NYC Hot Sauce Expo – 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners

April 25th, 2016

NYC Hot Sauce Expo – Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners 2016

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award winners. With hundreds of entries the winners were selected by blind taste test by New Yorks 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, 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 for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

This year’s top honors goes out to Ghost Scream Hot Sauce for winning the Grand World Champion. The panel of judges gave his Ghost Scream Hot Sauce the top honors of all entries.

Ghost Scream Hot Sauce Winners

Here are your 2016 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners.

Asian Style

Yai’s Thai – Chili Garlic Hot Sauce

2nd Place – Jersey Barnfire – Ginger

3rd Place – BONMi – BONMi Bonfire Sauce

Caribbean Style

Krista’s Caribbean Kitchen – Jerkalicious

2nd Place – Dashelito’s – Undertow Caribbean Curry Hot Pepper Sauce

3rd Place – Dirty Dicks – Pepper Sauce

Louisiana Style

Hoff & Pepper – Hoff Sauce

2nd Place – Ed’s Red – XX Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Gater Hammock – Gator Sauce


Caption Foods – Old Man Gourmet Creole

2nd Place – Jersey Barnfire – Smoked Ghost Taco

3rd Place – All Spice Café – Chipotle Garlic

Fruit Based

Dirty Dicks – Hot Pepper Sauce

2nd Place – VooDoo Chile – Psycho Tropic

3rd Place – Clamlube Brand – Authentic Black

Fruit Based Hot

Dirty Dicks – Hot Pepper Sauce

2nd Place – Angry Goat – Purple Hippo Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Red Flag Spicy Foods – Not Dead Yet


Crowley’s Hot Sauce – Haba Nice Day

2nd Place – Volcanic Peppers – Volcanic Dust

3rd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – 1542


Hell’s Kitchen – Retro Jalapeno

2nd Place – Hot & Pepper – Hoff Sauce

3rd Place – Queen Majesty – Jalapeno

Pepper Blend Mild

Jersey Barnfire – Black Garlic

2nd Place – Lucky Dog – Brown Label

3rd Place – Friendly Fire – Tamarind & Ghost Pepper

Pepper Blend Hot

Ghost Scream – Ghost Scream Hot Sauce

2nd Place – Rescue Me Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Purple Pam – Kiss of Death

XXX Hot Sauce

Cully’s Hot Sauce – Firewater

2nd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns – Fervor

3rd Place – Primo’s – Swampadelic

Chicken Wing

Defcon Sauces – Defense Condition #3

2nd Place – Defcon Sauces – Curbstomp

3rd Place – Defcon Sauces – Cluckwing Orange

Spicy BBQ

Texas Rib Ranger – Hot BBQ Sauce

2nd Place – Tom’s Roid-Rippin’- Double RR Citrus BBQ

2nd Place – Rufus Teague – Blazing Hot BBQ

3rd Place – Southern Belle – Spicy Hickory Smoke

Spicy Salsa

Texas Brew Salsa – Hot Iron Habanero

2nd Place – Todd’s Original – Ghost Pepper Salsa

3rd Place – Deception Salsa – Oink

Best Hot Sauce Label

Puckerbutt Pepper Company – The Reaper

2nd Place – All Spice Café – Cayenne Habanero

3rd Place – Mikey V’s – 512 Pot Sauce

Grand World Champion

Ghost Scream – Ghost Scream Hot Sauce

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

Official website:



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

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
Fruit Based
Fruit Based Hot Habanero
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 right after the ceremony is completed around 4pm est.

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

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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3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo

The 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo April 25 – 26, 2015

Brooklyn, NY is the place to be!


Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Foundation Induction Ceremony


The NYC Hot Sauce Expo & High River Sauces will present the official Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Foundation. The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame will induct 5 people in 2015 who have been very instrumental in the fiery foods industry.

The Induction will take place Saturday, April 25th at 3pm. We will post the Inductees here once the ceremony is over.

Promoter Steve Seabury of is kind of excited about the Expo!


Live Updates

We’re going to play with Periscope (iPhone only for now) to bring you some fresh videos… so be sure to follow @HotSauceDaily on Twitter and get our updates via the Periscope app.

For all of the Expo details, click thru to our Events Page about the NYC Hot Sauce Expo:

Or visit the official NYC Hot Sauce Expo page at:

And please let us know in the Comments below if you are going to be there. We’ll meet you there!

~brian and marilyn

3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn NY – April 24th & 25th, 2015

NYC Hot Sauce Expo 2015

New York’s own High River Sauces, proudly presents the 3rd Annual 2015 NYC Hot Sauce Expo. One of the most buzzed about food festivals in the country this year’s Expo will feature 45 different award winning hot sauce companies from various parts of the world. Complimented with free hot sauce tastings, craft beer, eating challenges, spicy food vendors, cooking demos, this year’s Expo will provide plenty of odd ball entertainment fun for the whole family.

April 24th & 25th
Brooklyn Expo Center
79 Franklin St.
Brooklyn, NY 11222


With record crowds expected this year, the NYC Hot Sauce Expo promises to be one for the ages. With world record challenges, the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the prestigious Screaming Mi Mi Awards Show, one of the highest achievements you can be honored with in the hot sauce industry. This year’s Expo will set the stage.

Mark your calendars and get ready for best 2 days of the year with the ultimate out of this world endorphin rush. The weekend promises to be packed with fellow chile heads, spicy food lovers and the BEST DAMN Hot Sauce Companies from around the globe. April 25th and 26th there isn’t a better place to be other than Brooklyn NY for the 2015 NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Don’t miss out.

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo Incentive: A jolt of capsaicin that will excite the nervous system into producing endorphins, which promotes a pleasant sense of well-being. Be Happy & Enjoy!!


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

Official website:

New York City Hot Sauce Expo Audio Feedback

The 2nd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo was a huge success! So much so, this expo is now THE PREMIER HOT SAUCE EVENT on the East Coast! Word on the street is, next year the Third Annual NYCHSE will be even bigger!
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NYC Hot Sauce Expo featured on Cooking Network Premiere

Set your DVR’s to record on Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013. 8:00PM ET | 5:00PM PT

NYC Hot Sauce Expo Featured On The Cooking Network Season Premiere

Food Network Star Kelsey Nixon and host of Kelsey’s Essentials asked High River Sauces owner Steve Seabury to take her on a spicy adventure at the first annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, one of the most buzz worthy food festivals in the country. Seabury charters an in-depth journey around the Hot Sauce Expo and provides insightful information to Kelsey about the different unique hot sauces styles, various peppers types used and how these sauces are used to enhance your savory and sweet food recipes.

kelsey nixon at NYC hot sauce expo

Kelsey & Steve chat with Defcon

The NYC Hot Sauce Expo highlights the best and most talented artisanal hot sauce companies from around the country and hosts the prestigious Screaming Mi Mi Awards. During the segment Kelsey stops by to discuss with a handful of vendors including Peppers Distribution, Puckerbutt Pepper Company, Defcon, Heartbreaking Dawns and others about the history of hot sauces, the characteristics and medicinal measures of the chile pepper and how the popularity within the mainstream has tremendously increased sales in North America the past couple of years.

After the Expo, Kelsey visits JoJo Collins who truly turns up the heat on her homemade Sriracha! Kelsey then gets started on her own hot sauce menu: Fresno Pepper Hot Sauce, Spicy Kale Caesar Salad and Spicy Roasted Chicken with a Hot Sauce Compound Butter.

Kelsey’s Essentials Season Premiere episode titled “Fiery Foods” will air on the Cooking Channel, Wednesday, July 3rd. 8:00PM ET | 5:00PM PT

nyc hot sauce expo

NYC Hot Sauce Expo – April 20th & 21st – Brooklyn, NY

For More Info Please Visit:
Cooking Network:
Kelsey’s Essentials:
NYC Hot Sauce Expo:
High River Sauces:

Our own collection of pics from the 1st Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo are here.

New York City Hot Sauce Expo in pictures

The 1st Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo was hugely successful on every level, with crowds estimated to be about 3000 per day.

For now, I just wanted to drop our photos in here as soon as possible.

Click on any image for slideshow bigness!

Day 2 – Vendors and Booths

NYC Hot Sauce Expo Day 1