Weekly Firecast – Spicy Food, BBQ and Hot Sauce Podcast Show
Calling all foodies! If you crave food that is cooked over a fire or feels like fire in your mouth, then the Weekly Firecast is for you! Scott Roberts covers, reviews, and talks all things BBQ, grilling, hot sauce, chile peppers, fiery foods, salsa, buffalo wings, chili con carne and all other hot, saucy and spicy stuff! Subscribe to the podcast, and savor the burn! Proudly part of the 2GuysTalking Podcast Network.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #38 - Hot Sauce Festival Chat with Dana Romero
The Chairman of the most recent Cajun Hot Sauce Festival, Dana Romero, stops by the Firecast for a fiery interview. Dana discusses his ambitious plans for the upcoming International Hot Sauce Festival, which is slated to be held in a different city every subsequent year, plus his concept for a World Hot Sauce Awards. Regular guest Ken Alexander chats with Scott about the proliferation of spicy foods in the mainstream diet, Scott reviews Red CAT-astrophe Hot Sauce made with red wine, and tells you how to achieve bite-through skin in your barbecued chicken.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #37 – Scott Zalkind of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces Interview
One of the hottest new pepper sauce concoctors to hit these parts in a while, Scott Zalkind of Lucky Dog Hot Sauces, drops by and chats with Scott Roberts. Blogger and reviewer Ken Alexander returns from a trip up to the Pacific northwest, the Yukon and Alaska, Scott reviews Fireque Original Kentucky BBQ Sauce, and gives a quick foodie tip about charcoal.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #36 - Insanity with Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Gourmet
Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Gourmet stops by and joins Scott for an interview, and discusses his origins of using chile pepper extract with his famous Dave’s Insanity Sauce, how he branched out with super-hot sauces and how he’s hit a flavor home run with his distinctive pasta sauces. Scott reviews Spicey Rooster Bourbon BBQ Sauce and dispenses a saucy tip of the week.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #35 - John “The Creator” Dilley of DEFCON Sauces Chats Chicken Wings and More
John Dilley, AKA DEFCON Creator, of New Jersey-based Defcon Sauces, talks to Scott about world domination through buffalo wing sauces! John discusses the origins of his award-winning products, his famous Deathmatch wing-eating contests, his attention-grabbing marketing efforts, how to make the perfect fried chicken wings, and dishes out advice for young, up-and-coming hot sauce companies. Scott also suggests roasting chile peppers in his Foodie Tip of the Week, and reviews Southern Recipe brand Hot n’ Spicy Pork Rinds and Cheesy Jalapeno-Flavored Cheese Curls.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #34 - Adam Fehr of Endorphin Farms Talks About Co-Packing Sauces
Adam Fehr, general manager of Florida-based co-packing company Endorphin Farms, answers questions about using a co-packer and when a young hot sauce or BBQ sauce maker should use a third-party company to bottle their products. Weekly guest Ken Alexander lists what he thinks are the top best hot sauces for beginners, and Scott offers a fiendishly tricky suggestion for his Foodie Tip of the Week.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #33 - Derrick Riches of BBQ.About.com Offers Grilling and BBQ Tips and Tricks
Prepare to go to outdoor cooking school as grilling and barbecue expert Derrick Riches, administrator of one of the most trafficked BBQ websites, bbq.about.com, chats with Scott and reveals all about the art and science of grilling and smoking, and covers everything from how to purchase the best grills and hardware to how to properly cook many types of meat. Regular contributor Ken Alexander gives tips on how to travel with hot sauce and seasonings in order to eat heat on the road. Scott gives a so-simple-it’s-ridiculous tip on how to detect a grill’s temperature using only your hand, and also reviews Gator Hammock Gator Hot Sauce.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #32 – Chile Pepper Gardening and Growing with Dave DeWitt
Scott once again chats with the “Pope of Peppers”, chile pepper expert and author Dave DeWitt, about growing and gardening chile peppers in North America. Scott also speaks with George and Brian Prior about their new outdoor cooking tool, the BBQ Dragon. Regular weekly guest Ken Alexander shares his sweet tooth cravings by discussing spicy desserts, and Scott reviews Captain Jim’s Sauces Molten Orange Ambrosia Pepper Sauce.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #31 – Chopper of One Screw Loose Jellies Interview, Plus Hot Sauce and Hypnosis
Scott chats with Chopper of One Screw Loose, a Georgia-based jelly and jam company that employs ingredients such as beer, bourbon, wine, chile peppers, tea, fruit and coffee in their sweet spreads. Scott retells his account of how he got hypnotized not to feel the heat of hot sauces, and also reviews Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #30 – YouTube Chile Pepper and Hot Sauce Reviewer Brad Bishop
One of the best known video reviewers on the web, Brad Bishop, talks about eating chile peppers and hot sauce on his YouTube channel, as well as the motivation behind doing his various characters. In his Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander talks BBQ and grilling with Scott. The Product Review of the Week is Blair’s Death Rain Jolokia Pepper Potato Chips.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #29 – Steve Seabury of High River Sauces Interview
During my chat with Steve Seabury of High River Sauces, we discuss his exceptional hot sauce products, plus talk about his role as producer and promoter of the 1st Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, which takes place on April 20-21, 2013. Ken Alexander waxes poetic about High River Sauces’ Grapes of Wrath and Rogue pepper sauces and speaks briefly about fruit-based hot sauces. I give a brief but blustery foodie tip of the week, and I review Jimmy’s Sticky Jerky Fire-flavored Jerky.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #28 – BBQer Jack Waiboer of GrateTV
Three-time South Carolina State BBQ Champion Jack Waiboer drops by and chats with Scott about his GrateTV online video show, his involvement with the Southern BBQ Network (SBN), his role as founder and teacher of the Carolina Pit Masters Barbecue Cooking School, and his duties as the Official Pitmaster of Kraft Foods. There’s also the Ken’s Fiery World segment, in which Ken Alexander talks about the art of reviewing, Scott gives some grilling advice for his Foodie Tip of the Week, and reviews The Chesterville Pepper Company’s A Fistful of Pineapple Hot Sauce.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #27 – Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns Interview
Scott has an hour-long-plus conversation with rising hot sauce superstar Johnny McLaughlin of Heartbreaking Dawns, who talks about his background, the origins of several of his products, his latest adventures in pit beef, his new soda line put out under the 1776 Beverage Company name, why pure capsaicin crystals in hot sauces won’t be a trend, the Columbus North Market Fiery Foods Festival and more. Chilehead reviewer and blogger Ken Alexander of FieryWorld.com debuts his Ken’s Fiery World segment. Scott reviews Bone Lee Tadpole’s Original Gourmet Hot Sauce, and gives some cheesy advice for his Foodie Tip of the Week.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #26 – The Pope of Peppers Dave DeWitt on the 25th Anniversary Fiery Foods Show
Scott chats with chile pepper expert and author Dave DeWitt (aka the “Pope of Peppers”), who is also producer of the National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show, on the 25th anniversary of the annual event. The late Tabasco CEO Paul McIllhenny is also remembered. Scott debuts the Foodie Tip of the Week and reviews Fri-B-Que Hot Sauce.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #25 – Interview with Tracy Carter of JAC’s Tailgaters
JAC’s Tailgaters is one of the most underrated companies of seasonings, hot sauce and BBQ products, and the Louisiana-based outfit is the brainchild of Tracy Carter and his wife Kristi Carter. Scott chats with Tracy via Skype and converses about everything from Tracy’s collaboration with Shane Draper of Draper’s BBQ (see Weekly Firecast Episode #24) to what Scott named his favorite Product of the Year for 2012, JAC’s Tailgaters Pineapple Orange Habenero Finishing Sauce. Also in the episode, Scott reviews Addiction Sauces Bhut Jolokia and Habanero Hot Sauces.
Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #24 – Talkin’ Barbecue with Shane Draper of Draper’s BBQ
Scott has an extensive interview with Shane Draper of western Kentucky-based Draper’s BBQ. Shane talks about his family’s BBQ history, his early influences, his sauce and rub products, his preferences and pet peeves and his opinion on what makes quality barbeque and hot sauce products. Plus Shane gives an exclusive reveal on his collaboration with Tracy Carter of JAC’s Tailgaters on what he hopes are going to be championship-winning sauce and seasoning products made for both competition BBQ and for recreational use.