Never mind Miami Spice, you want spice? Red Robin, the gourmet burger chain, will soon be the first national chain to have the ghost pepper on its menu.
Keep in mind that the ghost pepper, or Bhut jolokia, is one of the world's hottest peppers, measuring anywhere between 855,000 to more than 1,000,000 Scoville Heat Units, the system used to measure the spicy heat from a pepper. By comparison, a jalapeno measures between 3,500 to 8,000 heat units.
Red Robin will have two new burgers containing the fiery pepper in a sauce: the Fiery Ghost, with ghost pepper sauce layered on a slab of beef with fresh cut and fried jalapenos on top of pepper jack cheese; and the Cry Baby, ghost pepper ketchup slathered on a fat slab or ground beef, onion straws, pepper jack cheese, siracha dry seasoning and Cholula Hot Sauce.
Holy God, if the Cry Baby burger isn't going to be hot enough for you, then either someone should write you a Guinness World Records entry or you should seek professional help.
The burgers are the two newest additions to Red Robin's Tavern-style line of burgers. The chain also serves alcohol and has bottomless fries, or unlimited free refills on French fries.
These peppers are no walk in the park, and putting them on a menu for sale to the general public may not be such a good idea at the first thought.
After all, you don't see ghost peppers on the menu at McDonald's, Denny's, Applebee's or any other national chain -- and very rarely seen anywhere else -- which means that having a ghost pepper on the menu is a specialty item indeed.
Tear gas and pepper spray are manufactured from peppers of this magnitude, for fuck's sake. Why would you eat something that is refined into biological weapons? Because you can.
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Lucky for Miami, Red Robin just recently opened up at The Falls Shopping Center last April and the ghost pepper burgers are available now. Let's hope the ghost pepper sauce could be diluted enough to render it safe for human consumption.
"Our most adventurous guests will love how the Fiery Ghost style tests the extreme limits of their taste buds, while the Cry Baby style appeals to a wide-variety of flavor preferences, taking a more mild approach to the flavor of chiles and infusing both Latin American and Thai culinary influences," says David Woolley, executive chef for Red Robin.
Wait, ghost peppers ... mild? Now that just doesn't sound like any fun. If we're going out, we're going out with a bang. Here is a bit of advice from someone who scratched their eyes after having come in contact with a ghost pepper: wash your hands first, but even that is not entirely effective.