Okay, I admit I fell behind on my news coverage while trying (and failing) to get a Big Green Egg out of Santa for Christmas. But that was last year. Welcome to the Brave New World of 2014. Here are a few highlights I found that you may want to know about.
In the latest round of legal flak aimed at Sriracha, a California judge has ruled in favor of the town of Irwindale. He decreed that the factory stop making “anything that causes odors” at Sriracha’s Irwindale facility. What this means to us hot sauce lovers possibly is less Sriracha on store shelves next year. Considering the sauce has gotten so popular Subway makes a Sriracha Chicken Melt sammich, this is kind of a big deal. Judge Robert H. O’Brien filing says, “[Huy Fong Foods] is to immediately make changes in its site operations reducing odors and the potential for odors” consistent with the city’s air quality mitigation measures. The factory processes fresh chilies for three months out of the year.
My post-Vegas food coma (aka, the itis) finally ended so I’m back at the keyboard writing about motorcycles and food again. Woohoo! We’re starting the week off with Hot News and it’s all about reapers, roosters, and ribs.
Even though outdoor grilling and fall weather don’t agree with each other everywhere, a lot is still going on, like the two items we have for you this week. Especially if you’re a certain hot sauce with a chicken on your bottle.
This is why we don’t actually follow the plans we make when we’re plastered on tequila, kids.
With so much going on the worlds of barbecue and hot sauce, I’m starting a weekly news department to keep track of events and products you might want to know about. This is the first go-around so I’m keeping it short and sweet as we build up content.
Paul McIlhenny, CEO and Chairman of the Board of McIlhenny Company, passed away on Saturday, February 23, 2013, at the age of 68. A sixth-generation member of the family to live on Avery Island and fourth-generation member to produce Tabasco brand Original Red Sauce, Mr. McIlhenny joined McIlhenny Company in 1967 and directly oversaw the production and quality of all products sold under the Tabasco brand for 13 years.