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Spice lovers voted for their favorite HEATONIST hot sauce in this single-elimination tournament between our Spicy Sixteen selected sauces. Congrats to participants and winners of our HEATONIST swag prize packs: aloyac76, valdayimago, & bmcaloon89!




Voting opens Thursday, March 21 for the Spicy Sixteen and closes at the end of the day on April 8, 2024. Come back to find out which sauces advanced to the next round and vote again on:

  • March 21 - SPICY SIXTEEN 🥵March 25 - EATING EIGHT 🍗
  • March 29 - FIERY FOUR 🔥
  • April 8 - WINNER ANNOUNCED 🏆

U.S. participants who vote 2+ times will be entered to win 1 of 3 HEATONIST swag deliveries!*

Sign up for SMS to get reminders to vote and to be the first to find out which sauce was the people's pick!

Our bracket works exactly like the college basketball championship, but YOU decide the outcome of each round!

This is a single-elimination tournament featuring some of our most popular hot sauces. Once voting closes, the winner by popular vote will advance to the next round and voting will open again.

We made a selection of popular hot sauces based on thousands of tasting sessions and online orders, but this is not an exhaustive list of our best sellers and taste is subjective for everyone!

For more hot saues, we recommend shopping by heat level below:

Or check out our selection of curated hot sauce gift sets!

We'll announce the winner of the HEATONIST Hot Sauce Tournament on April 2, 2024. Check back then or sign up for SMS to be the first to find out the winner!

Shop all the hot sauces featured in this tournament in our Popular Hot Sauce collection!

U.S.-based participants who vote 2+ times will be entered to win 1 of 3 HEATONIST swag prize packs including a HEATONIST tote, a koozie and HEATONIST stickers ($30 value). See the FAQ below for full giveaway rules!

Three United States-based participants who fill out the full bracket will be selected at random to win a HEATONIST swag pack!

  • No purchase necessary to enter or win. Purchasing will not increase your chances of winning.
  • Giveaway dates: March 21, 2024 at 12am EST - April 8, 2024 at 12am EST; 3 giveaway winners will announced 4/8/2024 via HEATONIST SMS and email lists. Winners will be contacted April 8, 2024 via email from ilovehotsauce@heatonist.com
  • Prizes: Three (3) winners will receive a swag pack including a HEATONIST tote, koozie, and stickers ($30 value)
  • Winners will be randomly selected from a list of voters who participated in at least 2 rounds of voting in our Hot Sauce Tournament Bracket
  • Contact details: HEATONIST 121 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn NY 11239; 718-599-0838
  • Giveaway is hosted in New York State, United States and is restricted to U.S. residents
  • Must be 18 years or older to enter
  • Swag packs will be shipped to winners' address (must be within the U.S.) within 5 days of winners being announced



1. Eligibility: This Campaign is open only to those who sign up at the https://heatonist.com/pages/spicy-sixteen-hot-sauce-tournament and who are 18 as of the date of entry. The Campaign is only open to legal residents of Unites States, and is void where prohibited by law. Employees of HEATONIST, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising and promotion agencies, and suppliers, (collectively the “Employees”), and immediate family members and/or those living in the same household of Employees are not eligible to participate in the Campaign. The Campaign is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited.

2. Agreement to Rules: By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agree to be fully unconditionally bound by these Rules, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of HEATONIST as final and binding as it relates to the content of this Campaign.

3. Campaign Period: Entries will be accepted online starting March 14, 2024 EST and ending on April 8, 2024 EST. All online entries must be received by April 8, 2024 EST​.

4. How to Enter: The Campaign must be entered by submitting an entry using the online form provided at https://heatonist.com/pages/spicy-sixteen-hot-sauce-tournament. The entry must fulfill all Campaign requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of HEATONIST. Optional verbiage to include: You may enter only once. You must provide the information requested. You may not enter more times than indicated by using multiple email addresses, identities, or devices in an attempt to circumvent the rules. If You use fraudulent methods or otherwise attempt to circumvent the rules, your submission may be removed from eligibility at the sole discretion of HEATONIST.

5. Prizes: The Winner(s) of the Campaign (the “Winner”) will receive HEATONIST Swag Pack ($30 value). Actual/appraised value may differ at time of prize award. The specifics of the prize shall be solely determined by HEATONIST. No cash or other prize substitution shall be permitted except at HEATONIST discretion. The prize is nontransferable. Any and all prize-related expenses, including without limitation any and all federal, state, and/or local taxes, shall be the sole responsibility of Winner. No substitution of prize or transfer/assignment of prize to others or request for the cash equivalent by Winner is permitted. Acceptance of prize constitutes permission for HEATONIST to use Winner’s name, likeness, and entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.

6. Odds: The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received.

7. Winner Selection and Notification: Winner will be selected by Random selection under the supervision of HEATONIST. Winner will be notified by Email within five (5) days following selection of Winner. HEATONIST shall have no liability for Winner’s failure to receive notices due to spam, junk e-mail or other security settings or for Winner’s provision of incorrect or otherwise non-functioning contact information. If Winner cannot be contacted, is ineligible, fails to claim the prize within 30 days from the time award notification was sent, or fails to timely return a completed and executed declaration and release as required, the prize may be forfeited and an alternate Winner selected. Receipt by Winner of the prize offered in this Campaign is conditioned upon compliance with any and all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. ANY VIOLATION OF THESE OFFICIAL RULES BY WINNER (AT HEATONIST‘S SOLE DISCRETION) WILL RESULT IN WINNER’S DISQUALIFICATION AS WINNER OF THE CAMPAIGN, AND ALL PRIVILEGES AS WINNER WILL BE IMMEDIATELY TERMINATED.

8. Rights Granted by You: By entering this content (e.g., photo, video, text, etc.), You understand and agree that HEATONIST, anyone acting on behalf of HEATONIST, and HEATONIST’s licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Campaign, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes. without any further compensation, notice, review, or consent. Optional verbiage for Contests: By entering this content, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship, and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of HEATONIST. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless HEATONISTfrom and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which HEATONIST may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.

9. Terms & Conditions: HEATONIST reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Campaign should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond HEATONIST’s control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Campaign. In such case, HEATONIST may select the Winner from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by HEATONIST. HEATONIST reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Campaign or website or violates these Terms & Conditions. HEATONIST has the right, in its sole discretion, to maintain the integrity of the Campaign, to void votes for any reason, including, but not limited to: multiple entries from the same user from different IP addresses; multiple entries from the same computer in excess of that allowed by Campaign rules; or the use of bots, macros, scripts, or other technical means for entering. Any attempt by an entrant to deliberately damage any website or undermine the legitimate operation of the Campaign may be a violation of criminal and civil laws. Should such attempt be made, HEATONIST reserves the right to seek damages to the fullest extent permitted by law.

10. Limitation of Liability: By entering, You agree to release and hold harmless HEATONIST and its subsidiaries, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, partners, representatives, agents, successors, assigns, employees, officers, and directors from any liability, illness, injury, death, loss, litigation, claim, or damage that may occur, directly or indirectly, whether caused by negligence or not, from: (i) such entrant’s participation in the Campaign and/or his/her acceptance, possession, use, or misuse of any prize or any portion thereof; (ii) technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to the malfunction of any computer, cable, network, hardware, or software, or other mechanical equipment; (iii) the unavailability or inaccessibility of any transmissions, telephone, or Internet service; (iv) unauthorized human intervention in any part of the entry process or the Promotion; (v) electronic or human error in the administration of the Promotion or the processing of entries.

11. Disputes: THIS Campaign IS GOVERNED BY THE LAWS OF United States AND New York, WITHOUT RESPECT TO CONFLICT OF LAW DOCTRINES. As a condition of participating in this Campaign, participant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the parties, and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Campaign, shall be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action, exclusively before a court located in New York having jurisdiction. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances shall participant be permitted to obtain awards for, and hereby waives all rights to, punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, including reasonable attorney’s fees, other than participant’s actual out-of-pocket expenses (i.e. costs associated with entering this Campaign). Participant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

12. Privacy Policy: Information submitted with an entry is subject to the Privacy Policy stated on the HEATONIST website.

13. Sponsor: The Sponsor of the Campaign is HEATONIST LCC, 121 Wythe Ave, Brooklyn NY 11249, 718-599-0838

14. The Campaign hosted by HEATONIST is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook or Instagram.

15. By participating in the contest, You, the Contestant, have affirmatively reviewed, accepted, and agreed to all of the Official Rules & Regulations.