2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival

There are so many things happening at this show, and I will create a diary for you of everything that goes on and try to bring you the information first hand from my point of view. It might not be the most timely of updates, but I will cover it to the max as I experience it and bring it back to you here. I am heavy involved in the show with our 1st salsa contest, info below. I plan on taking on all challenges for the Intensity Academy Lick-a-thon. Yes, Vic and I will once again lock lollies in this very extreme heated battle. I will have a very special challenge to offer all the contestants prior to the event. No one knows about this, not even Intensity Academy, so stay tuned for more about this. I will also be visiting all the vendors and getting some pics of their booths and show off some show swag at the same time. It is going to be a blast, and I am so siked about going. Check out all the fun and all the attending vendors below.

Date & Time:
September 15th | September 16th
11 a.m. to 6 p.m. | Noon to 5 p.m.
Buy Tickets Online or at Gate
Admission is $8, Children 12 and under free
FREE Parking
NO Dogs or Coolers

Hot Events:

CaJohn’s Execution Station – as Ongoing
Intensity Academy’s Lick-a-thon competition at 3 p.m. (time subject to change)
Silverleaf International’s Ghost Pepper salsa eating competition at 2 p.m. (time subject to change)


Hot Sauce! by Jennifer Trainer Thompson – Jennifer will be at the Festival Merchandise booth on Saturday from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Rib Challenge:

Chile Pepper magazine publisher Sir McMillen is anxiously waiting the 2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival for a very special reason.

He has always been a fan of the Hot Sauce Show for years, however 18 months ago he purchased the nationally acclaimed foodie magazine Chile Pepper whose passion for the Zesty foods parallels the annual show in Stafford, Texas.

However, this year the Festival along with a year long Quest for the Perfect Ribs will culminate at the show on Saturday the 15th.

Six nationally known and award winning BBQ’ers will cook-off for the Grand Championship claim of the Best of the Best!

“We researched the big shows and BBQ cook-offs around the country, selected these six because they have lit a fire under my tongue and in my palette, claims Sir. Not only will they be cooking for seven discriminating judges, they will also be sharing their succulent fare with attendees to this year’s event.”

Be there, your taste buds will love you!!!


Denton, TX – Texas Rib Rangers – Bill & Barbara Milroy
Memphis, TN – Yazoo’s Delta Q – Melissa Cookston
Burnet, TX – Lone Start Barbecue Society – Harvey Gebhard
Phoenix, AZ – Rhythm ‘n & QUE – Alexa Fairbairn & Vince Carrocci
Paducah, KY – Drapers BBQ – Shane Draper-Mike Owings
St. Charles, IL – 2 Skinny Cooks – Dann & Diane Boland (is a late and disappointing withdraw due to
health issues.)

Samples will be available to the public at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Grand Champion
· Grand Champion – Chile Pepper’s Quest for the Perfect Ribs
· $2,000
· Four page feature story Chile Pepper magazine
· Interview with Chile Pepper Editor/Chef – video to air on
chilepepper.com for 30 days
· Free placement in Chile Pepper warehouse for all endorsed products
· ¼ Page ad – Chile Pepper magazine – 2 times
· 1 free booth space at Chile Pepper Extravaganza
New Orleans, LA – September 2013
1st Place
· $500
· Feature story coverage Chile Pepper magazine
· Interview with Chile Pepper Editor/Chef – video to air on
chilepepper.com for 15 days
· Free placement in Chile Pepper warehouse for all endorsed products
2nd Place
· $250
· Feature story coverage Chile Pepper magazine
· Free placement in Chile Pepper warehouse for all endorsed products
All Contestants
· Feature story coverage Chile Pepper magazine
· Free placement in Chile Pepper warehouse for all endorsed products

ILoveItSpicy Salsa Contest:

I wanted to do something for the Festival, all the hard working salsa makers across the country, and at the same time raise money and awareness for the Snowdrop Foundation. The Snowdrop Foundation’s Mission Statement:

“Snowdrop Foundation is dedicated to assisting patients and families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center through funding for continued research to eliminate childhood cancer and scholarships for college bound pediatric cancer patients and survivors.”

A great charity that means a lot to me as well as the show organizers. So the salsa contest we setup is open to anyone who makes salsa in a jar. They do not have to be at the show to participate. We have 6 judges including myself, Brian Meagher of www.HotSauceDaily.com, the one and only Grapenut who is representing the Snowdrop Foundation, musical guest Zydeco Dots’ Tom Potter, and Foodies Jerry Lee and Tony Roberts from Savannah, GA. We will announce 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners at the Saturday night show dinner for 2 categories- Fruit-based and Everything Else. We are hoping that the various Houston media outlets will pick up on the event and will put the word out for our humble little contest and get them some exposure.

Along with all these contests, we will be crowning our Feast Your Eyes on This Spicy Cooking Challenge winner, Shauna Jellsey from TATS Sauces & Marinades at the show dinner as well. We have a huge award to present her from ILoveItSpicy.com. I also have a very special presentation that I am keeping in the safe until the end of the show dinner. It could get emotional folks, so buckle up and come for the ride!

List of Vendors

  • Alief General Store – Houston, TX
  • All New Natural You – Montgomery, TX
  • American Laxer Skincare – Farmington Hills, MI
  • Austin Gourmet Foods – Pflugerville, TX
  • Austin Slow Burn – Austin, TX
  • Backyard Grill – Houston, TX
  • Betty’s Craft Creations – Arcola, TX
  • Big Daddy’s Hot Sauces – Houston, TX
  • Big Dawg’s Salsa – Gainesville, TX
  • CaJohn’s – Columbus, OH
  • Captain Thom’s Chili Pepper Company – Baltimore, MD
  • Chocolate Dee Lite’s – Dickinson, TX
  • Cin Chili & Company – Houston, TX
  • Crossroads – Angleton, TX
  • Deep South Barrels – Pearland, TX
  • DeLaur Jewelry – Houston, TX
  • DITV Satellites – Texas City, TX
  • Flaming Joe’s Inc & Red Hot Robins – Geneva, IL
  • Frenzy Art Studio – Laga Vista, TX
  • Green Mountain Energy Company – Houston, TX
  • Harley’s Angels – Spring, TX
  • High Octane Sauce Company – Katy, TX
  • Hotline Pepper Products – Spring, TX
  • Howard’s Yummies – La Grange, TX
  • IBurn LLC – Houston, TX
  • Inca Wasi – Houston, TX
  • Intensity Academy – Tampa, FL
  • JACS Tailgaters – W. Monroe, LA
  • Jewelry Stop – Dayton, TX
  • JLB Enterprise – Missouri City, TX
  • Joy Peppers – Austin, TX
  • Kaetiko – Houston, TX
  • Kearley Seeds & Pepper Co. – Houston, TX
  • La Familia Salsa Co. – Corpus Christi, TX
  • Lady Savory Spices – Stafford, TX
  • Ladybird & Friends – Gulf Breeze, FL
  • Laredo Designs – Katy, TX
  • Life’s Metal Art – Round Rock, TX
  • Lindsay Designs – Arlington, TX
  • Mackees / So-Juzzi – Austin, TX
  • Madison Chocolatiers West – Madison, NJ
  • Mama John’s Arts & Crafts – Houston, TX
  • Meme’s / Verns – Dayton, TX
  • Mild to Wild Pepper & Herb Co (R) – Franklin, IN
  • NorthTown Group – Spring, TX
  • Nutty Bavarian – Houston, TX
  • Operation Lonestar- Texans Supporting Our Troops – Spring, TX
  • P.J.’s Concessions – League City, TX
  • Precision Pens – San Antonio, TX
  • Redback Chilli – Jindivick, Australia
  • Red’s Texas Hot Sauce & Salsa – Grapevine, TX
  • Renewal by Anderson – Tomball, TX
  • S & S Sports & Movie Memorabilia – Houston, TX
  • Salsa Starter – Deer Park, TX
  • Sammy’s Wild Game Grill** – Houston, TX
  • Scentsy Independent Consultant – Sealy, TX
  • Seed Time and Harvest – Phoenix, AZ
  • SGM Creations – Sugar Land, TX
  • Shindigs – Round Rock, TX
  • Silpada Sterling Designs – Friendswood, TX
  • Silverleaf International – Stafford, TX
  • Silverleaf Resorts – Houston, TX
  • Skinsations – Valley Mills, TX
  • Smither Family Kitchen – Houston, TX
  • Snowdrop Foundation – Sugar Land, TX
  • Sween and Spicy Pickles – Houston, TX
  • TATS Sauces and Marinades – Wildomar, CA
  • Terri’s Glass Creations – Austin, TX
  • Texas Best Snowballs – Brazoria, TX
  • Texas Cajun Sausage CO – Leakey, TX
  • Texas Hill Country Olive Co. – Houston, TX
  • Texas Rib Rangers – Denton, TX
  • Texas Select Seasonings – Santa Fe, TX
  • Texas Sensations – Santa Fe, TX
  • Total Bodywork – Missouri City, TX
  • Tupperware – Cypress, TX
  • Unique Henna – Cypress, TX
  • Van Roehling Sauces & Rubs – Columbus, TX
  • Velata by Jennifer Hinnant – Tomball, TX
  • Virgillitos – Slocomb, AL
  • Volcanic Peppers – Omaha, NE
  • Wheeties – Schertz, TX
  • Wired Diva – Houston, TX
  • Zane & Zack’s World Famous Honey Co. – Renton, WA
  • Zierau Fine Foods – Houston, TX
  • Carol R. Borge
    Houston Hot Sauce Festival
    12327 Piping Rock
    Houston, TX 77077
    832-553-2859, fax

    7 thoughts on “2012 Houston Hot Sauce Festival

    • September 13, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Awesome prelude to a great weekend. You really covered everything that is to come.
      Can’t wait to see your wrap-up and pics.
      See you there, brother!

    • September 13, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      We are going to have a blast, and I am sure your coverage will be awesome as well. Get that belly ready for lots of salsa on Saturday morning!

    • September 13, 2012 at 6:46 pm

      Hey Al, did the Xerarchs Salsa not make it in time?

    • September 13, 2012 at 6:47 pm

      And good luck to everyone in the salsa contest and the lick-a-thon. I wish I could
      be there.

    • September 13, 2012 at 8:13 pm

      oops sorry, thats the list of vendors. I thought it was the list of entrants.

    • September 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

      Good luck to everyone who entered this contest

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