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Welcome to The 13th Annual Hot Pepper Awards!
The Hot Pepper Awards is highly regarded as the fiery foods competition that recognizes superior quality products. Many manufacturers have reported an increase in sales and website traffic once their product carries the seal of The Hot Pepper Awards. Consumers know, from our past awards, that we only award the best, and we have gained the respect of the chilihead community with our efforts. We believe our rigorous standards to be the best in the Industry.
What's new this year?
Category entry is more intuitive.

What products do you accept?
Hot sauce = any spicy condiment that is saucy (view the categories by clicking to enter). No dry spice, no popcorn, no pickles, sorry.
Best Overall
The Hot Pepper Award
Per Category
1st Place
2nd Place
3rd Place

Pepper Patch Award (Best Product Line)
Seedling Award (Best Industry Newcomer)
Picasso Pepper Award (Best Artwork and Design)
Hybrid Pepper Award (For Innovation)
Insane In The Pepper Membrane Award (Hottest Hot Sauce)
Spicetime Achievement Award
Best All-Purpose Sauce

Best Breakfast Sauce
Best Dessert Sauce


What Winners Receive!

  • A personalized certificate with your company name, product name, and award (PDF)
  • "Winner" graphics for your websites and social media as well as print-quality graphics
  • Rigorous social media promotion throughout the year
  • Promotion on our own website, TheHotPepper.com
-Your product must have heat; any heat level, from mild to extreme. We do not judge 0 heat products. You can enter different heat levels of the same product if they exist, but if choosing one, we recommend the "chilihead friendly" product.
-No amateur or hobby entries. All entries must be commercially made (commercial kitchen, co-packer, mass-production) or you must be in accordance with your local requirements for production, with labels and tamper-free packaging (preferred). If amateur entries or entries that appear unsafe for consumption are received they will be discarded and no refund will be given, so do not try to bend this rule.
-The product entered must be your (company's) creation and one-of-a-kind. Do not send private-label products that are commercially available for anyone to put their label on.
-You must send two (and only two) commercial size products for each product entered no matter how many categories you enter. Commercial size means the size you sell, not samplers.

What people are saying!
"I love your awards. I think it shows the up and coming sauce makers and what to expect. I have found so many amazing sauces from your awards show. I know I have gained sales from telling people that Tears of The Sun won The Hot Pepper Award for the Best Hot Sauce of 2011.
I will always support what you guys do.
Thanks again
-Steve Seabury, Founder, NYC Hot Sauce Expo

Ready To Enter?
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Regular Deadline - Sept 30 - $50 per entry
Final Deadline - Oct 7 - $60 per entry (this is the online deadline, you can still ship after)
All entries must be received within a timely manner (days not weeks) after the final deadline.
3 categories max per product, 1st is included, additional categories = half the price of entry fee.

Shipping Info
All shipping information is at this link

Past Winners
12th Annual
11th Annual
10th Annual
9th Annual
8th Annual
7th Annual
6th Annual
5th Annual
4th Annual
3rd Annual
2nd Annual
1st Annual