Hot Sauce Festival Winners 2018

The judges – and the people – have crowned their local hot sauce royalty

Not even the 100-degree heat on Sunday, Aug. 26, could keep thousands of attendees from tasting hundreds of hot sauces at the 28th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival. Thanks to everyone who braved the heat and helped us benefit the Central Texas Food Bank!

Thousands of people enjoyed salsa at the 28th annual Hot Sauce Festival's tasting at Fiesta Gardens on August 26 (Photo by David Brendan Hall)

Restaurants, commercial bottlers, and individuals submitted their concoctions to be judged by more than 50 judges, and the official results are in.


1st: Anders Dowd
2nd: Shasta Erickson
3rd: Dallas Milton

1st: Posse East
2nd: Cruzteca Mexican Kitchen
3rd: Sazón

1st: Texas Brew Salsa – Salsa Roja with Charred Poblano
2nd: Schlotzsky’s – Louisiana Hot Sauce
3rd: Mikey V's Foods – Smoked Beer Bacon Sauce


1st: Dan Cook
2nd: Sal Solano
3rd: Francisca Nunez

1st: Don Dario’s
2nd: Quetzal Tex-Mex
3rd: Serranos

1st: 3 Sons Foods – Diablo Verde Hot
2nd: Yellowbird Foods – Serrano Condiment
3rd: 3 Sons Foods – Diablo Verde Mild

Special Variety

1st: Aaron Alterman
2nd: Josh & Jon Smetana
3rd: Jim Birdd

1st: TacoDeli
2nd: Eldorado Cafe
3rd: Quetzal Tex-Mex

1st: Mikey V's Foods – I Love Taco Sauce So Much
2nd: Smoke Point Foods – The Heater Smoked Salsa
3rd: Hot Line Pepper Products – Hatchanero

Pepper Sauce

1st: TacoDeli

1st: Mikey V's Foods – 7-Pot Primo Salsa
2nd: Evil Cowboy – Smokin Ghost
3rd: Mikey V's Foods – Sweet Ghost Pepper Sauce

People's Choice

1st: Mom’s Kitchen – Spicy Salsa
2nd: Mikey V’s Foods – Smoked Beer Bacon Salsa
3rd: Yellowbird Foods – Blue Agave Sriracha

1st: Yellowbird Foods – Serrano Condiment
2nd (tie): 3 Sons Foods – Diablo Verde
2nd (tie): Mikey V’s Foods – Hatch Green Chile Salsa

1st: Aztexan Pepper Company – Habanero Supreme
2nd: Perry’s Pepper – Reap the Benefits Reaper Sauce
3rd: Stellar Gourmet – Tropic Like It’s Hot

Special Variety
1st: Perry’s Pepper Sauce – Habanero
2nd: Kent’s Sauce
3rd: Das Güd Spice Co. – Blueberry Habanero

[Editor's note: Updated to replace TBD awards, correct spellings, and add sauce names in the commercial categories.]

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