2020 Awards of Excellence

Entry Rules

Generic Entry Rules

The Awards of Excellence is the barbecue industry awards recognizing commercial excellence. To enter products, media, and similar must be commercially available, homemade and short batch items not meeting the FDA requirements are not eligible.

Should a category receive insufficient entries to warrant judging the NBBQA may choose at its discretion, without notification, to cancel or combine one or more categories. 

Once a physical product is provided for entry to the Awards of Excellence the NBBQA it becomes the rightful owner of the items entered, unless otherwise agreed to prior in writing.

Once a non-physical item is provided for entry to the Awards of Excellence the NBBQA gains permission to publish and share it within the context of the 2020 NBBQA Awards of Excellence but does not gain any ownership rights or similar. All ownership, copyright and similar remain the property of the owner/submitter unless otherwise agreed to prior in writing.

Your completed entry constitutes your agreement to be bound by the rules and conditions. Failure to comply with these rules and conditions will result in the disqualification of your entry without a refund.

Category Entry Rules

Physical Items

Including Barbecues, accessories, hard copy publications, and apparel

  • You may only enter one product per category, and one category per product
  • All product entries must be commercially available to the general public through wholesale, retail, website, or direct market outlets.
  • All shipments must be packed carefully with cushioned shipping materials to avoid damage, such as how it would be shipped to a customer. Any shipment received containing broken components, damage, or similar will be presented for judging in this state without the option to replace it.
  • The following minimum quantities must be provided for judging 
    • Barbecue - access needed only on request from NBBQA judging team
    • BBQ Tool/Accessory - a minimum of one
    • Apparel - a minimum of one
    • Publication and Book - a minimum of three copies
    • Marketing Material - a minimum of three items

Digital Items

Including websites, blogs, photos, and articles

  • You may only enter one piece of material per category, and one category per piece of material
  • All product entries must be available to the general public, this includes 'personal' photos and social media categories that are shared in a public forum such as social media, gallery, or publically displayed.
  • Published in 2019 when referring to series means
    • that at least three of the episodes were released within the 2019 calendar year,
    • if a fix count series spanning two years it was not previously entered in the awards of excellence in a previous year
    • if an ongoing series with no formal 'season' such as an ongoing youtube channel, podcast or similar, then the only episodes broadcast in 2019 for the first time may be entered
  • All media will be electronically provided via email - it is the submitter's responsibility to ensure the email is received and the attached documents, images, and/or links are correct and functioning.
  • The following minimum quantities must be provided for judging 
    • photos - one electronic copy of the image
    • websites/blog - a minimum of 3 links to the website/blog
    • writing/article - one electronic copy and/or link to the writing/article
    • audio/video series - a minimum of 3 links to various episodes within the series

Food Products

Including sauces, rubs, injections, marinades, cured meats, and sausage 

  • You may only enter one product per category, and one category per product
  • All product entries must be commercially available to the general public through wholesale, retail, website, or direct market outlets
  • Entries must be professionally labeled with the product name, ingredients and all current FDA required nutritional information.
  • Entries must be properly processed and sealed. Any entry received with a broken seal will not be eligible for judging
  • All shipments must be packed carefully with cushioned shipping materials to avoid breakage, such as how it would be shipped to a customer. Any shipment received containing broken containers will be disqualified without refund.
  • The following minimum quantities must be provided for judging in their commercial sealed packaging
    • Sauce – minimum 12 oz
    • Rubs – minimum 6 oz
    • Injection  - minimum 4 oz
    • Marinade - minimum 6 oz
    • Sausage/cured Meat - minimum 6 sample serves
    • Gift Pack - a minimum of one item only