Coweta Man Goes For Hottest Salsa World Record
COWETA, Oklahoma - A local man is ready to get into the Guinness Book of World Records for the hottest salsa, so we headed out just to see how hot it actually is.
When we arrived they had the picnic table set up with chips and a selection of their different salsas and jellies.
Pearl Snap Salsa is the company they've created - Joyce Shieldnight does the cooking and her son
Brian grows the peppers.
She told me she's made salsa for years and finally started doing it commercially last spring. Brian has a beautiful two acres of peppers.
Brian: "You have your jalapenos, and you have your habaneros, and your reds, ghost, scorpions and the tall plants are the reapers."
That's the hottest pepper, the Carolina Reaper. In fact, he's growing some of the hottest peppers anywhere, and is very proud of it.
"This is some of the rarest and most exotic peppers in Oklahoma," he said.
It's not all about the heat, though, he grows some sweet peppers too, like the Gipsy Sweet pepper.
But the reason we are there was the world record thing, Brian doesn't lack confidence.
"I'm positive nobody will touch this," he said.
He's calling it Atomic 12, because it is made up of 12 different varieties of hot pepper - so back at the picnic table I agreed to try it out.
It is relentless; wave after wave of heat. Sweat breaks out, your nose runs, tears start flowing.
The salsa will go to a lab in Houston, where they'll measure the heat, and that information goes to the Guinness folks who will certify the record.
Brian said he plans to be the record holder in about two weeks.