Chopped up about another 100 lbs yesterday. Mid-heat peppers on the left, superhots in the middle, mild on the right.
A few reapers still on the vine. I grew one reaper plant a couple of years ago and it hardly produced anything so I'm really happy with these. Everyone at the commercial kitchen was impressed by their abject evil.
All my carboys are now full so I guess I'll order a few more. I still have tons of pods on the plants. I'm terrible at estimating, but I figure I've only picked somewhere between 1/2 and 2/3 of the total. I'm sure a lot of the ones remaining will wind up being picked in a still under-ripe state right before the first frost, but I'd still like to use them. The test batches I made with those under-ripe peppers last year turned out really good. I could just smoke them all too. Decisions, decisions.
Here's a batch that I smoked a few weeks:
I smoked probably 50 lbs total over a few days, most of which will go into my smoked sauce, but I saved a big quart jar full for myself. I absolutely love smoked pepper powder, I put it on everything.