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Blackberry BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blackberry preserves
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/8 cup brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

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How to Make Your Own Ground Red Chili Pepper Spice

Red Chiles are a popular plant to grow and harvest and a very popular pepper to eat too.  It is easy to enjoy all of the different varieties of red chili peppers such as the Thai Chiles, Cayenne Peppers, Habanero Red Savina’s and many more.  With all of these great peppers around, you will want to make sure that you can keep the fresh flavors all year long.

Grinding your red peppers is a great way to preserve them.  Here are some simple steps to prepare your peppers, then dry them and grind them into a great spice for the best … Continue Reading

Use Cocoa in Your Sweet and Spicy Rubs for a Taste Explosion

We have talked a bit about using chocolate with peppers before.  Using Chocolate mixed with chipotle or cayenne in your favorite rub is an amazing addition that will make a big difference in the flavor enhancement of the meat.

People that have added some regular cocoa (not candy or hot cocoa mix as that has sugar in it) have been singing the praises because of the additional depth of flavor.  Ribs, both beef and pork, are coming off the grill with awesome flavor. Use it on your chicken and you will be loving it.  Many people are using it on roasts, … Continue Reading

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 Mustard Barbecue Sauce

Ingredients:

  • 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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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

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

The Versatility of a Pepper

One of the greatest benefits of a chile pepper is that they are so versatile.  You can use them in a sauce today and a sandwich tomorrow.  You can eat them raw, cooked, roasted, fresh or dried.  With the large range of different uses, the pepper is a favorite item for many cooks.

The fact that one pepper can give so many different flavors is a great indicator at how unique a pepper really is.  The jalapeno pepper is one of the most popular peppers and is truly a taste and flavor enhancer to many different foods and in many different … Continue Reading

Facts about the Pimiento or Cherry Peppers

Did you know that the weird red stuff in the middle of your olive is really a pepper?  Also known as pimento peppers, cherry peppers are heart-shaped and are a good size pepper, measuring about two to three inches long and about three inches wide. They are similar in looks to a cherry tomato. These peppers are actually very mild, scoring about a 500 on the Scoville Heat Index.  The cherry pepper has more of a sweeter flavor than hot; tasting somewhat like a red bell pepper.

The Cherry pepper is extremely easy to grow and is a favorite in many … Continue Reading

Memphis BBQ Rub Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons monosodium glutamate (MSG)
  • 1 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder

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Enjoying the Sweet Hot Mixture – Chili Pepper Candy

It is hard to believe there are so many pepper fanatics out there.  The amount of products that you can find with peppers in them is mind boggling. But in the effort to keep our readers in the know, here is a different way to experience your love of peppers.  For those that love sweet and hot together… enjoy some chili pepper candy.

Chili Pepper candy has been a favorite of Mexico and other countries for hundreds of years.  In fact, the love of chili peppers in the US has been growing in recent years and is finally coming more and … Continue Reading

Learning about Pablano Pepper’s and Ancho Chile’s

There are so many different types of peppers that are available for cooking and eating that it can be overwhelming to keep them straight.  Which pepper is good for this dish or that one?  Here is some information to help you learn a bit more about the popular Pablano pepper and its sister the Ancho chile.

The Pablamo pepper is one of the most popular peppers, next to the Jalapeno. You may find it under the name Pasilla.  A native of Mexico, it is used in a variety of ways, both fresh and dried.  The flavor is mild and the spiciness … Continue Reading

How to Make a Homemade Chili Pepper Martini

Make a splash at your next party with fabulous Chili Pepper Martini’s. You can make your own homemade Chili Pepper Martini’s at home with very little effort and it is the perfect drink to serve at your next chili pepper themed party.  It will take a bit of pre work before the event, but it is super easy. Here is how.

1 Bottle of Vodka
2 Fresh Small Chili Peppers (for the infusion)
Fresh small chili peppers (for garnishing your glass)
Cocktail Shaker
Martini Glasses
Crushed Ice

Wash and dry your two chili peppers and then use a small paring knife to cut off the stems. Slice … Continue Reading

Making Chili Infused Olive Oil

Save some time in the kitchen and make your own chili infused olive oil.  This is great to use in soups, stews and other foods that you are preparing. It would also add a wonderful flavor to meats that need a bit of oil coating before barbecuing.   It is super simple and the taste is amazing.

There are two different methods that you can try out.  The first one uses roasted chilis of any kind.  Wash and dry two chili peppers and then cut off the stem and remove the seeds and membranes. Brush the entire chili pepper with some olive … Continue Reading

New Mexican American Cuisine Featuring the Red and Green Chile

Living near the South West border of the US has its benefits.  You will find a lovely mixture of Mexican and American foods and the Red and Green Chile is one of the most popular ingredients that you will find in this New Mexican American Cuisine. This type of cuisine is popular in the South West including California, Texas, New Mexico and Arizona.

It has been said that the state question in New Mexico is “Red or Green” although this pepper is hugely embraced in the other southwestern states as well.  The chile pepper that is used in this type of … Continue Reading

How to Sun Dry Your Own Chili Peppers

Pepper harvest will soon be on us and peppers can get a little prolific.  Here is a great way to sun dry and preserve your harvest for future use when the neighbors just won’t take any more from you.

Supplies Needed:

  • Baking Sheet or Small Clean Window Screen
  • Clean Bath/Beach Towels or Clean Bed Sheets
  • Vinyl or Plastic Gloves (for handling the chili peppers safely)
  • Paring Knife and a Cutting Board
  • Clothes Pins or Small Clamps

Rinse your chili peppers under cool running water and pat dry with a towel. Using a knife, slice open the chili pepper length-wise, without cutting through the other side of the … Continue Reading

Spicy Mustard Wing Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 cup honey
  • 1 cup dijon mustard
  • 2 cup hot sauce
  • 5 lb chicken wings (jumbo)
  • 2 cup flour
  • 12 tsp cayenne pepper (added to flour before dredging wings)
  • 1 tsp poultry seasoning (added to flour before dredging wings)
  • vegetable shortening (deep frying)

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15 Creative Ways to Use Salsa

One of the most popular uses of peppers has to be in the preparation of salsa.  Families have their trademark recipes and there are so many different varieties that you can make depending on the levels of peppers, tomatoes and other ingredients. It is a taste free for all.  With so many different uses for salsa, we thought we would share our top 15 or more uses so next time you which up a gallon of your favorite salsa, you might try it in a few new ways.  This is especially good for those watching your weight. Salsa is a … Continue Reading

How to Use Fresh Peppers in an Asian Stir-Fry

The two most common types of fresh peppers you will find in an Asian stir-fry are the sweet green pepper and the hot chili pepper. When selecting fresh peppers for a stir-fry you want to select peppers that are free of blemishes and look for peppers that have a firm (not wrinkled) skin. When handling chili peppers make sure you protect your hands by wearing vinyl gloves.

To make an Asian Stir-Fry dish you really don’t need a recipe. You simply need a wok, some vegetable or olive oil, freshly chopped vegetables, chopped meat and some sauce or marinade. Stir-Fry’s are … Continue Reading

St. Louis Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 3/4 cup water or beer
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, or to taste
  • 4 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
  • 2 tablespoon onion powder or dried chopped onions
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper or hot sauce to taste
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

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Hot Sauce is Not Just Hot Sauce

I know that is hard to believe but hot sauces are not all alike.  Sure they are made with vinegar and spice and all things nice, but just like any other food item, there is a large difference in many of them especially regional products like Mexican Hot Sauce or Asian Sauces.

Many people think that hot sauces are interchangeable but each one has its place within the type of food they were created for.  Take the hugely popular Tapatio Mexican hot sauce.  While this is actually a California brand, it is shipped … Continue Reading

Peppers Are Not Just For Lunch & Dinner

If you love peppers, then you know that peppers are not just for lunch and dinner. They can be enjoyed for snacks and for breakfast too!  Here are some thoughts on how to expand your enjoyment with peppers.

When it comes to using peppers in breakfast dishes, the two you will probably use the most are the green, yellow or red bell pepper and the hot spicy red chili pepper. If you like a sweet and mild pepper taste, use the bell pepper and if you want a spicy kick to your dish then use red chili peppers.

Breakfast: Peppers are wonderful … Continue Reading

4 Chili Peppers to Keep on Hand for Great Flavor While Cooking

Whether you like your peppers spicy hot or mild and comforting, you should always keep a good selection on hand for creating dishes from all over the world. Here are 5 great peppers that you should keep in hand all the time for excellent tasting foods.

1) Ground Cayenne – This is the ground form of the Cayenne red pepper and is used often in dishes that require a punch of heat.  You can use it in sauces, soups, stews and a shake will wake up any food.  It is an easy form to use and it is readily available.

2) Crushed … Continue Reading

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