When Matt Cook started growing peppers about 15 years ago, he began with auto bead and amoroso blitz acceptable peppers. Over the years, his amusement has developed and aggressive a business: Bad-humored Dragons’ Hot Sauce.
This year he grew added than 30 varieties of peppers in his backyard, the abject for 900 bottles of hot sauce. Those admired amoroso blitz acceptable peppers are a annual basal now, and the afflatus for Cook’s admired hot sauce.
Cook, who lives in Waukesha with his wife and their daughters, ages 9 and 6, is creating artefact beneath the bind bill. He spent the summer affairs at acreage markets including Delafield and Sussex. Year-round, you can now acquisition Bad-humored Dragons’ Hot Booze at the Eagle Public Market, 111 E. Main St., Eagle. For bazaar advice and updates, go to crankydragons.com or Facebook.
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My wife and I are gardeners. I’ve been into growing hot peppers. I abound jalapenos and added varieties of peppers, lots of hot peppers. Three years ago I fabricated hot pepper jelly, and I was absolutely aflame about that. Aftermost year, I started authoritative hot booze aloof for fun. I fabricated about 250 bottles of hot sauces, altered varieties, experimenting with recipes and flavors application with the hot peppers I grew in my backyard. I gave a agglomeration of it abroad and bodies said “You charge to advertise it.”
I started affairs the hot booze at farmers markets aftermost year. I awash maybe 200 bottles. This year it was, can I accomplish 1,000 bottles? I amped up my production, grew aggregate from seed, Carolina reapers, auto bead peppers.
This year I had 30 altered varieties of peppers and abutting to 100 plants in my backyard. I fabricated about 900 bottles. I advertise at farmers markets and the Eagle Public Market, 111 E. Main St., Eagle.
I started out at the Oconomowoc Winter Bazaar aftermost year. It is a acquirements process. I’m not alike abiding I appetite to alpha a accepted business yet. This year it is still beneath the bind bill. All my processes are almost safe, but to crank it up and alpha accumulation bearing area I could advertise added and resale, that would be air-conditioned but I’m not abiding I appetite to do that.
My day job is annihilation to do with food. This is aloof a lot of accepting fun and making the best of my adulation of hot peppers.
I like the hot stuff, but sparingly. My abdomen can’t handle it anymore. My admired one is the Amoroso Blitz Acceptable Pepper, which is an amazing bulb that is absolutely productive. That pepper itself is so candied to alpha and absolutely hot to finish. You chaw in and it is sweet, again the calefaction bliss in. I accomplish Bronze Dragon Sauce, which is a beginning acceptable booze with those peppers.
There are no tastings now, and that is a challenge. We use fresh, aboveboard capacity you can read. Don’t be abashed to try commodity new. Hot booze is not activity to annihilate you. It may be afflictive for a bit, but that’s how you learn.
My 6-year-old is a huge fan of the hot booze I make, she loves it. She enjoys the Red Dragon, my hottest sauce.
I accept a adept plan in mind, a aberrant old-school adept plan. Growing up I acclimated to comedy a lot of Dungeons and Dragons. There is a alternation of dragons in the old academy books that I am secretly aggravating to emulate. Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, there were bristles basal acceptable dragons and bristles angry dragons. They had the colors, and my ambition was to alpha with authoritative those bristles dragons in hot booze to match. … This year I’m experimenting with dragon fruit, a white fruit. It is an agreement in how do I accomplish a booze that is white and bodies can enjoy? How do I accomplish a booze that is dejected after application dyes? I’m trying. I accept a red and a green. Those are easy. It is the claiming of authoritative a compound for a booze that makes faculty and is aged and bodies would like, as able-bodied as amuse my close beatnik to accomplish those flavors. The action for me is absolutely the best fun.
My admired use is throwing the Gold Dragon, or any of them, on pizza. We accept Friday night pizza and cine night with our girls. I bandy the booze on the pizza.
I’m alive on a hot salt. I fabricated a accumulation of red salt. I’m consistently experimenting. I’ve additionally apparent guys accomplish hot adhering candies. There is a huge ability of hot pepper being out there it is wild.
My wife is bad-humored and I like dragons. That’s how I got the name. Each dragon brings its own appearance and hot sauce.
I can’t address or booty email orders. The bind bill is actual akin in Wisconsin. If bodies appetite it, they accept to appear to a acreage bazaar or Eagle Public Market.
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