Around a year ago I had the opportunity of eating a fresh Carolina reaper pepper. I have been a hot sauce fanatic ever since I was a kid; and Javier had been eating them for a while now.
My Oldest friend and business partner Javier Duran turned me on to a local grower so we visited his house where he had a whole Carolina reaper plant growing in his front yard.
After 20 minutes of pain from sampling a pepper; I had asked the owner if I could purchase some, then he gave me about 10 Carolina reapers free of charge. Later on that day I began experimenting with the peppers and mangos I picked from Javi’s backyard.
We begin with first de-seeding the peppers, and I’ve got to say the most necessary tool here is gloves. The second time this recipe was attempted we didn't even wear any gloves; and we didn't realize how bad of an idea that was until afterwards.
The process includes making mango puree, behind-the bar style; afterwards I make a salsa consisting of shallots, garlic, cilantro, half about 1/4 an orange pepper and Carolina Reapers. Spiced with Salt & cumin. The whole mix is boiled under water for about ten minutes. In an attempt to bring out the taste of the reapers the peppers are shocked under ice water first and then cut down with half an orange bell-pepper.
The result is a bright orange sauce, not too thick and with with a sweet citrus aftertaste to cover a high amount of heat.