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Behind the Brand

Our Mission

Provide our industry leading expertise for growing the world's most awarded hot peppers, natural farming practices and artisan recipes.

Our Promise

We will provide you great tasting, natural food from our farm to your table with a level of love and hospitality that you can't find anywhere else.

Our Essence

We farm and process all of our peppers from our farm and pack the most freshness and peppers into each bottle by far.

The Carolina Reaper

The World's Hottest Pepper

Smokin’ Ed gained the pepper industry’s attention when an NPR Reporter ate a small piece of Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper®, rolled on the floor, hallucinated and then shared his experiences with the national media. Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper® made global headlines when it was awarded the Guinness World Record for the World’s Hottest Chili; measuring over 1.64 million Scoville Heat Units.

The pepper is a beautiful bright red with a long stinger. Those who don't fear the Reaper are fools. It is Painfully Hot, with sweet, fruity undertones and hints of cinnamon and chocolate. It can be used to spice up your sauces, salsas or in combat.

You can grow the Hottest Pepper in the World, if you dare, with seeds harvested by our very own pepper guru, Ed Currie. Or try one of our sauces made with Smokin' Ed’s Carolina Reaper ® peppers.

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Puckerbutt Pepper Co.

We Grow, Harvest and Produce Great Tasting All-Natural Pepper Products

Using natural fertilizers, instead of chemicals and pesticides. We ensure products made from plants on our farm in South Carolina are the freshest and finest. Over 100,000 plants are grown on our farms every year.

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Smokin' Ed Currie

Smokin’ Ed Currie

The Man That Makes It Happen

"Smokin" Ed Currie is an American chili pepper breeder who is the founder and president of the PuckerButt Pepper Company. He is best known for breeding the hottest chili pepper in the world, the Carolina Reaper, as recognized by Guinness World Records.

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Our Story.

Planting the Seed

In the 1980’s Smokin’ Ed Currie started investigating the correlation between personal life style, habits and disease and began growing peppers at home.

New Growth

By the 90’s, in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Ed had raised 800 hot pepper plants in every inch of his home and the homes of family, friends and neighbors.

Bought the Farm (Literally, not Figuratively)

One day in the early 2000’s, Ed’s wife Linda, realized the growing demand for his peppers needed a farm of its own. Their much larger farm now grows over 100,000 pepper plants and is one of the largest on the east coast.

The Reaper

With extra room to experiment Smokin’ Ed, the self proclaimed mad scientist, created a Guinness world record winning hot pepper, the Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper®.

Puckerbutt Today

Today, Ed and his team of pepper gurus can be found on the Farm- supplying intense Spice and Heat to Premier Food Providers across the globe and Crafting their own PuckerButtPepper Company Specialty Line of Spicy Sauces and Snacks.

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  • Present

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper® grown by Ed Currie of Puckerbutt Pepper Company is the World's Hottest Pepper...

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PuckerButt Pepper Company raised the bar for hot pepper heat intensity by producing an amazing hot pepper, the Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper® which surpasses the old world record holder...

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Hot Ones, host Sean Evans meets up with a legend of the chili world - Denmark's ghost-pepper-popping Chili Klaus to eat Smokin Ed's Carolina Reaper®...

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Rhett and Link go beyond the call of duty and take on eating a whole Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper®. See what happens when one dares to combat the Reaper...

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Chile Guide Organized by Heat. Starting with the mildest, 100 Scoville Heat Units, the scientific measure of spiciness. To the hottest, at 2.3 Million, the Smokin' Ed's Carolina Reaper®.

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Sean Evans | Host of Hot Ones

Did We Mention Hot Ones?

The show with hot questions and even hotter wings.

We work closely with the ever popular Hot Ones, even providing the mash for their Last Dab hot sauce that you’ve seen crowning every episode of the show. Hot Ones and Heatonist are close partners of ours and we love seeing them succeed in ways we couldn’t have even imagined.

You can try their Los Calientes sauce here. Or if you’re in the need of Mash to spice up your product, reach out and partner with us!

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