How hot is too hot?

Wall of Sauce at Heaven on 7th in Chicago

There are sauces that are hot and full of flavor and there are sauces that so hot they are just full of hatred. I’ve tasted some mighty hot sauces in my day but there comes a point when you’ve got to put your pride aside and try to enjoy some flavor rather than just pure heat.

My latest encounter with heat was with Hattie B’s “Shut the cluck up” hot chicken. It was full of flavor but the heat was almost unbearable potentially ruining the meal. There’s a fine line between heat and taste. You want to tiptoe the line as to know cause hiccups or a vomit reflex. But you want enough heat to induce sweating and a slight watering of the eyes.

Here are my top hottest things ever that have left a scar on my memory, in no particular order.

  • Eating a Tabasco pepper from the bottle at Po’Folks restaurant when I was a kid, first time ever trying anything hot. I was hooked!
  • Hattie B’s Chicken, it might have been a while since I ate something this hot so I must have lost some of the tolerance
  • Grilled Red Jalapeno at a family cookout. I can’t remember if it was a Jalapeno or Habanero, but I just picked it up and at it. I ate the whole thing at once and it really hurt my face and body.
  • First taste of viscous viper hot sauce. I was eating at a restaurant in Hardy Arkansas and put too much on my food.
  • Braveheart wings from Wild Wing Cafe in Charleston, SC. I ordered six of them and ate them all, and regretted it after the first bite. The next day was even worse.
  • Bushido’s level 10 Sushi roll. I had to sign a release form.

If we are being honest, the whole point of heating hot food is so you don’t have to share with your family.


Fall Chili to Warm Your Bones

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Now that fall has arrived, it’s time to warm up your bones with a nice bowl of chili. Well, if you make this recipe, it will warm the marrow of your bones.


  • 2 lbs Ground Sirloin
  • 1.5 Cups Frozen Red/Green Peppers and Onion Mix
  • 2 Cans of Rotel (Hot optional)
  • 1 large can of Tomato Paste
  • 2 Cans Dark Red Kidney Beans
  • 1 Head Garlic
  • 2 Cups Cilantro
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 16oz Beer
  • 1 Cup Taco Seasoning
  • 3 tbsp of Cumin
  • 2 tbsp Chili Powder
  • 1 Large Jalapeño
  • 3 Red Habaneros (optional)
  • 1/4 tsp of Dry Carolina Reaper Dust (optional for pain)
  • Wrap the garlic in aluminum foil and put in a preheated 400 deg oven for 30 minutes
  • Fire up the grill and make two large patties out of the ground sirloin sear on both sides
  • Spray the Jalapeño and Habaneros with Extra Virgin Olive Oil and roast on the grill until soft.
  • In a large pot, use bacon fat to cook pepper/onion mix until onions are translucent
  • Add Sirloin
  • Add Beer
  • Add Rotel, Paste, Seasonings, BBQ Sauce, Beans
  • Take Roasted Jalapeños, Habaneros, Garlic, Cilantro and chop with a food processor, then add to the pot
  • Add the Reaper (Optional for extra heat)
  • Simmer for 1 hour.
  • Let cool to room temperature transfer to a bowl
  • Store in fridge overnight to let all flavors get to know each other
  • Reheat in crockpot
  • Enjoy
Next Day
  • Preparation H Cooling Gel
  • Tucks Medicated Pads

Is Sirius XM worth the money?

After about a month, Sirius XM gets old and repeaty. I took a trip to the grocery store and heard the long version of the Humpty Dance on Backspin. Once I got tired of the endless loop, I flipped over to 90’s on 9 where the Humpty Dance was just beginning. Also, you can only hear Downtown Julie Brown so many times before you want to jump out of the door on the interstate pavement.

You will get your three month preview whenever you get a new car, but that’s as far as you should go. One time, I made the mistake of getting the 6 month extension for $29 ($36 after fees), so I was stuck hearing Humpty Hump for a few more months. BTW, Sirius XM doesn’t work well if there are trees around or you pull into a gas station. The signal will go out because you need a line of sight to the satellite.  Once your free trial is up I suggest Apple Music if you are an iPhone user. That way you can put Humpty on repeat to your heart’s desire.

Leave a comment below.

At what point do you abandon the idea of leaving a comment? I give up when I see the thread bypass a half dozen. At that point, the probability is high that your comment will get steam-rolled by someone’s “superior” opinion. It’s simply not worth the time or effort to debate so that you can prove that you are right. But really, we are more concerned with proving someone wrong in those debates, am I correct? I’m probably wrong, and I’m sure you will debate me on that.

However, It’s quite horrifying (maybe entertaining) to read through a comment chain once it gets over one hundred. You really see the broad spectrum of people’s beliefs and opinions.

How to ruin your coffee experience

Stale Makers

The only thing worse than buying ground coffee is grinding it yourself in the store. Coffee goes stale in two minutes after grinding, so you are actually wasting your time to make your coffee worse. Not only that but you are mingling your beans with somebody who just chewed up 20 pounds of Folgers in these worn out gears. Buy a good burr grinder for your home countertop. Grind just what you need for your preferred brewing method.

Blocking pop-ups from magazines…

IMG_2873It sounds like a contradictory non-sensible statement but I’m talking about the little card that flies out of a magazine when you thumb through the pages. These are the equivalent of pop-up ads on websites. Now that add blockers are basically useless you have to go back to print media to get your news, but now you have to deal with Geico shoving a card within each page.

Whenever I get a new magazine, which is rare these days. I will take it directly to the garbage can with the widest opening. I shake the magazine until all the cards fall out and then enjoy the magazine as it was intended. You know, a few articles and embedded ads.

Ad blockers are useless…

What’s more annoying than ads on a website? I’ll tell you, begging for money on websites. Not just begging for money, but doing so in a passive aggressive way.  Maybe we don’t want to support your journalism, maybe it’s “fake news”. Instead of adding sites to a whitelist, I’m adding them to a list of sites I will never visit again. I will go so far as to even block them at the router so they don’t get one red cent from my any of my family members, even by accident.