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Pepper Palace: A Spice Foodie’s Heaven Right by Garner

(The Triangle Trend) — Carolina Premium Outlets, located in Smithfield, NC, is known for offering a discounted experience on numerous top shopping spots. From Nike to Adidas, Carolina Pottery, Aeropostale, Coach, Victoria Secret, Bath & Body Works, Yankee Candle, and more, Carolina Premium’s got a little something for everyone.

Less-known by the general public is that this outlet is also home to Pepper Palace, one of the few places exclusively categorized as a “spice store” in all of North Carolina.

Marketed as “the Planet’s #1 Hot Shop”, Pepper Palace concocts one-of-a-kind sauces and seasonings from small-batch, handcrafted, and award-winning products.

If you opt to shop on Pepper Palace’s website, you’ll be able to filter their selection by ingredient, listed as:

  • Alcohol           
  • Carrots           
  • Coffee (Yes, we’re as shocked as you are!)
  • Fruit    
  • Garlic  
  • Ginger
  • Mustard          
  • Onion 
  • Pepper Extract

If we’ve piqued the interest of your inner coffee addict, their coffee rub is crafted from sugar, salt, garlic, mustard, black pepper, paprika, anaheim chili pepper, coffee, chili powder, and chipotle pepper. According to past reviewers, the rub is absolutely delicious on steak and in burgers.

If you’d rather shop by pepper instead, you’re in luck. Living up to its name, Pepper Palace incorporates 10 different types of peppers in their products, listed as:

  • Cayenne         
  • Chipotle          
  • Ghost Pepper
  • Habanero       
  • Jalapeno        
  • Reaper
  • Scorpion         
  • Scotch Bonnet
  • Serrano
  • 7 Pot Chocolate Douglah

They only offer one product made from the 7 Pot Chocolate Douglah—their Pepper Palace

7 (Seven) Hot Sauce, which is categorized as extremely hot. According to the description, Seven is a thicker sauce that has a strong pepper flavor and a hint of garlic.

Prices at Pepper Palace start at $9.95, and if you’d like to save $5 then take a trip to Carolina Premium Outlets instead of ordering online. Shipping is only $5 to U.S. residents but there isn’t much reason to skip out on such a pleasant family day trip.

No worries if you love spice but also have dietary restrictions. While the Smithfield location’s workers seem to be very knowledgeable on their products, it wouldn’t hurt for you to filter by dietary restriction on Pepper Palaces website. They offer products that accommodate diets of all kinds, categorized by:

  • Low Sodium   
  • Low Carb
  • Low Sugar      
  • Low Fat          
  • Very Low Sodium
  • Gluten-Free    
  • Sugar-Free     
  • Carb-Free       
  • Fat-Free

Pepper Palace’s products can be majorly classified as hot sauces, wing sauces, BBQ sauces, salsas, salts, dry rubs & seasonings, pure pepper powder, pantry goods, and dried pepper flakes.

Their hot sauces typically start with a foundation ingredient of either vinegar, tomatoes, mustard, or carrots. Then by mixing in some chile peppers, or chile extract, they’ve concocted the basics of a hot sauce. Then they throw in common ingredients like salt, sugar, fruit, vegetables, herbs, spices, honey and black pepper, along with more exciting ingredients that transform each sauce into a unique, exotic adventure.

Their salsas are often a tomato-based sauce or dip containing ingredients such as onions, peppers, beans, corn, cumin, salt, garlic, cilantro, and many others. They vary greatly in heat, including some ghost pepper variants, so make sure you check the heat category before making any commitments. You’ve been warned.

Appealing a bit more to the foodie side of spice lovers, Pepper Palace also houses plenty of pickled snacks; chunk pickles, sickle pickles, candied jalapenos, green beans, garlic, relish, blue cheese olives, habanero olives, and a few other heated treats.

A bit more surprisingly, you’ll also find jams and jellies of varying heat levels to choose from in-store. Some of the choices are Peach Jalapeno Jam, Blueberry Jalapeno Jam, Strawberry Jalapeno Jam, Jalapeno Raspberry Pepper Jelly, and Garlic Pepper Jelly. They suggest combining their jellies with toast, biscuits, or cream cheese.

Don’t forget to also pick up a thing or two of jerky before heading out. Marketed as “Tasty Dead Cow”, their jerky is seasoned with everything from Tequila Lime, to Red Wine, IPA Beer, Ghost Pepper, Whiskey, Jalapeno, and Garlic.

To the novice spicer, seasonings and rubs may sound like the same thing, however Pepper Palace provides a clear distinction between the two.

“Rubs are a blend of ground spices used to add flavor and surface texture to meats. They form a crusty layer that locks in juices, and are typically applied more liberally than seasonings.”

“Seasonings are blends of dried herbs and spices used to enhance or add flavor to a dish. They are most beneficial when moisture is present in the recipe (like water, broth, or sauce) in order to bring out the flavors of the individual components of the blend.”

Fortunately, they can be used interchangeably in many cases.

Now that you know what to expect, it’s time to take you and all your fellow hot heads to Pepper Palace!

Pepper Palace

1025 Outlet Center Dr, Suite 150, Smithfield, NC 27577

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Cierra Smith | Editor

Raleigh-born writer passionate about cultural awareness and social change. You’ll typically find me somewhere studying a language, writing, or doing pilates. Consider me a health-conscious foodie with an interest in all diets and lifestyles.

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