If you’ve ever wondered what exactly it is that makes hot peppers so hot, look no further than capsaicin. It’s the active component in hot peppers that brings on the intense heat. For people or mammals for that matter, it’s the capsaicin that’s responsible for the burning sensation. First coined in the 1800s, capsaicin is colorless, yet highly pungent. You’ll find the majority of it in a pepper’s placental tissue, the place where you also find the seeds. Interestingly enough, pepper seeds don’t produce any capsaicin, yet the spot where the seeds attach, the white pith of the inner wall...
Hot sauce is truly a global phenomenon. From all around the nation, to all across the world, hot sauce connoisseurs are constantly finding new ways to heat up everything from traditional mealtime to snacks and everything in between. It seems there’s a cultural acceptance of hot sauce that knows no boundaries. Of course, you don’t even have to leave home to take a flavor tour around the world.
Nothing heats up a normal BBQ like hot sauce, and it simply goes without saying that so many BBQ-style foods taste even better with a dash or two of hot sauce. Hot sauce makes a great marinade or topping for all kinds of meats, from smoked ribs to pulled pork, plus steak, chicken and everything in between. It’s really no wonder then that hot sauce pairs so perfectly with spicy chicken wings, making a fall season tailgate or even just an ordinary kitchen appetizer that much more flavorful.
Decades ago you might have had a hard time finding much variety when it comes to hot sauce. Sure, you’d probably find some traditional Tabasco sauce and other flavors on your local grocery store shelves, but there probably weren’t too many options to choose from. Flash forward to more recent times and it seems that hot sauce is everywhere. No matter your individual taste for the hot stuff, you’re sure to find an excess of options from corner to corner.