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5 Veggie Foil Packs Your Grill Can’t Live Without


5 Veggie Foil Packs Your Grill Can’t Live Without

There’s that tweak with foil that makes recipes luxurious and for this reason, we choose to share a few of these packs that will leave you speechless for days.

The trick to having packs that leave unbeatable tastes and memories is to do a good mixture of vegetables and herbs and cook them to have a bit of crunch to them.

Veggie packs could be complete meals by themselves but if you are feeling a bit extra, marry it up with some grilled steak, or meat of choice.

The 18th Annual Texas Hot Sauce Festival is Coming!


It’s almost here!

Texas Hot Sauce Festival will be held September 22 & 23, 2018 on Saturday from 11am to 6pm and Sunday from Noon to 5pm at the Bayou City Event Center

What’s Gonna Be There?

Hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, marinades, rubs, jams/jelly, pickled products, condiments, soup mixes, chili mixes, wing sauces, … chunky, spicy, smooth, garlicky, sweet, fruity, peppery, smokey…  HOT  and  MILD!   Hundreds of hot and spicy products to try out from around the country.  There is also plenty of food and cold beverages, ongoing stage entertainment, a chile-dren area (including some free and some ‘pay as you go’ activities for the kids), retail vendors, arts & crafts and pepper merchandise.


Review – Cave Tools Chicken Wing & Leg Rack


As effective as the companies that make “unitasker” gadgets can be at making the us think that their specialty product is the newest thing that we cannot live without, I tend to be more skeptical than not. I’m more firmly footed in the Alton Brown camp of thinking: if a kitchen tool is good at one and only one thing, it will tend to sit around the vast majority of the time and not be used, rendering it practically useless, and then eventually forgotten.

I recently acquired a Cave Tools Chicken Wing & Leg Rack to put through its paces out on the grill. I think it certainly qualifies as an item that is very much specialty in purpose, as it is at its core a rack on which to hold up chicken off of the BBQ grill grates, and hanging high in the air to catch more of the convection heat in the air as opposed to more of a conduction or radiating heat from the flames or charcoal below.

High River Sauces Presents the Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo June 23 and 24, 2018


Save The Date. June 23 & 24, 2018. Toyota Park in the Chicago, IL area. It’s Going To Be A Party!!

Chicagoland Will Never Be the Same!

Come to Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL for this two-day Fiery Foods Festival to get the ultimate endorphin rush. The weekend promises to be like no other. The 1st Annual Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo features FREE Hot Sauce Tastings from the BEST Hot Sauce Companies around the World, The Stage of DOOM, Booze & Infuse Cocktail Competition, Guinness Book of Records Reaper Eating Contest, Chihuahua Beauty Pageant, Craft Beers, Specialty Cocktails & So Much More!!

More details to come soon. Get the latest updates at https://www.facebook.com/chitownhotsauceexpo.

Gringo Bandito Releases 2017 Private Reserve Hot Sauce

gringo-bandido-reserve-2017Gringo Bandito has released the 2017 edition of their wildly popular Private Reserve hot sauce. Produced in a single batch, the sauce is bottled with a new label design and now available in Super Duper, Just Super and Cheapskate packages. The Private Reserve is always a huge success for Gringo Bandito, with its limited production selling out quickly.

Each year, the Private Reserve recipe is put together as a unique offering for Gringo Bandito’s dedicated customers and hot sauce enthusiasts alike. The recipe for 2017 heats up with a blend of award-winning blue agave tequila, lime juice, yellow habaneros and red fresnos. The “Super Duper” package includes an autographed bottle of the hot sauce in a unique stand up wooden pine box, a custom t-shirt, guitar picks and more. One lucky winner who purchases the $75 Super Duper package will win a one of a kind signed giclee print of this year’s label art.

Review – Mad Anthony’s Hot Sauces, BBQ Sauces, and Fiery Hot Mustard


The Mad Anthony product lineup, 2017, from left to right: Fiery Hot Mustard Sauce, Original Style BBQ Sauce, Original Hot Sauce, and XXXtra Private Reserve Hot Sauce.

As a few of you chileheads know, I was a huge Van Halen fan in a “past life.” I won’t bore you with how much I ate, breathed and slept the band (thankfully, not slept with the band) during my younger and leaner days. I will state, though, that even though my fanaticism for the mighty Van Halen has waned quite a bit as I’ve approached middle-age-hood, I’ve still carried over a bit of the “5150” spirit because of former VH bassist Michael Anthony‘s involvement in the hot sauce world.

One For My Baby, and One More For the Road…


Yeah, to many of you, this comes as absolutely no surprise.

After long, careful consideration, I’m going to officially end The Firecast Podcast after being dormant for a year and a half. That doesn’t mean that at some point I won’t sit down in front of a microphone again to record anything in the future. But the current run of episodes is officially ending.

If you’re a current subscriber to The Firecast’s feed, I may still post up other interviews I have done through other media sources, so the feed itself may not be completely dead.

Why Quit?

I could easily fill half of an encyclopedia on why I’m closing shop when it comes to this foodie podcast. Time, other interests (many of which are discussed over at my new blog), and…honestly, I feel that the overall camaraderie in the fiery foods world, the chile pepper community, and the hot sauce blogging community have deteriorated and made a…

The Brains Behind Madison Chocolatiers West Launch Crowdfunding Campaign For New Venture

natures-lift-chocolateNature’s Lift Chocolate, LLC
Announces launch of new products
Rebuild ~ Renew ~ Restore

The company has begun the process of bringing two new products to market.

Rock Hill, S.C.; June 24, 2017 – After year long testing and research, start up company, Nature’s Lift Chocolate is bringing to market a chocolate bar and cocoa powder mix that will rebuild, restore and renew your body.  Both products are all natural, non-gmo, organic, vegetarian, low in fat and sugar.  The cocoa powder mix is also…

Loaded Potato and Chicken Casserole Recipe – With a Spicy Twist

Loaded-Potato-and-Chicken-Casserole-RecipeThis extraordinary dish has been making the rounds lately. It’s a bit different than my Cheesy Chicken Potato Bake Recipe, so be sure to try both. With this Loaded Potato and Chicken Casserole recipe, it has a touch of spicy kick from the hot sauce, but this definitely will appeal to chileheads because I’ve added diced jalapeno chiles to the recipe. Enjoy!


Main Components:
2 lb boneless chicken breasts, cubed (1-inch)
8-10 medium potatoes, cut in 1/2-inch cubes…

Inferno Fest is Back, Heating Up the Chicago Area!



Highlights include assorted spicy food creations and Inferno Fest Eating Contest

HIGHWOOD, IL (JUNE 28, 2017) Celebrate Highwood is fired up to announce the return of Inferno Fest on Wednesday, June 28th, from 4:30-9:30pm in Everts Park (130 Highwood Avenue). Back by popular demand, Inferno Fest will test the taste buds of the most fearless food enthusiasts with the hottest and spiciest foods and beverages. For those worried they may not be able to handle the heat, have no fear, the event will take place in conjunction with all the fabulous vendors at the weekly Highwood Evening Gourmet Market.

The 2017 Spicy Flave Awards

the-flave-awardsThe International Flavor Awards, in conjunction with the people that bring you the Annual “Midwest Fiery Foods Fest/ Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest” are excited to invite you to compete in this year’s Spicy Flave Awards. The Spicy Flave Awards are held annually to honor hot & spicy foods producers from a variety of product areas such as hot sauce, salsa, BBQ Sauce, wing sauces, mustards, condiments, pickled products, beverages and much more. Again this year, entries are just $50 per category entered, pay for 3 and get a 4th free or enter 5 products for $250 and get your 6th & 7th FREE. 1 place winners in each category receive a hand-blown glass award and 2nd & 3rd places receive extra-large multi-color ribbons! Take a look at the categories and rules here:


ALSO!! With your entry into the “Spicy Flave Awards” you’re given the opportunity to vend at the Midwest Fiery Foods Fest/ Bacon, Brew & BBQ Fest for FREE!!! You don’t need to attend the event to enter the contest. We feel this is an amazing and cost effective event that will allow companies the opportunity to introduce and sell products to attendees over the course of the weekend plus…

White Castle Adds New Hot Chicken Sliders

white-castle-hot-chicken-slidersCOLUMBUS, Ohio – White Castle is introducing the Hot Chicken Slider and Bacon & Smoked Chicken Slider to its summer menu. The spicy sliders will be available for a limited time at most White Castle restaurants from June 2 to July 31.

The Hot Chicken Slider is available either fried or grilled and is topped with hot sauce and fried pickles. The Bacon & Smoked Cheddar Chicken Slider features fried grilled chicken topped with cheddar cheese and hickory-smoked bacon.

These hot new chicken sliders join White Castle’s Crispy Chicken Breast Slider and Savory Grilled Chicken Slider.