Smokin Ed Currie

Years of Participation

It all started with Smokin’ Ed Currie–Founder, President, Mad Scientist & Chef. Smokin’ Ed always had a passion for hot peppers at a young age and sharing his love of spice with the world. Almost 20 years later, Smokin’ Ed was raising 800 hot pepper plants in his home and also at the homes of family, friends and neighbors. These peppers became great amounts of hot sauces, salsas, mustards, jellies & snacks. Everyone loved his creations and kept wanting more. He researched and experimented. He sampled and shared. Jars were bought. Labels were applied. One day, Smokin’ Ed’s wife, Linda, realized the ever-growing demand for his pepper products. They both concluded it was time to start a company. One evening, Smokin’ Ed was driving Linda and a few of her friends to an event when the ladies began discussing an occasional after-effect of eating superhot peppers. Many jokes and laughs later, the name for their new company, PuckerButt Pepper Company, was born. The PuckerButt Pepper Company is now a grower, harvester and producer of great-tasting all-natural pepper products including hot sauces, seeds, and all things spicy. We are known for the Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper® — The World’s Hottest Chili, per Guinness World Records in 2013. Its SHU averages at 1,569,300 and has been recognized globally! PuckerButt Pepper Company has been USDA Certified Organic since 2016. We retail to stores like savory Spice Shop, Jungle Jim’s, and Whole Foods. We distribute internationally to countries like Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and United Kingdom. We ship over 500,000 packages a year to anywhere in the world. Now we are one of the largest pepper producers on the east coast! We range anywhere from Jalapenos to the world’s hottest pepper! We offer our products Online at, and Amazon. What makes us different is that we farm all our own peppers. We pick, wash, sort, and process all by hand. We use lady bugs, and all natural fertilizers, instead of chemicals and pesticides. Normally, we have around 100,000 plants on our farms in South Carolina every year. Striving to bring great heat and flavor to everyone!