Heh, yup. It was a hit, fed about 15 people along with some honey chipotle wings. I'm getting closer to convincing these people that spicy = good.
Mesquite: I think it just won't grow here; I dunno if we could get away with bringing it in, the EU typically doesn't like people planting non-native plant species without permission :-p I've been told by the Germans that I need to stop my complainink unt use gut european vood, ya. But I still got about 10 pounds of mesquite chunks I snuck over with me ;-)
You wanna see some crazy prices, you can check out this site: http://www.myamericanmarket.com/us
(in English). The lady who runs it is really nice, but it's pricey because people gotta get their French's Mustard on. €3.79 is for one of those 10-oz sizes, btw.
I grew piment d'esplette without a problem so I was guessing I'd be alright, but those were plants as opposed to the seeds I've got now so I think I'll go with the black pot idea. One of the nice things about this climate, though, is that I'm in prime Hallertauer climate range, though, so this time next year I hope to be posting some pics of my bounty.