Event Recap: 2017 NYC Hot Sauce Expo and Screaming Mi Mi Winners List

This past weekend, April 22nd & 23rd, we had the pleasure (and pain) of attending the 5th Annual NYC Hot Sauce Expo in Brooklyn, New York.

This event brings together one of the biggest crowds of hot sauce and spicy food enthusiasts from around the world every year for a weekend of spicy fun. Attendees and vendors made the trek to NYC from as far away as the United Kingdom and New Zealand!

During this two-day event, we sampled hundreds of hot sauces, BBQ sauces, and seasonings from nearly every one of the 50 vendors, and had the opportunity to interview several of them as well! We’ll be posting those interviews here on the site soon!

  • The lineup of sauces at the CaJohn's Execution Station
  • Mikey V and his hot sauces
  • The crazy guys from Bravado Spice Company
  • CaJohn's hot sauce holder
  • Culley's Flavored Salts

In addition to getting the opportunity to sample all of these great sauces and chat with the great people behind them, there were also some pretty entertaining events on the main stage to steal your attention. There was a bloody mary competition, the Guinness World Records reaper pepper eating contest, a hot wing challenge, a Chihuahua beauty pageant, and tons more!

One of the highlights of the weekend was the appropriately named “Screaming Mi Mi Awards”. Hundreds of entries from across the world, but the judges were able to narrow down each of the categories to a list of the top three.

Congrats to all of the winners!

Here’s a list of this year’s 2017 Screaming Mi Mi Award Winners!

Asian Style

  1. BONMi NYC Kitchen - X BONfire
  2. WUJU Hot Sauce - Extra Ho
  3. Nam Prik - Nam Prik Chile Hot Sauce

Caribbean Style

  1. Burns & McCoy - Exitium
  2. Demerara - Demerara Premium Hot Sauce
  3. Lazy Soul - Lazy Soul Hot Sauce

Louisiana Style

  1. Hoff & Pepper - Hoff Sauce
  2. Volcanic Peppers - Chocolate Lighting
  3. Handsome Devils Co. - De Arbol

Fruit Based

  1. Eaglewingz - Pineapple Teriyaki
  2. WUJU Hot Sauce - Original
  3. Hell’s Kitchen Hot Sauce - Pepper Pastry

Fruit Based - Hot Habanero

  1. Dirty Dicks - Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce
  2. Caldo Sauce - Molton Melon Hot Sauce
  3. Demerara Hot Sauce - Premium Hot Sauce
  • NYC skyline at night from Brooklyn
  • The Spicy Bagel of Doom Challenge
  • Mikey V's table setup
  • NYC skyline at night from Brooklyn


  1. The Lucky Taco Imperio - Lucky Taco Chipotle Hot Sauce
  2. Hoff & Pepper - Hoff’s Smoken Ghost
  3. Jersey Barnfire - Smoked Ghost Taco


  1. Yeak Inc. - Chruk
  2. Towson Spices - Segen Sauce
  3. World Famous Hot Sauce - LBI Love Potion Extra Garlic


  1. Hellfire Hot Sauce - Gourmet Green
  2. SoCal Hot Sauce - The Original Avocado SoCal Guac Sauce
  3. Caldo Hot Sauce


  1. Elijah’s Xtreme Gourmet Sauces - Reaper Sauce – Buy Now
  2. Scotty O’ Hotty - Reaper de Muerte
  3. Puckerbutt Pepper Company - Purgatory – Buy Now

Pepper Blend - Hot

  1. Lucky Dog Hot Sauce -Black Label
  2. Kitchen Garden Farm - Ghost Pepper Sriracha
  3. Purple Pam Hot Sauce - Kiss of Death

Pepper Blend - Mild

  1. Jersey Barnfire - Garden State Green
  2. Hellfire Hot Sauce - Gourmet Green
  3. Jersey Barnfire - Black Garlic
  • Kevin and Mary Ann - Angry Irishman
  • Elijah's Xtreme - Father and son team
  • Bigfat's Hot Sauce team - Jeremy and Kat
  • Great Ball of Fire trophy
  • Bonfatto's hot sauce holder

XXX Hot Sauce (Non-Extract)

  1. Grim Reaper Foods - The Raven Hot Sauce
  2. Primo’s Peppers - Swampadelic Sauce
  3. Cobra Chilli - Fever Chilli Paste

Chicken Wing

  1. Defcon Sauces - Defcon Condition #3
  2. Culley’s - Culley’s Buffalo Wing Sauce
  3. Bonfatto’s Artisan Sauces - Fire In The Hole

Spicy BBQ

  1. Culley’s - Rib N Chik’N
  2. Texas Rib Rangers - Hot BBQ Sauce
  3. Texas Rib Rangers - TRR Spicy BBQ Sauce

Spicy Salsa

  1. Kitchen Garden Farm - Tomatillo Salsa
  2. Salsa Del Diablo - Satan’s Tears
  3. Cajun Tex Salsa - 5 Pepper Extreme Hickory Smoked Salsa

Best Hot Sauce Label Artwork

  1. Hoff & Pepper - Hoff’s Smoken Ghost Sauce
  2. Clamlube Brand Hot Sauce - Sea Ghost – Buy Now
  3. Lucky Dog - Year of The Dog

National Grand Champion
Dirty Dicks - Dirty Dicks Hot Pepper Sauce

This trip was our first visit to the NYC Hot Sauce Expo and also our first trip to NYC, but it certainly won’t be our last!

We hope to see all of you at the next one! 🌶

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