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Where Can I Purchase Sport Peppers for Chicago-Style Hot Dogs?

NYChristopher Aug 31, 2007 10:59 PM

I looked on the boards already, and while I saw a lot about sport peppers, I didn't see anything about WHERE I could buy them (online won't work, as I need them for a weekend BBQ.

Any ideas? Five boroughs or Westchester please.


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    Blumie Sep 1, 2007 05:57 AM

    Most supermarkets sell something called (iirc) tabasco peppers which, if not the exact same thing, are awfully close. Check the pickle aisle.

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      scars Sep 1, 2007 09:01 AM

      I have looked all over the place.
      You gotta get them on line

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      1. re: scars
        nerdgoggles Sep 3, 2007 01:48 AM

        I've had the same experience. No sport peppers in the five boroughs.

        The closest substitute I've found was a bottle of Macedonian peppers I got at Fairway. They were called "hot fefferoni" and were long, green, and tasty. They were quite a good fill-in.

      2. dustinrjo Oct 29, 2008 01:25 AM

        Thai chilies are available in a jar pickled at many Asian markets. I'm in LA and there are a lot of them East of downtown. These peppers are the same as the sport peppers but like $1.99 for a 12oz jar, so a great deal. Also, Vienna sells the original sport pepper from their "Chicago Dog" but I haven't found a retailer so this may be exclusive to their franchise.

        You wouldn't look for Thai chilies because typically people think of them as red, but they are just a variation of the Serrano chili (or at least that is what I have picked up on from Thai restaurants) but they also have them green pickled in jars and they are a perfect match, not a substitute, I have seen a few different brands.

        Don't settle for Tabasco peppers or yellow deli peppers as I had to for so long ;-)

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        1. re: dustinrjo
          JungMann Oct 29, 2008 06:05 AM

          This is great advice. I only recently noticed that bird's eye chilies are the same as sport peppers when I was running low on my jar of sport peppers and decided to try and substitute some chilies I purchased in Chinatown. It's a little bit of a different flavor, but packs more heat, which is great on a Chicago dog.

          1. re: dustinrjo
            Prpltnla Oct 22, 2009 02:20 PM

            I work over here in East LA and am looking for those peppers you mention above. What is the name of the store you have bought them from? Thanks so much!

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            mirsadc Sep 3, 2010 10:40 AM

            You can purchase Chicago sport peppers at

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              Brickman2003 Oct 6, 2010 12:19 AM

              You can buy sport peppers at portillos in moreno valley ca, the real thing I buy them there. doint try tabasco or tie peppers . portillos will sell to you $2.50 for 1/2 pint the real thing

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                1. re: PommeDeGuerre
                  Blumie Oct 6, 2010 10:24 AM

                  Ah, yes, the season turns to the crisp days of Fall, and this thread gets resurrected, just as has occurred in each of the last four years!

                  I recently ordered the Chicago Hot Dog Kit from Vienna Beef and was quite pleased!

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