Happy 12th Year Anniversary to HSD!

Happy Anniversary to us! We started HotSauceDaily back on April 01, 2007… twelve years ago!

While i’ve officially retired from the US Postal Service last July… I’m not ready to retire HSD just yet.

Thanks for hanging with us all these years. Keep reading along, and follow us on YouTube.com/hotsaucedaily and Instagram.com/hotsaucedaily !

I’ve never figured out the guy with the helmet. Guess he was a motorcycle cop?

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2017

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We’re at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2017 this weekend.

Stay tuned for our video reports from the show.

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NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2017 Celebrates 5th Anniversary April 22 – 23

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.

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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.

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo will feature the Bloody Mary Mix-Down National Championship. Winners from AZ, CA & the Portland Hot Sauce Expo’s will be flown in to compete again NYC’s top mixologist in this ultimate Bloody Mary Mix-Down. Winner will receive $2500 cash and the beautiful Stoli Vodka Bloody Mary trophy.

Think you have what it takes to be crowned the Guinness Book of World Records – Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper Pepper Eating Contest, the World’s Hottest Pepper. The 2016 NYC Expo we witnessed Wayne Algenio smash the record by eating 119 grams in 60 seconds. Now the current record is held by Greg Foster when he ate 120 grams at the AZ Hot Sauce Expo on November 13th. Will the record come back to NYC?

The 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo

April 22nd & 23rd
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11222

For more information about the New York City Hot Sauce Expo please contact Steve Seabury: [email protected]

Official website: www.NYCHotSauceExpo.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NewYorkCityHotSauceExpo

Instagram: www.instagram.com/highriversauces 

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nychotsauceexpo

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2016 Schedule

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2016 Schedule

The 4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo – April 23rd and 24th, 2016

The most trending fiery food event on the planet is back this weekend at the Brooklyn Expo Center.

Brought to you by High River Sauces and the man behind the event, Steve Seabury, the who’s who in hot sauce will be in attendance.

Awards and Contests

Some of the finest artisan craftsmen and women will be sampling their goods, while the event itself will unleash a full schedule of entertainment which includes the 2016 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, the annual Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation, another Guinness Book Of World Records Carolina Reaper Challenge from Puckerbutt’s very own Smokin’ Ed Currie, and the Defcon Deathmatch is back after a one year hiatus.

And the only food eating contest that has been a part of the Expo since it’s inception, the Volcanic Peppers & Grimaldi’s Fiery Pizza Challenge is once again presented by Al “Buddah” Goldenberg and ILoveItSpicy.com.

A big thanks goes out to Grimaldi’s Pizzeria and Tim Bader, Buddah’s pizza partner and the man behind the heat who have kept this contest alive these last 4 years. Very excited if the defending champion Wayne Algenio will repeat as champion or will John Andrews return to his 1st year form and take back the pizza trophy!

Here is da Champ, Wayne posing with his trophy

Here is da Champ, Wayne posing with his trophy

The Schedule

April 23rd – Saturday

10 AM – Doors Open

11 AM – Demo

12 PM – Torch Bearer Sauces’ Guacamole Eating Contest

1 PM – Defcon Sauces & Bird Dog Whiskey Presents Chicken Wing Eating Competition

2 PM – Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

3 PM – Screaming Mi Mi Awards Presentation

4 PM – El Jimador & Cocktail Crate Presents Margarita Mix-Down

5 PM –Grimaldi’s Pizza Eating Contest

6 PM – Close

April 24th – Sunday

10 AM – Doors Open

11 AM – Demo

12 PM – Jersey Barn Fire – Great Balls of Fire – Spicy Meatball Challenge

1 PM – Cold Spell Whiskey & Heartbreaking Dawns – Spicy Taco Eating Challenge

2 PM – High River Sauces – Burrito Eating Challenge

3 PM – Stoli & Murphs Bloody Mix Present The Bloody Mary Mix-Down West Coast vs East Coast – National Championship!

5 PM – Puckerbutt Pepper Company Presents The Guinness World Record – Smokin’ Ed’s Reaper Eating Challenge

6 PM – Close

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards

It was just announced that both Blair Lazar and Marie Sharp will be at the ceremony to meet and greet with the public and to take pictures with their new Hall of Fame rings and custom red jackets.

The 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Categories

Hot Sauce Categories:
Asian Style
Caribbean Style
Louisiana Style
Chipotle
Fruit Based
Fruit Based Hot Habanero
Jalapeno
Pepper Blend
XXX Hot Sauce (Non Extract)
Best Hot Sauce Label Artwork

Additional Categories:

Chicken Wing
Spicy BBQ
Spicy Salsa

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards will be done live right after the Hall of Fame Ceremony is concluded. The results will be posted on ILoveItSpicy.com right after the ceremony is completed around 4pm est.

We’ll be there! Will you? Leave a Comment below. Maybe we can meet up!

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Class of 2016

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.

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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: 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 Franks 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 ceremony will be held on Saturday April 23rd on the main stage of the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Inductees will receive a distinctive Red Jacket and a Hall of Fame Ring.

This year the 4th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo will take place on April 23rd and 24th at the Brooklyn Expo Center in Brooklyn, NY.

For More Information Please Contact Steve Seabury: [email protected]
Info on the NYC Hot Sauce Expo: http://www.NYCHotSauceExpo.com/

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot 2016

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame 2016 Final Ballot Announcement

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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:

Alvin Baumer – Crystal Hot Sauce: Started in 1923, Crystals has become a Louisiana institution and is one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country with over 4.5 million gallons of hot sauce each year.

Blair Lazar – Blair’s: 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.

David Ashley – Mad Dog: Owner of Ashley Foods. David has been creating hot sauce for well over 20 plus years and was one of the first to sell extract sauces with his 357 Mad Dog Hot Sauce.

Dave Lutes – Hot Shots Distribution: Founder of Hot Shots Distribution. One of the original hot sauce distributors and one of the biggest. Still operating for almost 20 years.

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”.

Jacob Frank – Founder of Franks Red Hot. The first bottle was produced in 1920 and later became the secret ingredient for the Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, NY. “I Put That $#!t on Everything!”

Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr. – Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce: Started in 1971 in Vernon, CA. Celebrating 45 years of making in 2016 it has now grown into one of the biggest family owned hot sauce companies in the country. It’s a sauce that’s…very saucy!

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!

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.

Si Brown – Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce: Founded in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1928. The brand now features the word, “Original” in its name along with the famous Red Dot. The hot sauce is known for being full of flavor without an overwhelming amount of heat.

How You Can Vote

If you meet the above requirement of having operated in some capacity on the fiery foods industry for at least three years, then you can download and fill out the ballot below, available in PDF format:

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Download PDF Ballot

 

 

Instructions

There are two ways to vote:

Email

1. Right click on the link above and save to your computer.
2. Fill out all fields electronically and select the five nominees you feel most deserve to be in the first year class of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame
3. Email ballot to Steve Seabury:  [email protected]

Postal Mail

1. Right click on either link above and save to your computer.
2. Print out form and fill out all fields and select the five nominees you feel most deserve to be in the first year class of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame
3. Mail printed out ballot to the address below:

High River Entertainment
24 Saber Drive
Kings Park, NY 11754

All Ballots Must Arrive By March 15th 2016!

For more info on the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame please visit the NYC Hot Sauce Expo Website:

www.NYCHotSauceExpo.com

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Photos from NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2015

Here’s a slideshow collection of photos Marilyn took while at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 25th.
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Screaming Mi Mi Awards Winners 2015

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2015 – Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

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The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2015 Screaming Mi Mi Awards winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New York’s finest and brightest in the culinary industry. The panel consisted of chefs from FOX, CBS and Food Networks, Food Critics from NYC Newspapers, Bloggers, Magazines, Hot Sauce Retailers, Wholesalers and some of NYC’s Top Chefs. The Screaming Mi Mi Awards have been creating a large industry buzz within the Hot Sauce Community. Past winners have received features on TV, magazines, newspapers creating a profile that has lead to their products being distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were presented in front of the media and a live audience on Saturday April 24th at the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo. This was a year to remember with some amazing highlights. CaJohn’s took the Three-Peat in the Louisiana Style Hot Sauce with their Firehouse Hot Sauce, Defcon Sauces took the first ever sweep in Screaming Mi Mi history collecting 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in the Chicken Wing category and Brooklyn newcomer Queen Majesty took 2 Screaming Mi Mi’s in the Jalapeno and All Natural categories. It was a tightly scored competition and the winners are very deserving of their awards.

2015 Screaming Mi Mi Awards Winners

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Louisiana Style

CaJohns – Fire House Hot Sauce

2nd Place
Tropical Island – Ugly Baby Sweet Hot Sauce

3rd Place
Hellfire Hot Sauce – Gourmet

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Chipotle

CaJohns – Caracara Chipotle

2nd Place
Fire Dragon Chiles – Smokey Dragon Chipotle

3rd Place
Scotty O’ Hotty – Beer Bacon Chipotle

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Fruit Based

CaJohns – Tiki Bar Hot Sauce

2nd Place
Dirty Dicks – Hot Pepper Sauce

3rd Place
Hot Ass Chilies – Pacific Burn

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Fruit Based Hot

Angry Goat Pepper Co. – Black Bison

2nd Place
Hellfire Hot Sauce – Blueberry Hell

3rd Place
Chesterville Pepper Company – Anthony Kern’s Burn Out

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Jalapeno

Queen Majesty – Jalapeno Tequila & Lime

2nd Place
Poor Devil Pepper Co. – Green Gypsy

3rd Place
Red Robot – Thick N’ Spicy

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Habanero

Red Flag Spicy Foods – Fusebox

2nd Place
Grim Reaper Foods – Maverick

3rd Place
Zombie Cajun – The Antidote

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All Natural

Queen Majesty – Scotch Bonnet & Ginger Hot Sauce

2nd Place
Grinders – Wimpy

3rd Place
Madison’s – Original Hot Sauce

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XXX Hot

Hellfire Hot Sauce – Fear This

2nd Place
Volcanic Peppers – Red Reaper

3rd Place
Mad Dog 357 – Reaper Sriracha Sauce

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Pepper Blend

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce – Brown Label

2nd Place
Tatanka Hot Sauce

3rd Place
Race City Sauce Works – Seven Pepper Sriracha

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Best Product 2014

Friendly Fire Hot Sauce – Guava & Habanero

2nd Place
Jersey Barnfire – Black Garlic Hot Sauce

3rd Place
Elijah’s XTreme – Ghost Pepper Sauce

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Best Label Artwork

Grinders – Near Death

2nd Place
Lucky Dog – Dia del Perro

3rd Place
Cully’s – Fire Water

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Chicken Wing

Defcon – Defense Condition #2

2nd Place
Defcon – Defense Condition #3

3rd Place
Defcon – Cluckwing Orange

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Spicy BBQ

High Octane Sauce Company – 1100 RPM Sweet & Spicy

2nd Place
Cully’s – Applewood BBQ Sauce

3rd Place
Race City Sauce Works – The Preachers Daughter

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Spicy Salsa

CaJun Tex – Hickory Smoked Salsa Picante

2nd Place
CaJun Tex – Hickory Smoked Cranbury Salsa

3rd Place
Silverleaf International – Scorpion Salsa

For more information about the NYC Hot Sauce Expo please contact Steve Seabury: [email protected]

Official website: NYCHotSauceExpo.com

Facebook: facebook.com/NewYorkCityHotSauceExpo

Instagram: instagram.com/highriversauces

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