Since the early 1990’s, after moving out of Omaha to Washington County Nebraska, two brothers, Tim & Shawn, began their food production journey by making salsa. In the mid-1990’s, the brothers began to share their concoctions with family and friends. The recipes continued to improve. Like many entrepreneurs, the brothers continued to get suggestions from family, friends and business associates that they should bring their recipes to market.
After much contemplation, the two brothers, both of whom have a passion for great food with heat, started Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire. Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire was incorporated on their father Arthur’s birthday, November 30, 2005 and started with their line of salsas.
Though the salsa recipes are outstanding and very unique, there were some difficulties in finding a year-round source for fresh tomatoes. Due to this, they held off from introducing it to the market.
During this time, however, they also began making Habanero pepper spreads using the Habaneros grown in their gardens. They began with an apple lemon blend called Hablemeno. They now have eight spreads that are becoming favorites to use in the barbeque world during competitions. They are most popular for entertaining at parties and tailgates. The very popular habanero pepper spreads are referred to as “Sweet Before the Heat.” The spreads are not just jellies, jams or preserves, they are much more versatile. These pepper spreads are used to spice up and put a zing in Hors d’oeuvres, toast, bagels, crackers, snacks, and fish and meat dishes. The possibilities are endless. Their slogan, “We Put the Eat in Heat” explains this focus. Great tasting food with just the right amount of heat is always the goal.
Crash Davis, the host of the Ultimate Outdoor Show on KFAB (1110 AM Radio) in Omaha has concocted the Mangonero Chicken Dish using Chili Dawg's rubs & Mangonero spread.
Mangonero Chicken Dish Instructions:
- Take skinless chicken breasts and pat dry.
- Rub with GOOD olive oil.
- Sprinkle on Chili Dawg’s Green Chili and Chipotle rub on both sides and grill on a medium hot grill.
- Once the chicken breasts are done (simple test – juice runs clear) spread Chili Dawg’s Mangenero on the top side and turn off the grill, BUT LEAVE THE CHICKEN ON with the lid shut for a couple of minutes.
- Remove and serve this on a bed of fried rice or grilled potatoes.
- You will enjoy the great SWEET before the HEAT.