Cooking With Smoke BBQ Infographic

how-to-smoke-meats-on-a-gas-or-charcoal-grill-infographic-thumbnailWe barbeque junkies know and appreciate the benefits of having wood smoke applied to our outdoor cooks. So much, in fact, that virtually all BBQ purists and aficionados don’t even consider it to be “real” ‘que unless the meat the slow-cooked meat gets a healthy dose of savory smoke flavor. If all you know is to set your charcoal or gas grill on “high” and blaze the heck out of your meat, then you’re missing out on the best of what BBQ has to offer.

Here is an outstanding infographic on how to cook with smoke on a gas or charcoal grill. Even veterans may glean something new from these excellent tips laid out before you. Enjoy!

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Rewind: Ghost Pepper Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipe

ghost-pepper-bhut-jolokia-pumpkin-spice-coffee-recipeWe’re fast approaching my favorite time of the year – Autumn. Yeah, yeah, I know – you probably don’t want to hear for the umpteenth time of why Fall is so great. Nor do a lot of you care about the annual resurgence of pumpkin spiced food items.

Well, I happen to love pumpkin spice (and wish it were available year ’round, just like egg nog), and for those of you who also do, I’ve gone back in time 5 years and and unearthed a recipe I made for an excellent Ghost Pepper Pumpkin Spice Coffee for the original video version of the Weekly Firecast.

This is a good, sweet, creamy, spicy blend of java that’s perfect for both coffee lovers and chileheads for an Autumn morning. Enjoy this Ghost Pepper Pumpkin Spice Coffee Recipe:

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Homemade Copycat Spicy A.1. Steak Sauce Recipe

homemade-copycat-A1-steak-sauce-spicyBeing the crazy tinkerer in the kitchen that I am, I’ve had lots of experience at testing out recipes, as well as starting from scratch when concocting various sauces and dishes. Unfortunately, more have failed than have been successful, but those failures have only pushed me harder at finding ways to make something work out.

Such as the case at making my own homemade spicy steak sauce. There are a lot of copycat A.1. Steak Sauce recipes flooding the interwebs, but through a lot of trial and error, I believe I’ve tweaked a great facsimile of a copycat A.1. Steak Sauce. Not all sauces I consume have to be fiery and peppery, but I did want to make one that had a touch of spiciness to it. So here is my version of a spicy A.1.-style Steak Sauce that you can brew up in your own kitchen…

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The Firecast is Returning For Fall 2015 Episodes

firecast-podcast-fall-2015After taking a nice little Summer hiatus, everyone’s favorite fiery foods podcast, The Firecast Podcast, is rolling out new episodes here in September!

With all the hot sauce and BBQ coverage you’ve come to expect, The Firecast has become the most popular spicy food podcast on the web.

So keep your eye on either or for a new installment this week!

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The Website Has Been Redesigned!

scott-roberts-website-developerIt’s good practice to keep your website looking fresh and modern, no matter if you own a rinky-dink blog or a site that reaches millions of eyeballs everyday. As you may have noticed, has gotten a sleak new design this past weekend!

Of course, I have to give the obligatory warning that “things may not be up to 100%” or “things may still have minor breaks here and there”, but the vast majority of the website should be full functional and ready for action. There is nothing drastically different about the new layout, so you really don’t have to “relearn” the website.

If you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments below. If you see anything egregious in regards to pages or sections that aren’t working correctly, please contact me, and I’ll try to get to fixing the issues as soon as I can.

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New Hot Sauce & BBQ T-Shirts Available at!

chilehead-hot-sauce-t-shirts-tees-bbq-chili-peppers, the web’s #1 source of chilehead-related t-shirts for both men and women, is back with new designs!

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.

Take a look at the categories page to see the new items:

These make some killer gifts both for yourself (hey, you gotta splurge a little now and then) and for loved ones who are heat freaks! Go to today!

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Regional BBQ Sauce Styles Infographic

us-regional-bbq-sauce-styles-infographic-thumbnailAlthough there are no hard and fast rules, and U.S. geographic-based barbecue sauce styles and flavor profiles can cross lines and get blurred, there are definitely some favorite types based on the regional of the country you’re in.

The following Regional BBQ Sauce Styles Infographic shows the basic formulas for what four or five different areas are most famous for, roughly based on the amounts of these ingredients: tomatoes, peppers, vinegar, mustard and sugar.

Sure there are many other unique styles of BBQ sauce (for instance, the white BBQ sauce of northern Alabama), but these are the most well-known blueprints for barbecued, saucy goodness that is slathered on smoked and seasoned meat right out of the pit, from Texas, Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina and South Carolina.

While you peruse this infographic, I urge all BBQ novices to experiment with different styles and try their own, and see what best satisfied their own personal palettes.

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World Food Championships Coming in November!

The World Food Championships, Nov. 3-10, Celebration, Florida –
In the Heart of Kissimmee, Florida

world-food-championships-2015Every foodie’s dream come true!

The World Food Championships features more than 500 competitors seeking food fame and fortune. The fourth annual event, scheduled for Nov 3 – 10, 2015, will invite the champions from the biggest and best food competitions around the world into a single high stakes culinary showdown for hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Following a tournament-style format across multiple iconic food categories, the WFC will culminate with a Final Table faceoff where category champions brave potential elimination in front of a live audience and a discerning panel of culinary celebrities. For more information, visit

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Chicago-Based All Spice Cafe Gets Fired Up About The Success Of Its Award Winning Product Line




Gourmet Fiery Hot Sauces Now Available at Grocery Retailers Nationwide

All Spice CafeCHICAGO, IL (AUGUST 2015) – Midwesterners love spicy food and thanks to Chicago-based All Spice Cafe their award-winning gourmet fiery hot sauces are now available across the region to satisfy this blazing craving! The complete line of one-of-a-kind, vegan and gluten free hot sauces, developed by Los Angeles-based Chef J.D. Cowles, and named “Best Hot Sauce Maker” by Los Angeles Magazine, has taken a strong foothold in the region and is expanding rapidly throughout the Midwest, thanks to two Chicago-area businessmen.

Buddy Feldman, a food industry sales and marketing veteran from Highland Park, IL, and Michael Brindza, a former financial industry executive from Downers Grove, IL, were introduced to Cowles by Don Mazzoni, a real estate developer, as Cowles incredible hot sauces were only available at select LA restaurants and online, and partnered in June 2014, forming the perfect trifecta of business, retail and gourmet experts….

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Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe

Being one of the big flavor brends, it wasn’t long before sriracha was applied to BBQ sauce. Here’s a homemade sriracha barbecue sauce recipe courtesy of McCormick.

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Homemade Sriracha BBQ Sauce Recipe

1 8oz. Tomato Sauce
3/4 lb. Fresno Chile Peppers
4 Cloves Garlic
1/2 Cup Water
1 Tsp Smoked Paprika
1 Tsp Sicilian Sea Salt
1/4 Cup White Vinegar
1/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
1/4 Cup Molasses

Once cooked, blend and then strain to remove the seeds.

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2015 World Hot Sauce Awards Winners List

2015 World Hot Sauce Awards ListJust released today from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo held this weekend – the 2015 World Hot Sauce Awards Winners List!

Condiments Division:
Chile Oil
3. Chili Beak – Spicy Roasted Chili Oil
2. Hot Licks – Hot Licks Blood Orange Habanero X Virgin Olive Oil
World Champion: Sutter Buttes Natural and Artisan Foods – Citrus Habanero Infused Olive Oil

3.CaJohn’s Fiery Foods – Scotch Bonnet Ketchup
2. Culley’s Chipotle Ketchup
World Champion:Uncle Roy’s Comestible Concoctions – Chillichup

3. Uncle Roy’s Comestible Concoctions – Chocolate Chilli Mustard
2. Poca’s Hottest – Shak Nasti Cajun Honey Mustard
World Champion: River Bend Specialties, LLC. – Grandpa Spencer’s Hot & Spicy Mustard

3. Auria’s Malaysian Kitchen – Lime Leaf Sambal
2. Posh Pickles and Preserves – Sa’ Va’ Tu’o’ng ‘o’t
World Champion: B-Dubb’s Desert Inferno Hot Sauce LLC – Chow-Chow Extreme

Salad Dressing
3. Texas Brew Products/Salsa – I’m Your Huckleberry Dressing
2. Stagecoach Salsa Company – Miss Kim’s Spicy Bacon Ranch
World Champion: FrogBone Cajun Sauces – Remoulade

Steak Sauce
3. B.T. Enterprises – Buffalo Tom’s Gourmet Hot Sauce
2. SMOK BRAND, LLC – SMOK Brand Whiskey Glaze
World Champion: Jimmy’s Sauces (South Africa) – Jimmy’s Steakhouse Sauce

Table Seasoning
3. Gary’s Seasoning- Too Hot for Mama
2. Dell Cove Spice Co. – Butt Kickin’ BBQ Popcorn Seasoning
World Champion: AmberFyre Foods/Chicks and Salsa – Sassy…

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“Crazy Hot” Documentary Trailer

crazy-hot-trailer-documentary-chile-peppers-chileheads-movieAbout a month ago, I was given a sneak peek of a trailer for a new documentary on chile peppers by filmmaker Eric Raine. He had traveled to 26 cities in 4 countries to showcase a wide swath of subject matter concerning our favorite capsaicin-filled pods, which included the chile pepper heat horse race, chilehead culture in general, and the phenomenon of hot sauce shows.

Back then,  I gave him feedback, which included my opinion that the trailer focused a bit too much on the drama surrounding the claims of Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper pepper being the world’d hottest chile. I personally have gotten out of the online (and offline) bickering about what pepper is the hottest. In fact, I think there is very little to no difference between most of these new “hotter” strains, and issued a chile eating challenge to anyone who is able to prove otherwise (and so far no one has been gutsy enough to take up the challenge). But I digress…

The trailer appears to be identical to the one I viewed back in June, with no less chile pepper drama removed or edited based on my suggestions. But that is not exactly indicative of what content is featured in the entirety of the movie documentary as a whole.

Overall I am exited about Eric’s effort, and he has indeed talked to…

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The World’s Hottest Pepper Carolina Reaper Video Taste Test


People Try The World’s Hottest Chili Pepper

Everybody’s jumping on the bandwagon to feature the most daring and the most extreme, even in the “general populace” world. The linkbait-heavy site Buzzfeed recently did a video of non-chileheads trying out the world’s hottest chile pepper, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, on video. When I first tried the Carolina Reaper on video three years ago, I definitely found that it was among the hottest things I’ve ever put in my mouth, so the burn felt by these test subjects were no doubt real and funnily painful. Enjoy!

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