The 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 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.


Episode #51 – Interview with Paul Sarris of Sweet Sunshine Sauces

weekly-firecast-ep-51-paul-sarris-of-sweet-sunshine-saucesThe Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #51 - Interview with Paul Sarris of Sweet Sunshine Sauces

Scott chats with the head honcho of Sweet Sunshine Sauces, Paul Harris, and finds out how Paul developed his unique line of brilliant condiments that defy description. On the same theme of sauces that defy easy categorization, Ken and Scott discuss several products that don’t fit neatly into one genre of sauce. Scott reviews Trini Mike’s Original Hot Sauce; and for his foodie tip of the week, Scott explains how a dental tool can help you in the kitchen.

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What’s Been Going On With Scott Lately

What's Scott Been Up To?Seems like I’ve been doing this blogging thing for so long that this is the third or fourth time I’ve gone through a “busy”/”personal” period.

First, I’d like to preface all this by saying that things are generally great. There are no huge crisis that I’m wading through. I’m not planning to quit the blogging game or reviewing products in the foreseeable future.

It’s just that I’m generally busy. No, correction…make that absolutely buried. Between holding down two jobs and being a full-time single dad, it’s not easy finding a lot of time to grill, cook, taste new products, let alone write and podcast about them. A good portion of my daily meals are of the super-simple/quickie/fast food variety. I sort of envy those in the fiery foods blogging community with far fewer responsibilities, affording them to have a more prolific output. Don’t get me wrong; I’m more than happy for the terrific coverage they provide, but the (friendly) competitive nature in me wants to keep up, and it’s killing me to keep my spicy food projects on the back burner! LOL

And now, my main laptop is out of commission. Now before you start thinking anything, I’ve been prudent and have made regular backups; and I have a spare laptop ready to go, so I’m good there. But any of you who have dealt with similar circumstances know that moving to a new machine is not an easy or painless task. Not only is there the transfer of data, but there is also the setting up and installation of programs, setting up preferences from scratch, and the little “monkey wrench in the machinery” aspect of not having all the necessary software (at least immediately). With very little free time on my hands, this is easily panning out to be a week-long process.

When it comes to the Firecast podcast, I have a trio of GREAT interviews with some talented product makers coming up ahead: Dan Arnold of SuckleBusters, who produces some outstanding BBQ seasonings, sauces and more; Paul Sarris of Sweet Sunshine Sauces, who has concocted a lineup of genre-bending and category-blurring, all-purpose chili sauces; and the one and only Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works, who is one of the utmost flavor geniuses in the food industry. Not only that, but chilehead blogger and regular Firecast contributor Ken Alexander have some juicy conversations recorded and ready to roll. Look for these to show up in the Firecast Podcast feed in the coming weeks, just as soon as the laptop situation gets remedied.

So in summary, I will be back and crankin’ out the goods at full speed at some point in the future.  Until then, thank for your patience and stay tuned!

Episode #50 – Ken and Scott Name Their Favorite Fiery Foods Products of 2013

weekly-firecast-ep-50-best-products-of-2013The Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #50 - Ken and Scott Name Their Favorite Fiery Foods Products of 2013

In this special 50th episode, regular Firecast contributor Ken Alexander joins Scott, and together they name what they consider to be their top favorite hot sauces, BBQ sauces and seasonings of the year.

Companies mentioned in the episode:

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Ken’s Fiery World Blog
Scott Roberts’ Blog
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Episode #49 – Conversation with Mike Greening of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces

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Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #49 - Conversation with Mike Greening of Mike and Diane’s Gourmet Kitchen, makers of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces

Mike Greening of the famous Mike and Diane’s Gourmet Kitchen, makers of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces, talks to Scott about his origins over two decades ago, his dealings with Michael Anthony of Van Halen and Chickenfoot, and offers a lengthy discussion on why passing legislation for re-labeling sauce bottles to appease anti-GMO activists would be a huge mistake. Scott also reviews Deanos Jalapenos White Cheddar Jalapenos.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Seralini Study:

California Prop 37:

Washington Bill I-522

World Food Prize Ceremony

Article on Corn and Soy subsidies

Other Links:

Deano’s Jalapenos
Scott Roberts’ Blog
Audible Trial Page – Download a FREE audiobook!
Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #48 – Interview with Chile Pepper Growers Ed Currie and Jim Duffy

weekly-firecast-ep-48-ed-currie-and-jim-duffy-maxim-magazine-carolina-reaperThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #48 - Interview with Chile Pepper Growers Ed Currie and Jim Duffy

It’s another white-hot episode, with a pair of growers of the stingingest chile peppers on the planet! This time out, it’s a joint interview with Ed Currie of the Puckerbutt Pepper Company (and new holder of the Guinness World Record for Hottest Chilli for his Carolina Reaper pepper) and Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles, as they respond to a recent article on chile peppers put out by Maxim Magazine. Also, in his regular segment, Ken Alexander recaps the end of the 2013 hot sauce festival season, and Scott reviews Madison Chocolatiers West’s Gateway to Hell Spicy Caramel Sauce.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Puckerbutt Pepper Company
Refining Fire Chiles
Ken Alexander’s It’s a Fiery World Blog
Madison Chocolatiers West

Scott Roberts’ Blog
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Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #47 – Listener Feedback

Listener FeedbackThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #47 - Listener Feedback

Scott once again opens the Firecast mailbag and answers your feedback! Topics include chilehead communities in LinkedIn, my top 10 favorite hot sauces of all time, what exactly is the world’s hottest chile pepper, if TryMe Tiger Sauce is indeed a hot sauce, and why the Firecast includes advertisements.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces of All Time
Audible Trial Page – Download a FREE audiobook!
Scott Roberts Facebook Page
Scott Roberts Twitter Page

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Episode #46 – 2013 Chilehead Bloggers Roundtable

Chilehead Bloggers RoundtableThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #46 - Bloggers Roundtable Discussion

The grand tradition continues in our biggest fiery foods blogger round table chat yet! Joining Scott were Joe and Linda Levinson of The Hot Zone Online; Michael Hultquist of Chili Pepper Madness; freelance reviewer “Firehead” Thomas Gately, Ken Alexander of It’s a Fiery World; and Brian and Marilyn Meagher of Hot Sauce Daily. We discuss such topics as what we think is the most under-utilized pepper in sauces and cooking, the crossover between BBQ and hot sauces, and introducing an official annual chilehead holiday.

In his regular segment, Ken reviews the Bic FlameDisk®.

2013-bloggers-roundtable

Links mentioned in the episode:

Hot Sauce Daily
I Love It Spicy
Ken Alexander’s It’s a Fiery World Blog
Chili Pepper Madness Blog
The Hot Zone Online
Scott Roberts’ Blog

Ken’s Review of the Bic FlameDisk®
Grilling With Bic Website
Audible Trial Page – Download a FREE audiobook!
Scott Roberts Facebook Page
Scott Roberts Twitter Page

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Episode #45 – Dave DeWitt on the Chile Pepper Harvest, Plus Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire

Dave DeWitt on the Chile Pepper Harvest, Plus Jungle Jim's Weekend of FireThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #45 - Dave DeWitt on the Chile Pepper Harvest, Plus Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire

The Pope of Peppers, Dave DeWitt, returns to chat with Scott about the Fall chile pepper harvest. Later, Scott converses with Jim Beckett and Stephanie Adams of Jungle Jim’s International Market about the 7th Annual Weekend of Fire Hot Sauce Show in Fairfield, Ohio. Blogger Ken Alexander gives an overview on his recent trip to San Diego to meet with chile grower Jim Duffy of Refining Fire Chiles, and Scott reviews Men P’aw Gourmet Hot Sauce.
Links mentioned in the episode:

Dave DeWitt’s Fiery Foods & BBQ Super Site
Dave DeWitt’s Too Many Chiles! Book
Jungle Jim’s Weekend of Fire Official Site
Ken Alexander’s It’s a Fiery World Blog
Refining Fire Chiles
Men P’AW Hot Sauce

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Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #44 – Fall Fiery Foods Festivals Special with Carol Borge of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Rick McMillen of the Chile Pepper Extravaganza

Fall Fiery Foods Festivals Special with Carol Borge of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Rick McMillen of the Chile Pepper Extravaganza

Carol Borge of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Rick McMillen of the Chile Pepper Extravaganza

The Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #44 – Fall Fiery Foods Festivals Special with Carol Borge of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Rick McMillen of the Chile Pepper Extravaganza

It’s now the heart of the early Autumn Fiery Foods Festival season! During the Ken’s Fiery World segment, blogger and reviewer Ken Alexander chats with Scott about the plethora of spicy food shows and events during this Fall. Scott then features a double header set of interviews: one with Carol Borge of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival, and then later with Chile Pepper Magazine publisher Rick McMillen who discusses the upcoming Chile Pepper Extravaganza in New Orleans. Scott also reviews KFC’s Hot Shot Bites.
Links mentioned in the episode:

Houston Hot Sauce Festival
Houston Hot Sauce Festival Facebook Page
Chile Pepper Magazine
Chile Pepper Extravaganza Facebook Page
Chileheads/Fiery Foods Event Calendar
Ken Alexander’s It’s a Fiery World Blog

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Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #43 – Talkin’ Chili with Cindy Reed Wilkins of Cin Chili

Cindy Reed Wilkins of Cin Chili

Cindy Reed Wilkins of Cin Chili

The Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #43 – Talkin’ Chili with Cindy Reed Wilkins of Cin Chili

Former International Chili Cookoff Champion Cindy Reed Wilkins chats with Scott about her Texas roots, her products available via her Cin Chili line, and how you can make the best bowl of chili con carne at home whether you prefer beans or no beans. Scott also gives a brining tip and reviews Blaze Gourmet‘s Hot Blueberry Love Hot Sauce.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Cin Chili Official Site
Blaze Gourmet Official Site
Chileheads/Fiery Foods Event Calendar
Scott Roberts Web
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Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #42 – Chat with Doug Crane of Dragons Blood Elixir

Chat with Doug Crane of Dragons Blood ElixirThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #42 – Chat with Doug Crane of Dragons Blood Elixir

One of the most underrated craft sauces makers in the business, Chef Doug Crane of Dragons Blood Elixir, tells the story behind the production of his gourmet pepper condiments. Ken and Scott have a lengthy discussion about hot sauce and spicy food blogs. And in the sauce review of the week, Scott tests out Johnny Secreto BBQ Sauce.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Dragons Blood Elixir Official Site
Johnny Secreto Official Site

Scott Roberts Web
Ken’s Fiery World
Hot Sauce Daily
The Hot Zone Online
I Love It Spicy
Chile Pepper Madness
Pepper Fiend
Hot Sauce Blog
Chile Foundry
Heat in the Heartland
Blog Fire Chillies France

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Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #41 – Spicy Food Adventures with Travel Host Kevin McCarthy

Spicy Food Adventures with Travel Host Kevin McCarthyThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #41 – Spicy Food Adventures with Travel Host Kevin McCarthy

The Travel Planner host and radio personality Kevin McCarthy joins Scott in the studio and talks about cuisine on the Boudin Trail in Louisiana, dining in China, Indian food in London, peppery alcohol in Germany, and more! Ken Alexander reviews Southern Recipe brand Hot n’ Spicy Pork Rinds and Cheesy Jalapeno-Flavored Cheese Curls, and Scott talks about chimney starters.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Travel Planner Podcast with Kevin and Sue McCarthy
Kevin and Sue McCarthy’s Travel YouTube Channel
Southern Recipe Brand Snack Foods
Ken’s Fiery World
Audible Trial Page – Download a FREE audiobook!
Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #40 – Summer Barbecuing and Grilling Chat with the Grill Girl Robyn Medlin Lindars, Plus Scott’s Rants

Summer Barbecuing and Grilling Chat with the Grill Girl Robyn Medlin Lindars, Plus Scott's RantsThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #40 – Summer Barbecuing and Grilling Chat with the Grill Girl Robyn Medlin Lindars, Plus Scott’s Rants

Robyn Medlin Lindars, AKA The Grill Girl, connects via Skype and chats about grilling and BBQ ideas for the summer. Scott also rants about ZestFest Midwest and the select number of low-IQ people who contact him. Ken Alexander get into a lengthy duscussion about being a chilehead on social networking/social media sites, and Scott reviews four different products from Karma Sauces.

Links mentioned in the episode:

GrillGrrrl.com
Ken’s Fiery World
Audible Trial Page – Download a FREE audiobook!
Scott Roberts Facebook Page
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Episode #39 – ZestFest Midwest Preview with Greg Bagarozy and CaJohn Hard, Plus How to Smoke Chile Peppers

ZestFest Midwest Preview with Greg Bagarozy and CaJohn Hard, Plus How to Smoke Chile PeppersThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

Weekly Firecast Podcast Episode #39 - ZestFest Midwest Preview with Greg Bagarozy and CaJohn Hard

Both Spicy Food Productions LLC President Greg Bagarozy and Ohio-based sauce maker CaJohn Hard return to join Scott and talk about the new ZestFest spinoff show, ZestFest Midwest in Columbus, Ohio. Ken Alexander talks about how to add flavor and lose weight by adding spice to your diet, and Scott tells you how to cold-smoke chile peppers.

 Links mentioned in the episode:

• ZestFest Midwest
• CaJohn’s Fiery Foods
• Ken’s Fiery World
• Scott Roberts Facebook Page
• Scott Roberts Twitter Page

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Episode #38 – Hot Sauce Festival Chat with Dana Romero

Hot Sauce Festival Chat with Dana RomeroThe Audio Weekly Firecast with Scott Roberts:

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.

 Links mentioned in the episode:

• International Hot Sauce Festival Facebook Page
• Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival
• Cajun Hot Sauce Festival
• Red CAT-astrophe Hot Sauce
• Ken’s Fiery World
• Scott Roberts Facebook Page
• Scott Roberts Twitter Page

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