HotSauceMinute HSM 007 – Bowers Pepper Festival

Our longest HotSauceMinute yet! We recap our visit to the Bowers’ PA Pepperfestival.com – with short interviews with Captain Thom, Bigfats, Dragonfire, SWChile, HighRiverSauces, and CaJohn.

We recap our visit to the Bowers’ PA Pepper Festival and feature a few short interviews with some of the vendors.

http://pepperfestival.com

Captain Thom with Brian at Bowers Chile Pepper Festival

Brian at Captain Thom's booth

Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company:
http://captainthoms.com

Kat and Jeremy of BigFatsHotSauce.com

Kat and Jeremy of BigFatsHotSauce.com

Bigfat’s Hot Sauce:
http://bigfatshotsauce.com

Maria and Rick of Dragonfirehotsauce.com

Maria and Rick of Dragonfirehotsauce.com

Dragonfire Hot Sauce:
http://dragonfirehotsauce.com

Carlo of Southwest Chile Supply

Carlo of Southwest Chile Supply

Southwest Chile Supply:
http://swchilesupply.com

Steve Seabury of HighRiverSauces.com

Steve Seabury of HighRiverSauces.com

High River Sauces:
http://highriversauces.com

Brian interviews CaJohn Hard of CaJohns.com

Brian interviews CaJohn Hard of CaJohns.com

CaJohn’s:
http://cajohns.com

Franks RedHot
Sweet Chili Sauce Review

Frank’s RedHot® has come up with a winner with their new
Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce.

Labeled as a “dipping sauce and more”, their Sweet Chili sauce is indeed a true “sweet chili sauce” in the tradition of a Thai sweet chili sauce like Mae Ploy, A Taste of Thai, Thai Kitchen… and the dozens of other specialty / imported Thai chili sauces you can find in the grocery store.

Which brings me to an important point I’d like to make:
While true Chileheads surely know what Thai chili sauces taste like, Frank’s Sweet Chili, with it’s familiar name, has the potential to convert the timid over to trying what is a “classic” sauce that is perfect on shrimp, glazed chicken, sweet glazed ribs and the like. This is a versatile sauce with a trusted name, readily available in many grocery stores.

Next time I’m going to try and and doctor it up with extra heat (add some Frank’s Original, or some Soy or Worcestershire, wasabi or horseradish) to see if I can make it hotter like I like it.

… a pulpy & zesty sauce made with fresh chilis… this fusion sauce is a slightly sweet, full-bodied alternative to traditional hot sauces.

… so reads the back label.


There is also Frank’s own “Heat Indicator” which shows this sauce to be slightly hotter than Frank’s Original. Hmmm… I despute that. The heat in this Sweet Chili Sauce is minimal. Just a tinge. I wouldn’t place it hotter than the Original.

Here are the ingredients:
water, sugar, red chili peppers, salt, garlic, modified food starch and acetic acid … That’s it. Pretty simple. Don’t get me started on the spelling of “chili peppers” versus “chile peppers”. That’s beyond this post. But I guess the folks at Frank’s want to fit in with the Thai crowd – hence the “chili” spelling.

We grilled some shrimp with Frank’s RedHot Chili Sauce:
Here’s my recipe for testing this sauce… Grilled Shrimp:

  • frozen, deveined, shrimp
  • Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce
  • Skewers for the shrimp

Marinate shrimp with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce in baggie for 4-8 hours.
Skewer shrimp and grill until done.
Drizzle or provide a dipping bowl of the sauce and enjoy!

By the way, those potato planks were drizzled with olive oil and hit with a generous helping of Todd’s Dirt Original Seasoning.

The shrimp were simple to make and delicious – which is why I think Frank’s has a great product with their Sweet Chili Sauce. Bottom line: it’s not as sweet as the other Thai chili sauces you’ll find and it has that distinctive Frank’s RedHot flavor.

Have you tried Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce? If so leave a comment here and tell us if you like it!

Ordering: Click this link to get yourself a bottle of Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce

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