ChilliMEchallengeChilliMEchallenge – So for a bunch of hardened Chilli Headz like us, eating a few hot chillies should be an easy challenge. While most of the other challengers are eating Jalepenos or taking a shot of a Tabasco style sauce. I am sure we can show them how to up the heat. Who of us will take up and help spread word of this challenge amongst the chilli community?

What you need to do is video yourself either eating a chilli or taking a shot of hot sauce, make it as funny as you can! and challenge a couple more people to take the challenge. If we all contribute £$€ 4.00 in our local currency.

This challenge is to support ‘Invest in ME’ and ‘Columbia University ME/CFS Research’ you can give your donation online at

Please post your video on youtube and include the hashtag #chilliMEchallenge, and then tell everybody about it on twitter and Facebook. Please make sure to challenge 5 others. We will also feature the best videos in a later article.

Now you are asking, will I do it, well in a few days my very amateur video will be up on our youtube channel.. guess who I will be challenging?

What is M.E./CFS, myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome?

Quote from fund raising web site:-

M.E./CFS is a potentially-fatal and disabling neuroimmune disease with dysfunction of the immune system, thus affecting every organ system, especially the neurological and endocrine systems. It can isolate many as bed-bound, wheelchair-bound, house-bound with no treatment and no recognition from their doctors. This is the most common of the most unknown serious severe diseases. Millions are ill with it and it is mocked as lazy and fraudulent. Many children suffer from M.E. Many ill with it end their lives/commit suicide after suffering for possibly 30 years with no recognition in isolation. The extreme light, noise, and movement sensitivity can leave those ill in a dark, quiet room for years. Because we “pay for it” later once we participant in basic activities of daily living (showering, eating, etc.), you may see us out in public one day and then disappear in bed for days or weeks or months afterward. Weappear healthy yet we are very ill. Many doctors recommend exercise, which actually makes one very much worse. These people desparately need hope!! A cause must be found with biomedical research if we are not to be seen as lazy and for a cure to be found. Please help by spreading awareness and/or donating.

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Bulk Glass Sauce BottlesWhen I started working making and selling food products there was always a very limited supply of bottle and jars for packaging, we spend ages looking for the perfect packaging for our BBQ rubs, in the end we opted for a plastic container as we just could not find a glass jar that was suitable in size and especially price.

Well now we have a growing list of potential suppliers, many of which will sell small quantities for the amateur producer as well as offing discounts for the professional manufacturer.

This is a list of the suppliers we know (24/5/2015). You can find other suppliers in our listing page “Suppliers to the UK Chilli Industry“.

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Jack Daniel's Barbecue SaucesToday we have two sauces from Jack Daniel’s both are Barbecue sauces, both look very similar, I have a couple of question when we get products like this in for review.

  • Are they any good…
  • What is the difference between them

The first one we are going to try is:-

Jack Daniel’s Hot Pepper Sauce

On popping open the bottle the initial smell is a slightly sweet vinegar mixed with tomatoes and I think I can smell the tamarind, but that soon makes way for a more fruity smell. The sauce is thick, thicker that tomato sauce and slower to pour from the bottle.

First taste is a type of sweet and sour feeling that makes way for the heat from the chilli, then in the background there is the hints of the Jack Daniel’s whiskey giving a little dryness to the back of the throat. A second spoonful and I can taste the fruit and tomatoes. Not bad, a much more complicated taste that I expected.

Ingredients: Water, Brown Sugar, White Wine Vinegar,Tomato Paste, Dextrose, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Molasses, Dates, Mango Puree, Modified Maize starch, Chilli Powder, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Jack Daniel’s Tennessae Whiskey (1%), Onion Puree, Maize starch, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Red Chillies, Ground Ginger, Preservative (potassium Sorbate), Sprit Vinegar.

I am quite enjoying this sauce, it is sweet and sticky as I would expect from this type of BBQ sauce, but with a more grown up flavour..

Flavour
(7/10)
Heat
(1.5/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(7/10)

Now for the second sauce, will this be just a copy of the first with just a little extra heat from the now named chilli variety.

Jack Daniel’s Extra Hot Habanero BBQ Sauce

The smell is completely different, much more earthy and dark. I am not getting the sweet vinegar as I did from the first one. Lie the first this is thick sauce that seems to take ages to pour. First taste is not as instantly sweet, much dryer. There is not a lot more heat, but this one is making my mouth water (May have to have ribs later).

No where as sweet, and even a little bit more grown up than the first, once I have swallowed, I can taste the some residual flavour from the lemon and the whiskey. Of the two this is the one for the ribs and the bbq’d beef, while the first was much more what I expected for chicken and burgers.

Ingredients: Water, Dextrose, Tomato Paste, Concentrated Raisin Juice, White Wine Vinegar, Concentrated Orange Juice, Salt, Concentrated Lemon Juice, Onion Puree, Habanero Chilli Powder (1%), Jack Daniel’s Tennessae Whiskey (1%), Modified Maize starch, Colour (Ammonia Caramel), Dates, Flavouring, Concentrated Tamarind Extract, Stabiliser (Xanthan Gum), Preservative (potassium Sorbate), Chilli Powder.

I am a little surprised how much I enjoyed these, neither are hot sauces in the terms of chilli sauces, but they are much much better than the standard fare BBQ sauces you are offered at this price range.

Flavour
(7.5/10)
Heat
(2/10)
Packaging
(6/10)
Value (9/10)
Overall
(7.5/10)

Did I forget to mention this are about £1.99 for a 260g bottle and are available in most major supermarkets. Given a choice of supermarket sauces, I would put both of these in my basket, they may not be quite up the of the artisan products we normally try, or what I can make given a few hours in the kitchen but at only £1.99 they are a bargain

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All the way from New Zealand we review this American Hickory Chili sauce made by Culley’s. Based in Auckland Culley’s make there own range of sauces also now stocking other sauces from around the world.

So lets see how this Hickory chilli sauce tastes.

Ingredients: Tomatoes, Tomato juice, Acidity regulator(citric acid), White wine vinegar (wine, antioxidant (224)), Capsicum, Onion, Chillies (NZ grown), Sugar, Garlic, Liquid smoke flavouring, Salt & Pepper.

Culley’s story:- ‘Chris Cullen, or “Culley”, has always had a passion for food, and in particular the odd chilli here and there! Chris was a successful Chef in both Auckland and Melbourne for over 10 years, focusing primarily on corporate catering and private dining. During this time he was using only the highest quality ingredients, a mantra he has maintained to this day.’

Made and available by Culley’s
http://www.culleys.co.nz
Bottle 150ml
Priced at NZD $8.90 (Price correct at time of publishing)

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