Did you know that a Fort Mill business lays claim to the hottest pepper in the world? What started as a hobby for Ed Currie has grown into a full-fledged business. Last year PuckerButt Pepper Company opened a retail space on Main St in Fort Mill. Previously, they operated out of a space in Plaza Fiesta.
In August of 2012, PuckerButt Pepper Company announced the debut of the hottest pepper in the world, Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper, surpassing what was the previous record holder, the Butch T Trinidad Scorpion. Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper is one blazing hot pepper with an average rating of 1.474 million on the Scoville Scale, a scale for measuring heat intensity of peppers. To put the hotness of this pepper in perspective, most jalapeno peppers range between 2,500- 5,000 on the Scoville Scale.
On their website, uses for Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper are listed as: hot sauces, salsas, cooking, settling old scores, and combat. I like my hot peppers, but I’ll be staying clear of this one. If you wish to grow your own hottest peppers in the world, a packet of 10 seeds can be purchased for $10 on the website. I don’t think they sell seeds at the store.
Although most of their sales are done online, the retail store was bustling on a recent Saturday visit. Their products are organic with no fillers and the peppers are grown right here in York County. Business must be good because they had a sign posted in the store looking for additional farmland.
In the store, you can find a variety of salsas, jellies, mustards, hot sauces, and hot spiced popcorn. You will also notice a number of pepper plant seedlings being grown which I was told are not for sale.
A favorite product of mine is the Smokin’ Ed’s Blazin Hot Horseradish, winner of the 2013 Golden Chili Award. I love a good, fresh horseradish and I have childhood memories of my grandfather growing it in his garden and grating it for cocktail sauces. Jarred horseradish sauce from the grocery store just doesn’t have the same fresh taste. But this PuckerButt Horseradish tastes like it came fresh out of the garden, and with peppers added in, it has an extra kick and spice to it. It makes a really great Roast Beef Sandwich.
You can order PuckerButt’s products online, pick them up in their retail store on Main St in Fort Mill, or visit with them at one of these upcoming Festivals.
- Azalea Festival in Wilmington, NC April 12-14
- Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill, SC May 3-4
- Beer, Bourbon, and BBQ Festival in Charlotte, NC May 11
- Texas Pete Ribfest in Winston Salem, NC June 6-9
235 Main St
Fort Mill, SC 29715