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Winners of best hot sauce in Austin crowned at 24th annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival

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AzTexan team with trophy at Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 2014
The AzTexan team was awarded first place for their Habanero Supreme sauce by both the People's Choice and Judges category. Photo by John Anderson
very hot sign at Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 2014
Guests at the Hot Sauce Festival were not afraid to push the limits of spiciness at the annual event.  Photo by John Anderson
24th annual 2014 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival crowd tasting
The crowd at the 24th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival tasted a plethora of hot sauces and helped to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas. Photo by John Anderson
AzTexan team with trophy at Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 2014
very hot sign at Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival 2014
24th annual 2014 Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival crowd tasting

On Sunday, the 24th Annual Austin Chronicle Hot Sauce Festival descended on Fiesta Gardens for another grand celebration of all things spicy. In addition to subjecting their taste buds to fiery flavors, guests helped raise more than 39,000 meals for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas.

After enjoying a day of cooking demonstrations and live music from Rosie & The Ramblers, Gumbo Ce Soir, El Tule and LaTasha Lee & The BlackTies, both festival attendees and a panel of judges comprised of Austin Chronicle staff crowned the best hot sauce in Austin.

Along with individual winners, the Hot Sauce Festival awarded several local restaurants and bottlers for their spicy accomplishments. Read on for the complete list of winners who brought the heat in 2014. 

Restaurant Category
Red Sauce
First Place: Mariachis de Jalisco
Second Place: Freedmen's
Third Place: Mariachis de Jalisco

Green Sauce
First Place: Tequila Bar and Grill
Second Place: Sazon
Third Place: Mellizoz Tacos

Special Variety
First Place: Fork & Vine
Second Place: Tacodeli
Third Place: Tacodeli

Commercial Bottlers People's Choice
Red Sauce
First Place: Mom's Family Kitchen Spicy Sauce
Second Place (tie): Kala's Kuisine Curry Chipotle and Two Hot Mama's Mambo

Green Sauce
First Place: Two Hot Mamas — Roasted Almond Chimichurri
Second Place: Kala's Kuisine — Mirchi Masala
Third Place: Tears of Joy — Texas Cactus

Special Variety
First Place: Honest Ember — Garlic Habanero
Second Place: Two Hot Mamas — Creamy Cilantro
Third Place: Kala's Kuisine — Leadho Achar

Pepper Sauce
First Place: AzTexan — Habanero Supreme
Second Place: Kala's Kuisine — Gingery Habanero
Third Place: Austin Slow Burn — Green Chili Con Queso

Commercial Bottlers Judged by Celebrity Judges
Red Sauce
First Place: Two Hot Mamas
Second Place: Tears of Joy — Red Fang's Night Destroyer
Third Place: Kala's Kuisine — Curry Chipotle

Green Sauce
First Place: Two Hot Mamas — Salsa Verde
Second Place: Texas Brew Salsa — Fire Roasted Poblano
Third Place: Jardine Foods — Roasted Tomatillo

Special Variety
First Place: AzTexan — Habanero Supreme
Second Place: Kala's Kuisine — Ledho-Achar
Third Place: Sanderson Specialty Foods — Texas Roasted Garlic Chipotle

Pepper Sauce
First Place: Hobojim's — Holy Crap
Second Place: High Octane Sauce Co. — 87 Octane
Third Place: Grinders Signature Hot Sauce — Near Death

Super Hot
First Place: Red's Ghost Pepper Sauce
Second Place: Mikey V's Texas Exes
Third Place: Tears of Joy — The Sword Tears of Fire

Individual Category
Red Sauce
First Place: Keith Salas
Second Place: Randy Kirchoff
Third Place: Widespread Dave

Green Sauce
First Place: Doraelia Brackin
Second Place: Gary Peifer
Third Place: Rachelle Farmer

Special Variety
First Place: Adam Treadway
Second Place: Craig Isaacs
Third Place: Pierre Auxila

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