If you’re not expecting the heat, the Country Meats’ Ghost Fire meat stick might just sneak up on your tastebuds and give them a little fright! We’re celebrating spooky season by spotlighting our spiciest snack stick in the Country Meats lineup: Ghost Fire.
How Hot Is a Ghost Pepper?
The ghost pepper, originally from India and called “bhut jolokia,” is one of the hottest peppers in the world. The heat is about 200 times greater than a jalapeño. In other words, the ghost pepper is scary hot! Americans call it the ghost pepper because the heat sneaks up on you (like a ghost), so you don’t get the full effect until about 30 seconds after you eat something with ghost pepper in it. The heat of any chili pepper is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), and the ghost pepper clocks in at around 1 million SHUs. For comparison, tabasco peppers score about 40,000 on the Scoville scale, and habaneros–considered by many to be as hot as they’ll go–range from 100,000 to 350,000 SHU. So, a ghost pepper can be up to 10 times hotter than a habanero.
What Are the Ingredients in Country Meats’ Ghost Fire Meat Stick?
Of course, our Ghost Fire meat stick has several ingredients, only one of which is ghost pepper powder. The primary ingredient is delicious smoked pork, and we spice it with habaneros as well as other natural flavors to balance the heat. The result is a hair-raising, scrumptious smoked meat stick that has plenty of flavor as well as a spook-tacular blast of chili pepper goodness. A fun Country Meats fundraiser challenge is to sell Ghost Fire meat sticks at your event to see who can take the heat.
How Spicy Are the Ghost Fire Flavored Meat Sticks?
While this flaming-hot meat stick is the hottest we’ve crafted so far, it’s certainly not nearly as hot as eating a raw ghost pepper. Dedicated chiliheads (people who love eating the hottest chili peppers they can find) may consider our Ghost Fire meat sticks to be a pleasant afternoon snack, while regular people with a low tolerance for spice may discover this fiery meat stick is way too hot to handle. For folks who want heat without going to the extreme, we also offer flavor-packed Mango Habanero, Hot Cajun, and Sweet Fire meat sticks. These are spicy and hot without being as hair-raising as Ghost Fire.
From all of us at Country Meats, we wish you and yours a happy October and fun spooky season. If you’re interested in ordering our Ghost Fire meat sticks or any combination of flavors for a fundraiser or as spooky season party favors, they’re easy to purchase from our home page.