Things will not be the same…
Scoville heat units (SHU): 3,180,000 Scoville heat units
Jalapeño reference point: Up to 1,272 times hotter
Origin: United States
Products: The Last Dab Hot Sauce at Heatonist
When the man known for cultivating the hottest peppers on the planet says “We’re playing with fire”, you know you’ve got world bending, Inception-level heat on your hands. Ed Currie, of Carolina Reaper fame and the mad scientist behind PuckerButt Pepper Company, has done a BIG one better with the (temporarily-named) Pepper X. Weighing in at 3.18 million Scoville heat units, the Pepper X dwarfs other super-hot peppers on the Scoville scale, and it’s only a Guinness Book of World Records acknowledgement away from being the official hottest pepper in the world.
How hot is the Pepper X?
It’s on its own level. Seriously, based on the reported peak of this super-hot, none come close. Let’s put it into perspective based on max heat potential, given a typical range of heat has not been reported to date for the Pepper X.
Compared to our jalapeño reference point, the Pepper X is up to 1,272 times hotter than the mildest jalapeño. Yes, you read that right.
But let’s not stop there. How about compared to a habanero – for many the upper end of eatability (and a very hot chili in its own right). Compared to the mildest possible habanero, it’s 31 times hotter. The Bhut Jolokia (ghost pepper)? Four times hotter. Even compared to the current official hottest chili pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper, the Pepper X is exponentially hotter – at its maximum, it’s at least twice as hot as the mildest Reaper at 1.6 million SHU. Comparing against a max Reaper, it still kicks it to the rub by over a million Scoville heat units.
Yes, this is a level of heat typical of military grade pepper sprays and super-concentrated capsaicin extracts. The next closest is the Dragon’s Breath (another hottest of the hottest peppers contender), but even there the Pepper X is 700,000 Scoville heat units hotter when comparing peak levels. In other words, eater beware. In fact, eater, are you insane?
What does the Pepper X taste like? Look like?
Little is reported on the overall Pepper X flavor, though Ed Currie and PuckerButt are well known for cultivating super-hot peppers with legit sweet peppery taste, not just super-spice. If it’s like the Carolina Reaper, there will be a fruitiness prevalent, particularly when first bitten (before the heat hammer drops).
They have a shape similar to a Carolina Reaper, bulbous often with a scorpion-like tail (but other photos show them a little more elongated looking more like a Bhut Jolokia). These are gritty-looking chilies, to put it lightly: pock-marked, gnarled, and misshapen. If the devil is a gardener, this would be his fruit of choice. They just look evil – very befitting for the beyond intense heat they hold.
How is it used? The Pepper X Hot Sauce
We’re talking military grade hotness here, so this is not a chili you would reach for in everyday cooking, even in extreme eating households. In fact, the best use case for chilies of this magnitude is in extreme hot sauces. And there’s currently one on the market featuring this crazy, crazy chili. The Last Dab is the brainchild of PuckerButt, in collaboration with First We Feast’s Hot Ones and Heatonist, and it features Pepper X in all its infamous glory. It’s a small batch hot sauce, so it’s not always (or often) in stock, but for those looking to an extreme hot sauce challenge, this is potentially the ultimate experience. It’s, no doubt, among the hottest sauces around.
Perhaps what’s best about Pepper X and The Last Dab is the fact that it has a unique benefit compared to other extreme hot sauces. Most super-hot sauces use capsaicin extract to get their mega heat. There’s no taste to capsaicin extract, just 100% spiciness, so the sauces can be lacking in overall peppery flavor. Not here – The Last Dab is made from Pepper X mash, so the flavor of the chili is intact in the sauce itself. This is rare air among the hottest sauces around.
Where can you buy Pepper X?
You can’t buy the seeds or plants yet, they aren’t available commercially, at least not until PuckerButt secures the Guinness world record, and maybe not even then. Time will tell when this super-super-super hot hits extreme gardens. But you can buy The Last Dab at Heatonist, or at least you can try – again it’s small batch, so expect it to sell fast when it’s in stock.
We’ll update our Pepper X profile page as more information becomes available, including Guinness World Record status and any potential name change. Until then, expect big things of this chili – it has the pedigree behind it and the numbers to be a true world bender.