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The 2011 Scovie Awards was unique, because For the first time in the competition’s 16-year history, two products tied for the Grand Prize in the Tasting Division. That’s pretty amazing, considering we’re talking about 650 products entered, with a panel of more than 100 judges. Even more remarkable is how different the two winning products are: a spicy candy and a horseradish sauce! Meet the winners on the Burn! Blog here.


 

The Kansas City Barbeque Society has teamed up with TV’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition as it pulls into East Central Kansas to build a new home for a worthy family.

The fundraiser will take place on Aug. 4, a couple of days before the home “reveal.” Read more about how you can help with this great project on the Burn! Blog here.


 

As three-year-olds go, the Disc-It Round Up is pretty developed and well-behaved. It’s an event the folks at Disc-It started in 2009 as their way of giving back to New Mexico's UNM Children’s Hospital for all the care that Disc-It front man Nevin Montano’s daughter and nephew received in the past. Round Up year one saw 350 attendees; that number ballooned to 2500 people for 2010. This time, an estimated 5000-7000 people showed up at the Hard Rock Casino Albuquerque on July 16th looking to sample a wide range of Disc-It grilled creations.


Find out who won and check out some killer recipes from the Round Up on the Burn! Blog here.


Ghost Pepper Challenges

Posted by: Lois Manno

 

Before you enter a Ghost Pepper food challenge, bear in mind: the heat doesn’t stop with your mouth or your last bite. Almost two weeks ago, a guy in Hermosa Beach, California found that out the hard way when he took the Habanero Sam’s Burrito Challenge at Amigos Tacos.

The victim, er, challenger, was a guy named John. He came in, signed the restaurant’s legal waiver for the challenge, and got to munching on the burrito. It wasn’t large in size, but it packed a punch of pure, concentrated evil. Not normal, James-Bond-villain-type evil, but more of a Hannibal Lector type. The sort that you know deep down is bad, but its surface charm draws you in and doesn’t let up for two sequels.

Find out what happened to poor John on the Burn! Blog here. We want to hear your Ghost stories too!


 

Over the July 4th weekend, a new world's record for the biggest burger was set, featuring 777 pounds of beefy fun. We congratulate the folks at Juicy’s for the record, with one caveat: while it may have passed muster (or mustard!) by California standards, and it may have been a whopper according to the poofs at Guinness, here in New Mexico we all know that a real hamburger has green chile slathered across the patty! Read all about the World's Largest Commercially Available Hamburger on the Burn! Blog.


Call for Entries, 2012 Scovie Awards!

Posted by: Lois Manno

Tagged in: fiery foods , contest

 

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The 2012 Scovie Awards Competition is accepting entries.  Now in its 16th year, the Scovie Awards is the world's largest professional competition for fiery foods and BBQ products.

Produced by Dave DeWitt's Sunbelt Shows—producers of the National Fiery Foods & BBQ Show—the Scovies give manufacturers the chance to see how their products stand up to the competition. A Scovie win gives a company the opportunity to promote their product as a top performer, and catches the attention of store buyers who are planning their inventory orders.

Scovie winners benefit from extensive exposure on Sunbelt's multiple websites and blogs, and receive banners they can use to promote their winning products at food shows. Whether you have a new company just putting your first product on the market, or you are an established company with a new product line, the Scovie Awards competition is the place to prove that your product is the best!

Judging the ScoviesAs an additional benefit of entering the Scovie Awards competition, companies can request an Analysis Report of their entries. The report will include a breakdown of the judging sheets, including high and low scores, average scores by judging criteria, full comments and a professional review of the product’s packaging.

Read more about the Scovie Awards and enter your products for the 2012 competition here.


 

James BeckJames Beck of EatMoreHeat.com is my first guest on the new weekly feature of the SuperSite, and he discusses eating superhot chiles and finishing an Apocalypse Burger.  Upcoming guests are Dave Hirschkop who invented Insanity Sauce; chemical engineer Marlin Bensinger, who tests the superhot chiles in his own lab; Jim Garcia of El Pinto Salsa, discussing Scorpion Salsa and the purported "chile crisis;" and Chris Fowler, who uses a polytunnel to grow chillis near Cardiff, Wales.  To hear James on the first podcast, go here.

 


 

 

Burn! MagazineIn honor of the debut of Burn! Magazine, we're giving away the first issue for free! But that's not all! We're giving away three disc-it grills, gift boxes from The Spice House, and six jars of the special edition El Pinto Scorpion Salsa! Stop by booth 417 at the show for details.

If you can't make it to the Fiery Foods Show this year, you can still register for these awesome freebies - fill out your name, email, and phone number here! We'll notify you via email if you've won! And don't forget to visit the Burn! website at www.burn-magazine.com to get the first issue FREE!

Visit the Burn! Magazine blog to see Saturday's winners! Click here.


Full Judging TablesA  record number of judges showed up for our 15th annual Scovie Awards judging on October 4, 2010 at the County Line Restaurant in Albuquerque. More than 100 food industry professionals—plus foodie media people—crowded into two sessions with six tables each and tasted about 650 products. This means that the average product entered got tasted and judged by six or more judges, an all-time record for us.

The real surprise of the judging were the eventual scores for Grand Prize Winner—the highest recorded score out of a perfect 50. For the first time in Scovie history, we had a tie to three decimal places and were unable to break it, so congratulations to our co-Grand Prize Winners, Barhyte Foods’ Saucy Mama Creamy Horseradish and Poco Dolce’s Super Chile Toffee Squares. The Advertising and Marketing Grand Prize Winner was Crazy Uncle Jesters’ Company or Product Logo/Label. A Grand Prize Winner that’s a sweet heat product is not unusual at all, as fully half of our Grand Prize  Winners have been in that category.  But horseradish finishing so strongly, that’s simply remarkable.  Complete Scovie results are posted here.

Spicy Mama Creamy Horseradish Super Chile Toffee Crazy Uncle Jester Logo

Journalist and author Larry Greenly claims he has been a judge at every single Scovie Judging—and I have no reason to doubt this. Thanks, Larry, you’re a loyal chilehead!


 

Scovie Awards JudgingThe judging of our 14th annual Scovie Awards Competition was held yesterday at the County Line Barbecue Restaurant in Albuquerque and we were astonished by the response from the judges.  Usually we have an attrition rate of 10 to 20% for judges because these food professionals are such busy people.  But this time, nearly every judge showed up, and they brought friends!  About 90 judges showed up in two sessions and the tables were packed.  Fortunately, we had enough drinks and cool-downs for everyone, and although some tables had a slight delay because the judging 600+ products took a while, when it was all said and done, every product got tasted by more judges than usual.  Part of the delay was due to the diligence on the part of the judges, who took time to make a lot more comments than usual.  Thanks to everyone who participated, and the results will be announced in about two weeks.


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