All about Urfa Biber


Discover the Unique Flavor of Urfa Biber Chili

Origins and History

Urfa Biber, also known as Isot pepper, hails from the Urfa region of Turkey. This distinctive chili has a deep, rich flavor that sets it apart from other peppers. It is named after its place of origin, the city of Urfa (Şanlıurfa), which has a long-standing tradition of cultivating and using these peppers in local cuisine. The history of Urfa Biber dates back centuries, with its cultivation deeply embedded in the agricultural practices of southeastern Turkey.

Farming and Harvesting

Urfa Biber peppers are grown in the fertile soils of the Urfa region, benefiting from the area's ideal climate conditions. The peppers are harvested when they reach a deep red or maroon colour, signaling their full maturity. The farming process involves meticulous care to ensure that the peppers develop their unique flavour profile, which includes both a sweet, raisin-like quality and a smoky, earthy undertone.

Drying Process

The drying process of Urfa Biber is what truly sets it apart. After harvesting, the peppers are laid out to dry in the sun during the day, allowing them to partially dry and ferment. At night, they are covered to retain moisture. This alternation between sun-drying and sweating is repeated for several days, a method that enhances the pepper's complexity and develops its characteristic dark, purplish-black color. The final product is a semi-moist, pliable chili with a nuanced flavour and a mild to medium heat level.

Culinary Uses

Urfa Biber is incredibly versatile in the kitchen. Its unique combination of sweet, smoky, and slightly spicy flavours makes it a perfect addition to both savory and sweet dishes. It can be sprinkled over roasted vegetables, mixed into stews and soups, or even used to add depth to chocolate-based desserts. The pepper's mild heat also makes it a favourite for seasoning meats and kebabs.

Urfa Biber in Feedlot BBQ’s Black Angus Rub

At Feedlot BBQ, we harness the unique flavours of Urfa Biber in our Black Angus Rub. This blend is designed to enhance the taste of beef, particularly high-quality cuts like Angus. The Urfa Biber in the rub adds a subtle smokiness and depth that complements the natural flavours of the meat, making it a standout choice for your grilling and BBQ needs.

Experience the Difference

Try our Black Angus Rub to experience the rich, complex flavors of Urfa Biber. This rub not only brings out the best in your meat but also introduces a touch of Turkish culinary tradition to your BBQ repertoire.

Cheers to good flavors, The Feedlot BBQ Team


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