Episode #86 – Ed Currie of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company Interview, Plus American Hot Sauce Genres

Episode #86 – Ed Currie of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company Interview, Plus American Hot Sauce Genres

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Smokin’ Ed Currie of Pucker Butt Pepper Company chats with Scott about how he started growing chile peppers, the current Guinness World Record hottest chile Carolina Reaper pepper, and what is in store for the future. Ken Alexander and Scott also discuss the many different major American hot sauce styles and genres, and Ugly Baby Hot Sauce is reviewed.

Firecast Special Edition – Scott Roberts’ Appearance on the Budweiser Big BBQ Radio Show

Firecast Special Edition – Scott Roberts’ Appearance on the Budweiser Big BBQ Radio Show

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This is Scott’s recent interview appearance on The Budweiser Big BBQ Radio Show on KTRS in St. Louis with hosts Frank Schmer and Kevin Haberberger. The smokin’ discussion touches on barbecue, chile peppers, hot sauce and more! Recorded live from St. Louis Home Fires.

Episode #81 – Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces’ Scotty and Suzi Owens

Episode #81 – Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauces’ Scotty and Suzi Owens

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Detroit pepper sauce makers Scotty and Suzi Owens of Scotty O’Hotty Hot Sauce join Scott for a chat about their rising new fiery foods company. Also, show sponsor Dan Arnold of Sucklebusters returns to tell Scott about several of his delicious new BBQ seasonings and sauces.

Episode #80 – Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe Returns to Chat Barbecue

Episode #80 – Dr. BBQ Ray Lampe Returns to Chat Barbecue

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Ray Lampe, AKA Dr. BBQ, returns once again to The Firecast to chat about his new book, Flavorize: Great Marinades, Injections, Brines, Rubs, and Glazes, to talk about the BBQ Hall of Fame, if Guy Fieri is a true barbecue influence, and his BBQ video courses. Ken and Scott discuss how to add chile pepper spice to dessert items, & Scott explains why he won’t add recipes to the audio podcast.

Episode #79 – BBQ Chat with Big Moe Cason

Episode #79 – BBQ Chat with Big Moe Cason

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Big Moe Cason steps into the interviewee chair and talks about what he likes and doesn’t like in barbecue, and also discusses his TV career with shows like BBQ Pitmasters. Ken and Scott list their heroes and mentors in the chilehead world, and Scott reviews Scott O’Hotty’s The Ghost Sauce.

Episode #77 – Hot Sauce Industry History Chat with Chip Hearn of Peppers and CaJohn Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods

Episode #77 – Hot Sauce Industry History Chat with Chip Hearn of Peppers and CaJohn Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods

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In the second part of his coverage of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, Scott chat with Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Nominees Chip Hearn of Peppers and John “CaJohn” Hard of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, as they talk about the history of the fiery foods industry. Ken Alexander also discusses whether or not to refrigerate hot sauces, and Scott has sage advice on his to get rid of mosquitoes around camp sites.

Episode #76 – Sam & Tina McCanless of Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.

Episode #76 – Sam & Tina McCanless of Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co.

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The Washington state-based owners of Zane and Zack’s, Sam and Tina McCanless, join Scott and talk about what it’s like to combine honey and hot sauces, and also discuss a timely Ted Nugent-autographed guitar raffle that will benefit a wounded U.S. soldier, Sergeant Frank Hegr. Ken reviews two products, and Scott tries out The Pepper Pantry‘s Hot Peppers In Oil.

Episode #75 – Steve Seabury Discusses the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos, and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

Episode #75 – Steve Seabury Discusses the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos, and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

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Episode #75 – Steve Seabury Discusses the NYC and CA Hot Sauce Expos, and Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

High River Sauces Head Honcho Steve Seabury discusses a couple of fiery foods events he is producing, the 3rd Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo and the brand new California Hot Sauce Expo, along with the new Hot Sauce Hall of Fame coinciding withe NYC show.

Episode #74 – Help Cathy and Steve Zielinski Fight Cancer

Episode #74 – Help Cathy and Steve Zielinski Fight Cancer

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In this short but special episode, Scott and Ken urge everyone to help out our friends Steve and Cathy Kielinski of Crazy Steve’s Pickles and Salsas as Cathy has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

How you can help:

If you’re a chilehead, a barbecuer, or just a general foodie, please consider helping out these fine folks. Let’s show Steve and Cathy that we are among the best and most supportive communities anywhere and that we take care of our own. Thank you!

Episode #73 – Chat with DivaQ Danielle Dimovski of BBQ Crawl

Episode #73 – Chat with DivaQ Danielle Dimovski of BBQ Crawl

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One of the First Ladies of the BBQ competition world, Danielle Dimovski, AKA DivaQ, joins Scott via Skype and talks about her smoker and grill preferences, outdoor cooking pet peeves and favorite flavor combos, and also discusses her TV career as host on the Travel Channel’s BBQ Crawl and contestant and barbecue judge on Destination America’s BBQ Pitmasters.

Ken Alexander joins Scott in his Fiery World segment to engage in a lengthy conversation on the Sriracha hot sauce craze. Scott reviews the Sam and Oliver Sauce Company’s Cinder Habanero Hot Sauce.

Episode #72 – Chile Pepper Myths and Science, Featuring Dr. Gillian Dagan of ABC Research Laboratories

Episode #72 – Chile Pepper Myths and Science, Featuring Dr. Gillian Dagan of ABC Research Laboratories

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In this special extra spicy hot, capsaicin-injected episode, Scott chats with Dr. Gillian Dagan of ABC Research Laboratories, and discusses topics such as what a food lab does and the rundown on HPLC testing to determine where things fall on the Scoville Heat Scale. Scott also dispels several chile pepper and hot sauce-related myths, and reviews both Chili Hellion Smoked Habanero Powder and the NatureBox snack service.

Firetalkers: Interview with David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., Makers of Sriracha “Rooster” Sauce

Firetalkers: Interview with David Tran of Huy Fong Foods, Inc., Makers of Sriracha “Rooster” Sauce

There’s no doubt that Sriracha is the hottest trend in hot sauce nowadays. There is simply something incendiary about this style of spicy condiment that has garnered a ravenous following among foodies, chileheads and hipsters alike.

By far the most popular producer of Sriracha sauces is Huy Fong Foods, Inc., based in Irwindale, California, in a state-of-the-art 650,000 square-foot facility, which owner David Tran completely designed himself. And although there are numerous direct competitors, including scores of small, craft hot sauce makers all vying for their slice of the Sriracha pie, it is Tran’s “Rooster Sauce” (its informal nickname because of a picture of a rooster on each clear plastic bottle) gets almost all the attention and adoration in the fiery foods world.

Tran, an immigrant from communist Vietnam, started making his Huy Fong sauces in 1980…