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Sport Peppers - What are they? Mon, 06/21/04 8:07 PM (permalink)
What exactly is a sport pepper? Out here in the Sacramento area, I can't find anything labeled as "sport pepper" at the grocery store and I'd like to create my own version of a (pseudo) Chicago style hot dog. So, what kind (type) of pepper is it? What can I use as a substitute? Thanks!
 
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    prius

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    RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Mon, 06/21/04 8:30 PM (permalink)
    A sport pepper is a southern thing...down here we put it on collards, etc. They are small green peppers (hot) packed in vinegar and come in a bottle like Texas Pete...the peppers are small and whole. You might try the Garner Foods website (Texas Pete)...all of their products are good and it's a local company here in North Carolina.
     
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      fdaniels

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      RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Mon, 06/21/04 9:38 PM (permalink)

      Google turned up some sites:

      This is the brand I buy when I get them...

      http://www.peppers.com/itemdetails.cfm?ID=3576

       
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        kland01s

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        RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 11:25 AM (permalink)
        Sport peppers are also a Chicago thing, used on Italian Beefs and Chicago dogs, small green hot peppers.
         
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          RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 11:32 AM (permalink)
          Alot of restaurants down here keep them on the tables for use. The bad thing is that most people use the juice(vinegar)and the restaurant constantly replaces the vinegar on the peppers and you usually end up with hot pepper look alike that tastes more like vinegar. I make my own. I buy my favorite hot pepper, wash them, put them in a jar with a little salt, bring some vinegar to a near boil, pour over the peppers, cool, seal and place in the fridge. The juice is great on greens, acre peas, and the peppers go great with some homemade cornbread and fried chicken. Lousiana and Tabasco are the more common brands here.
           
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            Cakes

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            RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 11:36 AM (permalink)
            But what kind of pepper are they?
             
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              Rusty246

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              RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 11:52 AM (permalink)
              quote:
              Originally posted by Cakes

              But what kind of pepper are they?


              There is a specic pepper called a "sport" pepper, kind of like a tabasco pepper.
               
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                1bbqboy

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                RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 12:16 PM (permalink)
                You mean the bottles of Crystal, which were on lots of cafe tables in KC. We never took the peppers out to eat them though!
                Not sure if I've ever seen it on tables out west, but I can get bottles at our local Grocery Outlet. Try there, Matthew.
                Where do peppercinis (Greek peppers) fit in? That's what we get offered on sandwiches & dogs here in the west. Do both kinds of peppers go on sandwiches in the east, or do you choose one or the other?
                 
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                  Rusty246

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                  RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 12:54 PM (permalink)
                  Crystal Brand are popular here and I have purchased them at my local grocer. Most of the places that serve the greek peppers here are Italian restaurants, namely Olive Garden(sorry) and some of our sub places offer them as well. I think they are great and again enjoy those with fried chicken. Heck, everything goes with fried chicken.
                  We have NO places that specialize in dogs which is a crying shame. We had ONE(not counting the bowling alley) some time back called "The Dog House". I could put them to shame, I mean really, who can't put canned cheese sauce on their own dog.
                   
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                    Cakes

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                    RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 1:13 PM (permalink)
                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Rusty246

                    quote:
                    Originally posted by Cakes

                    But what kind of pepper are they?


                    There is a specic pepper called a "sport" pepper, kind of like a tabasco pepper.


                    You are absolutely right. I should have Googled it before I asked. I cannot believe how many varieties of peppers there are.

                    Cakes
                     
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                      RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 3:52 PM (permalink)
                      its alot like a tabasco pepper---heres a source for home growing;
                      http://www.tomatogrowers.com/hot5.htm

                      scroll down about half the page
                       
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                        Rick F.

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                        RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 4:47 PM (permalink)
                        quote:
                        Originally posted by Cakes

                        But what kind of pepper are they?
                        From the page cited by Tiki: "This Capsicum annum type of pepper is popular for its use as a pickled pepper to go on hot dogs and other sandwiches. It is especially well known as an essential condiment in a Chicago-style hot dog. Peppers resemble Tabasco peppers, but the Sport pepper is larger, about 1-1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. They are medium-hot and produced in great abundance on sturdy plants. 75 days."

                        But I wonder whether the name might refer to the peppers' genetics. "Sport" is a synonym for mutations in that connection.
                         
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                          tiki

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                          RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 06/22/04 5:01 PM (permalink)
                          it may have been originally a "sport" off a tabasco--its now the "varietal" name.---i know that most of the sport peppers that are commercially prepared are picked small---have a friend that aqctually grew them in California----for the same reason that Matt was asking---she was from Chicago and couldnt get them out there so she grew them and she would pick them young all season and pickle them in vinegar to use on hot dogs and in samdwiches---she was the person that introduced me to italian beef sandwiches---made them all the time---loved them---but i was never fond of chicago style hot dogs---too many toppings--couldnt taste the dog!!---of course on alot of places---unfortunately here in Okla included---that HELPED!---anyway--i liked the sport peppers she made even better if she let them get fully mature on the plant before picking---KILLER in subs!
                           
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                            Methais

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                            RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Mon, 04/13/09 11:15 PM (permalink)
                            I seem to be having the same problem. I went to Walmart to day and they didn't have anything labeled "sport pepper", so I got this at the store across the street since Walmart didn't have it either:



                            Are those sport peppers? I did a google image search and most of the results looked different and bigger, like this:



                            and this


                            and this


                            and this


                            You get the idea. Those all appear to be different peppers, but according to the search, they're all sport peppers.

                            I'm confused :(
                             
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                              Mosca

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                              RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 8:46 AM (permalink)
                              Substitute pepperoncinis.
                               
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                                Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                You can try ordering on line from Chicago Pickl;e Company...or visit Vienna Beef website for sport pepper source.
                                 
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                                  Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                  RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                  You can try ordering on line from Chicago Pickl;e Company...or visit Vienna Beef website for sport pepper source.
                                   
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                                    Big Kahuna Kooks

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                                    RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 8:53 AM (permalink)
                                    You can try ordering on line from Chicago Pickl;e Company...or visit Vienna Beef website for sport pepper source.
                                     
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                                      mar52

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                                      RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 10:06 AM (permalink)
                                      I think Il Primo makes the Sport Pepper usually seen on the Chicago Dog... in Chicago.


                                       
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                                        Michael Hoffman

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                                        RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 10:54 AM (permalink)
                                        Aren't they just serrano chiles?
                                         
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                                            Foodbme

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                                            RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 12:55 PM (permalink)
                                             
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                                              Re:Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:03 PM (permalink)
                                              My grandfather spent most of his life transporting peppers (mostly cayenne & tabassco) to the various pepper plants around St. Martinville, LA.  He'd save some sport peppers for Maw to stuff into wild game (chopped small w/garlic& onions - inserted into the breast of birds, etc.)  Some kick, and I guess similar to tabassco.
                                               
                                              cy
                                               
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                                                RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:32 PM (permalink)
                                                Michael, I don't believe they are serranos. I mail order Il Primo HOT Sport peppers by the case as pictured above courtesy of Mar 52. Looking at an unopened jar at the moment, the label reads "HOT Sport Peppers", Mar's label reads "Chicago Hot Dog Sport Peppers".  I choose fresh serranos over jalapenos at the grocery store. Even though my Sports are called "hot", the Scoville unit level is much lower than Serranos.  They have a slight but distinctive shape difference compared to a serrano. My experience......Both are from the pepper family but cousins in my opinion. Sports are a variety as is Serranos.
                                                Ingredients listed on this jar are listed as follows: sport peppers, vinegar, salt, FD&C, yellow 5. They are described as "Mississippi style sport peppers made famous by Chicago style hot dogs. Used for decades in beef, hot dogs, and pizza establishments all over Chicago". Hope this helps.
                                                 
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                                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                                  RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:36 PM (permalink)

                                                  Thanks for the information. It just seemed to me that sport peppers must have an actual name other than sport pepper, and from photos I thought they resembled serranos.
                                                   
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                                                    rouxdog

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                                                    RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:46 PM (permalink)
                                                    A little research can be useful. I just googled "sport peppers". The second site was ROADFOOD! A good discussion took place in 2004. Check it out.
                                                     
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                                                      RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:49 PM (permalink)
                                                      Foodbme


                                                      Could the Dr. BBQ pictured here be OUR Dr. of BBQ?????

                                                      http://www.fiery-foods.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2474&Itemid=55


                                                      no


                                                      I can't say for sure, but I think the peppers in the Texas Pete vinegar
                                                      bottles so common here in the Carolinas are not the same thing as a 
                                                      sport pepper.  I've never ever once heard those called sport peppers
                                                      here.  First time I heard of a Chicago dog, I immediately thought "what the
                                                      heck is a sport pepper?"

                                                      They may be the same, just different jargon, but methinks otherwise. 
                                                       
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                                                        Foodbme

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                                                        RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 1:52 PM (permalink)
                                                        Michael Hoffman


                                                        Thanks for the information. It just seemed to me that sport peppers must have an actual name other than sport pepper, and from photos I thought they resembled serranos.



                                                        They are not Serranos. They are a specific cultivated variety, or cultivar, of Capsicum annuum. The term "sport" probably originated because they are used as condiments on hot dogs sold in baseball parks. They are not related to tabascos, which are Capsicum frustescens. Some sources say they are of the piquin pod type, but they are larger than the typical piquin. ’Sport Peppers’ are grown in the Midwest specifically for pickling.
                                                         
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                                                          RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 2:03 PM (permalink)
                                                          Foodbme


                                                          Could the Dr. BBQ pictured here be OUR Dr. of BBQ?????

                                                          http://www.fiery-foods.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=2474&Itemid=55


                                                          No, they're 2 different people although they both have ties to Illinois.  Dr. BBQ is Ray Lampe (I have one of his books) and Dr. of BBQ is Jack...well, I don't know Jack's last name!
                                                           
                                                          Brad
                                                           
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                                                            Michael Hoffman

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                                                            RE: Sport Peppers - What are they? Tue, 04/14/09 2:41 PM (permalink)
                                                            Foodbme


                                                            Michael Hoffman


                                                            Thanks for the information. It just seemed to me that sport peppers must have an actual name other than sport pepper, and from photos I thought they resembled serranos.



                                                            They are a specific cultivated variety, or cultivar, of Capsicum annuum.

                                                            Yes, I'm aware of that. What I wanted to know is which "specific cultivated variety." I'm sure the specific cultivated variety has a name, and it's not sport pepper.


                                                            <message edited by Michael Hoffman on Tue, 04/14/09 2:43 PM>
                                                             
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