The Science Behind the Scoville Chart

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To chiliheads, the Scoville heat units (SHUs) that measure the heat intensity of peppers are considered badges of honor. Pepper growers are constantly developing new varieties of peppers that ratchet up the heat to a level where they could almost be considered deadly weapons. There are also the heat seekers who are willing to push the boundaries of human endurance by … Read More

Odd food items to add hot sauce to…and love it

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These days, the hot topics of foodies are either odd food pairings or really hot types of sauces. Let’s talk about both! What happens when the odd pairing comes from adding hot sauces to typically bland foods? You would be surprised at the results. The new flavors you can make with odd food items to add hot sauces to could make you the next big … Read More

Know Your Barbecue Styles: Kansas City

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Kansas City

Like any great food worth having, barbecue comes in a variety of delicious forms. Today we’d like to take a few moments to talk about Kansas City style BBQ. Kansas City BBQ not only showcases the sauce a bit more than the smoke as the key to its unique flavor, but also shows how burning your meat can lead to mouth-watering … Read More

Is High-Fructose Corn Syrup In Your Barbecue Sauce Bad For You?

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Go to the barbecue sauce isle at your local grocery store right now and you will find a lot of choices, and many of them share a rather controversial ingredient – high-fructose corn syrup. High-fructose corn syrup, or HFCS, is an artificial sweetener and food preservative used to lengthen the shelf life of many sauces.

The Benefits of Brining Before Smoking Your Meat

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There is nothing better than some naturally smoked barbecue. However, while it helps to preserve meat and its antibacterial properties makes it safe (and very tasty) to eat, one thing is for certain, smoke dries out meat. It takes a very talented pit master to have meat that is both smoked and juicy, but they have a little secret – … Read More

How to Eat Ghost Peppers Safely

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In the world of chili peppers and high-spicy eating, ghost peppers are legendary. They are among the hottest of all peppers. However, if you’ve conquered all other peppers and want a true challenge, try the ghost pepper. Make sure to take these safety precautions.

Finishing Barbecue Sauce: When Only a Hot Mama’s Helping Hand Will Do

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Classically trained chefs may not consider them mother sauces but we’re sure that many, everyday Americans do. We’re talking about finishing barbecue sauces and once people have had them, it’s hard to go without. Why? It’s what finishing sauces bring to a picnic or dining room table that count. “What’s their main contribution” barbecue novices may ask?

Barbecue sauce for heat lovers

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Summer time is upon us and that means it is time to break out the grill. It is the time of year when grilling and cookouts are a weekly occasion. That means it is time to invest in a killer barbecue sauce to impress all of your guests. If you love a great barbecue sauce with a little kick to … Read More