Take on the challenge of a truly hot hot dog
THE heat is on for pub-goers who are being urged to take on Grimsby's first chilli dog challenge.
Nick Taylor, the chef at The Barge at Grimsby's Riverhead, has created his hottest chilli ever – registering a mouth-melting five million Scoville units – putting the extreme sauce in a league of its own.
The Scoville scale is a measurement of the spicy heat of a chilli pepper and indicates the amount of capsaicin present, the chemical that makes chillis hot.
To give you an idea of the kind of heat the sauce is packing, tabasco sauce is 8,000 Scoville units and a jalapeno pepper is between 2,500 and 8,000 units.
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Pure capsaicin has a Scoville rating of 16,000,000.
Nick's sauce is only slightly weaker than the police-grade pepper spray used to curb violent offenders.
But rather than using it to take down criminals, Nick is spreading the volcanic mix over hot dogs as part of the pub's latest food challenge.
Those signing up to take part – which must be done in advance – will have to munch their way through sweat-inducing heats, quarter finals, semi-finals and a final grudge match to claim the Chilli Dog Challenge crown.
The event will take place on Wednesday, September 12, from 7pm, with contenders eating one chilli dog each in the heats and quarter finals, two in the semis and three in final.
Nick said: "Wednesday is usually quite quiet. I hope people will let me know so I know how many I am going to feed. I think we will get between 50 and 100 challengers.
"We had 50 for the chicken wings challenge and 80 for the kilo burgers challenge."
The popular chef added: "I am not sure how hot it is going to get in the kitchen but we shall show the same spirit as Team GB and provide an Olympic gold service.
"The chicken wings went well but now I have to step up my game."
The hot dogs will be a standard 6in long in a finger roll, but coated with the hot sauce made with crushed chillies and garlic."
Barge owner Derrick Howard is offering a £25 cash prize and a trophy to the winner.
He said: "It is fun. People want something different to entertain them. It is not just the people taking the challenge – we get lots wanting to watch them."
Find out more
Details are on the pub website www.thebargegrimsby.co.uk.
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