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!
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.
Scott guides you step by step on how to launch a local hot sauce club. Ken Alexander and Scott discuss the health benefits of chile peppers, capsaicin and hot sauce. Boston Ballastic Hot Sauce is reviewed.
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.
Austin D’Almeida and John Sauchelli of Jersey Barnfire Hot Saucejoined Scott on the Skype chatline and describe their unique approach to make flavorful sauces. Ken Alexander takes a turn to review some spicy products, and Scott covers Elijah’s Xtreme Ghost Pepper Sauce.
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.
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.
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.
Scott covers all of the major trade shows, expos, festivals and events remaining in 2015 that are of interest to hot sauce fans, chile pepper lovers, and general spicy food fans and chileheads in general, from Scott’s calendar on his website.
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.
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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.
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.
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…