Oh good: hot sauce gets hotter
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You know, I was worried.
After Dave’s Insanity Sauce hit our house, I didn’t think we could feasibly get hotter. Yes, yes, every year Blair’s overcompensates slightly more by releasing a new unusable additive (seriously, 16 million Scoville units? Congratulations, you have made edible hell), but Dave’s is about the hottest we’ve gotten with actual, usable sauces. And I’m sure someone will tell me otherwise, but it seems that with habanero-based sauces you can’t get much hotter.*
But now there’s a new pepper in town–one that makes the habanero’s measly 500,000 Scoville rating sound like a breezy day at an Alaskan nudist colony. Enter the bhut jolokia, or “ghost chili.” Each bite is rated at a whopping 1,001,304 Scovilles–I’m not a scientist, but I’m fairly certain that’s hot enough to send smoke out of your ears. I wonder how it tastes!
“It is so hot you can’t even imagine,” said the farmer, Digonta Saikia, working in his fields in the midday sun, his face nearly invisible behind an enormous straw hat. “When you eat it, it’s like dying.”
Awesome!!! I can’t wait ’til the first sauce made with it arrives in the states and my four older brothers all dare me to eat it on a saltine cracker.
*So apparently Blair’s MegaDeath Hot Sauce–which we consumed on crackers at my college apartment and which is a toasty 500,000 Scovilles, as opposed to Dave’s 51,000–was so hot it made me forget I ever tried it. But as we never used it for any kind of cooking, maybe it doesn’t count.