My pepperoni fetish even touches on traditional applications. The blistering heat of the wood fired oven causes the pepperoni to cup. The ovens intense heat also chars the edges of the pepperoni intensifying its flavors. These cups hold the cured meat fat. Each one delivering bursts of spicy meatiness. The bigger question eating at me is what makes pepperoni so addictive and adaptable? And how many more ways can we integrate it into our kitchen? It takes time to work through our ideas and thoughts.