Sunday, April 28, 2013

New York City Hot Sauce Expo 1 of 5

New York City Hot Sauce Expo
April 20 – 21 
110 Kent Avenue, Brooklyn, NY
High River Sauces Hellacious Hot Sauce
On Saturday, April 21, Allen and I spent the day at East River State Park enjoying the New York City Hot Sauce Expo in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The view of New York City was spectacular and it was a lovely sunny day, with mild weather and breezy at times. I should have brought sunscreen since we both ended up with sunburns on our faces. The event took place right next door to the famed Smorgasburg. Thousands of people attended this great event that featured more than 40 small-batch hot sauce companies from all parts of the U.S. There was hot sauce tasting galore from mild to extreme heat, craft beers and food as well. Allen had his share of capsaicin since he tasted about 50 hot sauces. I tried about 15 and opted for the milder, fruit base sauces. What do Bad Brains, Twisted Sister, Guns N Roses, Trans-Siberian Orchestra have in common at the expo? Musicians from these bands are brewing and selling their own hot sauce and it is quality stuff.

High River Sauces Tear Of The Sun Hot Sauce

Steve Seabury from High River Sauces organized this event and did a fine job and we want to thank him for his hospitality. We were impressed with the turn out and met and mingled with a lot of hot sauce peeps. Some chilihead vendors we knew and others Allen corresponded with online, so it was great to finally meet them in person. I enjoyed the beautiful artwork and interesting names on some of the bottles like Dirty Dick's, PuckerButt, Tom's Roid-Rippin' and Evil Seed to name a few. For spice lovers, this was the event to check out.  
High River Sauces Rogue

Doors opened at 10:00AM with events throughout the day, such as Evil Seed's Peanut Brittle Challenge, which Allen tried and it burned him up real good. There was also a Volcanic Fiery Pizza Eating Challenge, Michelada Competition and Screamin' Mi Mi Awards Show. Here are the winners.
Chris Cafferty and Staff of High River Sauces
Louisiana Style Hot Sauce
3rd Place – Lizards on the Bayou Lizard Spit Hot Sauce
2nd Place – Volcanic Peppers Chocolate Lightning
1st Place – CaJohns Firehouse Hot Sauce

Chipotle Hot Sauce
3rd Place – CaJohns Happy Beaver
2nd Place – NW Elixirs No. 3 Hot Sauce
1st PlaceRace City Sauce Works Deadwood Hot Sauce

Fruit-Based Regular
3rd Place – Hellfire Blueberry Hell
2nd Place – Frankie V’s Serrano
1st Place – Dirty Dick's Hot Sauce

Fruit-Based Hot
3rd Place – Bigfat's 708 Hot Sauce
2nd PlaceRace City Sauce Works The Awakening
1st Place – Hellfire Devil's Gold

3rd Place – TAT's Ghost Town
2nd Place – Salva Solsa Boom Boom
1st Place – NW Elixir No. 2 Hot Sauce

3rd Place – NW Elixir No. 1 Hot Sauce
2nd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns 1542 Chocolate Habanero Sauce
1st Place – Rippin' Red Forbidden Angel

3rd Place – CaJohns Moruga Madness
2nd Place – Heartbreaking Dawns 1498 Trinidad Scorpion Sauce
1st Place – Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co. Ralph's Righteous Scorpion

Pepper Blend
3rd PlaceRace City Sauce Works Pure Genius
2nd Place – Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co. Ghost Garlic
1st PlaceRed Canyon Spice The Rapture Hot Sauce

3rd Place – Puckerbutt Pepper Co. Reaper
2nd Place – Henry Family Farms Naga Jolokia
1st Place – Tom's Roid Rippin' Hot Cherry Pepper & Roasted Garlic

Label Artwork
3rd Place – NW Elixirs
2nd Place – Puckerbutt Pepper Co.
1st Place – Frankie V's Spooky White

Torchbearer Sauces
When we arrived, we picked up our VIP bag and wristbands inside the lovely BiBa space. There were vendors inside serving food samples and drinks. There was ample space to sit down when we needed a rest and a break from the sun. I took so many pictures and ended up with 5 posts to provide ample coverage. We tried to showcase all the hot sauce companies and provide links at the end of each post.

Heartbreaking Dawns 
Heartbreaking Dawns
It was great to see friends Steve Seabury and Chris Cafferty of High River Sauces. They had samples of their sauces like Hellacious, Tears of the Sun, and the fairly new sauce Rogue made with blood orange, apples and pears and moruga scorpion peppers. (Note: Scorpion peppers are now the hottest peppers in the world.) Tears of the Sun is one of our new faves from High River's great line of sauces. 

Bad Brains Fire Burn Babylon Hot Sauce

Bad Brains F.V.K. 7 Pod Extreme Hot Sauce
Allen stopped by the Torchbearer Sauces booth to talk to Vid, one of the Torchbearer founders. They talked about some of Allen's faves like Zombie Apocalypse and Oh, My Garlic sauces. It was great to see Torchbearer doing so well. Their booth was packed with people sampling and buying their sauces.

It was great meeting up with the Heartbreaking Dawns crew and seeing their sauces and rub samples for peeps to try, and purchase. Heartbreaking Dawns also packaged the new Bad Brains F.V.K. 7 Pod Extreme Hot Sauce and Bad Brains Fire Burn Babylon Hot Sauce. Cool that this highly anticipated sauce was available for the public to buy at the expo. We saw owner Johnny McLaughlin for just a few moments as he was back and forth between this event and Smorgasburg next door selling his Pit Beef.

Allen and John Dilley of DEFCON Sauces
It was awesome meeting John Dilley, President and Mad Scientist behind DEFCON Sauces from New Jersey. DEFCON had their wing sauce products out to sample and sell. DEFCON also carry a great selection of horseradish concoctions. John was a cool guy, and had his awards on display. DEFCON is one of our newer favorite wing sauces. John was more than happy to take a picture with Allen for the blog.

Evil Seed Sauce Co
Evil Seed Sauce Co
Allen heard of Evil Seed Sauce Co from Freakville, FL on the web before, and it was cool meeting fellow chilihead Patrick McGill, the master of mayhem. Patrick is the sauce brew master that makes their heated evil creations in the kitchen. Patrick had Allen taste his sauces and gave him a few pieces of his awesome and hot peanut brittle. Awaiting a response, Allen told him it was one of the best spicy candies made with pepper extract. Patrick's personality was quite interesting and he interacted great with attendees. Evil Seed offer a varied selection of products and I see them growing in the future. Live good, eat evil.

Evil Seed Sauce Co
Allen and Patrick (left) of Evil Seed Sauce Co

Allen found Born to Hula Hot Sauce online and on Facebook, so it was great to speak with their staff as they offer a nice selection of hot sauces. Based in New Jersey, Hula makes real flavorful sauces. I bought Smokin' Pineapple after trying a sample and loving the fruit based mild heat. Allen enjoyed the great flavor of Devon Allman's Chipotle Blues, which was smokey and smooth. This medium heat sauce had chipotle peppers and cayenne peppers with roasted veggies. Allen also sampled the Habanero sauces and really enjoyed the heat level.
Born to Hula Hot Sauce
Born to Hula Hot Sauce
For further information, please go to:
New York City Hot Sauce Expo:
High River Sauces:
Torchbearer Sauces:
Bad Brains Hot Sauce:
Evil Seed Sauce Company:
Born to Hula Hot Sauce:

-Allen and Sophia/Two Frys


  1. nice top see you guys had such a great time at the show!!! also you guys picked some of the best sauces/companies there to sample/talk/and take pictures with

  2. great meeting you both! Thanks for posting the results and the pics!


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