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Made ABTs using this pepper: What is it?

Discussion in 'ABT's' started by ttosmoker, Aug 22, 2010.

  1. ttosmoker

    ttosmoker Fire Starter

    I went to a farmers market in Washington, DC, yesterday, and picked up a few peppers.  The girls running the stand couldn't identify the peppers.  My thinking at the time was they were Anaheims.  Smoked a few for smoked salsa, and made a few ABTs.  Long story short, they are not Anaheims!  They give a huge blast of heat that subsides fairly quickly (I eat a lot of peppers, so my tolerance is fairly high).  I've done some searching, and noticed that their shoulders taper and are narrower than Anaheims.  But I cannot figure out what kind of peppers they are.

    So I am posting a pic in hopes that fellow chileheads (richoso1?) can help me identify the pepper.  They are about 4-5 inches in length and maybe 1.5 inches in diameter.  They are really good, but screwed up my plans to keep the heat levels low for this evening's guests!

    Thanks in advance.

  2. abigail4476

    abigail4476 Jeff's Woman SMF Premier Member

    I'd just call it a "red chile" and be done with it.  [​IMG]   I'm sure there are some pepper gurus around here that can shed a little more light than that.  [​IMG]
  3. eman

    eman Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member

    Look like jalapenos to me? But what do i know.
  4. ttosmoker

    ttosmoker Fire Starter

    Although the top one might resemble an jalapeno, it is probably 3x bigger.  And hotter, I think.  Keep 'em coming, because I really want to figure out what this is.  I'm going back to the farmer's market next weekend, and I'll get a bunch to roast and freeze for chili this winter.
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    3x larger than a Jal and hotter, I wish! Looks like premature Anaheims or Hungarians to me.
  6. dforbes

    dforbes Meat Mopper

    I don't know what they are but I am 99% sure they aren't jalapeno, I have never seen one turn orange. They usually are green, black red.
  7. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member

    That looks like either a Santa Fe Rio Grande  or  a Guero, niether mild but does have a bit of bite for the tender palates[​IMG]

    Will be great for ABT's[​IMG]

    Hope that helps and,
  8. dale5351

    dale5351 Smoking Fanatic

    Could it be a Fresno?

    From that Wiki article

    The Fresno chili pepper a cultivar of Capsicum annuum, with bell peppers and other chili peppers. It is similar to the Jalapeño pepper but it is significantly hotter (2500-10000 Scoville units) increasing in heat as it ripens. It is frequently used for ceviche and making salsa. They do not dry well and are not good for chili powder.

    But the same article goes on to say that it is redder than a jalapeno  -- which goes against your orange color.

    Here is another set of articles on peppers with some good pictures.  Page 5 shows a bunch of Fresno peppers, all redder than yours, but nothing else there looks even close.
  9. cliffcarter

    cliffcarter Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  10. ttosmoker

    ttosmoker Fire Starter

    Thanks!  I believe that this is correct judging from pictures and descriptions.  It IS great for ABTs and is wonderful in smoked salsa too.  I hope I can get more this weekend.
    Also thanks!  Unfortunately, the forum was down when I tried it.

    It's not a Fresno -- I love Fresnos, and have about a lb sitting on my counter right now.  Fresnos are about the same size (and heat) as an jalapeno.  I like dicing fresh Fresnos and sprinkling it over guacamole.   It tastes great, and I like the red-green color contrast.
  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I would call them ABT's peppers if they were good then it sounds like a good name to me.
  12. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That would work for me too
  13. ballagh

    ballagh Smoking Fanatic

    I grew mamouth jalapenos in my garden this year.  They are about that size.  I picked them when they were green though.  I have a few left out there still. maybe I will let them turn :)
  14. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    We grow a few different peppers and I think they look like an Aji omni or an Aji Limo...Aji Omni are defnitely hot!!  We are not on the wimpy side of the hot pepper tolerance either.
  15. ttosmoker

    ttosmoker Fire Starter

    Wow!  This is getting tough.  Since my earlier post, I'm pretty sure it lacks some of the characteristics of a Sante Fe Rio Grande.  I got a chile "encyclopedia" book, and the picture and description look nothing like my peppers.

    Now, I've looked a bit into the Aji peppers, and more of the characteristics seem there.  It is a bumpy, nonsymmetrical pepper, and it sees to widen from the stem into a point (unlike most pics I've seen of the Sante Fe Rio Grande).  This seems to match my peppers better.  In fact, my peppers seem to look just like the Aji Amarillo on this page:


    Thanks again.  I didn't realize how many types of peppers there are!
  16. Looks like a Bulgarian Carrot. I grew some last year and they are hot. On my scale of 1-10 I give them a 3. On your scale it may be a 6.