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2015 NYC Hot Sauce Expo: History in the Making


For those of you that made it down to the 3rd Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo, you found yourself in the middle of something special. One of the most important moments this industry/community has ever had was the Inaugural Hot Sauce Hall of Fame. We got to see 5 of the biggest names inducted live in what will be a start of something bigger than all of us. I was lucky enough to induct the great Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Insanity Sauce fame. It all started with Tabasco creator Edmund McIlhenny as the first inductee as it should be. The other 3 greats were the ever-entertaining Chip Hearn of Peppers, the legendary Pope of Peppers Dave DeWitt, and the most award winning hot sauce maker of all time, CaJohn Hard. Chip, the Pope and CaJohn all received their official HoF red jackets and rings in person on stage. I felt like I was apart of something truly great and even got myself in a couple of pictures with the legends. I can not thank host, promoter and visionary Steve Seabury enough for giving me the honor to be a part of this historical moment. Hear what Dave DeWitt said about his experience on his blog: CLICK ME



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Screaming Mi Mi Awards Results


The NYC Hot Sauce Expo is proud to announce the 2015 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, 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 for their product distributed by wholesalers and national retail outlets.

The Screaming Mi Mi Awards were presented in front of the media and 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 much deserved.

2015 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners



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Interview with Dave Hirschkop of Dave’s Gourmet

This is an interview I did back on July 2011 with the great Dave Hirschkop. For those not in the know, he is the maker of the infamous Dave’s Insanity Sauce. Dave is now being going to be inducted into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame this Saturday April 25th, 2015 at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. I have the extreme honor to introduce Dave at the ceremony. So I figure why not dig up the old interview and share it with those of you that have never seen it. My apologies for talking way too much. No I am not on speed or any other drugs. That is just me babbling as I normally do. I was not prepared for the interview, and you can tell by my questions, I was truly winging it. Bear with those issues, as Dave shares much with me over the course of the interview. Thanks to Dave for giving me the time.



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2015 Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Inductees

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Shield

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 very special ceremony will kick off at 3pm est and is by presented by: High River Sauces, Chile Pepper Magazine, Endorphin Farms &

You can watch the ceremony live on the Clifton Chilli Club YouTube page by clicking HERE



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NYC Hot Sauce Expo Preview

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Just in case you did not notice the Ticklemaster part of the above ticket, it is fake. There is no ticket for $499.99, so please do not panic! The time to panic is when you enter one of the many scheduled events at the NYC Hot Sauce Expo. Such as the Puckerbutt Guinness Book of World Records Smokin’ Ed’s Carolina Reaper pepper eating record for 1 minute. A slight change from last year’s 3 pepper eating and done display. That will end the show on Sunday.

Then there is our 3rd Annual Fiery Pizza Eating Contest co-sponsored with our friends at Volcanic Peppers and the infamous Grimaldi’s Pizzeria. Each contestant will get a Volcanically Enhanced Grimaldi’s pizza that they have to eat in a pre-determined amount of time. The first one finished or eats the most will be declared the winner and get this beautiful trophy…



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NYC Hot Sauce Expo LIVE on YouTube!


High River Sauces and the NYC Hot Sauce Expo are beyond excited to be teaming up with our friends The Chili Alchemist from the UK. The Chile Alchemist will sit side stage to bring you the birds eye view of their live stream from the Expos Main Stage. This 2 day live stream from Youtube will give the viewer exclusive footage of one of America’s biggest hot sauce shows in the world. They will be taking you behind the scenes as they interview hot sauce creators, the unsuspecting public, chilli eating competitors, the show’s creators & some of the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame inductees.

“Having attended the NYC Hot Sauce Expo last year, we just had to come back! We had so much fun & discovered some amazing products & people. Being asked by Steve Seabury to attend in a more official capacity & run a live stream is such an incredible honour & opportunity. The Clifton Chilli Club love spreading the chilli love & this is such a great platform to do this.”



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REVIEWS: Bandar – Spicy Mango Chili Sauce

bandar mango
It started like a bad joke: A suburban, white guy from Philly (Dan) walks into an Indian restaurant and asks for hot sauce because his food isn’t spicy enough. The server looks puzzled and then runs next door to borrow a bottle of Tabasco for his heat-craving guest. How is this possible? Indian food is naturally very spicy – was it possible there was no such thing as Indian hot sauce?!



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Fiber Joe Interviews Hope Springs Gourmet Crackers at 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

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Founder and CEO, Vivian Lea, born in a long line of great cooks, combined her passion for cooking with a personal need to compliment her soup with an equally tantalizing cracker. Vivian experimented with flavor combinations that she shared with her friends. Vivian’s friends enjoyed them so much that they encouraged her to share her crackers with the public. They knew that what she had made was something more than an ordinary cracker.
​ ​Developing recipes for years, Vivian finds cooking to be therapeutic. And now, she is proud to share her crackers with you!



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Fiber Joe Interviews Call Me Gourmet at 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

call me gourmet
Welcome to Call Me Gourmet! We are a small, family owned business, bringing you delicious recipes that everyone around us has enjoyed for years! We have created a line of outstanding gourmet sauces and snack mixes that help bring joy and flavor to your life.



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Fiber Joe Interviews Black Market Salsa at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

The Belligerent Batch Has Arrived!
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Christmas has come early for salsa lovers across the nation because you can now order our new habanero salsa, The Belligerent Batch, online!



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REVIEWS – Fix Sririacha

fix siriacha
Our Fix journey started in Vietnam, where we saw and tasted the difference of authentic, farm-fresh, and non-processed goodness. Our minds were blown. From then, we made it our mission to bottle the premium flavors of South Asia and bring it back home.



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Fiber Joe Interviews Yoder Smokers at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

A little competition is a good thing. Especially when you’re competing at something that really matters. Like barbecue. And let’s face it, whether you’re competing against the top smoke masters, the guy next door, or yourself, barbecue matters. So, for all you folks who like to win – the smoke pit crews, the Backyard Chefs the apron-wearing, tong-carrying people who live to “Grill” – it is YOU for whom we build our Yoder Smokers.



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Fiber Joe Interviews Filipino Phil’s at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

Filipino Phil’s Nuclear Sauces Wins Double Bronze at World’s Most Competitive Fiery Foods Contest!



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Fiber Joe Interviews Stretch from Grinders at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

STRETCH says, as far back as he can remember, he’s enjoyed food. His interest was daily, sometimes 2-3 times a day. He was addicted to this — it felt natural. Most people around him were doing it, so he said to himself, why not continue? Eating, along with the urge to create as he got older led to opening 2 restaurants, Grinders & Grinders West, and building sculpture for a living.



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Fiber Joe Interviews Frog Bone at the 27th Annual Fiery Foods Show

Keith Jenkins was raised on the north shore of New Orleans in the town of Madisonville, Louisiana where their source for seafood came from the lakes, bayous and rivers. As a kid, he and his grandfather would stay on his houseboat on the “Tchefuncte River” and catch a mess of catfish, clean them up and have a good ole’ fish fry with family and friends on weekends.



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