Have you heard of Bhut Jolokia? I hadn’t. Lots of sources call it the Naga Jolokia Pepper, some call it the Ghost Pepper. No matter what you opt to name it, it’s HOT. You may think… it’s just a pepper, right? Like Habenero, or Chili, or Jalapeno?
Not quite. Up until recently, the Bhut Jolokia was the absolute hottest pepper on the planet. Hottest. As in 400 times hotter than Tabasco Sauce. That’s pretty freaking hot. So hot, in fact, that in India, residents will smear the pepper on fence posts to ward off elephants, according to National Geographic. It takes a lot of heat to scare away an angry elephant. As if that weren’t amazing enough, it is also being used as a chemical agent in grenades and pepper sprays. You know, to ward off not only elephants, but terrorists, too.
I guess I’m just trying to say – it’s HOT.
Ghost Pepper Chili Chicken Wings
- 3 Tbsps. Light Brown Sugar
- 6 Tbsp Butter
- 1/2 Cup Ketchup
- 1/2 teaspoon Bhut Jolokia Pepper Powder
- Pinch of salt
- 1 Cup Peach Preserves
- Salt to taste
- 1/4 Cup Bourbon
- 4 dozen fried or grilled chicken wings
Slowly boil all ingredients EXCEPT for Bourbon and chicken over medium to low heat until dissolved and well mixed, about 10 minutes, stirring constantly.
Add Bourbon and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer around an hour or longer to thicken. If a thicker sauce is desired, add corn starch as needed, being sure to combine thoroughly.
Apply sauce to fried or grilled wings. Unused sauce can be kept refrigerated for 2 weeks.
Do not handle Bhut Jolokia with bare hands, allow it to get in your eyes
or come in contact with your skin. It is VERY hot. Wear gloves when handling.
As you read this, I am still lounging around at The Greenbrier, more than likely on the internet, as I seem to have an addiction. However, I am going to do my best to escape it just a bit. If you see me overly tweeting – CALL ME OUT! Tell me to get to the Spa or pool…even the Casino. Something!
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