HotSauceMinute HSM 007 – Bowers Pepper Festival

Our longest HotSauceMinute yet! We recap our visit to the Bowers’ PA – 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.

Captain Thom with Brian at Bowers Chile Pepper Festival

Brian at Captain Thom's booth

Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company:

Kat and Jeremy of

Kat and Jeremy of

Bigfat’s Hot Sauce:

Maria and Rick of

Maria and Rick of

Dragonfire Hot Sauce:

Carlo of Southwest Chile Supply

Carlo of Southwest Chile Supply

Southwest Chile Supply:

Steve Seabury of

Steve Seabury of

High River Sauces:

Brian interviews CaJohn Hard of

Brian interviews CaJohn Hard of


Blues BBQ Carolina Pepper Sauce Review

Not a BBQ Sauce and Not a Hot Sauce – What is it?


An all purpose sauce I plan on keeping on my table at all times, Carolina Pepper Sauce has converted this thick and sweet bbq sauce lover over to Carolina “style” vinegar and pepper sauce!

If it’s not a bbq sauce. And it’s not a hot sauce. What is it?
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Wine Bottle Pepper Grinder

This wine bottle pepper grinder not only looks great, but it’s our best grinder as well.

Featuring a stainless steel grinding mechanism, it adjusts easily from fine to coarse with the knurled top.

It’s made by Chef Specialties Co in Smethport, PA. Purchased from and custom engraved by (See update below.)

I have to admit, we wanted one of these ever since we saw it on the Emeril Live show. (But we constantly wonder why he lays it down sideways… I think it’s a “production” issue… can’t have that thing sitting up tall, and distracting the viewers, now can we?)

So, Wifey ordered this for me, for my birthday. It arrived plain, un-tatooed, sans logo… NAKED even.
I sent Tom at a post-it note, with my nickname sketched on it, and my grinder came back with the “design” burned in, at actual size. Awesome job, Tom!

This would make a great gift for your favorite foodie! And the website has different woods, and dozens of designs to choose from.

Update 01/03/11: Tom’s new website is called

Tell Tom that sent you!