Yesterday afternoon, I received an email from Puckerbutt Pepper Company founder, Ed Currie. In the subject line all it said was, “Wow”. I was hoping it was a good wow, but a part of me knew it could be a rejection notice from the people who decide the records at Guinness. Ed had told me that he has had a lot of hurdles and hoops to leap over and through, so it would not surprise me if he was denied or delayed again. That was not the wow. It was the opposite end of the wow spectrum. Ed had achieved the elite status with his Carolina Reaper chile pepper and it was now the hottest pepper in the world. The Guinness Book of World Records had finally put his Reaper on the highest of pepper pedestals. So it seems fitting that we post a review with a hot sauce featuring the Carolina Reaper, the new king of heat.
This review has been on the books since May, and frankly there was times I was wondering when we were going to post it. We were not waiting on the pepper record, we were waiting on our new reviewer, Slade, Demon Pepper Slayer. Slade had been stricken and hospitalized on numerous occasions dealing some rather heavy medical issues. Every time he would feel better, off he went again to the emergency room. He eventually told me to move on without him, and Ed and I added Fiber Joe into the reviews. As soon as Joe is ready with his first review, along comes Slade ready to get on board again. Now we have 4, and I am most happy that Slade is once again feeling better and to have his first ILIS review here today for us. Along with Fiber Joe and Slade, we also have Matt Bauhaus and ZZombie. We will review 3 more of Ed’s products over the next 3 weeks, including the I Dare You Stupit Mustard. Before we get to the reviews, here is a little about the new World Record Chile Grower, Ed Currie…
In the early 80′s, Eddie Currie, Founder of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company, started investigating the possible correlation between personal life style habits and disease. This overwhelming interest was born from Eddie’s family history of early death from heart disease and cancer. Eddie found that indigenous populations from around the world, who eat hot peppers with meals, have extremely small instances of these diseases and this prompted his focus on peppers as a delicious and healthy food alternative. Within two years, he was raising plants at homes of family members and neighbors with production reaching 800 gallons. Over the years Eddie’s passion, some might say obsession, for peppers has grown. He has created unique hot sauces, salsas, mustards and jellies that are both delicious and healthy and now has more than 5,000 plants and 600 unique seed species. When his wife, Linda, realized what he was spending on growing seeds and canning pepper products they both realized it was time to start charging for their product. And the rest, as they say, is history …The Pucker Butt Pepper Company was born.
Eddie’s on-going passion for peppers is reflected by his experiments in creating new and different pepper plant cultivars, some of which are producing the hottest peppers in the world! Eddie’s goal is to consistently grow the world’s hottest pepper. Don’t be surprised if you hear that he has accomplished his goal!
Slade, Demon Pepper Slayer