Peppers Prep Your for Fresh Soup

Many cooks have a favorite fresh pepper soups that they enjoy when the harvest of peppers starts coming in.  There are abundant recipes for roasted or regular pepper soups.  Here are some prep tips for you to get your favorite peppers ready for soup creation.

Preparation for Roasted Pepper Soups:

Roasted Peppers are great to use in fall and early winter soups and stews and we recommend that you combine sweet peppers along with hot peppers to get the right pepper flavor. Typical ratio is approximately 3/4 sweet and 1/4 hot peppers.

You will want to use ripe peppers that have been picked … Continue Reading

Sweet Chili Pepper Sauce

There are so many recipes and different ways to use peppers to make them hot and spicy, so let’s talk about a sweet chili sauce that is popular in many cuisines.  It is available in bottles at many grocery and online stores but making it is super simple too.

The different types of sweet chili sauce are normally found in Thai or Malaysian cooking. There are also a few barbeque sauce companies that make a sweet pepper sauce too, such as Franks.  It is used for marinating chicken and pork mainly.  Some also use it as a condiment for dipping spring … Continue Reading

Firehouse BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon ground dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce

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Walk on the Wild Side with Hot & Spicy Korean Chicken

When it comes to Korean food, you better like hot and spicy.  Many of the Korean dishes are loaded with chili pepper and other hot peppers. A favorite dish of the younger Korean generation is called Bul-Dak meaning Hot and Spicy Chicken.

According to the Korean cuisine site,, bul means fire in Korean and dak is chicken. So you need your taste buds prepared.  Although it can be served in many different spiciness levels, most enjoy the chicken dish at its top level which contains several jalapenos and a lot of chili flakes.

The chicken is cut into small bite sized pieces, … Continue Reading

Using Pequin Peppers

Pequin pepper is a hot chile pepper that is also known as “bird pepper”. This pepper is a very tiny fruit measuring 2mm or less but packs a punch when it is ripe. Like many of its other chile friends, this pepper starts out green and ripens to a bright red. The flavor is described as citrusy, smoky and nutty and very rich.  It comes in mid-range on the Soville scale around 40-50,000 unit.

The Pequin pepper is actually a delicate plant to grow and if it is handled too much the plant will not survive. It is also dependent on … Continue Reading

Chef’s Favorite BBQ Sauce Recipe


  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 teaspoon prepared mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup cold water
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch

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Serrano Peppers 101 and Salsa Recipe

Native to Latin America, Mexico and the Southern Parts of the US, the Serrano pepper is a medium hot to hot pepper that ranges between 7,000 to 25,000 on the Socville scale. This is a smaller pepper that is a meatier variety than some.  Because its structure has very thin skin, it is not a pepper that is used for drying.

Growing the Serrano is relatively easy. It starts out as green in color and as the fruit ripens you will see it change colors to red, orange and brown.  This pepper is one of the most used peppers in Mexico … Continue Reading

Beer Infused Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe


  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1-1/2 cups light beer
  • 1 can (6-ounce) tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons bottled habanero hot pepper sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • Salt to taste

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Key Lime BBQ Sauce Review

When I think of key limes, I think of key lime pie. I didn’t expect this deep reddish-brown sauce to taste like key lime pie. But the other thing I generally use lime juice for are margaritas. And lo and behold, there really is tequila in Key West Key Lime BBQ Sauce! Which is not to say it tastes like a margarita because it doesn’t. But that’s OK, because I don’t want a barbecue sauce that tastes like a margarita. I want a  barbecue sauce with a rich, robust flavor and that’s exactly what this sauce delivers.

The ingredients are fairly standard for the most part: tomatoes, brown sugar, sugar, corn syrup, soy sauce, tequila, Worcestershire sauce, lime juice, New Mexico chiles (would love to know exactly what those are), garlic, onion, salt, spices, and natural mesquite flavor. Continue Reading

Barbecue Sauces with No Corn Syrup

People often request us for BBQ Sauces with no corn syrup added. Here is a list of sauces with no high fructose corn syrup that we recommend.

Mad Dog BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Ultra Hot BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Chipotle BBQ Sauce
Mad Dog Ghost Ultra Hot BBQ Sauce
Bone Suckin’ BBQ Sauce
Bone Suckin’ Hot BBQ Sauce
Bootlegger’s BBQ and Tonic
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Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce


  • 1 cup prepared mustard
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1/4 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne

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Mango Habanero Hot Sauce Recipe


  • 2 Tbls peanut oil
  • 8 Ripe mangoes peeled and cut into large dice
  • 1/2 cup diced white onion
  • 1/2 cup diced carrot
  • 2 Fresh habanero Chiles Seeded and cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup Champaign vinegar
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar or honey
  • salt to taste.

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Using Peppers with Rice

Some things seem to go together naturally; chips and salsa, cookies and milk, eggs and bacon.  Rice and peppers was not one that was at the top of my “gotta have it” list until I ran across a few recipes that blended rice, peppers and cheese into a delightful, delicious dish.  Being the curious cook that I am, I knew I had to try it.

The recipe that is below is one from my friend that has been modified through years of cooking it.  I tweaked a few things myself to get the taste I loved. Give it a try.

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North Carolina BBQ Sauce


  • 1 gallon white vinegar
  • 1 1/3 cups cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/8 cups ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup mustard powder
  • 1/2 cup salt
  • 3 lemons
  • 2 (10 fluid ounce) bottles Worcestershire sauce

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Mad Dog Hot Sauce Scoville Ratings

Ashley Food Company the maker of Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauces has been making all natural, award-winning products since 1991. They make products that range from mild with great flavor all the way to the hottest sauce you have ever tasted. Their product line has won over 50 state and national awards, including many national titles.
Mad Dog 357 Hot Sauce Scoville Scale

Hot Sauce / Pepper Extract

Scoville Units

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Natural Health Benefits of Cayenne Peppers

Peppers are a great source of nutrients such as the Cayenne.  Did you know that Cayenne Peppers are high in vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, calcium and potassium?  The medicinal qualities of the Cayenne are huge too.  Here are just a few things that this hot pepper can help you with.

Cayenne has been shown to help with the following issues.

* Aids in proper digestion by helping with proper peristaltic action in the body’s intestines. Helps to ease stomach aches and helps to relive gas pains.

* Medical studies have shown that Cayenne Peppers can help kill cancer cells in … Continue Reading

Dave’s Insanity Sauce Scoville Ratings

Dave’s Insanity Sauces Scoville Ratings
A growing interest in extreme hot sauces in particular can be dated roughly from the institution of the annual Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show in 1989. The original Dave’s Insanity Sauce premiered around 1993 and was one of the first sauces to be made directly from capsaicin extract, allowing it to be hotter than the hottest habanero-pepper sauces of the day. It was the only hot sauce ever banned from the National Fiery Foods Show for being too hot. It has been rated at 180,000 Scoville … Continue Reading

Smokin’ Jack BBQ Sauce


  • 8 cups ketchup
  • 6 ounces chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup Jack Daniels whiskey
  • 2 tablespoons liquid hickory smoke flavoring

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Mad Dog 357 Collector’s Edition

Mad Dog 357 Collector’s hot sauce is one of the hottest hot sauces in the world! Combining the Mad Dog 357 original sauce with a 6 Million Scoville Pepper Extract the 357 Mad Dog Collector’s Edition packs a heavy metal punch. The bottle is outfitted with bullet key chain that unscrews to reveal a droplet spoon which can be used as a dispenser for this wickedly hot hot sauce. This is the perfect gift for a hot sauce collector or a rarified hot sauce fanantic!

Ingredients: Vinegar, chile extract, evaporated … Continue Reading

Spicy Pepper Guacamole Dip Recipe

The great thing about guacamole is not only is it a great food that you can make as spicy as you like, but it is made with avocados which is one of the most healthy fruits you can get.

Lovers of the avocado and peppers know that combing these two items bring out some awesome flavors that can be used in so many different ways.  Guacamole has been traditionally a Mexican appetizer for the most, but it has been gaining popularity and can now be seen being used in sandwiches, nachos and hamburgers.  Others use it as a topping on soups, … Continue Reading

Blair’s Hot Sauce Scoville Ratings

People are always requesting Blair’s Hot Sauce Scoville Ratings.

Scoville Rating for Blair’s Hot Sauces Continue Reading

Make Grilled Pepper Veggie Pouches Easily

Peppers are a very versatile fruit.  They are wonderful in so many different ways.  Including them as your veggie side dish is really easy when you grill them in foil packets alongside of your meats.  This is a great method so you can enjoy your veggies grilled but not char them.

One of the easiest ways to grill peppers on a backyard barbecue grill is to make some homemade grill pouches out of aluminum foil and just place them directly onto your grill’s rack. You will need a piece of aluminum foil that measures about 12″ square and you will want … Continue Reading

Spicy and Salty Hot Pepper Pretzels

Many of us have certain cravings during the day.  Some may be sweet; some may be salty.  Many of our hot sauce lovers have spicy cravings.  Well, if you are looking for a spicy and salty snack to curb your snack cravings, here is a really easy to prepare recipe for all of you pepper lovers out there.  I think you will enjoy it!

Spicy and Salty Hot Pepper Pretzels

  • 6-7 ounce bag of mini or waffle shaped salted pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 teaspoons salt-free soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Melt the butter in your … Continue Reading

Bacon Hot Sauce Review

Bacon Hot SauceHello fellow Chili Head’s!

Life is good in our family home as our fertile vegetable garden is maturing and the anticipation grows of this year’s annual family sauce production/barbeque approaches.  Northern California can be a tough place for chili peppers to grow outside. Too much water and not enough incinerating heat can really slow fruit production. Fortunately for me, I have friends back east that are growing the new “Butch T” Scorpion Pepper (The new world’s hottest) and some Bhut Jolokia Peppers (The Worlds second hottest) and shortly I will be placing my … Continue Reading

Ass in Antartica Hot Sauce

Ass in Antartica Hot Sauce – It’s Unbearable….When the heat becomes unbearable do you feel like you need a vacation? We hear Antarctica is a nice place to chill out.

This is the cheapest fare available. One swig and you’ll be on your way.

Caution: The pepper sauce is seriously hot. In fact, this is about as hot as it gets. It might sound like we are bragging, but really we’re just giving you advance notice that its going to burn on the way in and….well, you get the … Continue Reading