I'm a bonafide hot headed, pepper junkie, everything I eat has to have some kind of heat and spice to it. Usually in the form of my own cayenne/salt
mix that I've used for years, I put it on literally everything, it's rare for me to even reach for the standard s&p anymore.
I've had my own pepper garden for the past few years as well, usually sticking with basics; habaneros, jalapenos and cayennes. I've always got one or
two other strains growin as well like, tabasco, thai-dragon or datil. This year I threw in a 'Sport' pepper, big in Louisiana, it's kind of between a
jalapeno and tabasco pepper, good flavor and a balanced heat. I usually take my habanero's, slice them in quarters, spread em out on big cookie sheet
and put them in the oven at about 210 with the door cracked for about 5 hours, this dries em out real good and slightly toasts the habaneros which
brings out the little bit of natural sugar in the pepper to point where you can taste it. I throw all these in a blender and make a real good and
fine shake, very hot, unique and great flavor.
I've experimented with my own hot sauces as well, once accidentally making a batch that rivaled the commercial standard style's like texas-pete,
franks red-hot, louisana, ect... I'll never be able to duplicate it though, it was a combo of 7 or 8 different peppers pureed with tomato paste and
the brine from 2 quarts of homemade pickled tobacco peppers. I ended up with over a gallon of it, family and friends drank it up in no time.
Not long after that batch, I set out to make the hottest sauce I could with no regard for flavor. I had a couple uncommonly hot plants of
thai-dragons and tabasco peppers that year, that were dangerous, or as my uncle put it... would "knock you d!#k off!". These are very high yielding
plants so I had a ton of these little firecrackers and nothin to do with em. My brother was on a health kick at the time and had just bought a brand
new nice and shiny $200 juicer. I put about 4 pounds of these peppers through it, which originally went in as bright, almost florescent colors of
red, orange and yellow... what came out of that juicer was straight, black, concentrated death with a faint, green, pulsating glow that could only be
explained as some kind of liquid-nuclear radioactive luminescence. When me and my bro stuck our heads over the cup to get a first look at this stuff,
something happened we weren't counting on... Simply inhaling the fumes coming off this stuff set our lungs on fire, it was on par with inhaling mace.
At that point instinctive cautionary rejection set in and I quickly poured the demon brew down the sink (which has never clogged since). After our
eyes quit watering and noses quit running, we both took in a big sigh of relief and had a good laugh, you know one of those 'holysh!t, I can't believe
we just survived that' kind of laughs.
...Then I made a huge mistake, I took a nice warm wet rag with my bare hands and began to clean up the good bit of spillage in and around the juicer,
finished cleaning, wrung and rinsed the rag out and set down for some tv. About twenty minutes later I began to notice a little tingle over my
hands, which soon erupted into all out scorching hellfire. The demon brew juice, thanks to the warm water had soaked into the deepest trenches of
every pore from my wrists down to the tips of my fingers, and there was nothing I could do, but sit and wait for it to end. Now I'm a pepper
connoisseur, this was not new to me, it happens all the time after handling cut peppers, but it's usually minor and only lasts a few minutes, even
with habaneros. This lasted for 4 excruciating hours, I tried everything, successions of hot and cold water to rinse my pores out, baking soda to dry
them out, nothing worked. When I was about 17, I blew my hand up with a large mortar firework, suffered 3rd degree burns over my entire hand, had to
do muscular therapy, the works... This is exactly what that felt like, it hit and matched that high water mark of pain. I can't even imagine what it
would've tasted like. It would've been legitimately dangerous and foolish to try, but still, I kind of regret pouring it all down the sink, I'd love
to have a small dropper vial of this stuff, just as a conversation piece.
This concoction, "6am" produced by Blair's is the world hottest and purist capsicum extract at 16 million SHUs (scoville heat units)...
...to put that in perspective, the hottest of jalapenos rate at about 20,000 SHUs, Habaneros at about 750,000 SHUs, and law enforcement grade mace at
about 4 million SHUs. If I had to guess I'd probably put my stuff between 5 - 6 million SHUs. Only limited quantities of Blair's 6am were ever
produced (also in granular form), you can catch the 2.5 ounce bottle on ebay every now and again usually going for over $400.00. One drop of this
stuff will make an entire pot of chili or soup, almost inedible. I'd love to own a bottle one day.
One thing I don't understand is the whole ghost pepper craze, people go on and on about their heat, but there's far hotter peppers out there that
don't taste like a dead skunk soaked in kerosene. Damn things taste like lighter fluid, I don't get it.
Now to what really inspired this whole thread...
My best friend and cousin sent me a text the other night goin on and on about this habanero beer he found, naturally I drove nearly an hour out of my
way to grab myself a sixer of this stuf...
I quit drinking regularly about 5 years ago, and up until last night had only had a couple beers in the past year or so, and after I tried this stuff,
I was considering becoming a full blown alcoholic again. Great taste, great heat, totally awesome beer. So I got 6 down pretty quick last night and
immediately proceeded to make one of my nuclear pizzas, which included; diced habaneros, cayennes, sport peppers, whole jalapenos, jalapeno shredded
cheese, my own habanero powder mixed in with the crust, Blair's 'Beyond Death' sauce mixed in with the pizza sauce, pepperoni and of course my
cayenne/salt mix to top it all off.
...This, combined with a late night dose of melatonin, created dreams that would leave Rob Zombie crying like a p@#$y, curled up in the fetal position
and bobbing his head in the corner of a padded cell. I have spent the entire day and this entire thread, going to and from the john, slowly flushing
this painful nightmare away...
So are you a pepperjunkie? What's the hottest thing you've ever eaten?
edit on 16-8-2015 by rexsblues because: (no reason given)