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Until 1493, chili peppers had never left the Americas. Today they've conquered the world. We're making a video series to find out how!
Until 1493, chili peppers had never left the Americas. Today they've conquered the world. We're making a video series to find out how!
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    The Digital Duo

    Wherever you are in the world, you can enjoy the fruits of our labor with a digital download of our pilot episode, plus a digital cookbook featuring Matt's favorite hot-sauce recipes (including his insane Sichuan chili oil!).

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    OMG Sichuan Chili Oil!

    Whoa! We finally figured out a way to make our Sichuan chili oil available as a reward! This stuff is crimson gold, chock full of high-quality ground dried chilies and Sichuan peppercorns, and based on a recipe Matt learned in Chengdu, China. It's decently spicy, highly aromatic, and ideal for drizzling over everything from dumplings to fried eggs to spaghetti.

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    The Heat-Seeker's Essentials

    Serious spice hounds know: When delving into chilies, it's nice to have a handkerchief on hand. Ours is designed by the always playful @Mister.Kobayashi with Hot Pursuit's signature hotheads.

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    The Heat-Seeker's Essentials (+ Oil!)

    Serious spice hounds know: When delving into chilies, it's nice to have a handkerchief on hand. Ours is designed by the always playful @Mister.Kobayashi with Hot Pursuit's signature hotheads.

    Includes:
    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    The Aficionado's Delight

    For some crazy reason, we thought Hot Pursuit backers might like some chilies—so we're offering these rare, smoke-dried Thai phrik kaleang, the chilies of the Karen hill tribe. Matt discovered them in Udon Thani last summer, and says they're spicy, earthy, smoky, and utterly delicious.

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    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
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    The Aficionado's Delight (+ Oil!)

    For some crazy reason, we thought Hot Pursuit backers might like some chilies—so we're offering these rare, smoke-dried Thai phrik kaleang, the chilies of the Karen hill tribe. Matt discovered them in Udon Thani last summer, and says they're spicy, earthy, smoky, and utterly delicious.

    Includes:
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 8-oz jar of Sichuan Chili Oil
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    Rock the Hot Look

    Keep the sun out of your face and look awesome doing so with a rad dad hat* featuring @Mister.Kobayashi's embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo. (* A dad hat is basically a baseball cap, but everyone's calling them dad hats now for some reason.) Also you get all the other awesome stuff.

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    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    Rock the Hot Look (+ Oil!)

    Keep the sun out of your face and look awesome doing so with a rad dad hat* featuring @Mister.Kobayashi's embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo. (* A dad hat is basically a baseball cap, but everyone's calling them dad hats now for some reason.) Also you get all the other awesome stuff.

    Includes:
    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Dad hat with embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    Expo Yourself to New Flavors, NYC

    The annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo is our favorite showcase for the latest and greatest innovations in the world of spicy foods. Back us at this level and, on top of all the other stuff, you'll receive a one-day ticket to the 2019 expo, taking place in Brooklyn on April 13 and 14.

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    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Dad hat with embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • Ticket to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo, April 13–14, 2019
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    Expo Yourself to New Flavors, Chicago

    The annual Chi Town Hot Sauce Expo is the midwest's best showcase for spicy foods. Back us at this level and, on top of all the other stuff, you'll receive a one-day ticket to the 2019 expo, taking place in Chicago on June 29 and 30.

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    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Dad hat with embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    You Are a Very Important Pepper, NYC

    Going to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo is one thing—going as a VIP is another entirely. This all-access, one-day pass gets you into the VIP area, where there's an open bar, spicy food galore, and the chance to mingle and hobnob with the hot-sauce cognoscenti.

    Includes:
    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Dad hat with embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    You Are a Very Important Pepper, Chicago

    Going to the Chi Town Hot Sauce Expo is one thing—going as a VIP is another entirely. This all-access, one-day pass gets you into the VIP area, where there's an open bar, spicy food galore, and the chance to mingle and hobnob with the hot-sauce cognoscenti.

    Includes:
    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
    • Dad hat with embroidered 'Hot Pursuit' logo by @Mister.Kobayashi
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    Judge the World

    One of the highlights of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo is the Screaming Mi Mi Awards, handed out to the best of the best in categories ranging from Wing Sauces and Chipotle Sauces to the ultra-hot XXXs. (Yowza!) Now you can join Matt as a guest judge, sampling dozens and dozens over the course of one night in lower Manhattan—and potentially influencing the course of hot-sauce history! Date TBD, but likely late March or early April.

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    • Digital cookbook
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    We Love You, Man

    Show your love for us, and we'll show our love for you—by giving you a Very Special Thanks in the credits of the pilot. (The font size will be at least 10 points. No, 11!) If you can support us at this level, we'd jam ghost peppers in our eyes if you wanted. Metaphorically speaking, anyway.

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    • Digital download of Hot Pursuit's pilot episode
    • Digital cookbook
    • 'Hot Pursuit' handkerchief designed by @Mister.Kobayashi
    • 4-ounce bag of smoke-dried "phrik kaleang" chilies
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    The Executive Suite

    Contribute $1,000 (or more!) and you'll earn a spot as an Executive Producer of "Hot Pursuit," featured super-prominently in the credits because, well, you're seriously making this thing happen.

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    Join Us in Bangkok!

    Don't just back "Hot Pursuit"—be a part of it! Fund us at this level (or above), and we'll invite you to visit us during the shoot in Bangkok. We'll have you swing by one of our locations, Matt will take you on a day-long food tour, and we'll all celebrate together at the launch party. Honestly, if we had the cash, we'd pick this one for ourselves.

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    • Digital cookbook
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