One For My Baby, and One More For the Road…

One For My Baby, and One More For the Road…

Yeah, to many of you, this comes as absolutely no surprise.

After long, careful consideration, I’m going to officially end The Firecast Podcast after being dormant for a year and a half. That doesn’t mean that at some point I won’t sit down in front of a microphone again to record anything in the future. But the current run of episodes is officially ending.

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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 #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.

What’s Been Going On With Scott Lately

What’s Been Going On With Scott Lately

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…