Best ingrediant to add heat

Discussion in 'Sausage' started by okiecat, Jul 13, 2016.

  1. okiecat

    okiecat Fire Starter

    Looking for the best and easiest ingrediant to add heat to any sausage recipe. Like brats or hot links or slim jims. Ive used jalapenos, tobasco, and that chinesse stuff "that starts with an S". Not really working.
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use pequin alot. Nice mild heat.
    Last edited: Jul 13, 2016
  3. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Old fashion Red Pepper Flakes are the most common. Then heading up the index, Chile de Arbol, Cayenne,  Thai Bird Chile, all the way to Dry Habanero, Ghost Peppers, Naga Viper, Trinidad Scorpion and the Carolina Reaper ( 2,200,000 SHU). And a huge variety in between. IMO, beyond Habanero, you are just into self abuse...JJ
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  4. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    As JJ said, I use red pepper flakes, & at times, white & black pepper, and or cayenne.

    Mostly red pepper flakes though.

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  5. okie362

    okie362 Smoking Fanatic

    If I want to change the flavor profile I usually use Habanero.  If I just want to add a bit of heat without a drastic change in flavor I use cayenne powder.
  6. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    If you are using paprika, switch to hot paprika.

    As said above, crushed red pepper & cayenne are good ones.

    If you run out of options, there is a local shop by me where I can buy pure capsaisin crystals for $80/oz.
  7. Cayenne pepper or crushed red pepper is always an easy way to heat it up. If you like the jalapeno taste try cutting some fresh ones open and using the seeds or removing the membrane and chopping it up that should add some extra heat. 
  8. jeffinn

    jeffinn Fire Starter

    Jalapeno powder works well in sausage.
  9. okiecat

    okiecat Fire Starter

    Thanks for all the help. Been using cayene pepper too. May just need to put more in. Red pepper flakes are too mild. I agree about the habenero being the top, i still want flavor not a scalded mouth.
  10. [​IMG] I Completely agree

  11. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    It depends on the type of heat you want. I often find that simple fresh ground black pepper can give a sufficient nice rounded heat. That hard chilli whack is sometimes too unsubtle. Another way of adding subtle "heat" is to use something like szechuan pepper. It does not so much give heat but it is mildly unaesthetic and so gives the impression of just having eaten something hot - but without the initial burn.

    I prefer to mix my heat with flavour and these days use mostly Ancho. Some of which I grow and smoke at home.
  12. ndwildbill

    ndwildbill Smoke Blower

    If you like cheese in your snack stix, I use high temp pepper jack cheese in mine.  If I want hotter, add a bit of cayenne.
  13. boykjo

    boykjo Sausage maker Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I like (fresh) red pepper flake run through the coffee grinder to chop into small pieces, and add additional cayenne pepper to the meat. This will give you a good heat for sausage. Doesnt make sense cause there both from the same pepper but probably different cultivars. works for me

  14. I know this sounds nuts but I have used smoked dried ghost peppers that I ground down to a powder. 1 or 2 peppers is all I used for a small batch of sausage for a test run with the backup of other peppers and it wasn't bad at all. It actually added a woodsy smoky flavor. I still use the same peppers for a grilled blackened shrimp I make a lot.
  15. I personally love to use cayenne pepper. I can grow it myself at home, it's easy to grow, and just as easy to dry and grind up to make power or use in chili, sausage, hot sauce, and just about anything where you want a little heat. I also make a super simple basting sauce for bbqing that contains only cayenne, salt, and water. Overall, I find cayenne easy to control, versatile, and has a nice flavor that goes well with just about anything. There are plenty of other great peppers out there, but I'm definitely a big cayenne fan!
  16. When I want to spice things up my favorite is a prepared hot sauce called Salsa Huichol Picante,  It comes in two strengths, regular and habanero.  You can find it in the the grocery store with the mexican foods.
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  18. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Did anyone mention paprika? ... the hot Hungarian stuff not the McCormicks or whatever you get at the supermarket. I bought a can of the regular and hot a few months back and have been adding it to my rubs. It adds a great flavor and a touch of heat that is quite subtle.
  19. mickey jay

    mickey jay Meat Mopper

    Try chipotle powder as well. Gives a nice smoky heat which adds some nuance to fresh sausages.
  20. dward51

    dward51 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Jalapeno powder over here.  Also like Rabbithutch said, hot Hungarian paprika (which as I understand it is regular paprika with cayenne added already).  I like the jalapeno as it also adds flavor and you can still control the heat and not everyone who eats my sticks and sausage is into heat. I'm sort of middle ground on heat myself.
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