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Adamsville pastor eats Carolina Reaper pepper live on air

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Rev. Tom Salter Skyped with the Good Day Alabama crew and ate a Carolina Reaper live on air this morning. Source: WBRC video Rev. Tom Salter Skyped with the Good Day Alabama crew and ate a Carolina Reaper live on air this morning. Source: WBRC video
Carolina Reaper peppers. (Source: Guinness Book of World Records) Carolina Reaper peppers. (Source: Guinness Book of World Records)
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

A pastor from Adamsville who posts videos of himself eating superhot peppers on Youtube swallowed the world's hottest peppers, the Carolina Reaper, live on Good Day Alabama today.

The Guiness Book of World Records recently deemed the Carolina Reaper as the "world's hottest pepper."  The South Carolina-grown pepper registers at almost 1.6 million Scoville Heat Units, which is about 10,000 times hotter than a regular jalapeno. In comparison, pepper spray registers at about 2 million Scoville Units.

After a story about the Carolina Reaper aired on Good Day Alabama this morning, Rev. Tom Salter contacted FOX6 to say that he has actually tasted the pepper. The Good Day crew later Skyped with Rev. Tom Salter during the last hour of the show.

Rev. Salter said he's been eating peppers since he was three years old and became deeply ingrained in the world of peppers and hot sauce after watching videos of people eating the hot peppers on YouTube a couple years ago and thinking, "I can do that."

He posted a video of himself eating the Carolina Reaper, also known as HP22b, on YouTube in October 2012. The Good Day anchors asked him to descibe what it felt like to eat the hottest pepper in the world.

"It impacts the throat. I had an amazing amount of heat hit my throat. It caused me to get an adrenaline rush, and then about three hours later, I was actually able to play my guitar because it eases arthritis very well," Salter said. "That's one of the reasons I eat super-hot peppers, and I do it on a regular basis."

The pastor held up a Carolina Reaper and showed it to viewers over Skype. The pepper is small, wrinkled and bright red.

FOX6 Weatherman Mickey Ferguson asked Rev. Salter, perhaps jokingly, if he wanted to take a bite of the pepper. To everyone's surprise, he agreed.

"Well, I don't want to, but I can. It's not a big deal. Here's the pepper, the hottest pepper in the world," Rev. Salter said, taking a bite while still on air. "It's about 10,000 times hotter than a jalapeno."

The pastor said drinking water doesn't alleviate the pain of superhot peppers and can actually make it worse. He said milk or dairy products help most people, but drinking milk usually makes him nauseous. So, he chooses to just suffer through it.

At one point, Mickey asked, "Are you in excruciating pain right now?"

"Um, well...yes," pastor Salter said, nodding. "My head's starting to sweat."

At the end of the segment, after watching Rev. Salter suffer through a single bite of the Carolina Reaper, Mickey declared, "You are a man's man!"

Rev. Salter is the pastor of Sumiton United Methodist Church and said that whenever he brings a dish to a church event, everyone knows to ask before they eat it.

On his Twitter page, @revtommytwotone, Salter describes himself as a "United Methodist Pastor, Husband, Dad, Chilehead, Hot Sauce Maker, Spicy Products Reviewer" from Adamsville.

You can watch more videos of Rev. Salter's hot sauce reviews and pepper-eating endeavors on his YouTube channel Revtommy2tone

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