Happy thursday, folks. Today, we’re back for round three of my Hot Ones-style line-up.
Because, given the popularity of the show, I feel like it’s worth making an annual tradition out of. Especially when importing some of their actual sauces can be quite the struggle.
So here I am, yet again, to provide you with a more brit-friendly alternative, comprised entirely of sauces that are available in the UK. Sauces that I have featured on this very site and know will make for the most enjoyable and entertaining of challenges.
You can read all about last year’s choices in my previous post but, this year, I’m going to be refreshing most of the line-up, oncemore. So, as with the last time, read on to see which old sauces have stayed, what new ones have made my list and why I’ve made the decisions that I have.
Of course, the situation isn’t quite the same here. Today’s isn’t a new “reaper killer”, or even one that wasn’t in the sauce before, but this latest version of Burning Desire’s Critical Mass uses significantly more FG jigsaw than the old. And it was already a ten out of ten last time.
You can see the increased chilli in its colour – Now much nearer red than its old, yellow-tinged orange – and I’m a tiny bit scared. If this sauce is even a smidge hotter than it used to be, it’s going to be the hottest non-extract one that I’ve written about and I’m going to have to change my entire numbering system to account for it.
But, much as I expect it to hurt, I’m still grateful to Jason for sending this to me. For including it with my birthday purchase.
Why? Because his Critical Mass isn’t just pure chilli. It’s also a delightfully tropical, passion-fruit and mango concoction that I’m happy to have on hand for my cooking, oncemore.
So here’s something I’m sure you’ve all seen by now:
Chilli Bob’s Farm’s and Tom Smith’s Plants’ dragon’s breath chilli. A tree-like plant that produces some small but supposedly extremely hot peppers with an average scoville rating of almost two and a half million.
Compared to the average heat of the current record holder, the carolina reaper (between 1.4 and 1.57 million, depending on when you take the record from), this is a massive step up. It even beats out the reaper’s 2.2 million peak.
Such a stunning heat difference that it has been all over the news and in social media feeds across the globe.