ZestFest 2017 Fiery Food Challenge Winners

The Fiery Food Challenge Awards for 2017

12-awards

The 21st Annual ZestFest wrapped up this weekend. Here are all the winners!

Company Product Place

Barbecue Sauce: Alcohol Infused – Consumer Ready
Born to Hula, LLC Imperial Apple Barbecue Sauce 1
La Raye’s Bar-B-Que Sauce, Inc Tequila Garlic 2
La Raye’s Bar-B-Que Sauce, Inc Tequila Sunrise 3

Barbecue Sauce: Exotic – Consumer Ready
C & J Farms Jalapeño Honey 1
Moore’s Marinades & Sauces Moore’s Honey BBQ Wing Sauce 2
Southern Belles BBQ Blueberry Blues 3

Barbecue Sauce: Fruit Based – Consumer Ready
Johnson Berry Farm Strawberry Stinger Ghost Sauce 1
Culley’s Culley’s Rib ‘N’ Chik’N 2
Southern Belles BBQ Blueberry Blues 3

Barbecue Sauce: Mustard Based – Consumer Ready
Aunty Lilikoi Products Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Kiawe BBQ Sauce 1
Towdah Foods Lakeside Sauces Smokey Gold BBQ Sauce 2
LaRae’s Bar-B-Que Sauce, Inc Honey Mustard 3

Barbecue Sauce: Vinegar Based – Consumer Ready
CRC BBQ Riley’s Triple R Sauce 1
Texas Rib Rangers Texas Rib Rangers Hot Barbecue Sauce 2
Smokehouse Woods, LLC Whispering Heat BBQ Sauce 3

Barbecue Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready
Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Sweet BBQ Sauce 1
CRC BBQ Riley’s Triple R Sauce 2
Southern Belles BBQ Original Belle 3

Barbecue Sauce: Medium – Consumer Ready
Culley’s Culley’s Chipotle + Honey 1
Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Smoke & Spice BBQ Sauce 2
Cobra Chilli Habanero BBQ Sauce 3

Barbecue Sauce: Hot – Consumer Ready
Southern Belles BBQ Southern Heat 1
Grandville’s Gourmet BBQ Sauce Extra Spicy BBQ Sauce 3
Full Boar BBQ, LLC Full Boar BBQ “Sweet & Spicy” BBQ Sauce 2

Barbecue Sauce: X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Black Swamp Gourmet, LLC Sweet & Fiery BBQ Sauce 1
Ghost Foods Hot and Smokey Ghost BBQ Sauce XXX 3
Cobra Chilli Carolina BBQ Sauce 2

Best Barbecue Sauce
Black Swamp Gourmet, LLC Sweet & Fiery BBQ Sauce

Condiments: Asian – Consumer Ready
Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Chiliyaki Sauce 1
Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Sweet Chili Sauce 2
Moore’s Marinades & Sauces Moore’s Asian Teriyaki Wing Sauce 3

Condiments: Gourmet Infused Oil – Consumer Ready
Hongar Farms Gourmet Foods Benissimo Spicy Sriracha Oil 1
Gorji Gourmet Foods Dipping Oil & Marinade Primer 2
Fratelli Foods Gourmet Garlic Oil 3

Condiments: Jam/Jelly Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Jammit! Jam, LLC Strawberry Chili Shiraz 1
Ka-Ranch Raspberry Jalapeño Jam 2
Hacienda Maize Fire-Roasted Mira Sol Jammin’ Jelly 3

Condiments: Jam/Jelly Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire Habacherry 1
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire Bluebanero 2
Johnson Berry Farm Hot Damn Strawberry Reaper Jam 3

Condiments: Ketchup – Consumer Ready
Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Roasted Tomato and Sweet Onion Ketchup 1
Grumps Grumps Jalapeño Ketchup 2
Little Acre Gourmet Foods More Spicy Three Pepper Ketchup 3

Condiments: Mustard Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Aunty Lilikoi Products Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard 1
Backwoods Mustard Company Sweet Jalapeño Mustard 2
Caribbean Heat Honey Jalapeño Mustard 3

Condiments: Mustard Hot /X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Burns and McCoy Black Ale Mustard 1
Backwoods Mustard Company Honey Habanero Mustard 2
Angry Irishman Hot Pub Mustard 3

Condiments: Relish – Consumer Ready
LoneStar Pepper Company Hot-N-Sweet Pepper Relish 1
A & J Salsa A & J Salsa Warm Sweet Pepper Relish with Jalapeño 2
Texas Rib Rangers Texas Rib Rangers Range Relish 3

Condiments: Salad Dressing – Consumer Ready
Stagecoach Salsa Company Miss Kim’s Spicy Bacon Ranch 1
Aunty Lilikoi Products Aunty Lilikoi Passion Fruit Wasabi Dressing 2
Gorji Gourmet Foods Pomegranate Vinaigrette 3

Condiments: Steak Sauce – Consumer Ready
Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Texas Especial Steak Sauce 1
Melanie Food Kobe Steak Sauce 12 oz Original 2
Lingham & Sons Lingham’s Hot Sauce, Original 3

Condiments: TacoSauce – Consumer Ready
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute Holy Jolokia Taco Sauce 1
Premier Sauces Premier Sauces “Habanero Taco” 2
SoCal Hot Sauce™ SoCal Hot Sauce™ Hot Red 3

Best Condiment
Chili Dawg’s Foods of Fire Habacherry

Hot Sauce: Asian Style – Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce Clamlube Brand Zing Bling 1
Lingham & Sons Lingham’s Hot Sauce, Ginger 2
Mikey V’s Foods Mikey V’s Sweet Ghost Pepper Sauce 3

Hot Sauce: Asian Style — Hot/X-Hot– Consumer Ready
Gindo’s Spice of Life Gindo’s Hmong Pepper Sauce 1
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Year of the Dog 2
Lingham & Sons Lingham’s Hot Sauce, Extra Hot 3

Hot Sauce: Caribbean Style Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Patter Fam Sauces Jamaican Jerk Sauce 1
Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce Clamlube Brand Davy Jones Locker 2
Mundi Sauce Voodoo Monkey 3

Hot Sauce: Caribbean Style – Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Scorpion Gourmet Hot Sauce LLC Scorpion Gourmet Hot Sauce Extra Hot 1
Burns and McCoy Exitium Pineapple Ginger 2
The Karma Sauce Company Ghost Island 3

Hot Sauce: Chipotle Style– Consumer Ready
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Brown Label 1
The Lucky Taco The Lucky Taco Chipotle Hot Sauce 2
Born to Hula, LLC Smokehaus Blues 3

Hot Sauce: Latin Style — Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute NuMex Suavamente 1
SoCal Hot Sauce™ SoCal Hot Sauce™ Original Red 2
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Green Label 3

Hot Sauce: Latin Style – Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Cry Baby Craig’s Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce 1
SoCal Hot Sauce™ SoCal Guac Sauce™ Hot Avocado 2
The Karma Sauce Company The Goblin 3

Hot Sauce: Louisiana Style – Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Gindo’s Spice of Life Gindo’s Original Fresh and Spicy 1
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute NuMex Lemon Spice 2
Premier Sauces Premier Sauces “Zombie Reindeer” 3

Hot Sauce: Louisiana Style – Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute CPI 25th Anniversary Pepper Sauce 1
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute Holy Jolokia 2
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute Sancto Scorpio 3

Hot Sauce: Fruit Based – Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Bravado Spice Pineapple & Habanero Hot Sauce 1
Cobra Chilli Tropical Zing Chilli Sauce 2
Premier Sauces Premier Sauces “Lemon Drop” 3

Hot Sauce: Fruit Based – Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Burns and McCoy Exitium Pineapple Ginger 1
Elijah’s Xtreme Gourmet Sauces, Inc Elijah’s Xtreme “Reaper Sauce” 2
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Year of the Dog 3

Hot Sauce: Pepper Blend – Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready
Jackal Sauce, LLC Triple Red Pepper 1
Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Sweet Habanero Sauce 2
LoneStar Pepper Company Dave’s Hot Damn It’s Good Sauce 3

Hot Sauce: Pepper Blend– Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label 1
Hot Sauce Depot Unholy Trinity by Irazu 2
Elijah’s Xtreme Gourmet Sauces, Inc Elijah’s Xtreme “Ghost Pepper Sauce” 3

Hot Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready
Seafire Gourmet La Diosa Verde 1
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Green Label 2
Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce Clamlube Brand Beach Party 3

Hot Sauce: Medium – Consumer Ready
Garapal Hot Sauce Garapal Kape Tsokolate 1
Electric Pepper Company Frohlich: that Garlic Sauce 2
Das Güd Spice Co. Das Güd Spice Co. Blueberry Habanero 3

Hot Sauce: Hot – Consumer Ready
The Karma Sauce Company Cherry Bomb 1
Cobra Chilli Habanero Chilli Sauce 2
9 Circles of Hell Penance Due 3 tie
Cry Baby Craig’s Cry Baby Craig’s Hot Sauce 3 tie

Hot Sauce: X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Black Label 1
The Karma Sauce Company Funken Hot 2
Ghost Foods Ghost Hot Sauce 3

Hot Sauce: Ultra Hot Pepper – Consumer Ready
Hot Sauce Depot Unholy Trinity by Irazu 1
The Karma Sauce Company Ashes*2*Ashes 2
Burns and McCoy Exhoressco 7 Pot Primo Hot Sauce 3

Best Hot Sauce:
The Karma Sauce Company Cherry Bomb

Fresh Salsa – Consumer Ready
Olympus Fare Olympus Fare Hades Fresh Hot Salsa 1
Olympus Fare Olympus Fare Athena Roasted Tomatillo Fresh Salsa Verde 2
Olympus Fare Olympus Fare Zeus Fresh Medium Salsa 3

Best Fresh Salsa:
Olympus Fare Olympus Fare Hades Fresh Hot Salsa

Salsa: Chipotle – Consumer Ready
Dillman Farm, Inc Hot Smoky Chipotle Salsa 1
the Plain Ole Salsa Company Smoke 2
Stagecoach Salsa Company Smoke & Fire 3

Salsa: Exotic Blend – Consumer Ready
Texas Twisster Texas Twisster 1
Todd’s Originals LLC Todd’s Maple Salsa 2
Texas Select Seasonings Wild Bill’s Ghost Pepper Salsa 3

Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready
Todd’s Originals LLC Todd’s Pineapple Salsa 1
Ka-Ranch Cowgirl 2
Salsa Del Diablo Devil’s Delight-Medium 3

Salsa: Verde/Tomatillo – Consumer Ready
SoCal Hot Sauce™ SoCal Guac Sauce™ Original Avocado 1
Ka-Ranch Armadillo Green 2
Stagecoach Salsa Company Green Extreme 3

Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready
Mikey V’s Foods Smoked Beer Bacon Salsa 1
Salsa Del Diablo Minnesota Mild-Mild 2
My Salsa My Salsa Mild Spicy 3

Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready
the Plain Ole Salsa Company Smack 1
Salsa Del Diablo Satan’s Ketchup-Medium 2
If You Dare Foods LLC Flicker of Fire 3

Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready
The Bossy Gourmet Jalapeño Salsa 1
Cajun Tex Salsa + More Hickory-Smoked Five Pepper Extreme Salsa 2
Serna’s Hot Salsa Serna’s Hot Salsa 3

Salsa: X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Todd’s Originals LLC Todd’s Ghost Pepper Salsa 1
Mikey V’s Foods Mike V’s 7 Pot Primo Salsa 2
Salsa Del Diablo Satan’s Reaper 3

Best Salsa:
Texas Twisster Texas Twisster

Snack: Cheese – Consumer Ready
The Old Windmill Dairy Holy Chipotle Chèvre 1
The Old Windmill Dairy Chili & Hot Chèvre 2
The Old Windmill Dairy Habanero Hot & Sweet 3

Snack: Jerky Mild – Consumer Ready
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Smoky BBQ Beef Jerky 1
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Original Beef Jerky 2
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Black Cherry Bourbon Beef Jerky 3

Snack: Jerky Medium – Consumer Ready
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Karie’s Half Heat Beef Jerky 1
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Chile Limon Beef Jerky 2
Sandy Trail Farm Chipotle Beef Jerky 3

Snack: Jerky Hot – Consumer Ready
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Seriously Spicy Beef Jerky 1
Sandy Trail Farm Cajun Beef Jerky 2
Sandy Trail Farm Raspberry Chipotle Beef Jerky 3

Snack: Jerky X-Hot – Consumer Ready
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Scorpion Beef Jerky 1
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Carolina Reaper Beef Jerky 2
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Ghost Pepper’d Beef Jerky 3

Jerky: Non Meat – Consumer Ready
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Cherry Pineapple Jerky 1
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Brown Sugar Pineapple Jerky 2
Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Spicy Pina Colada Pineapple Jerky 3

Snack: Pickled Products – Consumer Ready
Bolder Beans Bolder Mushrooms 1
Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Spicy Spring Mix 2
Old Florida Style Datil Pepper Garlic Pickle Chips Sweet & Spicy 3

Snack: Nuts – Consumer Ready
Killer Pecans Killer Pecans Smokin’ Pecans 1
Little Acre Gourmet Foods Spicy Maple Roasted Peanuts 2
Paris Texan Products, LLC Ed Paris’ Jalapeño Praline 3

Snack: Salty Snack – Consumer Ready
Sauce Goddess Ghost Pepper Salted Caramel Corn 1
Killer Pecans Killer Pecans Smokin’ Pecans 2
Ghost Foods Spicy Ghost Cheese Balls 3

Best Snack
Killer Pecans Killer Pecans Smokin’ Pecans

Zesty Sweets: Candy/Chocolate – Consumer Ready
Texas Toffee Gotcha Ghost Pepper Toffee 1
Texas Toffee Gotcha Cinnamon Pepper Toffee 2
Paris Texan Products, LLC Ed Paris’ Caliente Praline 3

Zesty Sweets: Dessert Sauce – Consumer Ready
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute NuMex Suavamente 1
Little Bird Fire Syrup 2
Johnson Berry Farm Sassy Strawberry Pepper Sauce 3

Best Zesty Sweets
Texas Toffee Gotcha Ghost Pepper Toffee

Cook-Off Food: Chile Con Carne
Texas Select Seasonings Ghost Dust Chili Mix 1
Pecos Red Products Pecos Red Chili Mix 2
Texas Select Seasonings Texa-Pino Chili Mix 3

Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub Beef
C & J Farms Hot & Spicy Blend 1
Seasonest Seasonest Ghosted Original Blend 2
Seasonest Seasonest Ghosted Soul Food Blend 3

Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub Fowl
BBQ’n Fools BBQ’n Fools Signature Seasoning 1
Louviere’s Cajun Products Louviere’s Cajun Spice 2
The Spice Lab The Spice Lab Blackened Seasoning 3

Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub Pork
Cowboy BBQ Pork Wranglers Rub 1
POKS Spices Extra Spicy Multi-Purpose Seasoning Blend 2
Texas Select Seasonings Juicy Pig 3

Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub Seafood
Texas Select Seasonings Coastal Seafood 1
Louviere’s Cajun Products Louviere’s Cajun Spice 2
BBQ’n Fools BBQ’n Fools Signature Seasoning 3

Cook-Off Food: Seasoned Salt
Sauce Goddess Super Chunk Spice Rub 1
BBQ’n Fools BBQ’n Fools Grant’s Blend Seasoning Salt 2
The Lucky Taco Chile Salt with Lemon n’ Lime 3

Cook-Off Food: Table Seasoning
Louviere’s Cajun Products Louviere’s Cajun Spice 1
Bravado Spice Co Jalapeno & Garlic Seasoning 2
One & Done Seasoning One & Done Seasoning 3

Cook-Off Food: Asian Seasoning or Marinade
Seasonest Seasonest Ghosted Curry Blend 1
Moore’s Marinades And Sauces Moore’s Asian Teriyaki Wing Sauce 2
Lingham & Sons Lingham’s Hot Sauce, Garlic 3

Cook-Off Food: Caribbean Seasoning or Marinade
BBQ’n Fools BBQ’n Fools Burn Ya twice Mon Jamaican Jerk Rub 1
Towdah Foods Lakeside Seasonings Caribbean Citrus Dust 2
Seasonest Seasonest Ghosted Jerk Blend 3

Cook-Off Food: Latin Seasoning or Marinade
Sauce Goddess Latin Heat Spice Rub 1
Towdah Foods Lakeside Seasonings Pueblo Dust 2
BBQ’n Fools BBQ’n Fools Chipotle Lime Rub 3

Cook-Off Food: Cooking Sauce
Gorji Gourmet Foods Arrabiata Diavolo 1
Gorji Gourmet Foods Puttanesca 2
Patter Fam Sauces Arrabiata Sauce 3

Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Mild/Medium
Moore’s Sauces & Marinades Moore’s Blue Cheese Buffalo Wing Sauce 1
Moore’s Sauces & Marinades Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce 2
Moore’s Sauces & Marinades Moore’s Creamy Ranch Buffalo Wing Sauce 3

Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Hot/X Hot
Wild Bill’s Wing Sauce Wild Bill’s Wing Sauce Original 1
Cobra Chilli “I Believe I Can Fly” Wing Sauce-Ultra Hot 2
Hacienda Maize Fire-Roasted Jalapeño Jammin’ Jelly 3

Cook-Off Beverage: Bloody Mary Mix
Jimmy Luv’s Premium Bloody Mary Mixes Original Premium Blend Bloody Mary Mix 1
Aloe Mixers Aloemary Bloody Mary Mix 2
Redneck Juice Bloody Mary Sportsmans Redneck Juice Bloody Mary Mix Clam Diggers 3

Cook-Off Beverage: Bloody Mary Mix-Spicy
Jimmy Luv’s Premium Bloody Mary Mixes Jimmy Luv’s Sneaky Hot Bloody Mary Mix 1
Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Demitri’s Bloody Mary Seasoning Chipotle Habanero 2
What the Chuck Mix What the Chuck Hot for Bloody Mary 3

Cook-Off Beverage: Maragaria Mix
What the Chuck Mix What the Chuck Mix for Margarita 1
Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Demitri’s 38 Calorie Margarita Mix 2
Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Demitri’s Traditional Margarita Mix 3

Cook-Off Beverage: Other Beverage/Cocktail Mix
What the Chuck Mix What the Chuck Mix for Michelada 1
Little Bird Fire Syrup 2
Delysia Chocolatier Cayenne Drinking Chocolate 3

Cook-Off Beverage: Beverage Enhancer
Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Demitri’s Bacon Rimshot 1
Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Votew Beverage Mixer 2
Wing-a-Lings Dry Rubs Wing-a-Lings Bloody Mary Mourning Rim Rub 3

Best Cook-Off
Wild Bill’s Wing Sauce Wild Bill’s Wing Sauce Original

Best New Product Consumer Ready Food
Delysia Chocolatier Honey Sriracha Chocolate Truffle 1
The Karma Sauce Company Ashes*2*Ashes 2
Cajun Tex Salsa + More Spicy Gator Toes 3

Best New Product Cook-Off
Caribbean Heat Fiery Chicke Wing Sauce 1
One & Done Seasoning One & Done Seasoning 2
Cowboy BBQ Pork Wranglers Rub 3

Marketing: Label
Wing-a-Lings Dry Rubs Wing-a-Lings Our Own Chicken Wing Rub 1
Estolia’s Food Products Salsa Verde 2
Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce 3

Marketing: Logo
Das Güd Spice Co. Das Güd Spice Co. 1
Little Bird Little Bird 2
Primo’s Peppers Primos Peppers 3

Marketing: Gift Product Packaging
Mikey V’s Foods Hot Texas Basket 1
Southern Belles BBQ Sample Set 2
SoCal Hot Sauce™ SoCal Hot Sauce™ 3

Marketing: Single Product Packaging
Culley’s Culley’s Limited Edition Carolina Reaper 1
NMSU Chile Pepper Institute CPI 25th Anniversary Pepper Sauce 2
Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce Clamlube Brand Rakels Revenge 3

Marketing: Wearable Item
Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce Clamlube Brand Long Sleeve T-shirt 1
Little Bird #hotandsweet t-shirt 2
Southern Belles BBQ Shirt 3

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Best Overall Product / Best of the Best
Black Swamp Gourmet, LLC Sweet & Fiery BBQ Sauce
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Congrats to all the winners! Now go shopping!

People’s Choice Awards from Houston Hot Sauce Festival 2012

This is an exhaustive list of the best of the best. All were voted on in the People’s Choice Awards at the Houston Hot Sauce Festival 2012, which means that not one of them is a sleeper.

You could not go wrong ordering any of these sauces! Bookmark this post for your shopping ease and pleasure. A * denotes a review here on HotSauceDaily.com.

Condiments:

  1. Big Dawg SalsaSlobber Sauce
  2. * Smither Family KitchenDillapeñoOur review
  3. Texas Select SeasoningsHabanero Honey Mustard

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Todd’s Crabby DIRT Wins Silver Sofi Award

Our good friends over at ToddsDirt.com submitted this awesome announcement for us to post. Seems they’ve won a prestigious Silver Sofi Award! Sofi stands for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation.

Sofi case with Crabby and Picture

Silver Sofi Award for Todd's Crabby DIRT

“We are pleased to announce that Todd’s DIRT Seasonings has been awarded one of the highest awards in the Speciality Food Industry. Our Crabby DIRT was awarded a 2011 Silver Sofi award from the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT).

We won the award in the Cooking Sauce or Flavor Enhancer category. This is one of the toughest categories, because the category includes all sauces, marinades, hot sauces, spices, seasonings, rubs, olive oils and vinegars. There were over 1700 products that were sent in for judging and Crabby DIRT was one of six products picked. We also found out that our other two seasonings, the Original DIRT and the Bayou DIRT were very close to being awarded.

We are very proud of this award, because the Sofi is like winning the Oscar in the Speciality Food Industry.

Todd the Dirt Man and Sofi Dude

Todd the DIRT Man and Sofi Dude

We also found out that President Obama uses Crabby DIRT on his French Fries in the White House. One of the Chef’s came by and let us know how much he loves our DIRT’s and uses them at the White House.”

“Remember, It is always a good time to get DIRTY!!!”

Todd
“The DIRT Man”

Video: About the Sofi Awards:

 

Congratulations to Todd and his awesome Crabby DIRT Seasoning!

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.

About:
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

Scovie Awards 2010 Winners

Update: Scovies are announced!

The full list of the 2010 Scovie Awards winners is live on Fiery-Foods.com

The 2010 Scovie Awards

While this list is far from complete, here are some of the winners that have announced their awards either on their websites or via Twitter or Facebook.
I will try to update this list as more awards are announced.

Sugar and Spice Sweet Sauce

  • 2010 Scovie Awards Grand Prize Winner – Sugar and Spice Sweet Sauce – Hot
  • 1st Place Hot Sauce – Habanero

Flaming Joe’s

  • 1st Place – Sweet Heat – Jams/Jellies – Flaming Joe’s Island Fire
    Tropical Fruit & Habanero Marmalade
  • 2nd Place – Sweet Heat – Jams/Jellies – Strawberry Jalapeño Jam
  • 1st Place – Barbeque Sauce – Unique – Flaming Joe’s Caribbean Style Jerk Sauce Hot
  • 2nd Place – Barbeque Sauce – Unique – Flaming Joe’s Caribbean Style Jerk Sauce Mild
  • 3rd Place – Meat Required – Jerk Seasoning – Flaming Joe’s Caribbean
    Style Jerk Sauce Mild
  • Buy all Flaming Joes Products here

Race City Sauce Works

  • 1st Place Hot Sauce – Unique – Victory Lane Jalapeno-Sour Apple Hot Sauce
  • 3rd Place Condiment – Mustard – The Lucky Dog Smokey Habanero Honey Mustard
  • 3rd Place Cook-it-up Grilling Sauce – The ‘Revenooers’ Smoked Habanero Pepper Jam
  • Buy all Race City Sauce Works products here

Kala’s Kuisine

  • 1st Place – Curry Chipotle
  • 3rd Place – Mirchi-Masala Salsa

RedRum Hot Sauces

Sizzlin Sauces

Intensity Academy

All Spice Cafe

Jake Albert’s Fuego Rojo

  • 1st Place – No Meat Required – Unique
  • 1st Place – Barbeque Sauce – Fruit-based
  • 2nd Place – Hot Sauce – Fruit

Defcon Sauces

Off Road Fire Co.

  • 1st Place – Hot Sauce – All Natural – Camp Fire

Suck Creek Wings

We’re still waiting for the BIG list of all winners to be announced!
If you’d like me to add you and your awards to this post, please hit the Contact button up top and give me the details.

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