Peppers That Bite Back With A Zing

Let's talk about HOT SAUCE the fiery food. Peppers will most certainly bite back with a big zing, and I can guarantee it. Peppers pack the heat that always returns the flavor. The human race has been using chili peppers and other hot spices in their cooking for thousands of years. The very first bottle of hot sauces first became available on the market place in 1807. Tabasco sauce was one of the earliest brands of hot sauce which was first introduce back in 1868, and is still the13th best selling condiment in America.

The Chili pepper is typically the main ingredient in hot sauce along with vinegar and salt. However a variety of peppers are also used which include cayenne, habanero, jalapeno, and many more. There are thousands of different names for hot sauce out there on the market today. Some have rather funny names like Funky Monkey Sauce, Zombie Repellent, Bite Me, and Zack's Zombie Sauce. Some have rather serious names like Pain 100%, Ed's Red Hot Sauce, and Habanero Hot Sauce from Hell. I always preferred more the traditional brands of hot sauce like Pete's Hot Sauce, and Louisiana Hot Sauce with the red dot.

Let's talk about HEAT now. I'm talking about the type of heat that enters your mouth as you are eating your eggs with hot sauce poured on them. There are many different levels of heat that the peppers used in hot sauce emit, and back in 1912 Wilbur Scoville developed the Scoville heat index for measuring the heat level in peppers. Back then it was subjective to a human taste test, but since this test has been refined by the use of HPLC. This unit is named in honor of its inventor.

The heat index is used to officially test the pungency level of any given pepper. The Scoville Scale remains the most respected and used around the world. The greater the number of Scoville units, the hotter the pepper. The smaller the number of Scotville units then the cooler the pepper is. The heat can vary from pepper to pepper since peppers are a natural product of nature, so this scale is simply just a guide.

Believe it or not a man who calls himself the L.A. Beast recently attempted to drink a whole entire gallon of hot sauce. His challenge attracted millions of views on YouTube, and was quite a show, however even with a fire extinguisher near by, the human body wasn't really designed for this type of punishment. This feat was a lot harder than the L.A. Beast originally thought, and you can also catch the show on YouTube, which was my inspiration for writing this hub.

Scoville Heat Index

Scoville Rating
 
Type of Pepper
0
"No Heat"
Bell Pepper
100
to 500
Pepperoncini
500
to 100
Anaheim Pepper
600
to 800
Tabasco Sauce with green pepper
1,000
to 1,500
Poblano Pepper
1,500
to 2,500
Rocotillo Pepper
2,500
to 5,000
Tabasco Pepper
2,500
to 8,000
Jalapeno Pepper
5,000
to 10,000
Wax Pepper
7,000
to 8,000
Tabasco Sauce with Habanero pepper
10,000
to 23,000
Serrano Pepper
30,000
to 50,000
Cayenne Pepper
50,000
to 100,000
Thai Pepper
100,000
to 200,000
Jamaican Hot Pepper
100,000
to 300,000
Habanero Chili
100,000
to 350,000
Scotch bonnet
350,000
to 577,000
Red Savina
876,000
to 970,000
Dorset Naga
855,000
to 1,041,427
Naga Jolokia
2,000,000
to 5,300,000
Standard U.S. grade Pepper Spray
9,100,000
N/A
Nordihydrocapsaicin
15,000,000
to 16,000,000
Pure Capsaicin

Hot sauce isn't the only thing that comes from out of a pepper. Pepper-mania has really spread itself across this country. You can find everything from hot pepper festivals to a Chili cook off which will really put some fire in your mouth. The next time you want to spice up your meal, don't forget a bottle of the Funky Monkey Hot Sauce.

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Tabasco sauce has been more than just heat since way back in it's beginning in 1868.
Tabasco sauce has been more than just heat since way back in it's beginning in 1868.
My Stash! This is the good stuff where I come from!
My Stash! This is the good stuff where I come from!
Melinda's habanero ketchup - bold, spicy & naturally hot.
Melinda's habanero ketchup - bold, spicy & naturally hot.
Now this hot stuff will certainly put some hair on your chest.
Now this hot stuff will certainly put some hair on your chest.
Now these Jalpeno Poppers are one of the hottest new products on the market today.
Now these Jalpeno Poppers are one of the hottest new products on the market today.
The latest craze on store shelves today are onion rings with a hot chile & limon taste that bites back.
The latest craze on store shelves today are onion rings with a hot chile & limon taste that bites back.
The Cheetos cat couldn't resist on getting into the act with spicy hot snack foods either, however he likes the crunchy cheddar jalapeno version.
The Cheetos cat couldn't resist on getting into the act with spicy hot snack foods either, however he likes the crunchy cheddar jalapeno version.
Wheat Thins has also joined the hot, spicy and zesty band wagon.
Wheat Thins has also joined the hot, spicy and zesty band wagon.
Most recently Doritos jumped on the spicy hot band wagon with Dinamita, which is a super hot chile & limon flavored snack. They are rolled  Doritos that look like little sticks of dinamite & they are some of the hottest chips out there on the market.
Most recently Doritos jumped on the spicy hot band wagon with Dinamita, which is a super hot chile & limon flavored snack. They are rolled Doritos that look like little sticks of dinamite & they are some of the hottest chips out there on the market.
Even potato chips that aren't as well know are spicing it up too. This brand fresh off of a family farm in Georgia has their chip coated with buffalo wing hot sauce. Their company motto is "There's nothing like a chip, unless it's on your shoulder".
Even potato chips that aren't as well know are spicing it up too. This brand fresh off of a family farm in Georgia has their chip coated with buffalo wing hot sauce. Their company motto is "There's nothing like a chip, unless it's on your shoulder".
Watch out there's a fire inside of this bag, and these snacks are flaming hot. Get ready for a sizzle of flavor that will set your mouth on fire. Dive into a red hot blaze of fiery crunch with Chester's brand.
Watch out there's a fire inside of this bag, and these snacks are flaming hot. Get ready for a sizzle of flavor that will set your mouth on fire. Dive into a red hot blaze of fiery crunch with Chester's brand.
The heat doesn't stop with crunchy chips. Another type of chip - Famous Dave's pickle chips have their own variety of signature spice with a unique blend of it's own kind of sweet and heat as well.
The heat doesn't stop with crunchy chips. Another type of chip - Famous Dave's pickle chips have their own variety of signature spice with a unique blend of it's own kind of sweet and heat as well.

"There's nothing like a chip, unless it's on your shoulder"

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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

Hi TheHoleStory, I never could believe that people at these hot peppers, or the sauces. For one thing, they would cover the taste/flavor of the food. I could not even use regular black pepper. I never tried any of these hot ones, I did not even use plain S&P from the table - I use sea salt and no pepper. I only eat bell peppers. I noticed that black pepper is not even on Scoville's rating chart. This was good and I voted it up, shared & pinned it.

Kevin


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

This is a great breakdown of HOT! I like piquin the best but it is not so popular -- Cholula Brand.


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LisaRoppolo 2 years ago from Joliet, IL

Nice hub! We love hot peppers and sauce in my household. We usually can tolerate up to Habanero, but some of these are just stupid hot. lol


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I enjoyed this, particularly seeing the scaling of the "heat index" and reading about the various names of hot sauces. I most definitely do not like hot sauce but I'll watch others eat it any day.


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shara63 2 years ago from Delhi

Enjoyed the hub & taste of different sauces with lot of pepper in it to my heart full and its really Hot & Yummy ...haha..!


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vkwok 2 years ago from Hawaii

Thumbs up for this interesting article!


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BrianS 2 years ago from Castelnaudary, France

I love spicing my food up and think your table of chili heat rating will be really useful. Often get the food too spicy because I have used one of those little red peppers that just happens to be capable of blowing your socks off :-)


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MasterDripper 2 years ago from Philadelphia

A nice and spicy article - I love hot sauce and will put it on just about anything. I have a regular stash of Tabasco Habanero and only recently tried Siriracha...rated 5 out of 5 peppers :)


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cesily 2 years ago from Nairobi

I hot pepper in my food so much that I no longer find some varieties hot. I however put some very small round ones in my food some time back and I cried and sweat my way through the whole meal.


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Brite-Ideas 2 years ago from Toronto, Canada

I just had 2 wraps for dinner with hot bell peppers piled on them! I could barely breath they were so hot -- and I added hot mustard, lol! I'll do a veggie wrap with a ton of vegetables and hot peppers, my fave! My kids love hot sauce too; sure does fill you up as well! That chart you posted is very interesting!


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smine27 2 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

I love my hot and spicy food. I always have at least a bottle of hot pepper sauce in the fridge for emergencies. lol


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cmoneyspinner1tf 2 years ago from Austin, Texas

I'm somewhere in the habanero and scotch bonnet range. I don't think I could handle Pure Capsaicin. My son had a job at a Chinese restaurant and bought home a bottle of Sirachi. Once I tasted it, I put it on or use it in almost everything except in my coffee. :)


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TonyPayne 2 years ago from Southampton, UK

My favorite is the regular Louisiana Hot Sauce, but I like to try different ones. They sell a wonderful mustardy one in Barbados which they serve with flying fish sandwiches, it's really good. Unfortunately my recollection is now a distant memory as my bottle was emptied a few years ago.

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