Nashville Hot Chicken
If you’re unfamiliar with this Southern dish, it’s the bird that bites back. Think of crispy fried chicken marinated in a scorching hot cayenne spice blend that torches every taste bud – now imagine that 100x hotter. Does it burn? Yes. Will it make you sweat? Maybe. Is it worth it? Absolutely.
If you’ve ever eaten something extraordinarily packed with heat, then you’ll understand the level of euphoria reached from this type of consumption. Simply put, the more you eat, the more endorphins you release, and the more you crave. This concept is exactly what we wanted to achieve in developing a new flavor in our Tasting Kitchen.
Before we talk about our take on this iconic dish, we wanted to share its origin simply because...
The story goes that a handsome man named Thornton Prince was a bit of a womanizer in the early 1930's. One day, after staying out all night long, Thornton returned home expecting breakfast the next morning from his woman and that’s exactly what she made him… She decided to make his favorite fried chicken dish. But out of spite for his philandering tendencies, this time, she added the spiciest ingredients she could find in her kitchen. While no one knows exactly what went into that first chicken, she knew she had flavored it beyond edibility and braced herself for a volatile reaction. Instead, she found just the opposite. After just one bite of the hot chicken concoction, he absolutely loved it, took it to his brothers, and decided to replicate it himself. From that moment, Nashville Hot Chicken was conceived.
Now revenge is never the answer until it is with Nashville Hot Chicken or better yet Nashville Hot Beef Jerky.
To clarify, this is beef jerky and NOT chicken.
Thick cuts of 100% USA Beef are marinated in a blistering spice blend comprised of cayenne pepper, chili powder, garlic powder, and paprika, then slow cooked for a minimum of five hours. The meat soaks up this fiery spice blend which later translates into a slow after burn that builds on the mouth and lips.
If you ask us how hot we think the Nashville Hot Beef Jerky is, take a look below. And if you don't believe us, try it for yourself!
If you're anything like us, you enjoy the burn that keeps you coming back for more and there's a scientific reason to prove it.
Chilis and other spicy peppers are part of the capsicum family, otherwise known as nightshades. Simply put, they don't want to be eaten in order to protect themselves so they produce a chemical called capsaicinoids.
This chemical is both odorless and flavorless, and isn't the direct culprit of the "holy sh*t my mouth is on fire" feeling. That comes from compounds in the chili, specifically capsaicin. So, when eaten, capsaicinoids act on the pain receptors in the mouth and throat. The receptors then feel like they are burning and send signals to the brain that trigger a pain response. The brain reacts as if it would to any trauma; it sends a flood of endorphins and dopamine (body's natural painkillers) in order to deliver messages to our pleasure receptors, in turn helping to calm the body.
So if you think you're addicted to spicy foods, you now know why. The pleasure from the endorphins outweigh the temporary burn on mouth and lips and that's why you can't stop eating this spicy jerky.
We recommend trying the Nashville Hot Jerky if you're up for the challenge and as always, we'd love to hear your feedback, suggestions, and other ideas for new Tasting Kitchen flavors!