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Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce is out to Change the World and Burn it Up!

 

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Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce – Original Red sports the image of creator Dexter Holland!

When you first pick up a bottle of Gringo Bandito Hot Sauce, you see a fun image of a sombrero and sunglass wearing, very white (thus the Gringo part of the name, I assume), blonde, pistol packing, bandolier draped character carefully guarding the contents. What you may not know is that is the image of Gringo Bandito founder Dexter Holland, front man for the punk rock group The Offspring! What you may also not know is that Dexter developed and founded his sauce company in 2004 because it would “be cool” to have a hot sauce, and because people who are into hot sauce are passionate! Before taking the first taste, I already like this guy!  Luckily, I also liked his sauces!

There are three main sauces in the Gringo Bandito lineup- the original red sauce that features habaneros, jalapenos, and red Japanese chile peppers (more on this later),  and two offspring sauces – a green sauce with habs, serranos and “more” peppers,   and a Super Hot sauce with scorpion and jolokia (ghost) peppers. According to their website, there are limited release private reserve sauces that appear annually and a taco seasoning coming out in 2017. The original red sauce is a nice, smooth blend of the habs, jalapenos and the darker, earthier, “chile arbolish” Japanese chile, which is actually a native of Mexico’s Jalisco region. The Japanese Chile is a well known player in Asian dishes, especially Szechuan! How’s that for cultural diversity! With a nice front end playful heat, the red sauce makes very good use of black pepper and spices to enhance the earthiness and complexity of this signature sauce. I’d say it has a  low to medium heat and does justice to eggs, pizza, tacos, fish, chicken, black beans, and I’m sure lots and lots of other things. Given the complexity of flavors, it’s almost like Dexter used the recipe for some sort of doctoral research in Molecular Biology!

Next up is the green sauce, which pairs a mid palate pop of habanero pepper with the bright, citrusy front end annum style heat of the Serrano’s, and, according to the label, adds in the mysterious “more” peppers. What peppers are those? I really couldn’t discern any specific type, so we’ll just let more be less. And while this sauce has a light green appearance that isn’t the most appealing to me, it takes off on a mojo-induced, solo green sauce flight around the world, landing right in the center of my flavor runway! I loved this sauce!!! So much I could see myself getting on a private jet, flying to the Isle of Man, skydive down, and telling the first person I see that I give Gringo Bandito’s Green Sauce my Fiery World stamp of approval!!!!!

 

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Gringo Bandito founder and punk rock band Offspring front man, Dexter Holland

The last entry in this Rock trio of sauces is the “ridiculously rambunctious” (straight from the label) Super Hot! Made with Scorpion and Jolokia, or Ghost, peppers, each known for big hits of heat and flavor, I have to say I was genuinely surprised, as I was fully expecting some super charged, tubular, “nitro” induced blast of heat! However, the Super Hot came across my tongue in a wave of balanced flavor, heat, and spice! It was almost like I had just experienced the Housewives of Orange County- richly flavored, plenty spicy and wildly playful, but still grounded in suburbia!

 

All in all, of the two traditionally styled hot sauces, I have to give the valedictorian award to the original red sauce! I liked them both, but I especially liked the way Dexter used the blend of the earthy Japanese chile with the habanero, jalapeno, black pepper, and other spices. Don’t get me wrong-the Super Hot was also very good, and it had plenty of good heat that made you pay close attention to the ride. I compare it like this-You’re expecting that knock you off your surfboard big wave of heat, and instead it gives a fun, tricked out skateboard ride through the streets of Orange County! But the green sauce, pukey color aside, was a solid home run for me! I really, really liked it and I’m super picky when it comes to green, verde style sauces.

And I’d be remiss if I didn’t talk a little about labeling, since that’s what draws people to a product on a store shelf. According to some random internet sources, Dexter’s choice of label art was a way to pay a bit of homage to a staple of the Mexican sauce world, Tapatio, which displays a similar image, albeit not the very blonde, Dutch looking white guy with punked blonde hair! Gringo Bandito sports a smart, clean, visually appealing label, each flavor with it’s own label color, making it easy to spot on a store shelf. And the witty banter they placed in the contents and nutrition info certainly brought a smile and soft chuckle to this fiery food aficionado. Now found nationwide in several thousand grocery stores, and online at www.gringobandito.com, Dexter Holland’s labor of passion and love is doing quite well for itself.

 

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The Gringo Bandito trio of sauces adorning my egg white omelet! So so good!

So there you have it! A punk rock inspired, three piece band of sauces – each instrument with a unique sound – kind of like a Gibson and an Ibanez, but when connected with a Marshall stack, they come together as a finely tuned symphony of flavor, spice, and heat. El Sabor Gringo Bandito is highly recommended by this blogger and reviewer , and I’m sure it will bring a smile to any hot sauce loving family of Offspring! And never, ever forget, ladies and gentlemen –  It’s a Fiery World!

 

 

 

Fiery Flash Review – Born to Hula Imperial Apple BBQ Sauce!

BTH Imperial Apple BBQ sauceWhen I heard that Born to Hula was putting a BBQ sauce on the market, I instantly knew I had to try it! Imperial Apple!  I’ve been seeing it on the various hot sauce and BBQ groups on Facebook with it’s beautiful label and mouth-watering description! Man oh man!! And lo and behold, a gift arrived at my doorstep today, like manna from heaven! And it was so glorious that I could of sworn I heard angels sing when I opened it! Ten minutes later it was slathered all over my left over grilled chicken breast! And here I am the very same evening just having to share!

It’s a stunning looking label- black with a metallic BTH crested eagle logo and lettering, with a nice unique label shape (see picture!). It has a rich looking, commanding presence with a genuinely German feel and the phrase “100% Natürlich” (that’s natural for you non German speakers!) on the label is a nice touch. And with ingredients like Berentzen Apple Liqueur and Applewood smoked habaneros accompanying the molasses, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, vine-ripened tomatoes and spices, I knew I was in for a treat!

And it did not disappoint! It was thick, robing the chicken evenly, with a nice texture. The richly colored sauce was oh so slightly acidic from the tomatoes and apple cider vinegar, but with just enough acidity to open the palate and get the tastebuds ready for the mild, sweet, apple flavor. Pair that with a zesty pop from the liqueur, a bold “we are spices, hear us roar” statement from the spice blend, and then a subtle, smartly layered habanero based heat that is the undertone for the entire flavor spectrum, and it was just Wünderbar! The applewood smoked habs was a creative stroke of genius, using a nice, bright pepper, but using the applewood smoke to tone down the citrusy sharpness of the hab so it didn’t overpower the other flavor profiles. Born to Hula’s Imperial Apple BBQ sauce now sets right next to a very small club of what I consider top end BBQ sauces!

Ed and Amy Bucholtz have definitely been on a positive roll lately, introducing one winner after another. Their Smokehaus salsa and Smokehaus Blues, the new fatalli based smoked pineapple hot sauce, and now the Imperial Apple BBQ sauce proudly accompany their existing lineup of award winning sauces and spicy snacks. Go to their website, http://www.borntohula.com and stock up on some fiery goodness today! And don’t forget to tell them I sent you! Why, ladies and gentlemen? Because we all know – It’s a Fiery World!!!bth

What’s all the Bugaboo about Rougarou!?

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Well, I gotta tell you it feels good to be in the review mode once again! And it’s fitting that my first written review in a while comes from my backyard – Cajun Country!!  The Rougarou lineup of Louisiana style sauces from the new startup company Bayou Blend, from Napoleonville, Louisiana did not disappoint.

Let’s start with the foundation of their lineup, Cajun Cayenne, since it appears that the Cajun Habanero builds on that profile. At first, this appears to be a  pretty straight forward, cayenne based sauce, but it has some pleasant twists. It has a simple ingredient list – cayenne peppers, garlic, onion, vinegar, and spices. It’s a thin sauce, with maybe just a bit more consistency than another very well known Louisiana based sauce, but with a tad more texture. It has a very appealing look, where you can see the fresh spices suspended evenly throughout. I credit the textural difference to those visible flecks of spices and black pepper swimming around in the sauce, kinda like the beady eyes of a gator in the swamp, which is their label and logo mascot. In fact, the black pepper is a fairly dominant player on Cajun Cayenne’s flavor team. I could pick up the garlic and onion notes, and much to my liking, not a lot of salt! I really am not a fan of super salty sauces. Most traditional Louisiana style sauces are simply peppers, salt, and vinegar, and this sauce ( and the other 2 in the lineup) took a nice, bold step to break that mold! At only 40 mg of sodium per teaspoon, there’s lots of room to guage your own saltiness needs in your food, so the sauce compliments, rather than competes, with other ingredients being used.

The heat level is a mild to low medium for the average person, and a definite very mild for the Chilehead, with that quick pop of heat you’d expect with a cayenne pepper based sauce, accented by the vinegar on the front end, with a lingering zing and a playful heat tang. It pairs well with all the staples you’d think with a Louisiana style sauce- eggs, pizza, a “cajunized” bloody mary mix, etc. and with the way the spices are blended, it could easily compliment any sauce or dish.

The Cajun Habanero shares most of the above comments, with the following additions: It obviously adds a layer of heat from the habs, as well as that nice fruity, “citrusy” note that I enjoy from a habanero. The layering of heat with the cayenne is done smartly for this medium heat sauce. You get the quick up front palate pop, then the mid palate heat takes over, which lingers much longer than the cayenne sauce, as would be expected. And for both of these sauces, the vinegar is noticeable, and after all, it is a Louisiana style sauce, but it works well in the overall flavor profile.

These sauces are respectable, if not too, too remarkable and would work well with all the usual staples, as well a companion to lot of other dishes where you want a fairly mild, but somewhat zingy punch of flavor and heat.

Bayou Blend’s Luzianne Red Habanero is a straight up, Louisiana style sauce made of red habanero peppers, salt, and vinegar. It’s thin, red, with a big vinegar front end and a fairly mild habanero heat. I like a nice,traditional Louisiana style sauce to mix with ketchup, add to soups, beans, and eggs. The added heat from the habanero is a nice deviation from either tobasco or cayenne peppers, the stalwarts of Louisiana sauces. And speaking of heat, I would say that even though this is a Hab sauce, it’s only a mild heat, or possibly a medium heat for the faint of heart!

Now if you remember, I love me a good label, and Bayou Blend gets an A+ on their graphics and label design. it’s clean, catchy, not too busy, uses a really catchy font, and just has a great, marketable look about it. Their brand logo of the gator with the name embedded is really clever and eye appealing. And if you’re a sauce maker competing with lots of others on a shelf in the store (where folks buy on looks and impulse, cause they can’t taste it!), then your label is everything! Great job, Bayou Blend!

I’m gonna give Bayou Blend’s Cajun Cayenne and Cajun Habanero both a solid 3 Fiery Worlds, which is above average in my world. They had great flavor, a nice heat balance, and would pair well with most anything.  I’m giving the Luziana Red Habanero  an average rating of 2 1/2 Fiery Worlds, since it’s really not any hotter than most readily available Louisiana style sauces currently on the market. If the folks at Bayou Blend go back and truly do justice to the habanero’s heat potential, I’d rate it at least 3 Fiery Worlds, since I haven’t seen too many true Louisiana style hab sauces true to the flavor profile with enough heat.

Even though these sauces haven’t made their way to Bayou Blend’s website, bayousnacks.com , I’m sure they’ll be there soon. I’ve tried their original jerky, which is tasty, with great flavor and texture. They have several jerky flavors available, so go check them out.  And there you have it, ladies and gentlemen – 3 sauces from a bayou state newcomer to the scene. I encourage you to order some and try them for yourself, and do your own review. I’m just one man with a unique palate and an opinion. And there are lots and lots of tastebuds and taste prefenences out there! Why, you ask? Because we all know – It’s a Fiery World!!

2016 Golden Chile Winners Announced! Who’s Hot at Zestfest?

  
Hot off the press (thanks CaJohn for sending to us bloggers and Buddah for formatting!)!!!
Here is the winners’ list from the 2016 Zestfest Fiery Food Challenge Golden Chile’s! One of the fiery foods industry oldest and most prestigious awards, the Golden Chile’s are prized possessions by the creative and hard working artisan spicy foods community. Lots of newcomers in this year’s award winners and several awards for new products by more recognized companies!! All have an online presence or can be found at hot sauce shops nationwide! So check em out and support small batch, artisan companies!!! Why? Because, Ladies and Gentlemen- It is a Fiery World!!!
Barbecue Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Mountain Q Hickory Mild 1

Southern Belles BBQ Hickory Smoke 2

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ Butch’s Mild 3
Barbecue Sauce: Medium – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Mountain Q Cayenne 1

Woody’s BBQ Sauce Co Woody’s Hot Hickory Bar-B-Q Sauce 2

La Raye’s Bar-B-Que Sauce Inc La Raye’s Louisiana Cajun Style 3
Barbecue Sauce: Hot – Consumer Ready

Southern Belles BBQ Southern Heat 1

Full Boar BBQ Sweet & Spicy BBQ Sauce 2

Black Swamp Gourmet Sweet & Fiery BBQ Sauce 3
Barbecue Sauce: X Hot – Consumer Ready

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ Butch’s Super Pyro 1

Pepper Palace Mountain Q Jolokia 2

Pepper Palace Reaper BBQ 3
Barbecue Sauce: Alcohol Infused – Consumer Ready

La Raye’s Bar-B-Que Sauce Inc La Raye’s Tequila Sunrise 1

Pepper Palace Ole Smoky Moonshine Chipotle BBQ Sauce 2

Skipkenny BBQ Skipkenny Whiskey BBQ Sauce 3
Barbecue Sauce: Asian Style – Consumer Ready

Sweet Heat Gourmet Bulgogi Asian BBQ Sauce 1

Southern Belles BBQ Pineapple Twang 2

Pepper Palace All Natural Sweet Bourbon Glaze 3
Barbecue Sauce: Fruit Based – Consumer Ready

Butch’s Smack Your Lips BBQ Butch’s Happy Apple 1

Southern Belles BBQ Hot N’ Sassy Peach 2

Pepper Palace Apple Cinnamon 3
Barbecue Sauce: Molasses Based – Consumer Ready

Southern Belles BBQ Original Belle 1

Griffins Wing Sauce Griffins Honey Barbecue Sauce 3

CRC BBQ Riley’s Triple R Sauce 2
Barbecue Sauce: Mustard Based – Consumer Ready

Fischer & Wieser Specialty Foods Hickory & Cracked Black Pepper Mustard Sauce 1

Aunty Lilikoi Products Passion Fruit Kiawe BBQ Sauce 3

Pepper Palace South Carolina Style 2
Barbecue Sauce: Tomato Based – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Mountain Q Honey Habanero 1

Southern Belles BBQ Southern Heat 2

Firefly’s BBQ Memphis Sauce 3
Barbecue Sauce: Vinegar Based – Consumer Ready

Woody’s BBQ Sauce Co Woody’s Original Mild Bar-B-Q Sauce 1

Woody’s BBQ Sauce Co Woody’s Original Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce 2

CRC BBQ Riley’s Triple R Sauce 3
Best Barbecue Sauce

Pepper Palace Mountain Q Honey Habanero
Condiments: Asian – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Sweet But Sassy 1

Danielle’s Sauces Danielle’s Sweet Chili Sauce 2

High Octane Sauce Company Dragon Boat 3

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Condiments: Horseradish – Consumer Ready

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Bayou Cocktail 1

Pepper Palace Horseradish Oyster Hot Sauce 2

Pucker Butt Pepper Company I Dare You Stupit Horseradish 3
Condiments: Jam/Jelly Mild/Medium – Consumer Ready

Brazos River Provisions Company Holy Smoke Mama 1

Johnson Berry Farm Raspberry Habanero Jam 2

Johnson Berry Farm Strawberry Pepper Jam 3
Condiments: Jam/Jelly Hot/X-Hot – Consumer Ready

Johnson Berry Farm El Diablo Strawberry Stinger Jam 1

Pucker Butt Pepper Company I Dare you Stupit Jelly 2

Angry Goat Pepper Co. Blackberry Ghost Pepper Jam 3
Condiments: Ketchup – Consumer Ready

Papa Perry’s Pepper Products Pepchup 1

Pepper Palace Habanero Ketchup 2

Pepper Palace Chipotle Ketchup 3
Condiments: Mustard – Consumer Ready

AmberFyre Foods Verona Cayenne Garlic Mustard 1

Uncle Bunk’s Mustard Relsh – Hot 2

Aunty Lilikoi Products Passion Fruit Wasabi Mustard 3
Condiments: Relish – Consumer Ready

Lone Star Pepper Co Hot-n-Sweet Pepper Relish 1

Cottage Lane Kitchen Get Me a Switch 2

Cottage Lane Kitchen Cape Fear 3
Condiments: Salad Dressing – Consumer Ready

Stagecoach Salsa Sheriff Mike’s Spicy Salsa Ranch 1

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Bayou Remoulade 2

Aunty Lilikoi Products Passion Fruit Wasabi Dressing 3
Condiments: Steak Sauce – Consumer Ready

Geno’s Steak Sauce-Marinade & BBQ A Distinct Savory Sauce Spicy 1

Pepper Palace Spicy Steak Sauce 2

Geno’s Steak Sauce-Marinade & BBQ A Distinct Savory Sauce Mild 3
Condiments: Taco Sauce – Consumer Ready

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Bayou Taco Sauce 1

Woody’s Orginal Clamllube Brand Woody’s Original Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce – Xtra Virgin Mildly Adulterated 2

High Octane Sauce Company Camino Morita Taco Sauce 3
Best Condiment

Brazos River Provisions Company Holy Smoke Mama

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Hot Sauce: Asian Style – Consumer Ready

High River Sauces Foo Foo Mama Choo 1

Lingham & Sons Garlic Hot Sauce 2

Mikey V’s Foods Sweet Ghost Pepper Sauce 3
Hot Sauce: Caribbean Style – Consumer Ready

Todd’s Originals Inner Beauty Hot Sauce 1

High River Sauces Tears of the Sun 2

Pepper Palace Mango Habanero Hot 3
Hot Sauce: Chipotle Style– Consumer Ready

High River Sauces Hellacious 1

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Ridiculously Tasty Mustard Chipotle 2

Pepper Palace King Chipotle 3
Hot Sauce: Latin Style – Consumer Ready

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Frogs of the Bayou Hot Sauce 1

The Karma Sauce Company The Goblin 2

Lucky Dog Hot Sauce Ridiculously Tasty Mustard Chipotle 3
Hot Sauce: Louisiana Style – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Scandanavian Gold (Uff-Da) 1

Addiction Sauces Habanero 2

Frankie V’s Ktchen Orange Label 3
Hot Sauce: Fruit Based – Consumer Ready

Dirty Dick’s Hot Sauce Dirty Dick’s Hot Pepper Sauce 1

Pepper Palace Pineapple Serrano 2

Mikey V’s Foods Peach Habanero Delight 3
Hot Sauce: Pepper Blend – Consumer Ready

Born to Hula, LLC Habanero Guajillo 1

Elijah’s Extreme Gourmet Sauces Extreme Ghost Pepper Sauce 2

High River Sauces Rogue 3
Hot Sauce: Mild – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Tequilapeno 1

Seafire Gourmet Sweet Spicy Girl 2

Angry Goat Pepper Co. Red Armadillo Sauce 3
Hot Sauce: Medium – Consumer Ready

The Lucky Taco Imperio Jalapeno Hot Sauce 1

Pepper Palace Sriracha 2

Lingham & Sons Original Hot Sauce 3
Hot Sauce: Hot – Consumer Ready

The Karma Sauce Company Cherry Bomb 1

Scotty O’Hotty Premium Habanero Sauce 2

Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Angry Twist 3
Hot Sauce: X Hot – Consumer Ready

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Reaper Hot Sauce 1

Lingham & Sons Extra Hot Hot Sauce 2

Born to Hula, LLC Reaper of Sorrow 3
Hot Sauce: Ultra Hot Pepper – Consumer Ready

Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce 1

Pepper Palace Tres Diablos 2

Elijah’s Extreme Gourmet Sauces Extreme Ghost Pepper Sauce 3
Best Hot Sauce:

Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce
Jerky: Beef – Consumer Ready

Born to Hula /Mammoth Mammoth Beef Jerky 1

Mikey V’s Foods Cowboy Black Pepper 2

Pepper Palace Black Rose 3
Jerky: Mild/Medium– Consumer Ready

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Half Heat Beef Jerky 1

Pepper Palace Black Rose 2

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Spicy Teriyaki Beef Jerky 3
Jerky: Hot/X-Hot– Consumer Ready

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Ghost Pepper’d Beef Jerky 1

Mikey V’s Foods Cowboy Reaper 2

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Scorpion XXX Beef Jerky 3
Best Jerky –

Katie’s Premium Jerky & Snacks Katie’s Ghost Pepper’d Beef Jerky
Fresh Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready

Olympus Fare Aphrodite Mild Fresh Salsa 1

Smokehouse Garden Foods Extinguished 2

Cita’s Salsa Garden Green 3
Fresh Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready

Cita’s Salsa Red Rage 1

Smokehouse Garden Foods 3 Log Fire 2

Olympus Fare Zeus Medium Fresh Salsa 3
Fresh Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready

The Salsa Works Viva La Verde 1

Cita’s Salsa Holy Habanero 2

The Salsa Works Nuclear 3
Fresh Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready

Olympus Fare Athena Fire-Roasted Tomatillo 1

Cita’s Salsa Mango-Pina 2

The Salsa Works Guac ‘N Roll 3
Best Fresh Salsa:

Olympus Fare Athena Fire-Roasted Tomatillo

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Salsa: Mild – Consumer Ready

Salsa-Holics Mild Salsa 1

Daniel’s Fire Roast Mild Salsa 2

Daniel’s Fire Roast Black Bean & Corn 3
Salsa: Medium – Consumer Ready

Daniel’s Fire Roast Medium Hot 1

Daniel’s Fire Roast Black Bean & Corn 2

The Karma Sauce Company Tommy Tomatillo 3
Salsa: Hot – Consumer Ready

CajunTex Salsa & More Five Pepper Extreme Hickory Smoked Salsa 1

Daniel’s Fire Roast Hot 2

La Casita Hot Sauce Caliente 3
Salsa: X Hot – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Reaper Salsa 1

La Familia Salsa Co XX Red Brainstrain 2

Cady’s Products Super Chunky Salsa 3
Salsa: Bean & Corn – Consumer Ready

CajunTex Salsa & More Bayou Gold Hickory Bean & Corn 1

Daniel’s Fire Roast Black Bean & Corn 2

Pepper Palace Gourmet BBC HOT 3
Salsa: Chipotle – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Mesquite Smoked Jalapeno 1

Todd’s Originals Chipotle Salsa 2

Pepper Palace Mesquite Smoked Jalapeno 3
Salsa: Fruit – Consumer Ready

Todd’s Originals Pineapple Salsa 1

Pepper Palace Pineapple 2

Pepper Palace Hot Apple 3
Salsa: Exotic Blend – Consumer Ready

AmberFyre Foods Ginger Peachy Salsa 1

Smither Family Kitchen Habanero Dillapeno 2

Texas Select Seasonings Wild Bill’s Ghost Pepper 3
Salsa: Verde/Tomatillo – Consumer Ready

Sabrosos Salsas LLC Salsa Verde 1

Pepper Palace Tomatillo Salsa 2

Casa Maya Salsa Dill-icious Salsa Verde 3
Best Salsa:

Daniel’s Fire Roast Medium Hot
Snack: Pickles – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Habanero Chunk Pickles 1

Mikey V’s Foods Spicy Reaper Pickles 2

Uncle Bunk’s 14 Day Hot Sweet Pickles 3
Snack: Pickled Other – Consumer Ready

Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet L’il Gems Candied Jalapenos 1

Taste Elevated Sweet Jalapenos with Tumeric & Ginger 2

Tim’s Texas 2 Step Fire Roasted & Smoked Jalapenos 3
Snack: Prepared Dip – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Spinach Avocado Dip 1

Pepper Palace Artichoke Crab Dip 2

Pepper Palace Crab & Spinach Dip 3
Snack: Queso Dip – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Queso Blanco 1

Pepper Palace Queso Amarillo Hot 2

Pepper Palace Queso Amarillo Mild 3
Snack: Nuts – Consumer Ready

Ranch Candies Hot Cinnamon Pecans 1

Frenchie’s Fabulous Nut Company Frenchie’s Fabulous 2

Ranch Candies Hot Pecans 3
Snack: Popcorn – Consumer Ready

Pams Market Popcorn Brutus Blitz 1

Pams Market Popcorn Mo’s Jacked Nuts 2

Pams Market Popcorn Peanut Butter Pizazz 3
Snack: Salty Snack – Consumer Ready

Pepper Palace Wasabi Peanuts 1

Fatdog Inc Fatcat Pretzels-Spicy 2

CajunTex Salsa & More Plantain Chips 3
Best Snack

Pepper Palace Wasabi Peanuts

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Zesty Sweets: Candy/Chocolate – Consumer Ready

Texas Toffee Gotcha Cinnamon Pepper Toffee 1

Ranch Candies Hot Caramel with Pecans 2

Little Bird Dark Chocolate Fire Bites 3
Zesty Sweets: Cookies/Desserts – Consumer Ready

Papa Perry’s Pepper Products Habanero Pecan Pie 1
Zesty Sweets: Dessert Sauce – Consumer Ready

The Jelly Queens Habanero Chocolate Sauce 1

Pepper Palace Spicy Caramel Banana 2

Johnson Berry Farm Strawberry Pepper Sauce 3
Best Zesty Sweets

Texas Toffee Gotcha Cinnamon Pepper Toffee

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Cook-Off Food: Chile Con Carne

Pecos Red Products Pecos Red Chili Mix 1

Uncle Bunk’s Chili in a Bottle – Hot 2

Texas Select Seasonings Ghost Dust Chili 3
Cook-Off Food: Dip/Salsa Mix

Pepper Palace Salsa Mix 1

Most Delightful Foods, LLC Taste the Seasons Cajun Trinity Mix 2

The Spice Boys Ragin Cajun 3
Cook-Off Food: Dry Seasoning/Rub

Texas Select Seasonings Ghost Dust 1

CajunTex Salsa & More Spicy Bayou Dust 2

The Spice Lab Ancho Chilli & Coffee Rub 3
Cook-Off Food: Table Seasoning

Texas Select Seasonings Jalapeno Garlic Salt 1

Chili’s Fire Pit Hickory Mesquite Pit Rub 2

Texas Select Seasonings Herbal Red 3
Cook-Off Food: Asian Seasoning or Marinade

Lingham & Sons Garlic Hot Sauce 1

Lingham & Sons Ginger Hot Sauce 2

Lingham & Sons Sriracha Hot Sauce 3
Cook-Off Food: Jerk Seasoning or Marinade

Rasta Bros Jamaican Jerk Marinade 1

Secret Aardvark Trading Co Drunken Jamaican Marinade 2

Pepper Palace World Tour Jamaica 3
Cook-Off Food: Latin Seasoning or Marinade

The Karma Sauce Company Sabroso 1

The Spice Lab Chipotle Citrus Seasoning 2

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Frogs of the Bayou Hot Sauce 3
Cook-Off Food: Pasta Sauce

Gorji Gourmet Foods Arrabiata Diavolo 1

Gorji Gourmet Foods Pomodoro 2

Gorji Gourmet Foods Puttanesca 3
Cook-Off Food: Soup/Stew Mix

Addiction Sauces Jalapeno Cheese Grits 1

Soupless Ramen with Tapitio Soupless Ramen with Tapitio Chicken Flavor 2

Soupless Ramen with Tapitio Soupless Ramen with Tapitio Shrimp Flavor 3
Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Mild/Medium

Culley’s Limited Culley’s Buffalo Wing Sauce #2 – Mild 1

Pepper Palace Smokehouse 2

Griffins Wing Sauce Griffin’s Original Style 3
Cook-Off Food: Wing Sauce Hot/X Hot

Pepper Palace Scorpion 1

Griffins Wing Sauce Griffin’s Hotter Than Balls 2

Pepper Palace Mango Habanero 3
Cook-Off Beverage: Bloody Mary Mix

Pepper Palace Most Excellent 1

What the Chuck Mix Hot for Bloody Mary 2

Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix 3
Cook-Off Beverage: Maragaria Mix

What the Chuck Mix Margarita 1

Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Traditional Margarita Mix 2

Cady Products aloeRita 3
Cook-Off Beverage: Other Beverage/Cocktail Mix

What the Chuck Mix Michelada 1

Pepper Palace Chipotle Hot Chocolate 2

Moondance Michelada Mix Moondance Michelada Mix 3
Cook-Off Beverage: Beverage Enhancer

Demitri’s Gourmet Mixes Bacon Rim Shot 1

The Lucky Taco Imperio Chili Salt w/Lemon n’ Lime 2

Red Kitchen Foods-Smokin’ Texas Gourmet Votew 3
Best Cook-Off

Pepper Palace Scorpion

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Best New Product Consumer Ready Food

Frenchie’s Fabulous Nut Company Frenchie’s Fabulous 1

Frankie V’s Kitchen Frankie V’s Chocolate Habanero 2

The Karma Sauce Company Tommy Tomatillo 3

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Best New Product Cook-Off

C&J Farms Applewood Jalapeno Smoked Sea Salt 1

Texas Select Seasonings Salted Vodka & Grapefruit BBQ Glaze 2

Cady Products aloerita 3

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Marketing: Label

Woody’s Orginal Clamlube Brand Woody’s Original Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce – Xtra Virgin Mildly Adulterated 1

Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Sauce 2

Born to Hula /Mammoth Mammoth Beef Jerky 3
Marketing: Logo

Primo’s Peppers Primo’s Peppers 1

Woody’s Orginal Clamlube Brand Woody’s Original Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce 2

Angry Goat Pepper Co. Angry Goat Pepper Co 3
Marketing: Product Packaging

Frog Bone Cajun Sauces Frog Bone Cajun Gift Set 1

Barbecue Wife Bloody Mary Mix 2

Frenchie’s Fabulous Nut Company Frenchie’s Fabulous 3

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Best Overall Product / Best of the Best

Primo’s Peppers Swampadelic Hot Sauce

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