The Basics of Growing Peppers

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Growing peppers is a fairly easy process as long as you have the proper environment set up for them. Peppers need a bed with plenty of sun and a sandy soil that contains a lot of organic material and drains well. Spacing should be between 10 and 12 inches apart depending on the variety. Placing two plants in one hole will … Read More

Don’t Wait until Cinco de Mayo to Experiment with Chipotle Barbecue Sauces

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Cinco de Mayo isn’t the only great time to break out the chipotle barbecue sauces. Studies have shown that the smoky little peppers used to make the sauces are rich in beneficial capsaicinoids, antioxidants and phytochemicals. So they’re excellent at keeping one’s intake of essential, disease fighting ingredients up to par. That said, anytime is perfect for a meal or … Read More

Cooking with Hot Sauce for Vegetarians

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Cooking with Hot Sauce for Vegetarians. Recently my son looked at me and said, “If I can’t get a puppy for my birthday, can I get a deep fryer?”  He had wings for dinner at a restaurant the night before and he was eager to recreate them at home,  My heart twisted a bit at his request, as our house had recently … Read More

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Chili Peppers

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You love cooking with our delicious sauces, even those made with the hottest peppers, but how much do you know about this spicy fruit? (That’s right, chili peppers are a fruit.) Impress your friends and family at your next barbecue by busting out one of these 5 facts about peppers (and with your grilling skills, of course).

Odd Food Items to Add Hot Sauce To

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We all know someone who adds hot sauce to nearly everything, right? Hot sauce on eggs, Mexican and Asian dishes and potatoes are a given, but there are definitely more unusual uses. While some are downright cringe-worthy (hot sauce on Oreos, anyone?), others deserve a try. For instance, hot sauce is absolutely divine on popcorn. The soft, buttery popcorn flavor skyrockets … Read More

The Ins and Outs of Smoking Meat

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When most people think about using the backyard grill, they envision putting burgers, links, or chicken pieces on direct heat to cook them relatively quickly, turning once before taking the meat off and serving it. But meat, especially large cuts such as beef brisket, pork shoulder, or a leg of lamb, can be smoked on indirect heat. Smoking meat works … Read More

Heirloom to Hybrid: Choosing the Right Pepper Seed for Your Garden

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Ah, spring! Every gardener’s favorite season: the smell of freshly turned soil, tiny green seedlings thrusting ever upwards, and nary a weed in sight (yet!). What better way to spend the last few dreary weeks of winter than by poring over seed catalogs with their luscious photos and enticing descriptions of that elusive perfect pepper.