Look, I definitely do enjoy my food with a nice kick to it — I’ve probably owned over a hundred different types of hot sauce throughout the years, and I always have a few staples on hand — but I never understood eating hot things just for the level of spiciness alone. Like any other ingredient, it’s supposed to enhance the flavor, not completely take it over.
That being said, this little get-together is just for these folks to say they did it, and not about food at all really. And more power to them, I say. You won’t be catching me popping one of these suckers, that’s for damn sure.
Funny story: I was out with a bunch of people a few years back and we decided to get some burritos from Burritoville here in NYC. It’s not the greatest, but it was close. Anyway, they display a bunch of different hot sauces along the windowsills for anyone to try. My friend, thinking he’s a tough guy, takes a tiny shot of the hottest one they had. I’m not sure if it was a ghost chili pepper sauce or not, but his face turned eggplant purple and he literally couldn’t talk for about an hour. Oh how we laughed and laughed at his sorry ass. Good times.
Well, enough reminiscing, let’s get to the pepper. The ghost chili is also known as the bhut jolokia, and even though it is no longer the hottest known pepper on Earth — that honor now goes to the Trinidad moruga scorpion — believe me when I tell you, it is still a killer chili. I tried a tiny piece once, and man, that summabitch is hot! I can’t even imagine eating a whole one like the crazy fools in this video.
Source Klaus Wunderhits
H/T John C. – SOAO submissions