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For Carnivores Only: The Meating Place of Smoke & Spice

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By Dave DeWitt and Nancy Gerlach The first outdoor cook to use chile peppers during a barbecue was Jaguar Claw, a somewhat hen-pecked paleo-Native American who lived in the Amazon Basin about 20,000 years ago. He had dispatched his prey with his spear, had butchered the world’s largest rodent with his new flint carving knife into chunks, and was contemplating …

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It’s Time to Enter Your Products in the Scovie Awards!

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Now in its 16th year, the Scovie Awards is the world’s largest professional competition for fiery foods and BBQ products. Produced by Dave DeWitt’s Sunbelt Shows—producers of the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show—the Scovie Awards gives manufacturers the chance to see how their products stand up to the competition. A Scovie win gives a company the opportunity to promote …

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Dave DeWitt’s Chile Podcasts Continue

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Hey all you folks out there in what passes these days for Radio Land! The Pope of Peppers has a new installment of his his weekly podcast: an interview with chilehead and entrepreneur Harald Zoschke, who founded Germany’s first retail store for lovers of fiery foods. Check out the free podcast here. Dave’s other podcast guests have included such hot …

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Battle for the World’s Hottest Record Continues

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Whenever someone tries to lay claim to the biggest, best, or most intense record for pretty much anything, they run the risk of being challenged. When the subject is the world’s hottest pepper, the stakes are high, both monetarily and in terms of publicity. If you’ve ever dealt with chileheads, they can be every bit as fanatical and obsessed about …

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Dave’s Chile Podcast Series Continues with the God of Capsaicin

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With new superhot chiles emerging in what seems like every other month, the coveted title of “Hottest Chile” is up for grabs once again. But who is the best judge of a superhot, anyway? Chemical engineer and capsaicin expert Marlin Bensinger doesn’t think that the Guinness World Records people are qualified to make the call.  Dave DeWitt hears him out …

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Dave’s Chile Podcasts To Begin

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Sunbelt Shows, Inc., owner of Burn! Magazine and the Fiery Foods & Barbecue SuperSite, has announced the launch of Dave DeWitt’s Chile Podcasts, a weekly audio show that features interviews with the top leaders and characters in the fiery foods and barbecue industries.  The theme of the first series of three podcasts is “SuperHot” and features interviews with James Beck …