Food and Drink

Grinder’s Takes 3 First Place Wins at Scovie Hot Sauce Awards

One of the top places in Kansas City for quick eats that please the palate earned three international awards for their special blend of art, heat and flavor.

Most people tell you that when it comes to Kansas City sauces, there’s only three choices: Bryant’s Original, Gate’s Classic or Oklahoma Joe’s Night of the Living Barbeque Sauce. According to Dave DeWitt, the horizon just got a little wider. He’s the creator of the Scovie Awards, which celebrates and judges all that is spicy and hot in the world of food. The Scovie Hot Sauce Competition is one of the most popular parts of the Awards, and this year, there were nearly 900 entrants from all over the world.

One sauce from Grinder’s of Kansas City beat all comers in the medium heat category – the Wimpy Wing Sauce. This one is actually a big favorite around town too because the subtle blend of mango, garlic and citrus really give chicken wings flight, without nuking your gut.

But as many people around KC know, it’s not just the food and hot sauce that keeps people coming back to Grinder’s. It’s the atmosphere that mixes DIY, a mad laboratory, a custom shop and graffiti street style. This aesthetic helped Grinder’s take home three additional awards for their notable labels. Grinder’s was nearly unbeatable in this category, winning awards for three out of their five signature sauces.

The big overall winner for both flavor and label art, Grinder’s Wimpy Hot Sauce, was designed by KC artist Gear Smith.

The winning label for Near Death sauce was created by Arian Gimbutas.

The Banana Rat Wing Sauce label was created by notable Kansas City artist Scribe. His artwork has enhanced everything around town from basic brick walls, to children’s hospital wards, to helicopters.

1st Place Best Product Label: Grinder’s Wimpy Hot Sauce

1st Place Most Outrageous Label: Grinder’s Near Death Hot Sauce

3rd Place Most Outrageous Label: Grinder’s Banana Rat Wing Sauce

Find more information, the menu and links to other Grinders Hot Sauce at their website.