Contest Rules

Do you have a pasta sauce, soup, salsa or barbecue sauce recipe you love? Maybe one that’s been passed down in your family or is a new creation of your own?

We’ll test your recipes and you just might win
$1000 for your culinary creation!


  • 50 percent based on taste
  • 25 percent for the contestant’s tribute to their recipe creation or the story and tradition of the recipe
  • 25 percent on the ease of recipe/adherence to the guidelines

Judges will select their favorite recipes based on:


Tribute for recipe creation/story and tradition of the recipe.




Ease of recipe and adherence to guidelines

guidelines for each category include: 

Detailed, step-by-step preparation instructions
List each ingredient in exact common U.S. household measurements and order of use in making the Recipe
Indicate cooking times and number of servings
Ingredients list must be 15 ingredients or less
Ingredients must be easy to find in grocery stores or online and not cost prohibitive (so no edible gold guys)
Fit within one of the four categories
Include a short story/paragraph or detail of the recipe, and mention if it came from a family recipe or why it fits within a certain region of the United States and a photo of you, and if you have one, a photo of the recipe’s creator or namesake

submit as many recipes as you like!

types of recipes


There is a myriad of ways to make pasta sauce, from a Tex-Mex-infused version to a traditional marinara from New York, break out the saucepan and let’s pour it on. The pasta sauce group will have four categories available for submission: Garlic; Marinara; Meat; Unique – a unique spin on pasta sauce such as a special ingredient or twist from a specific region.


From the great state of Texas’ ketchup-based sauce to the tangy white concoction of the Carolinas, Barbecue Sauce is certainly a condiment that has its own geographic spin. Signature Sauces wants to see what kind of saucey ‘cue you can do. Recipe contestants can submit for two categories: tomato-based and other
(such as vinegar, mustard, etc.)


Talk about regionality, nothing else tells you exactly where you are on the U.S. map than soup. From a famous clam chowder from Boston to a Cheddar and Cheese Beer Soup from Wisconsin, Signature Sauces wants to sop up all of the best soup recipes from around the country. The soup group has two categories for submission: cream-based and broth-based.


Salsa literally means sauce in Spanish and hails from the ancient Aztecs. Now one of the most popular condiments in the country, salsa can take on many forms. From spicy to mild, tomato-based to even cilantro-based, it’s time to chip in and bring us your best salsa recipe from your family! Recipe contestants can submit to either the spicy or mild categories for salsa.
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