2011

Top 10 UK Chilli Web Sites

This is our last Top 10 of 2011, and we are please to find ourselves at #2 and the only non-shop site in the listing yet again. There is no real surprise the #1 slot is Hot-Headz who has been working very hard on the web site and PR, they have either been #1 or #2 every month this year.

Hot-Headz  have provided a constant supply of products and information over the year,  they make it very simple to write a story about what they are doing. While they are not the site most popular for links out from ours they are always near the top. 

Great to see Scorchio back in the top 10, don’t know what happened to them last month?

Pos Site UK Rank World Rank Links
1 www.hot-headz.com
15,712
454,703
108
2 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
21,706
529,919
164
3 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
34,746
801,662
139
4 www.scorchio.co.uk
35,480
769,645
93
5 www.dartmoorchillifarm.com
40,641
1,274,445
16
6 www.dryriverchillies.co.uk
49,677
1,111,215
23
7 www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
60,407
1,860,211
56
8 www.chilliworld.com
88,557
771,854
221
9 www.chileseeds.co.uk
91,662
923,643
157
10 www.hotsauceemporium.co.uk
121,899
1,604,207
56

This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 28/12/11).
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In articles we publish we try to provide links out to any company that is mentioned, we log all the links out from the site the best we can and during 2011 we have compiled a list of the sites we have sent most visitors to.

  1. www.chileseeds.co.uk
  2. www.thehippyseedcompany.com
  3. www.chillipepperpete.com
  4. www.chillicompany.com
  5. www.hot-headz.com
  6. www.beningtonlordship.co.uk
  7. www.scorchio.co.uk
  8. www.britainshottestchilli.co.uk 
  9. www.firefoods.co.uk 
  10. www.uptonchilli.co.uk

The top 10 is very close in fact the places 11-40 are only separated by a 100 or so links, with the current number 1 getting over 4500 links from our site, we are hoping that our suppliers are staring to see the value of the site as part of the sales and marketing mix, as a free service  to all but the costs are many £1000’s over the year.. just encase anyone wishes to sponsor us!!

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During 2011 we served over 370 thousand page views (excluding the home page which has five articles), I think we have told every supplier to calls in or sends us an email that good recipes are the best way of getting visitors, following that news stories. So you not only have to make great sauces, jams and pickles, to win on the internet you need to tell people how to use them and why yours are so great.. and that is why we are here. 

  1. Make Your Own Chilli Oil – Simple and Easy Recipe
  2. Simple Bombay Potato Recipe
  3. New Record Chilli – Naga Viper chilli – 1,349,000 SHU’s
  4. UK Chilli Festivals/Events Directory
  5. News from Australia Trinidad Scorpion New Record 1,463,700 SHU’s
  6. The Numbers (SHU’s)
  7. How to make Chilli Vodka and what to do with it when you do?
  8. Pickling Chillies made Quick and Simple
  9. Pringles Xtreme Flavours Reviewed
  10. First Image of the Trinidad Scorpion “Butch T”

The top product reviews come just outside the top 10, with the exception of the Pringles review, which shows just how many people search for Pringles information.. The top real review this year was from Darth Naga and it was his Video review of ChilliPepperPete’s – Satan’s Shit, which is a classic bit of Darth Naga, and dates all the way back to September 2009.

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The Smokey Upton Dragon

The Smokey Upton Dragon

The residents of Bristol I hear tell stories of a not so far off land to the east, where there be Dragons in the hills, the smoke  from these Dragons can be seen billowing gently from behind farms, in  the little hamlet of Upton Cheyney

I guess the traditional Chilli that we smoke is the Jalapeño which becomes the Chipotle, well over the past couple of years I have tasted all sorts of Chillies that have been smoked with all sorts of woods. You may think that we would have a tendency to smoke here in the UK as our weather is not up to drying under the sun.. but this is much more a gourmet thing.

Today’s sauce is from one of the UK best sauce makers, they have made the one sauce I have awarded an 11/10 for  it wonderful savoury flavour, this is a sweet sauce, which are not always my favourite, and people who know me well know I would pick Pineapple off a pizza.. So fingers crossed this is not going to be a one I wish I had not tried.

Ingredients: Pineapple, Sugar, Honey, Onion, Oak Smoked Habanero, Lime, Garlic.

Bottle kindly provided by the dragon keepers of Upton Cheyney

On popping the lid, it does not have the expected sweet smell, but I can detect the Oak smoke and the Lime and Garlic, not what I was expecting, but then Louise (Who I am told is defiantly not the Upton Dragon) is a master in the kitchen. First taste is mildly of sweet Pineapple that followed by the smoked Habaneros, it is sweet but not as sweet as the ingredients make it sound.

While this would make a superb dipping sauce, it works so well as the basis of a salsa adding both heat and flavour, also dripping a little on the last of the sausages rolls is just divine.

The 140ml bottle costs just £4.00, and knowing the smokey flavour comes from Chilli grown and smoked on the farm makes it seem all the better, I must get myself up to the Farm to visit Alex and Louise and see the new smoker in action.

Don’t forget that The Upton Cheyney Chilli Co put one a great Chilli Festival each year, we would not miss it, visit their site for more details and to order on-line.

Flavour
(8.5/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(7/10)
Overall
(8/10)

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