cleaning Your BBQ Grill
BBQ and grilling expert Derrick Riches of bbq.about.com joins Scott for a Summer Grilling Special and talks about buying, maintaining, and cleaning BBQ grills and smokers. Regular show contributor Ken Alexander chats with Scott about cooking disasters, and Scott reviews Fiesty Parrot’s Demented Canary Ghost and Scorpion Pepper Hot Sauce.
Need something to “wow” all your guests the next time company is over? Wanna blow everyone away at your next family or potluck function? Try this fantastic Cheesy Chicken Potato Bake. It’s one of my all-time favorite recipes. There’s nothing spicy or peppery in it, but once you take one bite of it, you won’t care. It’s creamy, cheesy, crunchy, heavenly and melt-in-your-mouth delicious…
Here is a handy infographic on summer grilling with lots of basic tips. While it’s not perfect (it interchanges the term “grilling” for “BBQ”, and a few myths are propagated) it’s still very much wort a look.
Currently airing on local Louisiana television are a few commercials for the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival, which is being held at Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA on July 19th and 20th! For those of us not residing on southern Louisiana, you can watch these Cajun-flavored videos below:
The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #57 - Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com on the Science of Grilling and Barbecuing
Meathead Goldwyn, creator of the world’s most popular barbecue website, AmazingRibs.com, joins Scott for an extended conversation about the science of BBQ and grilling. From busting myths and the perfect way to grill a steak, to the difference between direct and indirect heat and whether or not marinading and brining actually work, Meathead gives us a one-of-a-kind lesson in outdoor cooking you won’t want to miss.
Woooo-WEEEE! The 2014 Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival is a celebration of Hot Sauce and Spicy foods. A regional event for the 2015 International Hot Sauce Festival, the 2014 Festival is scheduled to held at Acadian Village, Lafayette, LA on July 19th and 20th!
The Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival’s objective is to…