Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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Immediate Release

March 29th, 2016

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2016

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Foundation is very proud to announce the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2016. The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame will induct 5 people all of which have been very instrumental in the fiery foods. After months of balloting, with just shy of 500 voters, the NYC Hot Sauce Expo is now proud to announce and present the Class of 2016.

This year’s group are the biggest and brightest names in the industry. One of Legend. One of inspiration. Here is your Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2016.

  1. Blair Lazar – Blair’s Sauces and Snacks: Heating up over 31 countries, printed in six languages, and Guinness World Record certified with the hottest product created, Blair’s passion for peppers is ever present. It is what fuels the fiery phenomena that’s called the Death Sauce.
  2. David Tran – Huy Fong Foods (Sriracha Sauce): Started in 1980 and has grown to be the leader in Asian Hot Sauce with his Sriracha Sauce also known to hot sauce fans as the “Rooster Sauce”.
  3. Jacob Frank – Founder of Frank’s Red Hot and one of the biggest selling hot sauces in the country. Frank’s RedHot cayenne pepper sauce was used as the secret ingredient for the first ever Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, New York, putting it on the map and starting the flavor craze that has led to consumers obsession with all things Buffalo-flavor.
  4. Marie Sharp – Marie Sharp’s & the Original Melinda’s: Owner Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd. – Started making sauce in the early 80’s and actually was the creator of Melinda’s sauces. Her sauce is the quintessential Central American hot sauce awesome flavor and great heat!
  5. Sam Garner – Texas Pete: This hot sauce was introduced to the world in 1929 and is now the 3rd largest selling hot sauce in the country.

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame enshrinement…

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The Firecast Podcast Returning For 2016 Episodes

the-firecast-hot-sauce-bbq-chile-pepper-podcast-2016There is great news for chileheads, BBQers and fiery foods fans everywhere!

After taking a brief hiatus, The Firecast Spicy Food, BBQ and Hot Sauce Podcast Show is returning soon with all-new episodes for its 2016 season! Some cool topics and guests are planned with the coverage all you foodies have grown to love.

As always, listening to The Firecast is extremely easy! There are a vast number of ways to listen, subscribe ad download the episodes on virtual every internet-enabled electronic device known to man. Go to The Firecast‘s Subscribe and Connect page to peruse all the different options you have available.

The Firecast is the most listened-to show on the internet with a focus on hot sauce, fiery foods and BBQ. The program aims to feature the best and most diverse coverage of spicy food, sauces, seasoning, grilling, barbecue smoking, chile peppers, buffalo wings, chili and more, with weekly product previews and interviews with the biggest movers and shakers in the industry. New podcast episodes are released roughly twice per month.

The Firecast Podcast is downloaded on average of over 45,000 times per month, with new episodes racking up more than 12,000 downloads each.  The show began in 2010 as a YouTube video show, and transitioned into its current audio format in mid-2012.

Website Link: http://www.thefirecast.com.

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The 28th National Fiery Foods and Barbecue Show is Almost Here!

28th Annual National Fiery Foods and BBQ Show in Albuquerque, NMAlbuquerque, NM – The 28th annual National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show is drawing near as hundreds of exhibitors prepare their best gourmet foods, sauces, spices, sweet-heat treats and rubs to showcase at Sandia Resort and Casino March 4-6, 2016 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The event will feature more than 1,000 different products from the U.S. and around the world.

The Fiery Foods Show is the country’s largest gathering of fiery food products and barbecue sauces. The 2015 event welcomed a record number of attendees and organizers of the event expect even more for the 28th annual event. This year the Fiery Foods Show will host multi-media demonstrations and a margarita challenge for the first time. Its official mascot, Chile the Kid will return, greeting guests throughout the weekend.

Multimedia presentations Saturday and Sunday will include a Tequila Demonstration by mixologist Greg Mays; Kelly Urig on her book, New Mexico Chiles: History, Legend and Lore; Dave DeWitt on his book, The Field Guide to Peppers; and Tim Ziegler on Spices & Chiles in Regional and Ethnic Cuisines.

While many exhibitors will display their award-winning selections, others will showcase first-time products. Attendees can also enjoy select Scovie Award-winning products, recognized as the top fiery food products in the world. The annual competition organized by the producers of the Fiery Foods Show is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions in the U.S., and receives hundreds of entries each year.

About the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show
The 2016 National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show will take place March 4-6, 2016 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vendors from across the country will be in attendance. The show is open to the general public and trade (wholesale) buyers. Hours of the show are:

Friday, March 4
11am-4pm: trade only
4pm-8pm: trade and general public
Saturday, March 5
9am-11am: trade only
11am-7pm: trade and general public
Sunday, March 6
9am-11am: trade only
11am-6pm: trade and general public

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth 18 and younger. Advanced tickets will be available through Ticketmaster for $12, and at the Sandia Resort and Casino box office. Parking is free. For more information visit www.fieryfoodsshow.com.

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Hot Sauce Merger – Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Louisiana Hot Sauce Exposition, Inc. Announce Alliance

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Houston, Texas, 01/11/2016Carol Fox Borge of The Houston Hot Sauce Festival and Dana Romero, Chairman of The Louisiana Hot Sauce Exposition, Inc. announced today that they will be forming an alliance to manage their respective fiery food events.

The Houston Hot Sauce Festival is one of the oldest fiery events in the nation, with over 100 vendors showcasing a wide range of products and crafts. The Louisiana Hot Sauce Exposition Inc. manages The Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo in Lafayette, Louisiana and the Florida Festival of Flavor & Fire in Lakeland, Florida. Similar events that offer the same perspective. The synergy created by this alliance will solidify the efforts of bringing the top vendors in the fiery gourmet foods market to the Gulf Coast area from Texas to Florida, improving the market efforts of the vendors, and providing accessibility of these vendors to the areas served by these events.

“This opportunity to expand our efforts of the past fifteen years from the Houston Metroplex to the region of Central Florida and all the area in between is a big win for both consumers and providers of gourmet specialty food! Fiery is one of the fastest growing segments of this industry”, states Carol.

Romero stated at the signing of the alliance agreement “We are so happy to have Carol on our Board of Directors, her Houston Hot Sauce Festival is a great fit for our organization as a way to continue our goal of introducing people to the excitement these products bring to food.”

The three events are scheduled to take place as following:

The Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo held inside Blackham Coliseum, Lafayette, La. on April 16-17, 2016.

The Florida Festival of Flavor and Fire held inside The Lakeland Center, Lakeland, Fl. on June 11-12, 2016.

The Houston Hot Sauce Festival to be held inside the Stafford Center, Stafford, Tx. on Sept. 17-18, 2016.

For more information, please contact Dana Romero:

Louisiana Hot Sauce Exposition, Inc.
5000 Freetown Road
New Iberia, La. 70560
337-251-7408

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016 Final Ballot Announcement

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The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot Announcement

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is back and commissioner Steve Seabury of High River Sauces will conduct the induction ceremony live at the 4th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 23rd at 2 PM. This year the Hall of Fame will induct 5 people who have been very instrumental in the Hot Sauce industry. The inducted class of 2016 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.

To be eligible for the nominating or voting process, a person must operate within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. These people also known as the Selection Committee, consists of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce. The Selection Committee will be polled by email from the Hall of Fame’s Senators Board in which the board will eventually narrow the Selection Committee’s ballots down to the final list to 10.

After months of debating and voting from the  Selection Committee, the committee have narrowed down their final nominations to some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.

The Final Ballot Nominations…

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Review of Doc Love’s THE SYSTEM – THE DATING DICTIONARY

Review - Doc Love The System Dating DictionaryIn the grand matters of life and love and dating, I’m definitely not a pick up artist. I’m not looking for “friends with benefits” or a “no strings attached” sexual relationship (quite frankly, that concept sickens me) or a one-night stand.

Instead, Scott Roberts is a regular, down-to-earth, single guy and a full-time dad to two teenage boys looking for for “the one”. I’m seeking a healthy, long term relationship with a women that will hopefully will lead me and this lucky lady down the church aisle one of these years.

I’m fairly confident, well-adjusted, doing well in my job, I love to laugh and be funny, and I’m decent-looking. But is that enough to traverse the pitfalls of dating and is it enough to keep women interested and happy? And come to think of it, what actually does make woman happy? Can anyone on planet earth really understand women?

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Hottest conference in town, NMSU’s annual New Mexico Chile Conference set for Feb. 1-2, 2016

2016 New Mexico Chile ConferenceRegistration is now open for the world’s largest conference dedicated to chile peppers, the 2016 New Mexico Chile Conference. The event runs Feb. 1-2 at Hotel Encanto de Las Cruces and is hosted by New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute. Conference registration and additional details are available at

http://www.chilepepperinstitute.org/events.php.

This year’s conference will focus on the use of drones in agriculture, new regulations and research into food modernization safety, current chile marketing strategies and updates on mechanization as well as insect and weed control. There will also be updates from the New Mexico Chile Association and the Chile Pepper Institute Development Leadership Council.

“The New Mexico Chile Conference brings together growers, producers, processors and researchers from all over the world to learn about the latest innovations and research in the chile pepper industry,” said Danise Coon, senior research specialist at the Chile Pepper Institute. “This year’s guest speaker, Jerry Miller, from High Desert Consulting, will highlight opportunities in using drones in agriculture.”

Conference pre-registration is $110 for individuals and $450 for a vendor booth. Walk-ins are $120 for individuals and $475 for booths. For further information, contact the Chile Pepper Institute at 575-646-3028.

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Firecast Podcast Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

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Episode #87 – Dana Romero on the CABOOM! CaJohn Hard Documentary

Dana Romero, producer of the Louisiana Hot Sauce Expo and the World Hot Sauce Awards, chats to Scott about the upcoming documentary on John “CaJohn” Hard titled CaBOOM! Also, Ken and Scott review Born to Hula Smokehaus Salsa.

Links mentioned in the episode:

The Firecast is Sponsored in Part By:

  • Heat Hot Sauce Shop – Get $4.95 flat rate shipping on ALL US orders! Plus, Heat Hot Sauce Shop offers a great Hot Sauce of the Month Club, which you can sign up for and get 10% off with the keyword “FIRECAST”.
  • Chilehead Tees – Are you a heat freak? Whether you love hot sauce, chile peppers, buffalo wings, BBQ, bacon, or anything dealing with fiery & spicy foods, this is the place to get t-shirts and swag to show off your obsession.
  • Sucklebusters – Texas BBQ Rubs, BBQ Sauces & Texas GunPowder! SuckleBusters is preferred by competition BBQ Cooks, and has won numerous awards including back-to-back 1st Place sauce wins at the American Royal – the World series of BBQ competitions.
  • Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class

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4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo Announcement

new-york-city-hot-sauce-expo-2016New York’s own High River Sauces proudly presents the 2016 4th Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo on April 23rd & 24th. The NYC Expo will feature up to 50 artisanal hot sauce makers from all over the United States and as far as Canada, Mexico, Panama and New Zealand. The NYC Hot Sauce Expo has grown into an International Hot Sauce celebration. Witness the action packed event with hot sauce tastings from each vendor, eating challenges, spicy food vendors, crafts and plenty of odd ball entertainment for the whole family.

This year’s Expo’s poster artwork [to the right] was inspired by the inaugural class of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. The members are depicted as Ghost Pepper Busters saving the world of the scariest of all peppers. From left to right are the mighty Edmund McIIhenny, Chip Hearn, Dave Hirshkop, Dave DeWitt and John Hard.

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5th Annual Super Spicy Holiday Sale

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Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Christmas Season Deals

The big sale is back, and we will update it as we get new additions to our listings. It usually grows as we get closer to the holiday, so if you are shopping or curious of what will be offered, then keep coming back. If you are a company that would like to add your sale to our listing, then please either email me your whole sale as you wish it to be listed, and I will link to your website or sales page OR you can post below in the comments. We will also we sharing this listing with some other chile blogs and numerous Facebook groups.

It is very important to note that we only want to include companies that have met all the legal requirements to sell products online and ship across the US. I can not speak of international law, so companies wishing to ship outside the US are free to do so at their own discretion. We encourage our Chilehead friends to support these small market companies and the small market companies to support the Chilehead Community.

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Review – Cornferno – The Hottest Popcorn Ever?

cornferno-the-hottest-popcorn-everYou only have to barely mouth the phrase “spicy snack”, and I’ll coming running. Along with a really awesome chile-laden dessert item, and munchies or snacks with fire rank way up there with what I think some of the best applications of hot peppers one can come up with. My love for them is so deep, in fact, that I’ve declared both a spicy caramel sauce and a fried cheddar jalapeno snack the prestigious honor of what I thought were Best Product of the Year, back-to-back, and have had other burning sweets and snack stuff near the top of the list.

Although I’ve sampled an exhaustively large number of variations on what is capable from the munchies side of the specialty food world, I always love it when I stumble upon an item that is slightly off the beaten path, whether it’s a sly little twist on a familiar recipe or an inclusion of an ingredient someone’s ever though of before.

Popcorn is starting to be a well-mined sub-genre of the snack category, although I don’t believe I’ve ever…

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$100,000 World Food Champion Crowned in Kissimmee, FL

world-food-championships-logoVeteran Barbecue Team from Overland Park, Kansas beats 1,100 Food Sport Competitors for Fortune and Food Fame.

KISSIMMEE, FLA. (Tuesday, Nov. 10) – A wife and husband barbecue competition team from Overland Park, Kansas earned $100,000 today, beating more than 1,100 competitive chefs, home cooks and food sport enthusiasts in a week-long battle for the World Food Championships title in central Florida.

Cheryl and Loren Hill, three-time qualifiers for the World Food Championships, also took home an additional $10,000 for winning the Barbeque qualifying category, as did the eight other finalists who won their qualifying category. More than $350,000 in cash and prizes was awarded through 38 competition rounds, making it one of the largest and richest food sport events in the world…

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Firecast Podcast Episode #86 – Ed Currie of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company Interview, Plus American Hot Sauce Genres

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Episode #86 – Ed Currie of the Pucker Butt Pepper Company Interview, Plus American Hot Sauce Genres

Smokin’ Ed Currie of Pucker Butt Pepper Company chats with Scott about how he started growing chile peppers, the current Guinness World Record hottest chile Carolina Reaper pepper, and what is in store for the future. Ken Alexander and Scott also discuss the many different major American hot sauce styles and genres, and Ugly Baby Hot Sauce is reviewed.

Links mentioned in the episode:

Health benefits of chile peppers & capsaicin sources and articles:

The Firecast is Sponsored in Part By:

  • American West Beef Company – Get FREE SHIPPING and meat delivered to your house for up to 60% off!
  • Chilehead Tees – Are you a heat freak? Whether you love hot sauce, chile peppers, buffalo wings, BBQ, bacon, or anything dealing with fiery & spicy foods, this is the place to get t-shirts and swag to show off your obsession.
  • Sucklebusters – Texas BBQ Rubs, BBQ Sauces & Texas GunPowder! SuckleBusters is preferred by competition BBQ Cooks, and has won numerous awards including back-to-back 1st Place sauce wins at the American Royal – the World series of BBQ competitions.
  • Dr. BBQ’s Low & Slow BBQ at Home Online Barbecue Class

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Help Support CABOOM! Documentary About CaJohn Hard!

caboom-the-cajohn-hard-story-documentaryHot Sauce has had a long and hallowed history, with numerous men and women who have been colorful and greatly influential. It’s my humble opinion that very few spicy foods industry folks deserve a documentary about as much as John “CaJohn” Hard, founder of CaJohn’s Fiery Foods.

Why CaJohn?

CaJohn’s is far and away the most awarded hot sauce manufacturer on the planet, with…

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“Hot Sauce” Sitcom in Development at CBS

cbs-hot-sauce-tv-show-programA Louisiana-based sitcom called Hot Sauce is in development, Deadline reports.

According to the site, Hot Sauce will be a half-hour comedy from Drunk Wedding filmmaker Nick Weiss, writer-actor Gary Lundy and ABC Studios. Co-written by Weiss and Lundy, Hot Sauce is said to follow “a high-powered, no-nonsense mom who relocates her family to small-town Louisiana to work for the most popular hot sauce company in the world. There she finds herself pitted against a culture and community she doesn’t want…

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