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…

Episode #71 – Interview with Best Product of the Year Winners Born to Hula, Plus Ken’s Favorite Products of 2014

Episode #71 – Interview with Best Product of the Year Winners Born to Hula, Plus Ken’s Favorite Products of 2014

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Scott chats with New Jersey-based Born to Hula Hot Sauce owners Ed and Amy Bucholtz, who make what Scott picked as best spicy food product of 2014 in their Reaper of Sorrow Carolina Reaper Hot Sauce.

In his regular segment, Ken Alexander offers his choices for best fiery foods products of the year.

Episode #70 – Scott Picks the Best Products of the Year for 2014

Episode #70 – Scott Picks the Best Products of the Year for 2014

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In this special end of the year episode, Scott gives his choices for the top fiery foods and BBQ products for the year 2014, including the best hot sauce, BBQ sauce, BBQ rub/seasoning, spicy sweet product, salsa, spicy snack, condiment, best burn and overall best product.

In his Ken’s Fiery World segment, blogger and reviewer Ken Alexander reviews seasonings and flavor enhancers from Blazin’ Bob’s Hot Pepper and Half Crocked Chef, and Scott offers a tip on how to properly heat up store-bought hard taco shells.

Episode #69 – Jennifer Reynold of Sauce Goddess, Plus Holiday Hot Sauce Gift Ideas

Episode #69 – Jennifer Reynold of Sauce Goddess, Plus Holiday Hot Sauce Gift Ideas

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Scott interviews the honcho of Sauce Goddess, Jennifer Reynolds, and finds out the story behind her divine BBQ products. Ken Alexander and Scott list several holiday hot sauce gift pack specials for your Christmas present shopping, and Scott reviews Bobby Brown Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce.

Episode #67 – Indoor Kitchen Inventory with Ken and Scott

Episode #67 – Indoor Kitchen Inventory with Ken and Scott

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What do you have in your indoor kitchen? In an extended Ken’s Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander joins Scott as they give a rundown on many of the essential items they keep in their kitchens, from knives, tools, gadgets, pots, pans, and more!

Note: In case you’re wondering about the numbering of the podcast episodes being out of order, Episode #68 with Benito Maniscalco was edited and uploaded before this one. Sorry about the confusion!

Episode #68 – Interview with Benito Maniscalco of Benito’s Hot Sauce

Episode #68 – Interview with Benito Maniscalco of Benito’s Hot Sauce

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One of the most underrated sauce makers in the country, Ol’ Benito Maniscalco of Vermont’s Benito’s Hot Sauce, stops by the Skype chatline and talks with Scott about his stellar products. Scott also reviews Bigfat’s Boom Shanka Curry Chipotle Hot Sauce, and gives a tip on how to clean your coffee and spice grinders.

Note: You may notice that Episode #67 has not been posted yet. As of this writing, that particular show is still being edited, and it will be coming next week, with a special “Kitchen Inventory Essentials” with Ken Alexander!

Episode #66 – More Listener Feedback, Including Your Most Missed Defunct Hot Sauces

Episode #66 – More Listener Feedback, Including Your Most Missed Defunct Hot Sauces

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It’s one again time to dip into the virtual Firecast Mailbag and read your feedback, including many of your responses to the topic brought up in Episode 65, “what are some of your favorite defunct hot sauces?”

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Episode #65 – Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q Interview

Episode #65 – Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q Interview

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The 2014 Memphis in May World Champion, Pitmaster Chris Lilly of the legendary Big Bob Gibson’s Bar-B-Q, joins Scott for an extended chat about running the famous BBQ establishment in Decatur, Alabama, and his thoughts behind his award-winning cooking style.

Ken Alexander and Scott converse about their favorite defunct hot sauces and sauce companies, and Scott reviews Street Eatzz 313 Foodie Sauce.

Episode #64 – Interview with Sam Peters of Patter Fam Sauces, Plus Scott Lists His Most Hated and Overrated Foods

Episode #64 – Interview with Sam Peters of Patter Fam Sauces, Plus Scott Lists His Most Hated and Overrated Foods

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Ohio-based pastor and sauce maker Sam Peters of Patter Fam Sauces drops by via the Skype hotline and gives Scott an exclusive announcement, and talks about his quality product line of condiments and spicy foods. Scott also lists out want he thinks are his personal most despised foods or overrated foods in Western cuisine.

For his product review, Scott gives his honest opinion on K-Sauce Brand K1 Hot Sauce.

Episode #63 – Scott Chats with Michael Radosevich of Code 3 Spices, Plus Salsa Talk

Episode #63 – Scott Chats with Michael Radosevich of Code 3 Spices, Plus Salsa Talk

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St. Louis area BBQ Rub Maker Mike Radosevich of Code 3 Spices talks about how he and his business partner Chris Bohnemeier came up with their different seasoning combinations and how they want to help raise awareness for first responders and military personnel through their products.

Ken Alexander and Scott engage in a conversation of all things salsa.

For his product review, Scott tries out Chelsea Fire Wicked Hot Sauce.

Episode #62 – Greg Rempe of The BBQ Central Show, Plus Hot Sauce Industry Changes Wish List

Episode #62 – Greg Rempe of The BBQ Central Show, Plus Hot Sauce Industry Changes Wish List

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Greg Rempe, host of longest-running and most popular barbecue-related show, The BBQ Central Radio Show, finally gets the guest treatment on The Firecast! Greg and Scott engage in a conversation about the art and process behind producing a live, weekly podcast show, plus divulges in some of the BBQ do’s and don’ts he’s gleaned over the years.

In the Ken’s Fiery World segment, Ken Alexander and Scott discuss some of the ideas and fixes on how they could improve the hot sauce and fiery foods industry.

For his product review, Scott tests out Chef Fartenburn’s Gourmet Hot Sauce.