If you find yourself constantly craving hot peppers, you’ve probably thought about growing your own. Luckily, they’re pretty easy to grow and pretty easy to harvest. If you follow a few easy tips on how and when to pick the best peppers you’re sure to come out with great results.
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.
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.