Pepper X is a cultivar of Capsicum chili pepper bred by Ed Currie, creator of the Carolina Reaper.[1][2] Pepper X resulted from several cross breedings that produced an exceptionally high content of capsaicin in the locules of the pepper.[2] The exceptional pungency of the chili was developed over 10 years of cultivation.[1][3] According to Currie, he started developing Pepper X as he found his favorite chili peppers too mild and wanted to have a pepper that had more heat while retaining the flavor.[3]

Pepper X
SpeciesCapsicum chinense
BreederEd Currie
OriginRock Hill, South Carolina, United States
Heat Exceptionally hot
Scoville scale3,180,000 SHU

Currie stated that it is "two times as hot as the Carolina Reaper",[3] which would make it the hottest pepper in the world with a Scoville scale of 3.18 million units, but this remains unconfirmed by Guinness World Records as of 2019.[1][3]

'The Last Dab'Edit

Hot Ones, a web series produced by First We Feast in which the host and his interview subjects eat a series of increasingly spicy chicken wings, markets a hot sauce called 'The Last Dab', named after the show's tradition of inviting the guest to add one additional dab of sauce to their final, spiciest wing. Pepper X is the active ingredient of the original 'Last Dab' sauce. Pepper X was first shown on the First We Feast channel on September 19, 2017, in the video titled Everything You Need to Know About The Last Dab, the Hottest Sauce on Hot Ones.[3]


  1. ^ a b c Mike Hultquist (23 February 2018). "Pepper X – Latest News and Information". Chili Pepper Madness. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  2. ^ a b Tracy Saelinger (29 September 2017). "'World's hottest pepper' will make you choke, sweat and cry for mercy". Today, NBC News. Retrieved 17 December 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e Everything You Need to Know About The Last Dab, the Hottest Sauce on Hot Ones on YouTube First We Feast 19 September 2017