Muy Caliente

Thank you!

For once, the introduction for the results of the world's largest salsa contest won't refer to the temperature. It just wasn't as hot outdoors this year, which may explain why nearly 12,000 showed up for the Fifth Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival and Contest on
Sunday, August 27 at the Travis County Farmers' Market. If that figure sounds staggering, consider these hot numbers: 322 sauces were entered in all; 202 individuals submitted entries; 60 commercial sauces vied for the top spot; 60 restaurants served up their sauces; and 45 kegs of beer were consumed!

Besides the myriad of salsa variations - fruity, chunky, smoky, spicy, sweet, smooth, peppery, garlicky - the crowd twirled and two-stepped to music from Los Pinkys and Don Walser's Pure Texas Band. Even the ABC Prime Time crew, who were there to cover the phenomenal Don Walser, were bowled over by the event.

To the winners, returning champs, and past hot sauce hopefuls: Congratulations! Maybe we can get hot sauce recognized as the official Taste of Texas! It just wouldn't have been the same without help from:

John Burnett, Robert Bryce, Marion Winik, Jim Shahin, Carlos and Jerry, 107.1 KGSR, Shiner Bock, Capitol Beverage, Guiltless Gourmet, Brian Beck, Luke Zimmerman, Don Walser's Pure Texas Band, Los Pinkys, Mack Lee of Barnes & Noble, Renaissance Glass, Sharon Zeugin, Chris, and Vreeland Graphics.
And the winners are... (If present, finalists are listed in order)


Red Sauce

1st K&C Hot Sauce

2nd Texas Food Research

3rd Rio Diablo Hot Sauce

Finalists: Ronna Jean's Recipes (Richardson); Sgt. Pepper's; Timpone's Rose's Salsas; Don Pablo's Chile Sauce Co. (Houston); Mi Papacito's International (Fort Worth); Apex Foods

Green Sauce

1st Uno Mas Salsa Co.

2nd Sgt. Pepper's

3rd Rio Diablo Hot Sauce

Finalists: Old Southwest Food Co. (Houston); Hots for You; Mi Papacito's International (Fort Worth); Austin Grand Prize; Timpone's Rose's Salsa; Garlic Survival Co. (San Francisco, CA); Rick's Gourmet Foods; El's Fire Sauce (St. Petersburg, FL)

Special Variety

1st Gustavo Cuellar

2nd Divine Culinary

3rd Two Women Cooking

Finalists: Tso Hin Kee Black Bean Chile Sauce (Henrietta, NY); Buzz's Salsa (Round Rock); Miss Anna's Hot Sauce (St. Croix, VI); Stonewall Chile Pepper Co. (Stonewall); Bill Burns; Mountain Man Hot Sauce (Eddyville, NY); Hutton House Salsa (Rock Hill, SC); Stonewall Chile Pepper Co. (Stonewall); Cypress Valley Gardens (Wimberley); Sgt. Pepper's; Timpone's Rose's Salsa; Aztexan Pepper Co.; Texas Food Research; Ayla's Organics Azteca Garlic Salsa (Petaluma, CA); Uno Mas Salsa Co.; Lottie's True Bajan Premium Hot Pepper Sauce (The Woodlands); Texas Gourmet


Red Sauce

1st Trudy's

2nd Jardin Corona

3rd Hank's Roadhouse Cafe

Finalists: Grins Restaurant (San Marcos)

Green Sauce

1st Trudy's

2nd Hank's Roadhouse Cafe

3rd Trudy's

Special Variety

1st Hank's Roadhouse Cafe

2nd Hank's Roadhouse Cafe

3rd Yaga's Tropical Cafe (Galveston)

Finalists: Central Market Cafe; ZuZu;
Star Bar


Red Sauce

1st Randy Wilkowich (Pflugerville)

2nd John Randall

3rd Pete Gaitan

Finalists: Eric Tovar; Lori Adams; Jimmy Williams; Mark Wiebelhaus (Moody); Ruperto Reyes, Sr. (Manor); Cynthia Karkoska (Taylor); Danny Benzer;
Scott Stueve (Smithville)

Green Sauce

1st Bella Elena Grosik

2nd Randy Wilkowich

3rd Jim Walsh

Special Variety

1st Barry McAtee

2nd Gary Smith, (Houston)
3rd Michael Walters

Finalists: Robert Davis (Houston); Omar Cortina; John Welsh; Cynthia Fetchko; Jack Jones; Sharon Campobello; Tom Blanton; Jonathan Andrew Scott (Bermuda) n

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