While we were on a break, we created a new Hot Buzz episode, and grew some hot peppers.

Both Craig and I grew a ton of peppers this summer. Jalepeños, Ghost Peppers, Scorpion Peppers, and Carolina Reapers. We had to figure out things to do with our pepper haul. The first things to ripen in my garden were a bunch of Jalepeños, and two gorgeous brilliant red Carolina Reapers.

Let’s take a look at the scoville ratings of these gentlemen.

  • 0 – Bell Peppers
  • 100-500 – Sweet pepper
  • 1250 – Poblano pepper
  • 3750 – Original red Tobasco
  • 5000 – Jalepeño
  • 50,000 – Cayenne
  • 100,000 – Bird’s Eye (Thai) Chili
  • 150,000 – Habenero
  • 1m – Bhut Jolkola (Ghost Pepper)
  • 1.2m – Naga Viper
  • 1.5m – 2m – Scorpion Pepper
  • 2m-2.5m – Carolina Reaper

On one end of the scale we’ve got some of the mildest peppers, and on the other end, we’ve got the hottest peppers.

We came up with a couple of variations on cool hot sauces. One would be hot, with tons of flavour, while the other would be mild, but sweet and bright tasting.

Bourbon Reaper Horseradish Sauce

1 large Spanish onion
6 bulbs garlic
3 tomatillos
3 sweet red peppers
2 red peppers
1 cup sundried tomatoes
2 tbsp fresh horseradish
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1 tbsp each fresh thyme, oregano
1/2 tbsp fresh rosemary
2 Carolina reaper peppers
1/4 cup bourbon
3 cups apple cider vinegar

I cooked the onions and garlic in 1 tbsp of olive oil, added the salt and pepper and spices and let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

Combine everything in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Grilled Pineapple Pepper Sauce

1 large Spanish onion
6 bulbs garlic
2 Grilled Poblano Peppers
2 cups Grilled Pineapple
1 Grilled Green Peppers
12 Jalepeño Peppers
1 tbsp sea salt
1 tbsp black pepper
1/2 tbsp each fresh thyme, oregano, rosemary
1/4 cup lime juice
2 cups white vinegar

On a BBQ, grill Poblano, Green Peppers and pineapple until peppers are blackened, and pineapples are softened and have clear grill marks on them.

Cook Spanish onion and garlic in 1tbsp olive oil until softened.

Combine all ingredients in blender and process until smooth.