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A Passion for Hot Sauce

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August 26, 2016 / American / By
Katie Schenk

 

I’ve developed a crazy love of hot sauce in the past few years. It’s not that I didn’t like hot and spicy food before, but I’ve been working for a super hot sauce company, Mad Dog. (And, please note that you can read that as a super hot-sauce-company or a super-hot sauce-company. Both are totally correct.)

As such, I know things about Scovilles and capsaicin that would delight and surprise aficionados. In case you’re wondering, capsaicin is the stuff that makes chili peppers hot. It’s odourless and, therefore, tasteless – a little like the poison in The Princess Bride. And it hurts because it activates pain receptors found in the mucus membranes under the skin. (That’s why you can feel it on your hands as well as in your mouth.)

The more capsaicin a chili pepper or hot sauce has, the hotter it is. The heat is rated according to the Scoville scale. Zero is anything without heat. That means ketchup and green bell peppers are equal on the Scoville scale. Pure capsaicin falls at the16 million Scoville mark.

For reference, Tabasco hot sauce is something like 5000 Scovilles; the hottest I’ve ever had is one million Scovilles. My comfort level is another story, however. I’m happiest with hot sauces that fall between 70,000 and 300,000 Scovilles.

But, the rush that comes after a super hot sauce is incredibly addicting. So, I’ve been known to play around in the 600,000-750,000 Scoville range just for the fun of it. And, I’ve become adept at enjoying the flavours mixed in with the peppers to create unique hot sauces.

So, when I discovered a hot sauce store next to the Winking Lizard in Mentor, I was nearly beating down the door. Of course, Chili’s Fire Pit was closed the first time I tried, but when I finally got inside, the experience did not disappoint.

There were so many hot sauces at the tasting station. I got to fondle bottles I only ever see online. And, there was a fantastic variety; I almost flipped – as fire shot out of my ears. More than that, what fun to chat with the proprietor about all things Scoville and capsaicin.

Needless to say, I walked out with several bottles! If only I lived closer, I would love having a hot sauce store nearby to feed my obsession. (Though, let’s be honest... Mad Dog is the best!)

Chili's Fire Pit

Country: United States

Province/State: Ohio

City: Mentor

Address: 9570 Mentor Avenue

Zip/Post Code: 44060

Location Tips: Next to the Winking Lizard

Phone: +1 440 352-8058

Website:http://www.chilisfirepit....

Price Guide:$ (What's this?) N/A = home cooked meal,etc
$ = street food, fast food,etc
$$ = bistro, cafe, pub, bar,etc
$$$ = fine dining,etc

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