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 #60 – Interview with Famous Dave Anderson of Famous Dave’s BBQ

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #60 - Interview with Famous Dave Anderson of Famous Dave’s BBQ

Scott chats with one of the most influential people in all of barbecue, Famous Dave Anderson of the Famous Dave’s BBQ restaurant chain. Ken Alexander also stops by and has an in-depth discussion with Scott about capsaicin and chile pepper extract. Scott reviews Jersey Barnfire Original and Black Garlic Hot Sauces.

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Episode #59 – Michele Northrup and Tom Was of Intensity Academy, Plus Vic Clinco Reports from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #59 - Michele Northrup and Tom Was of Intensity Academy, Plus a Report from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival

Scott has a conversation with the saucy Michele Northrup and Tom Was of Intensity Academy on their spicy condiments, their new Sauceology Group co-packing venture, and making the world’s hottest lollipops. World record hot sauce collector Vic Clinco reports in from the Louisiana Hot Sauce Festival, and Scott reviews Carmelita Chile De Arbol Con Habanero Hot Sauce.

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Episode #58 – Derrick Riches on Buying, Maintaining and Cleaning Your BBQ Grill

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #58 – Derrick Riches on Buying, Maintaining and Cleaning Your BBQ Grill

BBQ and grilling expert Derrick Riches of bbq.about.com joins Scott for a Summer Grilling Special and talks about buying, maintaining, and cleaning BBQ grills and smokers. Regular show contributor Ken Alexander chats with Scott about cooking disasters, and Scott reviews Fiesty Parrot’s Demented Canary Ghost and Scorpion Pepper Hot Sauce.

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Episode #57 – Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com on the Science of Grilling and Barbecuing

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #57 - Meathead Goldwyn of AmazingRibs.com on the Science of Grilling and Barbecuing

Meathead Goldwyn, creator of the world’s most popular barbecue website, AmazingRibs.com, joins Scott for an extended conversation about the science of BBQ and grilling.  From busting myths and the perfect way to grill a steak, to the difference between direct and indirect heat and whether or not marinading and brining actually work, Meathead gives us a one-of-a-kind lesson in outdoor cooking you won’t want to miss.

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Episode #56 – Jeremy Walsh of Bigfat’s Hot Sauce

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #56 - Jeremy Walsh of Bigfat’s Hot Sauce

Chicago sauce maestro Jeremy Walsh joins Scott on the Skype line to talk about his uniquely-flavored Bigfat’s Hot Sauce products, which is centerpieced with his 1o8 to 8o8 lineup. In his Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander chats with Scott about back-to-basics outdoor, live-fire cooking and what exactly the difference is between the terms “Barbecue” and “Grilling”. Scott also reviews Smok Brand Hot Pepper Sauce.

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Episode #55 – Kevin Billings of High Octane Sauce Co, Plus Scott’s Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #55 - Kevin Billings of High Octane Sauce Co, Plus Scott’s Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces

Houston, Texas sauce maker Kevin Billings of High Octane Sauce Co. drops by the Skype chatline and talks with Scott about his approach to making his signature hot sauces, BBQ sauces and salsas. In his Ken’s Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander converses with Scott about building a heat tolerance, and Scott lists his Top 10 favorite pepper-based hot sauces of all time.  Plus, Scott reviews Rocky Mountain Sriracha.

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Episode #54 – St. Louis BBQ Talk with Arthur Aguirre and Scott Thomas

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The Firecast with Scott Roberts: Firecast Podcast Episode #54 - St. Louis BBQ Talk with Arthur Aguirre and Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas of GrillinFools.com and BBQ author Arthur Aguirre take part in an extended discussion about all things grilling and barbecue, give outdoor cooking tips and toss around recipe ideas, and talk about the state of BBQ around the St. Louis, Missouri area.

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Episode #53 – Texas-Sized Edition Featuring Dan Arnold of Sucklebusters BBQ

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This time out on The Firecast Podcast, we’re proud to feature an episode as big and as grand as the Lone Star State! Our core focus is on Texas, and for the Firetalkers interview segment, Scott talks to Dan Arnold of Sucklebusters from the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, makers of some mighty fine tastin’ BBQ sauces and rubs. For his Ken’s Fiery World piece, chilehead reviewer and blogger Ken Alexander chats with Scott about some of the things that makes Texas food so distinctive. The review of the week is Houston-based company SilverLeaf International and their Ghost Pepper Salsa, and Scott gives a quick tip about smoking big Texas-sized beef briskets.

Debuting this episode is a new segment from industry veteran Mike Greening of Mike & Diane’s Gourmet Kitchen, both the maker of Ring of Fire Hot Sauces and friend of the show. Mike will give some so-awesome-it’s-ridiculous advice on how sauce makers can cut costs and save loads of cash in their operations!

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Episode #52 – Interview with Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works

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One of the prominent flavor maestros in the artisan food crafting field, Chad Lowcock of Race City Sauce Works, joins Scott via Skype and talks about the method behind his madness, as well as his new line of drinkable chocolate elixirs he puts out under the Owem G. Willikers brand. Chilehead reviewer Ken Alexander reports on his experience at the Second Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo, and Scott reviews Stung Tongue Ghost Pepper Candies.

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

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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

scott-roberts-website-developerSeems 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

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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.

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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.

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Washington Bill I-522

World Food Prize Ceremony

Article on Corn and Soy subsidies

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Episode #48 – Interview with Chile Pepper Growers Ed Currie and Jim Duffy

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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.

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Episode #47 – Listener Feedback

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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.

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