What is Bhut Jolokia?


These days it seems like every time you turn around, there is a new hottest chili pepper out there in the world.

And, it may even seem a little silly sometimes, right? After all, when there are peppers that rank over 2 million Scoville Heat Units, it’s certain that you’ll have a difficult time-consuming a tiny bite of just one pepper. Bhut Jolokia is one of those ridiculously hot chili peppers, and if you want to know about Bhut Jolokia hot sauce, then you’ve got to start with the chili pepper itself.

Hardly the Bhut of a Jolokia

Okay, we know that was a terrible joke, bhut, we’ll live with it. Bhut Jolokia is one scary pepper, and we really shouldn’t be making jokes at its expense. Truly, it is one of the hottest peppers known to man, and Bhut Jolokia hot sauce is also ridiculously intense. And, if you are still scratching your head on the name, perhaps you’ll want to use this pepper’s pet name… Ghost Pepper. (Now, you’re a bit scared, right?)

The ghost pepper is cultivated in India, and it has a ranking of more than 1 million Scoville Heat Units. In case you didn’t know, that is HOT! It’s ridiculously hot. Consider for a second that Tabasco ranges between 2500 and 5000 SHU (on a good day). That means that Bhut Jolokia is over 400 times hotter than that. In 2007, the Bhut Jolokia was listed by the Guinness Book of World Records as the hottest chili pepper in the world. (It’s since been unseated, bhut, that doesn’t mean it’s any less potent.) Now, just imagine what a Bhut Jolokia hot sauce tastes like.

Choosing a Bhut Jolokia Hot Sauce

Bhut Jolokia hot sauces are ridiculously scorching. They would have to be considering the key pepper found in every batch. But, there are differences between Bhut Jolokia hot sauces. That’s because Ghost Peppers are hardly the only ingredient used.

Many Bhut Jolokia hot sauces also make use of habaneros and possibly other peppers, for their flavor and fire. You are also likely to find pepper extracts in some sauces, but that’s not a prerequisite. For example, the Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Hot Sauce uses an extract to offer you extra potent heat. But, the Mad Dog Pure Ghost Hot Sauce relies on the peppers themselves for the fire. The sauce that you prefer is completely up to you.

If you like it so hot that you have lifelong bragging rights, then you will want to consider the new Mad Dog Ghost Pepper Extract – Tequila Edition. This isn’t a Bhut Jolokia hot sauce; it’s an extract, and there’s a big difference between the two. Hot sauces are a condiment (no matter how hot they are); pepper extracts are a food additive, and you must truly be careful with them. But if you’re looking for a sensational burn, any of the Mad Dog Ghost Pepper products are sure to blow your mind (and make you dance around the room crying a bit).

Now, of course, you can go through the process of crafting your own Bhut Jolokia hot sauce, but we’d recommend against it. Not only is it ridiculously difficult to find the right growing condition for Ghost Peppers, but it can take years to get the recipe right. Bhut, however you enjoy your Ghost Peppers, we’re pleased to support it.

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