Winners announced for hot sauce contest
The Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation recently announced the winners of the seventh annual N.C. Hot Sauce Contest.
Judges for the contest were provided by the culinary program at Vance-Granville Community College.
Winners were announced for three hot sauce categories: N.C. Meet the Heat, which is for the state's hottest sauce, most unique sauce and critic’s choice.
Race City Sauce Works won the N.C. Meet the Heat category with its Danse Macabre Intense Chili Sauce.
Race City also won in the most unique category with its Race City Jalapeno Sour Apple Pepper Sauce.
Winning critic’s choice was the Jalapeno Butter Hot Sauce by Open Season.
There were six categories in total for barbecue sauces: best mustard-based sauce, best vinegar-style sauce, best tomato-style sauce, best mild sauce, best hot sauce and critic’s choice.
The Knota Yankee Honey Mustard BBQ Sauce took first for best mustard-based sauce.
Big Country Gourmet’s Souse BBQ Sauce won first for best vinegar-style sauce.
The best tomato-style style sauce went to Race City’s Appalachian Moonshine Black Cherry BBQ Sauce.
Winner of the best mild sauce was the These Hips Don’t Lie Signature Sauce.
Black Dog Gourmet’s Dog-Gone Good Chix and Rib Sauce won first for the best hot barbecue sauce.
Winning critics choice was Nephew’s Ghostly Pumpkin BBQ Sauce.
Greg Winge of Rocky Mount, Va., was the winner of the hot pepper eating contest.
Hot sauce and barbecue sauce winners in each category received $500 in cash.
The prize for winning the pepper eating contest was $300.
This year’s event was organized by the Downtown Oxford Economic Development Corporation in partnership with Granville Health System.
Around 12,000 visitors and more than 130 vendors were in attendance.
Sponsors of the event included Union Bank & Trust Company, Bailey Farms, Stovall’s Gifts, the City of Oxford, Granville Tourism Authority and C.J. Iron & Metal of North Carolina.
The contest is held each year on the second Saturday in September.