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 nettcasino in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Learn more at Vendors from across the country will be in attendance. For more information please visit:

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

You can see all the winners on (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 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 for the tip! Here’s the URL:

Scovie Awards 2010 Winners

Update: Scovies are announced!

The full list of the 2010 Scovie Awards winners is live on

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.

Scovie Awards 2009 Winners Announced

The Scovie Awards Winners for 2009 were announced recently by

Setting the Standard for Spicy Food & BBQ, the annual Scovie Awards Competition recognizes top fiery foods and BBQ products from around the globe. (

November 8th, 2008: The 2009 Scovie Awards winners. I know I’m a week late on this, but I really wanted to congratulate my old and new friends on their awards!


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