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Calling All Hot Sauce Makers! Get Listed in an Upcoming Hot Sauce Book

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Enrique Monroy, Hot Sauce Shop owner and maker of Monroy’s Original Hot Sauce,  is creating new hot sauce book this is, in his hopes, as comprehensive as the original Hot Sauce Bible (written by Dave DeWitt and Chuck Evans) was. Enrique’s passion and enthusiasm for this project is bubbling over, and I am more than happy to share this latest bit of information from him.

Enrique is looking for any and all hot sauce producers to be featured in his forthcoming encyclopedia book. For the details, I will hand this over to Enrique on how to submit and where to get more info on this exciting new project…

2017 Screaming Mi Mi Awards Are Coming!

screaming-mi-mi-awards-nyc-hot-sauce-expoIf You Want To Be The BEST Then You Have To WIN The BEST!

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is pleased to present the 2017 Screaming Mi Mi Awards Show on April 22nd. Each year hundreds of hot sauce companies from around the globe compete and try to win the most esteemed and most admired award in the hot sauce industry. Past winners have been featured on TV, national magazines, newspapers and blogs which has lead for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

This year the Screaming Mi Mi Awards have partnered with Peppers.com, Fuego Box, Chile Pepper Magazine and the Scott Roberts hot sauce blog. These companies are the most respected and leading outlets within the hot sauce community. “I wanted to maximize the profile of the winners and there is no better way than to partner up with these amazing companies” states Seabury organizer of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. “I want spicy connoisseurs to have easy access to the BEST Hot Sauces in the World and the BEST are Screaming Mi Mi Award winners” adds Seabury.

Scott’s Best Products of the Year for 2016

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It’s time for another rundown of what I thought were the Best Spicy and BBQ Products of 2016, AKA the “Scottvie Awards” (with apologies to Dave DeWitt)! All qualifying sauces, seasonings and snacks must have been tried by me for the first time within the calendar year of 2016, even if they might have released to the public in 2015.

This year’s list marks a massive departure from what I have done in previous years. Before, I had broken down my favorite products in categories such as “Best Hot Sauce,” “Best BBQ Sauce,” “Best Wing Sauce,” “Biggest Burn,” and so on, and awarded those products accordingly.

Here in 2016’s list, I’m going to merely list 10 products of all kinds, and in no particular order.

Congratulations to all of the winners! You all have made some phenomenal products.

The 2017 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot

Hot-Sauce-Hall-of-Fame-Crest-LogoThe Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Hall of Fame ballot for the Class of 2017. With almost 800 nomination ballots voted on from the Selection Committee, the Hall was able to determine the Top 10 people for the final ballot.

This year the Hall will induct 3 people to the Class of 2017 on April 22nd at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo‘s main stage. The Class of 2017 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined with legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame

Pepper Palace Joins Forces With ZestFest To Help Market and Promote Best Spicy Food Products

zestfest-ffc-marketing-with-pepper-palaceDALLASDec. 10, 2016PRLog — As an industry leader, Pepper Palace is interested in mentoring smaller companies and encouraging their participation in ZestFest and the Fiery Food Challenge as a way to grow their business and promote the fiery food industry. The Fiery Food Challenge is a featured event at the annual spicy food show, ZestFest, produced by Spicy Food Productions, LLC.  Each year a panel of expert judges comes to ZestFest in search of the best products in the spicy food category.  Last year’s 20th Anniversary Edition of the Fiery Food Challenge was dominated by the products entered by Pepper Palace.  This year Pepper Palace has decided to hold off from entering to allow new and developing artisan companies an opportunity for increased exposure and the chance to win the prestigious Golden Chile award.

Pepper Palace was founded by Craig and Tanya Migawa in 1989 as a kiosk in a Central Wisconsin Mall and soon expanded to include two inline retail locations. After successfully operating in Wisconsin for eight years, a family trip inspired a move south to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. Pepper Palace opened their first Gatlinburg location in 1997 in a small storefront on the outskirts of town. Several moves were made to better, larger locations until finally reaching its current location in 1999, a 3000 square foot spot in a prominent Gatlinburg Mall. This was, and continues to be, the largest spicy themed specialty retail location in the world. Pepper Palace entered the online arena in that same year by launching pepperpalace.com.

Pepper Palace began expansion efforts by…

Is There a Pungency Scale For Garlic, Horseradish, Wasabi, Mustard, Onions, Cinnamon, Ginger and Black Pepper?

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Most every fiery foods fan knows that it is the chemical called Capsaicin that gives chile peppers a “hot” or “spicy” sensation, and that the amount of Capsaicin present in chile pods (and other things like hot sauce) is measured on the Scoville Scale.

A question I sometimes get asked is, “Scott, is there a way to measure the amount of “heat” or pungency in other “spicy” items like black pepper, ginger, horseradish, garlic, wasabi, mustard, garlic, cinnamon, and onions? Let’s look at these items one by one…

Firetalkers – Interview with Guinness World Record Carolina Reaper Eating Champ Greg Foster

greg-foster-guinness-world-record-holder-carolina-reaper-chile-pepper-eating-contestJust a few weeks ago at the first annual Arizona Hot Sauce Expo, daredevil chile pepper eater Greg Foster of Irvine, CA break the Guinness World Record for consuming the largest amount of Carolina Reaper chile peppers in one minute.
Greg was able to set a new record by munching down a mind-blowing 120 grams of Carolina Reapers (which came out to be 16 pepper pods) within 60 seconds. These Guinness World Record Reaper Challenges are held at all of the hot sauce expos produced by Steve Seabury and High River Sauces, which included the aforementioned Arizona Hot Sauce Expo, plus the NYC, California, and Portland Hot Sauce Expos.

For those of you who don’t know, the Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper peppers are the Guinness World Record hottest chile, and average at around 1,569,300 units of the Scoville Heat Scale. Carolina Reapers were developed and grown by Ed Currie of the PuckerButt Pepper Company.

So how exactly did Greg did it? I recently chatted with him and asked him how he got into fiery foods, what he did to prepare himself for this challenge, and what it was like to go through the nuclear heat pain after consuming all of those chile peppers…

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

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November 27, 2016

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo Celebrates Its 5th Anniversary

New York’s own High River Sauces proudly presents the 5th Annual New York City Hot Sauce Expo on April 22nd & 23rd 2017. The NYC Expo will feature up to 45 artisanal hot sauce makers from all over the United States and as far as Australia, Canada, England, New Zealand and South America. The NYC Hot Sauce Expo has grown into an International Hot Sauce celebration. Witness the action packed event with hot sauce tastings, eating challenges, spicy food vendors, craft beer, spicy cocktails and plenty of odd ball entertainment for the whole family…

2016 Hot Sauce Holiday Deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

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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.

A huge thanks to Al “Buddah” Goldenberg of I Love It Spicy for getting this sale together…

Hot Sauce Depot Launches Website Redesign

hot-sauce-depot-product-comparisonHot Sauce Depot has announced the first major redesign of its website, www.HotSauceDepot.com, since it first launched back in 2007. Key features of the redesign include a faster, more accurate search function, an enhanced mobile interface, new product filters, product comparisons, and an improved Rewards Program.

“The goal of this redesign is to make it as easy as possible to find what you’re looking for,” said Mary Polakovic, Creative Media Specialist at Hot Sauce Depot. “We wanted to help people find new sauces they’re likely to enjoy by giving them the ability to narrow down their options based on their preferences, so we added product filters for type of pepper, flavor, heat level, brand, price range, etc. This is also helpful for people who don’t enjoy spicy foods themselves but want to choose the right hot sauce to give to a friend as a gift.”

“We’ve also added a product comparison feature so you can select different sauces and compare them side-by-side to see how they stack up in terms of flavor, price, heat, and more,” Polakovic said. “We hope that users get a chance to play around with some of the new features, and we welcome all feedback.”

For more information, visit www.HotSauceDepot.com.

Kids BBQ Championship Season 2 is Now Casting

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Kids BBQ Championship, Food Network’s exciting culinary reality show, is coming back for a second season!

JS Casting is looking for the most talented kid grillers across the country. They are in search of young cooks who have what it takes to compete for the chance to win a grand prize. If your child is a cooking prodigy who can smoke the competition, they want to hear from you!

Apply now at www.JSCasting.com. For questions, please contact BBQKidsCasting@gmail.com.

Tailgating Checklist Infographic: How to Host the Perfect Tailgate

football-tailgate-party-checklist-infographicCollege football season is now well underway. Hundreds of thousands are congregating around university parking lots all around the nation, cooking, drinking, and celebrating with fellow gridiron fans.

It’s easy to throw an amazing parking lot party right at the tailgate of your car or truck. With these easy steps and tips, you’ll have an easy tailgate menu and a good game plan for all the action in the parking lot before the real game starts. So, if you’ve never partaken in the activity of tailgating, here is a handy infographic guide on how to host the perfect tailgate!

Bacon-wrapped Cheese-stuffed Hot Dogs: Ingredients

  • Hot dogs (about 2 per person)
  • Soft hot dog rolls
  • Cheddar cheese sticks
  • Bacon (1 slice per hot dog)

The key to making a tailgate party low-stress is picking a…

Want the Perfect Hot Sauce Gift Pack For the Holidays? Try the Scott Roberts Gift Set

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For years, I’ve thought of somehow creating a really cool “hot sauce of the month” club or compiling a really nice multi-bottle gift set so that chileheads can try out some of the best hot sauces available. Let’s face it; we’ve all seen them, and inevitably, there will unfortunately be lackluster sauces or junk products included in these types of sets that the retailers force upon you. It’s made me ponder, “why can’t there be one package that people can buy which contains all top-notch hot sauces?

I’m excited to present the solution to that problem! I’ve collaborated with Dylan of Heat Hot Sauce Shop to give you a 100% custom-selected hot sauce gift pack. The Scott Roberts Gift Set is exactly what you’ve been looking for. It has six sauces that I’ve personally chosen as some of the best and most flavorful pepper products in the fiery foods industry today!

So You Want To Be A Hot Sauce Or Chile Pepper Reviewer? Avoid These 7 Pitfalls.

Pitfalls of Hot Sauce and Chile Pepper Video ReviewingDo you want to be a hot sauce or chile pepper reviewer?

You may feel a pull towards showing your spicy food passions on camera. It could be anything from trying scorching super hot peppers to sampling to reviewing hot sauces and BBQ sauces.

With today’s technology, its become far less cumbersome to get your mug in video formats all over the world, with social networks having full video integration. YouTube is still the major player, and along with a half-dozen other video outlets, all you basically need to do nowadays is open up the site or app, hit record, and you’re good to go.

Outside of technological considerations (more on that at the end of this article), what do you need to be successful?

Here are a few basic important things…

What Are Your Top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces of All Time? 2016 Edition

Top 10 favorite hot sauce listsFive years ago, I asked a huge group of chileheads – everyone from chile growers to bloggers to product makers to industry folks – to compile a list of their top 10 Favorite Hot Sauces. My original blog post highlighted many of the top tens I received. The post was a huge traffic monster, and spurred lots and lots of discussion in the comments.

Since 2011, I’ve changed blogging software that was running on my site from my own custom PHP scripting to Wordpress, and sadly I wasn’t able to transfer the comments over. Because of this, I’ve always wanted to do a follow-up post and get more comments and discussion going. I’ve also wanted to hear from a few other new voices and get their choices for their favorite sauces of all time…