While all my motorcycle industry peeps are gearing up for Daytona Bike Week to shake off the winter, I head out to Albuquerque the weekend before to hit the National Fiery Foods & Barbecue Show at Sandia Resort. The sting of new hot sauce is the perfect jolt to kick me out of winter hibernation and into gear for spring. And this year I didn’t end up taking a break on the casino floor after going overboard on an empty stomach. Woohoo! That only happened once but even I have to admit it was pretty funny.
The 2019 show kicked off on Friday, March 1st with industry hours before opening up to the general public in the afternoon. Attendance ran pretty high throughout the weekend, with the general public not only sampling vendor products in our own bazaar of the bizarre but also enjoying demos and samples by DISC-IT all throughout the show. Here’s a highlight reel of some of what went down over the weekend.
The line got long but the Bloody Mary bar’s game was strong and kept you occupied while waiting to get in.
I’m gonna guess Casa M Spice Co. is pretty proud of their products. Just a hunch.
The Pope of Peppers granting Old St Augustine Gourmet Foods an audience.
Taking a break to enjoy views like this at Sandia Resort is reward in itself.
505 Food Fights returned! This round saw the chefs turning steak, CaJohn’s Frostbite, and marshmallow fluff into a meal.
Texas Rib Rangers showed off its wood.
With attendance peaking at 9400, Saturday wasn’t exactly Introvert Appreciation Day.
DISC-IT threw down on the patio throughout the show, rewarding onlookers with samples all day long.
Dave DeWitt interviewing Ed Currie for a mysterious new book project Dave has in the works.
CaJohn’s Fiery Foods had a lot of cool stuff to sample but their black garlic sauce found a home in my pantry.
Cobra Chilli traveled out all the way from Australia to show off their wares, bringing a refreshing selection with them. Loves me the butter chicken!
I’m of course looking forward to next year’s show, as I always do. You can keep updated on our plans for it here.
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Managing Editor | Mark is a freelance journalist based out of Los Angeles. He’s our Do-It-Yourself specialist, and happily agrees to try pretty much every twisted project we come up with.