We selected Cliff as after twenty+ years in the food industry he started The Devon ChilliMan Business and glammed up one of his catering vans with a vinyl chilli coating. Then this year he took on a very major and very altruistic endeavor of working inside Channingswood Prison to take over their 7 massive and then unused polytunnels, working with unskilled prisoners, to grow over 2000 chilli plants using the Autopot water system and a feed from Growth Technology.
As you can imagine this is a big gamble and it has taken almost all of Cliff’s time and energy to make it happen, he has even ended up with a serious stay in Hospital. This success of the prison project has seen Chilli Pods become a tradable commodity at the prison and there are lots of stories to be told about what you can and cannot leave lying around that could be used to aid and escape.
After growing a range of chilies Cliff has to sell his crop to recoup the ever growing setup/running costs, and I am happy to say he has managed to do this in his first year with still some pods left to pick and from what I have seen he has some very happy new customers from all around the country.
Just incase you wondered who the runner up was this year is was the amazing Adam Marks from Mr Vikki’s who always seem to do an amazing job producing gold medal winning chilli products.
We would like to thank all the readers who recommended people/companies for this award.
Below are the results of the UK entries into the World Hot Sauce, BBQ and Extreme Food Awards for 2015, the event is a USA organised competition with most entries from the USA as you would expect, but the UK did well with one first place, three second places and two third places.
Question: Summertime means one thing BBQ’s and what do you need to go with a BBQ?
Answer: A great chili sauce, so we crack open this sauce made by Mr Vikki’s named after his son ‘Harry’ it is called Harry’s Roast Chipotle BBQ Sauce so lets get it open and see how it tastes.
Bottle 280g Priced at £4.50 (Price correct at time of publishing)
About Mr Vikki’s: ‘A small bespoke Indian Fusion pickle producer in the beautiful Lake district Cumbria. Dedicated to using fresh natural ingredients, that contain no wheat or dairy. Many products using specific chillies, and keep very well once opened and unchilled due to the low water content achieved through ancient methods of preserving.‘
As your no doubt aware the Reaper is currently world number one on the old faithful Scoville scale with a whopping peak of 2.2 MSHU OUCH! I say currently as the word on the chilli street is that Ed Currie has hatched, made, bred or somehow made a deal with the devil to come up with something potentially hotter? Crazy mudder that one.
Anyway, any product with Reaper in generally gets peoples attention especially amongst the sadistic bunch of people who love pain with their food, or as we call ourselves, chilliheads. So when I was given a jar of Mr Vikki’s King Reaper Pickle I was pretty excited, but at the same time worried.
Worried as I have tried several of Mr Vikki’s products that are made to be hot and that is exactly what they are. Explosive heat levels as well as mild products so he covers all angles and covers them extremely well. And this 110g jar looks fairly aggressive with his usual yellow and red labelling which is accompanied by the logo from the Devon Chilliman as this is where the reapers have come from. Behind the label lurks a rich oily red pickle with flecks of seeds and flesh of pods. And the smell is reminiscent of an Indian restaurant which for me is always a plus. The ingredients are pretty impressive also showing a whopping 50% of this is made up of Superhots and reapers……
Ingredients: Red Jalapenos 30%, UK Superhots 35%, Carolina reaper chillies 15%, Rapeseed oil, Vinegar, Garlic, Salt, Mustard and spices.
Jar kindly provided by The Devon Chilliman
And on that note I shall let the video do the rest of the talking. So until next time guys, if it burns going in, it will burn coming out.