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How Hot is Hot?

Will you survive?

To rate the heat of chilli peppers in your chilli or BBQ sauce, we have always used the Scoville scale created by an American Pharmacist called Wilbur Scoville in 1912. That is until technology created the High Pressure Chromatograph (HPLC) which measures the amount of capsaicin in chilli or BBQ sauce.

So the Scoville method is somewhat out of date, but because everyone loves this old method, many companies provide a heat measure of chilli in both scales.

Rate your chilli or BBQ sauce

So just what is the Scoville scale and how hot is your chilli or barbeque sauce?

The Scoville scale ranges from zero right up to millions, in fact there is no upper limit to this scale. The hottest chilli pepper is the Carolina Reaper with a score of 2.2 million SHU (SHU is the Scoville heat unit). It just so happens that our Carolina BBQ Sauce is made from fresh Carolina Reaper Chilli (5%), so if you like your barbeque sauce hot – we have you covered!

If you want it even hotter, try Fever Chilli Sauce with 50% fresh Carolina Reaper Chilli, this will really knock your socks off!

Still think you like it hot, but not THAT hot? Well how about our Congo BBQ Sauce made from fresh Congo Black Chocolate Habanero chilli at around only 400,000 SHU? All that’s left to do is fire up the barbie, open a coldie and let your taste buds do the walkin’!

If you want a more medium tasting chilli barbeque sauce you can try our Habanero (Amazon) BBQ Sauce at around 150,000 SHU, this one is a real crowd pleaser!

On the other hand, for our customers with a milder palate we have the very special Oaxaca BBQ Sauce with a score of around 1,000 to 5,000 SHU, this is one for chilli lovers with a discerning taste.

So here are the Top 10 Hottest Chilli Peppers – EVER

  • Red Savina Habanero (500,000 SHU)
  • Barrackpore (800,000 SHU)
  • 7 Pot Brain Strain (1 million SHU)
  • Ghost Pepper (1 million and a bit SHU)
  • 7 Pot Primo (1.2 million SHU)
  • Naga Viper (1.3 million SHU)
  • Trinidad Scorpion Butch T (1.5 million SHU)
  • 7 Pot Douglah (1.8 million SHU)
  • Trinidad Moruga Scorpion (2 million SHU)
  • Carolina Reaper (2.2 million SHU).








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