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Wondering where that chili pepper heat comes from? Look no further: capsaicin.  It’s the little compound that could when it comes to heat. It’s the active force behind the pungency of chili peppers, the driver behind the Scoville scale’s heat

What Exactly Are Scoville Heat Units?

There are some mighty big numbers on the Scoville scale.  It ranges from a goose egg zero all the way into the millions.  Each of those numbers is what’s known as a Scoville heat unit, but what does that mean? 

World’s Hottest Peppers

The title for “the hottest pepper” is something that’s challenged more often than you may expect. Every year, hot pepper cultivators find a new mix of hybrid, soil, and temperature to create peppers that will combat for the top position,

Cinco de Mayo

Cinco de Mayo, or the fifth of May, is a holiday that celebrates the date of the Mexican army’s 1862 victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War.  A relatively minor holiday in Mexico, in the

Early Days

In the early days, Bill, 3 employees and myself, his daughter would hand fill the 5oz. bottles by hand using a ketchup squeeze bottle.  We would, of course, wear gloves, but sometimes the heat of the sauce would burn through

New Mexico – Pepper Mash

Once Bill was introduced to a broker he knew that he could no longer use the jalapenos from his garden. He found a company in New Mexico that would make what is called “pepper mash.” Bill had to pick up

Your Grilling Guide for Perfect Results

Nothing says summer like grilling outdoors.  And whether it is a thick steak, pork chops, chicken, or fish, some of these ingredients can be expensive, so knowing how long to cook each type of meat to your liking is crucial. 

The Best Ground Beef for Great Burgers

What makes a good burger? There have been endless debates about grilling vs. stovetop, size of the patty, bun choice, condiments, cheese, and seasoning, but let’s get down to the very first choice you have to make: buying the ground

What are the health benefits of capsaicin

The Trinidad Moruga Scorpion, the hottest pepper in the world, averages around 1.2 million Scoville units, the scale that measures a pepper’s spiciness. Compare that to 5,000 Scoville units for the average jalapeno, and you’ll see why the Moruga Scorpion

It All Started in his Backyard Garden

The year was 1985 when my Dad, Bill Marko came home from a two-week business trip and noticed that the green jalapenos in his backyard garden had turned bright red. He grabbed a bottle of hot sauce from his refrigerator

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