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#1643231 Make your best taco.

Posted by SmokenFire on 16 July 2019 - 12:50 PM in Cooking With Fire!

Grilled skirt steak, guac, chihuahua cheese, pico, grilled jalapenos. 




closer up:



#1643226 SnF's Feastival!

Posted by SmokenFire on 16 July 2019 - 12:45 PM in Cooking With Fire!

Parmesan crusted chicken breast in a scape pesto cream sauce.  Steamed artichoke with chive aioli. 



#1643112 Hello! Old user making a return!

Posted by SmokenFire on 15 July 2019 - 06:59 PM in Welcome!

Welcome back!  :)

#1643111 Bought "Carolina Reaper Seeds" but peppers are different.

Posted by SmokenFire on 15 July 2019 - 06:58 PM in Pepper I.D.

Those are called EBay Reapers. I cannot tell for sure now, but its an Annuum. Probably a cayenne or Thai. But update us when they ripen.


Agree they look like cayenne or thia or serrano.  Definitely not reaper.  Check our vendor vault section of the forums for those who would send you true seed.  :)

#1643110 Found peppers in Central America

Posted by SmokenFire on 15 July 2019 - 06:53 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

I'm sure the honest ones will freely admit that they don't exactly live in the land of opportunity.


Check that shit right now.  I'm issuing a warning point.  You're presumptive attitude about places you do not know intimately is not welcome on this board.


I dig most of your content and as such am giving you the benefit of the doubt.  Don't prove me wrong.  

#1641869 Candy for Andy

Posted by SmokenFire on 09 July 2019 - 09:59 PM in Forum Ads

bump  :)

#1639497 I am looking for a project to work on...

Posted by SmokenFire on 25 June 2019 - 10:32 PM in Hot Talk

Hey guys,


I just joined the forum today! I love spicy food and I also happen to be a web developer.


I am looking to start a new project just for fun and am looking for creative inspiration.


So, is there a website that the hot sauce/pepper community is in need of? I've thought about a site where hot sauces are rated and reviewed, then the products are ranked based on user preference, but I don't know if people would use it.


What do y'all think? I would love to hear your ideas


Welcome to THP 8220347!  :) 


I kind of feel like you're thinking of Beer Advocate or Cigar Aficionado - only for hot sauces - if that is at all close.  And it would be a good database - I just don't know how you keep it going (only so many hot sauces each year) or how you monetize it so it pays for itself.


There are plenty of grow sites.  Plenty of cooking and hot food related sites.  What there are not a lot of is community sites.  This site has grown over the years primarily due to its members who have formed bonds over growing/eating/sharing/sending seeds, etc throughout the years (and pookie helps a shit ton too).  I couldn't begin to advise you on how to copy/paste a site like this specifically because of the community - it's something you cannot replicate but dearly need. 


Other ideas for sites that are needed:


1 stop clearing house for learning.  I cannot think of another model that is more ripe for disruption than college education.  In my mind the site brings prospective students together with prospective teachers.  Each teacher is accredited in whatever (exp English) so they are qualified to teach - let's say 10 classes.  Teachers are free to list their accomplishments and bio along with their rates per student per class.  Students sign up at ridiculously affordable rates *thinking for this example let's say $250 per class* and then all instruction takes place online.  Teachers can record lectures ONE TIME and then they're only commitment is to the students in their classes for follow up questions/grading tests, etc.  This frees up time for both the teachers and the students. 


The REAL key to this is the lack of administration infrastructure.  You give most (let's say 80%) of the tuition fees to the TEACHER - not the institution.  IF said English teacher from the example above takes on 10 classes of 5 students each at $250 per class for one semester they are going to make $10k that semester.  The admin side takes 2.5k (or less) to cover bandwidth and ongoing upkeep/maintenance and the teacher keeps 80% of the take.  In this example that teacher isn't making all that much, but 20k a year for a potentially 5-10 hour a week job (remember all class lectures are per-recorded) isn't bad at all.  Especially when you consider that said teacher could take 20 students in each class and make $40k or more working 30-40 hours a week.




A non profit credit & financial educational site similar to credit karma that isn't owned by banks.  Again sticking with educational themes, only this time it's about how to invest, how to bank, how to budget, etc  -  and all brought to you by people in the industry trying to pay it back (or pay it forward).  I'd approach rich 'already made it big' type people to share their thoughts and approaches to managing money (two reasons - a) they can afford to give away info/knowledge/strategy for free, b) doing so is a charitable AND ego feeding thing for them to put on the legacy/bucket list).  Users sign up and then explore various lectures/ted talks/seminars of things they're interested in (investing/budgeting/etc) and then if they like they could contact site approved brokers (for a referral fee that keeps the site going).


Overall just look for ways to break the information barrier so that anyone who wants to learn how to be better educated and/or compensated can do so easily and cheaply.   Right now knowledge is far too expensive to obtain.  Break that down and then those who truly want to better themselves can do so without having to jump through too many hoops and pay too much to get there.

#1639258 Chi-Town Hot Sauce Expo 2019 (June 29-30), who's going?

Posted by SmokenFire on 24 June 2019 - 07:29 PM in Cookoffs, Contests, and Events

I'm about an hour's drive from where it's being held.  I don't handle big crowds well, though.  Checking out some photos/video from last year it looks to be somewhat of low-key thing?


yeah it's not usually super crowded.  the day I went last year (last minute thing) there weren't really any lines for anything save for the beer tent.  :)

#1639257 Thegreenchilemonster Cooks For Three

Posted by SmokenFire on 24 June 2019 - 07:27 PM in Cooking With Fire!

such great looking plates as usual my friend!  

#1639098 Hot sauces from Make it Wayne

Posted by SmokenFire on 23 June 2019 - 06:34 PM in Hot Product Reviews and Discussion

Great review Peter!  Love your videos, and the youngin with you in the vid did amazingly well.  Also love the chirping birds in the background.  :)

#1639097 Wild Game or Fish

Posted by SmokenFire on 23 June 2019 - 06:21 PM in Cooking With Fire!

Is it king or sockeye?





#1639071 Wild Game or Fish

Posted by SmokenFire on 23 June 2019 - 02:33 PM in Cooking With Fire!

Copper river salmon in a cream sauce with spinach, onion, aleppo peppers, mushrooms and cherry tomatoes



#1639070 SnF's Feastival!

Posted by SmokenFire on 23 June 2019 - 02:25 PM in Cooking With Fire!

Recently discovered peruvian chicken.  It's so good we'll be making it once a week for the next decade at this rate.  


On the grill:




And plated:



#1639069 Mystery wine pepper

Posted by SmokenFire on 23 June 2019 - 02:21 PM in Hot Pepper Talk

The first (and really only) time I have seen or heard about that pepper was from JHP - Joyner's Hot Peppers.  Don't think he sells the seeds, though you can contact him via his website


His instagram is awesome. 

#1637294 Where to get seeds from their creators?

Posted by SmokenFire on 13 June 2019 - 10:54 PM in Hot Pepper Talk


I'm not sure what you mean.


cmpman is a long time veteran of the pepper growing scene, and he's held in high regard all over.  a super guy in my experience.  :)  

#1637089 Howdily

Posted by SmokenFire on 12 June 2019 - 08:45 PM in Welcome!

Welcome from Chicago!  :)

#1636895 Opinions wanted - favourite non-superhot

Posted by SmokenFire on 11 June 2019 - 08:07 PM in Hot Pepper Talk

All good suggestions.  I'd recommend Bahamian Goat - all the heat you'd need, makes great powder and is good in sauces.  Then I'd say the Fish pepper.  I have grown many peppers over the years but these two are always in my garden each year. 

#1636725 I planted too many jalapeno plants in one container, is it too late?

Posted by SmokenFire on 10 June 2019 - 08:11 PM in Growing Hot Peppers

Chorizo set you straight about trying to part them out.  If you don't want to separate the plants then cull (cut) the smallest/weakest looking plants so there are max two plants left in that particular container.  If you choose to cull the plants in that container, save the ones that are the largest and have the most leaves.

#1635922 Cooking on the Pit Boss Copperhead pellet smoker

Posted by SmokenFire on 05 June 2019 - 11:08 PM in BBQ/Grilling

Wow! Nice cook, RG! Ribs look juicy as Hell, and the glaze on those chicken legs looks fantastic! Perfect color! :cheers:



#1635750 My classic sauce.

Posted by SmokenFire on 04 June 2019 - 08:57 PM in Hot Sauce Making

Welcome!  That looks like a nice sauce, as well as a great way to introduce yourself 3eeps!  :)

#1635719 Finally!

Posted by SmokenFire on 04 June 2019 - 06:19 PM in Welcome!

Welcome!  :)

#1635173 June is Mod Appreciation Month

Posted by SmokenFire on 01 June 2019 - 08:24 PM in Announcements

Just want you guys to know:


We are constantly trying to make a positive impact for every user on this platform.  We are always talking about how we can improve; as moderators and as users of this place we have come to call home.  We want and encourage feedback and we delight in your suggestions.  Modding a site this size is not easy, and on rare occasions not fun.  That said we do this out of love - love for peppers, love for hot sauce, and most importantly love for all of you that help us make this house the best place on the web for hot pepper related content.  Kudos to pookie for the post - but ultimately without all of you guys this kickass forum wouldn't exist.


If there is ever anything we can do - PM us and let us know how we can be of assistance.  We are here to help this house become your home.  :D

#1635114 Smoking Ribs Thread For All

Posted by SmokenFire on 01 June 2019 - 12:48 PM in BBQ/Grilling

Did up some baby backs, potato salad, baked beans and jalapeno slaw for mothers day.




Finished plate:



#1635113 BREAKFAST!!!

Posted by SmokenFire on 01 June 2019 - 12:40 PM in Cooking With Fire!



Chorizo potatoes with sharp cheddar and fresnos, egg, tortillas and cherry tomatoes.  Rocket sauce.  ;)

#1633775 Vinegar Pepper Mash? Where to Buy?

Posted by SmokenFire on 24 May 2019 - 06:27 PM in Hot Sauce Making

50 gal is still hobby size. A meat grinder is great for continues feed of grinding peppers.


50 gallons of mash is not really "hobby" size.  It's certainly not large on a commercial scale, but no hobbyist I know makes anything 50 gallons at a time.  This info coming from spending the last couple years in the farmer's market and indie grocery store type level.  50 gallons is roughly 100 cases of 5 ounce woozies.  That is 1200 bottles of hot sauce.  If you commit to making 1200 bottles of hot sauce, you aren't doing so as a hobby most of the time.