Category Archives: Hot Sauce Festival

2016 Houston Hot Sauce Fest Announces Partial Vendor List!!!

 I have to admit my heart went pitter pat when I got a message from Carol Borge today with the initial list of fiery vendors for the 2016 Houston Hot Sauce Festival! And I’m sure there will certainly be additions to the list as the Festival, always tbe 3rd weekend of September, approaches! With great vendors, good food, music and entertainment, this gulf coast fest is one of the go to events of the year!! And with a new indoor venue, I can’t wait for it to get here!!! Why, you ask? Because, Ladies and Gentlemen – It’s a Fiery World!!!! 

Austin Gourmet Foods

Backyard Grill     

Big Daddy’s Hot Sauce

Bravado Spice Co.     

Briggs TRUE 

CaJohn’s Fiery Foods

Call Me Gourmet 

Cin Chili & Company     

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces     

High Octane Sauce Company     

Hot Line Pepper Products     

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks     

Kearly Seeds and Pepper Co.

Ken’s Pepper Works

Lisa’s Sweet and Spicy Pickles 

Mikey V’s

Mild to Wild Pepper Co. 

Patsy G’s Mustard    

Puckerbutt Pepper Company     

Rib Rangers Products of Texas     

Salsa Maya LLC     

Salsa Works     

Sauce Goddess

Silverleaf International     

Smither Family Kitchen    

Suhey Peppers

Texas Select Seasonings

Tricky Dix Mojo, LLC    

Volcanic Peppers

Hot off the Hot Sauce Press- Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot Announcement!!!

Immediate ReleaseJanuary 10th, 2016

The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame Final Ballot Announcement


 The Hot Sauce Hall of Fame is back and commissioner Steve Seabury of High River Sauces will conduct the induction ceremony live at the 4th annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, NY on April 23rd at 2 PM. This year the Hall of Fame will induct 5 people who have been very instrumental in the Hot Sauce industry. The inducted class of 2016 will receive a distinctive Red Jacket, Hall of Fame Ring and will be enshrined legendary of honors into the Hot Sauce Hall of Fame.
To be eligible for the nominating or voting process, a person must operate within the fiery foods industry for a minimum of 3 years. These people also known as the Selection Committee, consists of hot sauce companies, retailers, distributors, exporters, chile pepper growers, media and restaurateurs who specialize if spicy foods and hot sauce. The Selection Committee will be polled by email from the Hall of Fame’s Senators Board in which the board will eventually narrow the Selection Committee’s ballots down to the final list to 10.


After months of debating and voting from the Selection Committee, the committee have narrowed down their final nominations to some of the biggest and brightest names in the industry.


The Final Ballot Nominations:


1. Alvin Baumer – Crystal Hot Sauce: Started in 1923, Crystals has become a Louisiana institution and is one of the fastest growing condiment manufacturers in the country with over 4.5 million gallons of hot sauce each year.

2. Blair Lazar – Blair’s: Heating up over 31 countries, printed in six languages, and Guinness World

Record certified with the hottest product created, Blair’s passion for peppers is ever present. It is what fuels the fiery phenomena that’s called the Death Sauce.

3. David Ashley – Mad Dog: Owner of Ashley Foods. David has been creating hot sauce for well over 20 plus years and was one of the first to sell extract sauces with his 357 Mad Dog Hot Sauce.

4. Dave Lutes -Hot Shots Distribution: Founder of Hot Shots Distribution. One of the original hot sauce distributors and one of the biggest. Still operating for almost 20 years.

5. David Tran – Huy Fong Foods (Sriracha Sauce): Started in 1980 and has grown to be the leader in Asian Hot Sauce with his Sriracha Sauce also known to hot sauce fans as the “Rooster Sauce”.

6. Jacob Frank – Founder of Franks Red Hot. The first bottle was produced in 1920 and later became the secret ingredient for the Buffalo Wings in Buffalo, NY. “I Put That $#!t on Everything!”

7. Jose-Luis Saavedra, Sr. – Tapatio Salsa Picante Hot Sauce: Started in 1971 in Vernon, CA. Celebrating 45 years of making in 2016 it has now grown into one of the biggest family owned hot sauce companies in the country. It’s a sauce that’s…very saucy!

8. Marie Sharp – Marie Sharp’s & the Original Melinda’s: Owner Marie Sharp’s Fine Foods Ltd. – Started making sauce in the early 80’s and actually was the creator of Melinda’s sauces. Her sauce is the quintessential Central American hot sauce awesome flavor and great heat!

9. Sam Garner – Texas Pete: This hot sauce was introduced to the world in 1929 and is now the 3rd largest selling hot sauce in the country.

10. Si Brown – Louisiana Brand Hot Sauce: Founded in New Iberia, Louisiana in 1928. The brand now features the word, “Original” in its name along with the famous Red Dot. The hot sauce is known for being full of flavor without an overwhelming amount of heat.

For More Information Please Contact Steve Seabury:  

NYC Hot Sauce Expo: 

Hot Sauce Hall of Fame: Website Coming Soon

Holy Heroes And Mentors, Batman! Check Out Ken’s Fiery World On The Weekly Firecast

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Big Moe Cason steps into the interviewee chair and talks about what he likes and doesn’t like in barbecue, and also discusses his TV career with shows like BBQ Pitmasters. Ken and Scott list their heroes and mentors in the chilehead world, and Scott reviews Scott O’Hotty’s The Ghost Sauce.

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Extra! Extra! Chilli Alchemist to Live Stream NYC Hot Sauce Expo!!


April 22nd, 2015 

NYC Hot Sauce Expo LIVE on YOUTUBE



High River Sauces and the NYC Hot Sauce Expoare 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.”


If you are unfortunate enough to miss out on this incredible expo, tune in & witness all the heat & spice from the comfort of your living room! We’ll be taking your questions via a live chat feed so we can ask our guests your questions. We hope you can join us!


The LIVE Streams will start at 12 PM EST each day and run through 6 PM


Saturday Live Feed Link:

Sunday Live Feed Link:

For more info about creators of The Clifton Chilli Club please visit their website.

April 24th & 25th

Brooklyn Expo Center

79 Franklin St.

Brooklyn, NY 11222


For more information about the NYC Hot Sauce Expoplease contact Steve


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