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Awards of Excellence Competition

Over 500 entries were received for the 2014 Awards of Excellence, making it one of the biggest culinary events of its kind. The results were announced during the Awards of Excellence Luncheon on March 6, 2014 at the National Barbecue Association's Annual Conference & Trade Show in San Marcos, Texas.

The annual AOE competition recognizes the best barbecue products across 25 unique categories. Congratulations to to the following first place winners:


Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Mild
Steve’s Oink-N-Squeel – Steve’s Oink-N-Squeel Barbecue Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Spicy
Porky’s Place BBQ – Smoke, Spice and Everything Nice
 
Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Mild
Central Oregon Sauce – Carolina Mustard
 
Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Spicy
SuckleBusters – Mustard BBQ Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Mild
Ole Ray’s Sauces – Blackberry Wine Barbeque & Cooking Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Spicy
The Rib Doctor – Honey Classic Barbeque Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Mild
SuckleBusters – Honey BBQ Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Spicy
SuckleBusters –Chipotle BBQ Sauce
 
Barbecue Sauce – White Sauce
Hickory Prime – White Lightning
 
Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – All Purpose
Sweet Swine O’ Mine – Sweet Rub O’ Mine
 
Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Southwest
Central Oregon Sauce Company – Southwest Rub
 
Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Cajun
L A Spice House – Texas 1 Spice
 
Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Caribbean/Jerk & Mediterranean/Herb
Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ – Mediterranean Seasoning
 
Hot Sauce
Yah Butz – Big Butz "No Butz" B-B-Q Sauce
 
Barbecue Marinade – Citrus/Fruit
The Rib Doctor – Honey Classic Barbeque Sauce
 
Barbecue Marinade – Oil & Vinegar
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint – Hoggin’ It All
 
Barbecue Marinade – Caribbean
Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ – Smoky Jon’s Caribbean Marinade
 
Barbecue Marinade – Asian
JoeSauce – Original BBQ Sauce
 
Barbecue Marinade – Mustard
Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ – Smoky Jon’s Mustard Marinade
 
Barbecue Condiment or Accompaniment
Famous Dave’s of America – Signature Spicy Pickle Spears
 
Barbecue Gift Pack
Big B Barbecue – Gift Pack
 
Barbecue Label
Cattle Boyz Foods – Chipotle Maple Bacon
 
Barbecue Tool or Accessory
Cenzo – The Ribalizer
 
Barbecue Apparel
Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ – Camp Shirt
 
Barbecue Book or Publication
Chef Events / Ted Reader, Inc. – Gastro Grilling

People's Choice Sauce Tasting
D&W BBQ Sauce Co. – Blue Ribbon BBQ Sauce
 

SEE THE COMPLETE LIST OF 2014 WINNERS


Do you have a magnificent marinade, a righteous rub, an awesome accessory or a sauce that simply stands out? This is your chance to share your inspiration with the rest of the BBQ world and be recognized for your contribution to the industry! Details about the 2015 AOE competition will be posted later this year. Click on a resource below to learn more: