Our Top Favorites of 2011

We reviewed over 70 new hot sauces, bbq sauces, rubs and other products in 2011, and would like to share with you some of our absolute favorites from the past year. In no particular order, we present some of the best of the best in the world of spicy foods!
hotsaucedaily.com 2011 roundup
Read to the end to see our picks for Best New Product and Favorite Hot Sauce of the year!
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HSW 035 ZestFest 2011

In this episode we bring you a live report from the floor of ZestFest 2011, courtesy of Scott Roberts of ScottRobertsWeb.com.

But first we wrap up our Week of Wings II on HotSauceDaily.com.

Then we say thanks to some of the listeners that have contacted us.

Scovie Award Winners for 2011 Announced

World’s Most Competitive Fiery Foods Competition Announces 2011 Scovie Award Winners

Unprecedented tie for grand prize fires up competitors

For Immediate Release – October 20, 2011

Contact: The Garrity Group

Albuquerque, NM – For the first time in 15 years, the annual Scovie Awards has announced that two products will take home the coveted overall grand prize. Barhyte Specialty Foods’ Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish and Poco Dolce’s Super Chile Toffee Squares were separated by less than a thousandth of a point, leading to the first two-way tie in Scovie Award history.

Barhyte’s Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish took top honors in the condiments category, in addition to placing overall. Poco Dolce’s Super Chile Toffee Squares beat out the competition in the sweet heat category.

Barhyte Specialty Foods is located in Pendleton, Oregon and produces a variety of specialty mustards, condiments and sauces. Poco Dolce originated in San Francisco, California and today retails their savory chocolate products in stores across the United States.

Crazy Uncle Jester’s, a family-owned specialty food manufacturer from Ohio, took home the grand prize award in advertising and marketing for their product logo and label.

This year’s competition featured two new categories: extreme sauce and wing sauce. In all, 139 companies entered 639 different products for a chance at Scovie glory. Dave DeWitt, creator of the Scovie awards, said competition was particularly fierce this year, with entries from 37 states and six countries.

DeWitt, the “Pope of Peppers”, was impressed by the variety and creativity of entries. “This year I was blown away by all of the great submissions. Some are out of this world and the new ideas and flavors never cease to amaze me. The competition gets better and better each year,” DeWitt said.

Some of the most interesting entries included Honey Jalapeno Infusion from Smoke’n Jacks, Panama Red Hot Sauce from Pancali Foods, Lavender Vinaigrette and Marinade from Montebello Kitchens, Bali Boo Yah from Sean’s Boo Yah! and Dennis’ Mango Habanero BBQ Sauce from Reva Foods.

The Scovie Award winners can be seen and tasted at the 2011 Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show March 4-6, 2011 at Sandia Resort and Casino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Vendors from across the country will be in attendance. For more information please visit: www.fiery-foods.com.

The Scovie Awards is an annual competition created by Dave DeWitt that recognizes the top fiery foods products in the world. It is one of the most competitive blind tasted food competitions. Hundred of products are entered and go through rigorous tastings to receive the top honors. The Scovie Awards take place annually in the month of October.

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Editor’s notes:

Read Dave’s take on the competition this year on his Supersite Fiery-Foods.com.

You can see all the winners on ScovieAwards.com (sort of… read on)

Congratulations to all the Scovie Awards winners and to all the entrants. The Scovies are a HUGE deal in the world of fiery food and hot sauce.

Having said that, I must say I am disappointed that the Grand Prize was awarded to a condiment and a candy. Surely the Scovies were launched 15 years ago to award the best of the best in the hot sauce world, with new categories added each year. And I applaud and support all the categories… but for the grand prize to be awarded to anything but a true hot sauce product seems to rub me the wrong way.

This is not “sour grapes” as I have no vested interest in the outcome. I’m just sayin’.

And finally (Dave are you listening?) I feel the ScovieAwards.com site makes it difficult to see the winners. To have to use drop-down boxes and search terms to see the categories is cumbersome at best.
Why can’t you publish all of the 2011 winners in one huge chart?

I personally would welcome a better presentation of such an outstanding best-of-the-best list of fantastic products, companies and the families and people that work so hard to make and market their products. I feel they deserve a better display of their awards. ~brian

Update: 10/22/10 – Turns out there is a way to see the whole list. Thanks to Jason Russo of TexasFoods.com for the tip! Here’s the URL: http://bit.ly/hsd-sco-2011

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