I'm not the biggest hot sauce fan. I don't think the eating experience should include pain. I believe salsa is over-rated and Tabasco has too much vinegar. And I just started to get into Sriracha two years ago (and ten years late).
Enter hot sauce enthusiast Nathaniel Goodyear, who says I have the potential to love spice as much as he does. The 11-year-old founding president of The Sporkful Junior Eaters Society volunteered to serve as my hot sauce personal trainer, increasing my endurance and whipping me into shape as we work our way from the mild stuff to sauce labelled "XXX".
We sat down in Nathaniel's kitchen to push my limits, and to discuss hot sauce application techniques, delivery methods, and what to do when the heat gets a little too hot.
Here are some photos of the taping:
Interstitial music in this episode by BWN Music:
- "Playground Panic" by Cullen Fitzpatrick
- "Pumpkin Face" by Jack Ventimiglia
- "Odd Ball" by Cullen Fitzpatrick