By now I imagine you’ve heard of a bhut jolokia chili pepper, also known as a ghost pepper or naga jolokia–the world’s hottest chili pepper. These peppers are hotter than Beelzebub’s spit. From what I understand, the bhut jolokia is native to Eastern India, which doesn’t surprise me. Those Indians can eat some crazy hot curry foods without batting an eye. I, on the other hand, cannot. Just the thought of eating a jalapeño makes my eyes water. In short, I’m a wuss. Okay, I said it.
I admit that it’s a little strange to be giving away a bag of dried bhut jolokia peppers, and in the future, my giveaways will be a little more useful, but I couldn’t help myself. Just the thought of having a bag full of the world’s hottest peppers and playing with the idea of actually trying it out gives me a foodie high–sort of like going over Niagara Falls in a barrel. I’m not sure I’d survive either scenario. For some of you pepper heads out there, this ought to be the ultimate challenge.
Wrap your mind around how hot the bhut jolokia is: A jalapeño pepper on the Scoville heat scale is 2,500-8,000 SHU. A habanero chili is 100,000-350,000 SHU, nearly 43x hotter than a jalapeño. The bhut jolokia is 855,000-1,050,000 SHU. That’s an average of 181x hotter than a jalapeño and average of 4x hotter than a habanero. When I lived in Guatemala, I ate a Chiltepin Pepper (50,000-100,000 SHU) and it was so hot I vowed I’d never eat anything like it again. I cannot even fathom having my taste buds seared off by the atomic bonfire these bhut jolokia peppers would create.
So, how do you enter in this suicidal giveaway? In the comments below, tell me what you’re going to do with these peppers if you win, like concocting a killer salsa and setting it out at work alongside a bag of tortilla chips… whoa… for a second there I thought about canceling the giveaway. No double dipping–er–commenting, and you must leave your email address in the email field when leaving your comment. I will randomly select a winner on November 19th. The winner will receive 1 bag of dried bhut jolokia peppers (~15 peppers), re-hydrating instructions, and 4 or so to-die-for ghost pepper recipes.
And now strictly for your enjoyment, out of the dozens of YouTube videos showing people eating these crazy things and torturing themselves, I’ve posted my favorite torture video below. Hey, just because I won’t eat one doesn’t mean I can’t laugh with at those who will. I have nothing but the highest respects for this guy. Enjoy.
And the Bhut Jolokia winner, a.k.a. Harbinger of Death, emerges. The random winning entry is:
Christopher Chambers. Hello, I’m currently a student at Mississippi State University. My major is Culinary Arts and I just love cooking new things. For our final (in December) we are allowed to cook whatever we want, and I know for a fact that my professor has a huge hot tooth. If I won these peppers, I either make him some kind of salsa, a curry and rice mixture, or some kind of Bhut Jolokia and sesame grilled chicken. Anyway, I’m sure those pepper would help me pass my class. Thanks for reading mine.
Congratulations, Christopher. If torchering your professor is what gives you a passing grade, go for it, more power to you! Send me an email by Sunday night to claim your prize.
Speaking for all of us, we’d love to see the end product of your bhut jolokia chili pepper dinner; so if you remember, please send in some pictures or a YouTube video so I can post it later. Thanks, and happy cooking.
For the interested, here are some recipes that you can use for the pepper: Bhut-Jolokia-Recipes
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