Chili Garlic Week 2011, Baby!

I know it seems like only yesterday that you last had a huge blowout of a chili garlic celebration, but in case you’ve forgotten it’s that time of year again. That’s right, according to the good people of Cholula Hot Sauce, October 24th marks the start of National Chili Garlic Week.  Woo hoo, let the chili-garlicky good times roll all week long!

What the heck is National Chili Garlic Week?  And further more what does it have to do with  I can’t answer the first question, but the answer to the second is that I agreed to mention the week in exchange for 2 free bottles of Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce.  Yes, I am that easy to bribe.  (Truthfully, regular Cholula is one of my favorite Mexican hot sauces so I couldn’t resist the freebies.)  I also received a list of “fan favorite recipes” from the folks at Cholula, including this one for Chili Garlic BBQ Sliders:

1 pound cooked, shredded or pulled chicken or pork

2 tablespoons Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce
1 cup BBQ sauce, regular flavor [Editor’s note: “regular flavor”?]
5 slider buns (or small dinner rolls of your choice)
Guacamole – optional [Editor’s note: this must be the Spanish word for coleslaw]
1 sliced red onion

1. Combine 2 tablespoons Cholula Chili Garlic Hot Sauce with 1 cup BBQ sauce.

2. Combine meat and sauce together in a saucepan, heat & stir on medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes.
3. Assemble sliders on the bun, top with a dollop of guacamole & sliced red onions.
[Editor’s note: Optional Step 4. Pray for forgiveness from the Barbecue Gods.]

If you live in the United States and are intrigued by National Chili Garlic Week, check out the “Twitter party” on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. EST at!/cholulahotsauce.  If you live outside the U.S., wait for your own damn nation’s chili garlic week, we don’t have enough to share.  According to the letter I received along with my free hot sauce, the party features “recipes, cooking tips and telling ‘mildy offensive’ tales of garlic-passion cuisine.”  I have no clue what that means but I plan to find out and urge you to do the same, or you can send me a couple bottles of your own favorite hot sauce and I’ll pretend this whole Cholula incident never happened…

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