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2015 Awards of excellence

NBBQA Award Winners

The following results were announced on March 5, 2015, during the Awards of Excellence Luncheon at the National Barbecue Association’s Annual Conference & Trade Show in Nashville, Tennessee

People's Choice Awards

  • 1st Place: 3 Taxi Guys Sauces & Rubs – Sweet & Sassy
  • 2nd Place: Chili Bill’s BBQ – Chili Bill’s BBQ Sauce
  • 3rd Place: Hog Heaven BBQ & Ribs – Daphne’s Special Blend

Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Mild

  • First Place: Southern Belles BBQ – Original Belle
  • Second Place: Eroc’s LLC – Eroc’s Jamaican Rum
  • Third Place: The Shed Saucery, LLC – Southern Sweet
  • Fourth Place: Smackers BBQ, Inc. – Smackers Smack Me Mild Smackin’ Sauce
  • Fifth Place: Yah Butz, LLC/Big Butz BBQ – Big Butz Original BBQ Sauce
  • Sixth Place: Southern Belles BBQ – Spicy Hickory Smoke

Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Spicy

  • First Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: Company7 BBQ – Commissioner Burns
  • Third Place: Grill Side Barbeque – Grill Side Downtown Original
  • Fourth Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Devil’s Spit
  • Fifth Place: Vittorios – Honey Hot Wing Sauce
  • Sixth Place: The Shed Saucery, LLC – Spicy Southern Sweet

Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Mild

  • First Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Original Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: Mack Daddy’s Inc. – Sweet & Sassy
  • Third Place: Williamson Bros. Bar BQ – Williamson Bros. Classic Carolina BBQ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Mack Daddy’s Inc. – Tangy Carolina
  • Fifth Place: Central Oregon Sauce – Carolina Mustard
  • Sixth Place: Company7 BBQ – Captain Carolina

Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Spicy

  • First Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: The Shed Saucery, LLC – Spicy Mustard
  • Third Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Georgia Mustard
  • Fourth Place: Jack Cawthon’s Barbeque – Jack Cawthon’s Carolina Sauce
  • Fifth Place: Pratt’s Real Pit Bar B Que – Pratt’s Signature Sauce
  • Sixth Place: SuckleBusters – SuckleBusters Gold

Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Mild

  • First Place: Central Oregon Sauce – Apricot Sauce 
  • Second Place: Ole Ray’s Sauces – Ole Ray’s Blackberry Wine Barbeque & Cooking Sauce
  • Third Place: Eroc’s LLC – Eroc’s Black Cherry & Mango
  • Fourth Place: Southern Belles BBQ – Pineapple Twang
  • Fifth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Sixth Place: Eroc’s LLC – Eroc’s Peach Pomegranate 

Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Spicy

  • First Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Third Place: Smackers BBQ LLC – Smackers Smack Me Hard Hot Smackin’ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Eroc’s LLC – Eroc’s Raspberry Chipotle Hot
  • Fifth Place: Southern Belles BBQ – Hot N Sassy Peach
  • Sixth Place: Sugar Hill Smokehouse – Sweet Habanero

Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Mild

  • First Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Mild BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Sweet BBQ Sauce
  • Third Place: Smackers BBQ LLC – Smackers Smack Me Mild Smackin’ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Original BBQ Sauce
  • Fifth Place: Williamson Bros. Bar-BQ – Williamson Bros. Original BBQ Sauce
  • Sixth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Tangy Vinegar BBQ Sauce

Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Spicy

  • First Place: SuckleBusters – SuckleBusters Chipotle
  • Second Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Original BBQ Sauce
  • Third Place: The Sauce Company, Inc. – Georgia’s Vinegar Hot Barbeque Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Tangy Vinegar BBQ Sauce
  • Fifth Place: Smackers BBQ LLC – Smackers Smack Me Hard Hot Smackin’ Sauce
  • Sixth Place: Williamson Bros. Bar-BQ – Williamson Bros. Spicy Chipotle BBQ Sauce

Barbecue Sauce – White Sauce

  • First Place: Smokey C’s BBQ & Wings – Smokey C’s White Sauce
  • Second Place: Jack Cawthon’s Barbeque – Jack Cawthon’s Music City White Sauce

Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – All Purpose

  • First Place: Croix Valley Foods – Sweet Heat Dry Rub
  • Second Place: L.A. Spice House, LLC – TX1 Smokey Hot
  • Third Place: CRC BBQ Enterprise, LLC – Red Rub
  • Fourth Place: 3 Taxi Guys B-B-Q Sauces & Rubs - Rub
  • Fifth Place: DennyMike’s ‘Cue Stuff, Inc. – Pixi Dust
  • Sixth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Nutty Pecan BBQ Rub

Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Southwest

  • First Place: Char Crust, Inc. – Southwest Chipotle
  • Second Place: Smackers BBQ, Inc. – Smackers Original Sweet & Spicy Gourmet BBQ Seasoning
  • Third Place: Gary's Seasoning – Sweet for MaMa Rub
  • Fourth Place: Swimmin’ in Smoke – Hot Chik Bait
  • Fifth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Nutty Pecan BBQ Rub
  • Sixth Place: L.A. Spice House, LLC – TX1 Smokey Hot

Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Cajun

  • First Place: L.A. Spice House, LLC – TX1 Chipotle
  • Second Place: Alspaugh’s Secret Seasoning – Alspaugh’s Secret Seasoning
  • Third Place: Char Crust, Inc. – Amazin’ Cajun
  • Fourth Place: Junior’s Up in Smoke – Junior’s Rub for Grub
  • Fifth Place: Victory Lane BBQ – All Purpose BBQ Rub
  • Sixth Place: L.A. Spice House, LLC – TX1 Bloody Mary Seasoning

Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Caribbean/Jerk & Mediterranean/Herb

  • First Place: Swimmin’ in Smoke – Hot Radical Rib
  • Second Place: Junior’s Up in Smoke – Junior’s Rub for Grub
  • Third Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Flavor Magic
  • Fourth Place: Central Oregon Sauce – Mediterranean Marinade
  • Fifth Place: Dizzy Pig Barbecue Company – Dizzy Pig Jamaican Firewalk
  • Sixth Place: Chicago q Restaurant – Original Bold Seasoning

Hot Sauce

  • First Place: Cookies Food Products – Wings  & Things Hot Sauce
  • Second Place: Black’s Barbecue – Black’s BBQ Ghost Chili Pepper Sauce
  • Third Place: Pigs-R-Us, Inc./Checkered Pig – Hot Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Black’s Barbecue – Black’s BBQ Chipotle Mustard Pepper Sauce
  • Fifth Place:  Jack Cawthon’s Barbeque – Jack Cawthon’s XXX911 
  • Sixth Place: Williamson Bros. Bar-BQ – Williamson Bros. BBQ Hot Sauce

Barbecue Marinade – Citrus/Fruit

  • First Place: 3 Taxi Guys B-B-Q Sauces & Rubs – Sweet  & Sassy
  • Second Place: The Rib Doctor, LLC – Honey Classic
  • Third Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Beef Marinade
  • Fifth Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Pork Marinade
  • Sixth Place: Central Oregon Sauce – Carne Asada Marinade with Roasted Garlic and Chipotle Peppers

Barbecue Marinade – Oil & Vinegar

  • First Place: Pratt’s Real Pit Bar B Que – TN Whiskey Marinade
  • Second Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Chicken Marinade
  • Third Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: The Shed Saucery, LLC – Beef Blaster
  • Fifth Place: The Shed Saucery, LLC – Hoggin’ it All
  • Sixth Place: Big B Distributors/Big B Barbeque – Bonus Mariade

Barbecue Marinade – Caribbean

  • First Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: The Rib Doctor, LLC – Honey Classic
  • Third Place: Victory Lane BBQ – Baste & Marinade

Barbecue Marinade – Asian

  • First Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Second Place: Central Oregon Sauce – Korean Kalbi
  • Third Place: Vittorios – Honey Garlic
  • Fourth Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Teriyaki Marinade
  • Fifth Place:  L.L. Ohana/makers of Mr. G’s Teriyaki – Plum & Pineapple Teriyaki
  • Sixth Place: JoeSauce, LLC – Original “Korean BBQ”

Barbecue Marinade – Mustard

  • First Place: Porky’s Place BBQ Carry-out & Catering – Mean Mr. Mustard 
  • Second Place:  Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Third Place: Firebud Brands – Slap Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Big Daddus – Big Daddus Mustard

Barbecue Condiment or Accompaniment

  • First Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Signature Spicy Pickle Relish
  • Second Place:  Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc - Fiery Gourmet Supreme BBQ Sauce
  • Third Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Fry Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Signature Spicy Pickle Chips
  • Fifth Place: L.A. Spice House, LLC – TX1 Bloody Mary Seasoning
  • Sixth Place: Lynch BBQ Company – Lynch BBQ Salsa

Barbecue Gift Pack

  • First Place: Famous Dave’s of America – Famous Dave’s BBQ Variety Pack
  • Second Place: Lynch BBQ Company – Lynch BBQ Buddie
  • Third Place: Jack Cawthon’s Barbeque – Jack’s 4-Pack
  • Fourth Place: Cookies Food Products – BBQ Gift Pack
  • Fifth Place: Gary's Seasoning – Gift pack
  • Sixth Place: Flame Thrower BBQ & Chili Co. – Flame Thrower 2 Pk Gift Box

Barbecue Label

  • First Place: Mack Daddy’s Inc. – Sweet & Sassy
  • Second Place: Hog Heaven BBQ & Rubs – Daphne’s Special Blend
  • Third Place: Fat Daddy Joe’s BBQ – Fat Daddy Joe’s BBQ Sauce
  • Fourth Place: Hog Heaven BBQ & Ribs – Clyde’s Special Blend
  • Fifth Place: Big Daddus – Big Daddus Traditional
  • Sixth Place: Black’s Barbeque – Black’s Barbeque Original Pepper Sauce

Barbecue Tool or Accessory

  • First Place: Barbeque Kansas City LLC/Chop’s Power Injectors – Power Injector
  • Second Place: Bear Paw Products – Meat Smoking Guide

Barbecue Apparel

  • First Place: Junior’s Up In Smoke BBQ – Up In Smoke BBQ T-Shirt
  • Second Place: Smoky Jon’s #1 BBQ Inc. – Smoky Jon’s Crew T-Shirt
  • Third Place: Chicago q Restaurant – q T-Shirt
  • Fourth Place: Pratt’s Real Pit Bar B Que – “Smell Our Butts” T-Shirt
  • Fifth Place: Black’s Barbeque – Black’s Barbeque Austin Grand Opening T-Shirt
  • Sixth Place: Que Life – T-Shirt: Q Life “Family, Friends & Fire” Version

Barbecue Book or Publication

  • First Place: Famous Dave’s of America – “Backroads & Sidestreets” Cookbook
  • Second Place: Famous Dave’s of America – “Barbeque Party” Cookbook
  • Third Place: Andrew McMeel – “America’s Best BBQ – Homestyle”