September 2011

Top 10 Chilli Blogs - WorldWide

This month we decided to take a look at the world of Chilli Blogs, and try to find who is the most popular, this was not an exhaustive search, so if you blog is missing please let us know.  We did exclude sites that where shops selling sauces with blogs.

We have to say we were stunned at the findings, we did not expect to find our UK based blog in the number 2 slot, and we had expect Dave DeWitt’s Fiery-Foods.com to be a clear leader!!

Pos Site World Links
1 thehotpepper.com
214,187
105
2 chilefoundry.co.uk
434,632
110
3 chileunderground.com
459,115
53
4 scottrobertsweb.com
538,958
216
5 hotsauceblog.com
610,946
273
6 fiery-foods.com
860,282
534
7 hotsaucedaily.com
2,329,282
139
8 eatmoreheat.com
2,594,217
41
9 tastethefear.com
3,023,018
29
10 freshhotsauce.com
3,682,270
43

This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 29/09/11)
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Top 10 UK Chilli Web Sites

Our second month in the number one slot for the ChileFoundry, in fact the top 4 have not changed this month. The Cool Chile Co has made it in to the top 10 this month and the  welcome return of Chillis Galore.

Pos Site UK World Links
1 www.chilefoundry.co.uk
19,822
429,147
110
2 www.hot-headz.com
27,642
501,185
59
3 www.scorchio.co.uk
31,686
683,412,
57
4 www.dartmoorchillifarm.co.uk
37,278
800,828
31
5 www.southdevonchillifarm.co.uk
39,415
899,312
87
6 www.chileseeds.co.uk
58,907
880,775
109
7 www.mexgrocer.co.uk
62,854
1,315,907
71
8 www.coolchile.co.uk
76,647
2,234,249
100
9 www.chillisgalore.co.uk
79,893
420,341
110
10 www.chilliworld.com
83,071
678,454
163

This is based on data from Alexa (data recorded on 25/09/11)
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Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Devils Duel

Of all the sauces I received in my box from Hot Juan a few weeks ago for review, this is my favourite. It’s a Habanero-based effort from the US with a heavy vinegar note being the primary smell off the top of the bottle.

Whatever’s been used for vinegar, however, has a mellow flavour, with any bitterness removed. Well-placed celery and lime pull together with the Habaneros and vinegar to give a deeply savoury effect.

All the flavours and aromas are distinct, including the Habanero.

Ingredients: Water, Mustard (Mustard flour, Vinegar, Salt), Vinegar, Habanero peppers, Sugar, Garlic, Onion, Xanthan Gum (natural food fibre), Green bell pepper, Celery, Caramel colour, Lime juice, Spice extractives.

Bottle kindly provided by Hot-Headz

Mayonnaise-based salads – pasta, coleslaw, etc – love it, and I’ve found myself specifically making them just so I can eat more sauce. A good sign (unless you’re my belt).

As for heat, there’s just enough. It’s a straight-up hab burn on the back of the throat and the tip of the tongue. I’m guessing decent stock was used; the flavour’s unmistakable. As there’s no additive aside from the chillis themselves and the main ingredients are water, mustard and vinegar, the heat vanishes quickly in the main then lingers in the throat. The lower level of hotness means it’s perfect for everyday use.

The consistency’s thin and it’s easy to pour. A caramel colouring’s been used to make it browner, and you can see the pieces of chilli if you squint.

You’ll get a 148ml bottle for £3.99. The packaging features a T-Rex stabbing Satan, so it’s difficult to fault. Dinosaurs make everything better. You can purchase this sauce from Hot-Headz

The icing on the cake is a refusal to use anything artificial. For a “commercial” hot sauce this is pretty much brilliant.

My only real complaint is that I had the last spoonful as a reminder to write this review.

Flavour
(9/10)
Heat
(6/10)
Packaging
(8/10)
Value
(8/10)
Overall
(9/10)

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(c) Lloyd Miller llomil.com - FFUK Chilli Festival in Brighton 2011 Chilli Eating Contest Day 1

The marquee is full ready for the Chilli Eating Contest

 A big crowd packed the marquee at the Fiery Foods UK Chilli Festival for the first of the weekends Chilli Eating Contests, each entrant is presented with a garland of chillies, and is led to a seat on the stage, in front of them is a small black bucket and a cold glass of beer. 

To start they all looked as cool as possible, just like they did this everyday just for fun. The audience knows they are watching the fool hardy, who may smile and grin in the vain hoping this is not really going to hurt that much.

(c) Lloyd Miller llomil.com - FFUK Chilli Festival in Brighton 2011 Chilli Eating Contest Day 1

Ready to start eating

The contest is simple, they are each handed a chilli, they are mild to start with, they are given time to eat this and hold up the stalk, each round the chillies get progressively hotter, the first 5 are OK, but after that the extreme and super hots start to weed out the weak, leaving just the insane to be the last man/woman standing.

If they touch the beer of do not eat one of the chillies they are out, the event takes about 30-50 minutes, the longer it takes the more the pain, it is not always the heat in the mouth that finishes you off, but your stomach rebels at such a rich capsiacin diet (best not to miss the bucket).

(c) Lloyd Miller llomil.com - FFUK Chilli Festival in Brighton 2011 Chilli Eating Contest Day 1

The Winner - Reuben

An if you do get near the end, we recommend you don’t try to hold it all down, it is not going to give to a restful night, or a very pleasant morning, the only way is to vomit it all up as soon as you can. Its unpleasant at the time, but at least then it is over for another day.

And on this the first day of the competition, Reuben who looked like he was going out much earlier managed to keep it all going and win, our congratulations to Reuben, we would love to hear from him to know how he felt afterwards.

There are a number of Chilli Eating Competitions at chilli Festivals around the UK, but this has to be one of the toughest.

Our thanks to  Lloyd Miller who provided the images therefore All images copyright Lloyd Miller llomil.com

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