2021 AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE

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Every year the National BBQ and Grilling Association runs the Awards of Excellence, acknowledging the commercial side of BBQ. Here are the talented award winners of 2021.
BBQ Sauce
BBQ SAUCE CATEGORY

Fruit BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be a fruit, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor. Tomato is not considered a fruit, and tomato-based entries entered the appropriate alternate category.

1st - Cowgirl Sweet N Hot Glaze - Fat Boy BBQ

2nd - Eroc's Peach Bourbon Pomegranate - Eroc's LLC

3rd - Cherry "LaBomba" Habanero - Porkys Place BBQ

Mustard BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be mustard, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor.

1st - Carolina Yeller - UrbanQ Smokehouse

2nd - Carolina Gold BBQ Sauce - True Made Foods

3rd - NW Gold Rush - Best Damn BBQ Sauce

Tomato Mild BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be tomato, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor. It should have a mild disposition.

1st -  Dixie Red Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

2nd - Mild Smokey  Porkys Place BBQ

3rd - Original Recipe BBQ Sauce - Porkosaurus BBQ

Tomato Spicy BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be tomato, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor. It should have a spicy disposition.

1st - Smokey, Spice & Everything Nice - Porky's Place BBQ

2nd - Norma Jean's Habanero BBQ Sauce - Black's Barbecue

3rd - Hot Damn That's Hot - Best Damn BBQ Sauce

Vinegar Mild BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be vinegar, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor. It should have a mild disposition.

1st - Naked BBQ Sauce - Meat Mitch

2nd -  Sweet Southern Shine - Hotty Totty BBQ Crew

3rd - G.P.A Sauce - University of Que L.L.C.

Vinegar Spicy BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be vinegar, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor. It should have a spicy disposition.

1st - Jalapeno Business - B.T. Leigh's Sauces and Rubs

2nd - Nashville Hot - Hank Daddy's Barbecue

3rd - Fat Boy Trailblazer - Fat Boy BBQ

White Sauce BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be mayonnaise, and this be reflected in the product ingredients and flavor.

1st - It's Just AWESOME Sauce - University of Que, LLC

2nd - Tennessee White Sauce - Cisco's Kid Chicken Company

Original BBQ Sauce

This category is for sauces that do not fit into other categories and has a unique or distinct flavor profile such as but not limited to Korean Barbecue Sauce, Curry Sauce, Mole, and similar.

1st - Competition Sawse - Redneck BBQ Lab

2nd - Killa Ketchup - Bow Valley BBQ Inc.

3rd - Myassis Dragon - UrbanQ Smokehouse

BBQ Rub
RUB CATEGORY

Beef Rub

A rub designed to be cooked with beef whether barbecued low and slow on smoke or hot and fast grilled.

1st - Butter & Steak Seasoning - Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

2nd - Historic Black - Historic BBQ

3rd - Steak Rub - Fireman John's BBQ

Pork Rub

A rub designed to be cooked with pork whether barbecued low and slow on smoke or hot and fast grilled.

1st - The Juicy Pig - Texas Select Seasonings

2nd - BBQ Badass Pork Boost - Big Swede BBQ

3rd - Rib Rub - Smokin Hoggz BBQ

Poultry Rub

A rub designed to be cooked with poultry, e.g. chicken, turkey, or similar, whether barbecued low and slow on smoke or hot and fast grilled.

1st - Rocking Rooster - All Q'ued Up

2nd - Grill'n Chik'n Seasoning - Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

3rd - BBQ Gold Star Chicken Rub - Loot N' Booty BBQ

Seafood Rub

A rub designed to be cooked with seafood, e.g. fish, crustacean or similar, whether barbecued low and slow on smoke or hot and fast grilled.

1st - Sassy Jones Soulman - Sassy Jones Sauce & Spice Co.

2nd - All Purpose Rub - Redneck BBQ Lab

3rd - Smokin Applewood All Purpsose Rub - Smokin Hoggz BBQ

Spicy Rub

A rub designed to be spicy and have a kick to it, this is to be reflected in its ingredients.

1st - Caliente Rub  - Fat Boy BBQ

2nd - Blazin' Cherry  - Fireman John's BBQ

3rd - Texas Pequin Garlic Salt - Texas Select Seasonings

Original BBQ Rub

This category is for sauces that do not fit into other categories and has a unique or distinct flavor profile such as but not limited to base rubs, finishing rubs, game rubs, and similar.

1st - BBQ Rub - SNTB Barbecue Company, LLP

2nd - Dry Rub Blues City Dust - Memphis Original BBQ

3rd - Chipotle Cowgirl - Texas Select Seasonings

BBQ Food Category
BBQ FOOD CATEGORY

BBQ Gift Pack

This is to be a gift pack consisting of at least three items, at least two of these must be edible items. The gift pack must be available for commercial sale.

1st - Red Neck BBQ Lab Gift Box - Red Neck BBQ Lab

2nd - Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse Legendary Gift Box - Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

3rd - Fat Boy BBQ Gift Pack - Fat Boy BBQ

BBQ Snack

This is to be a barbecue related snack that utilizes flavors associated and familiar to BBQ, such as chips, crackers, pretzels, and similar.

1st - Loot N' Booty BBQ Brown Sugar Hickory Pretzels - Loot N' Booty BBQ

2nd - Smokehouse Crackers, Original Spicy - Spices Smokehouse LLC

3rd - Smokehouse Crackers, Bar-B-Q  - Spices Smokehouse LLC

BBQ Injection

This is to be a barbecue related injection that is utilized in the cooking of BBQ. It may be for beef, pork, poultry or other product.

1st - None submitted

2nd - 

3rd - 

BBQ Marinade

This is to be a barbecue related marinade that is utilized in the cooking of BBQ. It may be for beef, pork, poultry or other product.

1st - Fireman John's Marinade - Fireman John's BBQ

2nd - Fat Boy Creole Butter - Fat Boy BBQ

3rd - Wicked Pig - Wicked Pig

BBQ Equipment
EQUIPMENT CATEGORY

Barbecue

This is a new or significant version release of a barbecue in 2020. A 'barbecue' is a smoker, grill or any outdoor cooking device using live fire, gas, pellet, or similarly recognized barbecue fuel source.

1st - None submitted

2nd - 

3rd - 

BBQ Tool/Accessory

This is a tool or accessory used in the preparation or cooking of barbecue in all its shapes and forms, including but not limited to smoking and grilling.

1st - Flame Boss Wifi Thermometer- Flame Boss

2nd - Rib Rings - BBQ Guru

3rd - Tappecue Touch - Innovating Sollutions, LLC

Apparel

An item of BBQ apparel such as, but not limited to, shirts, aprons, caps, or similar, associated with BBQ in any way shape or form including but not limited to products, brands, individuals, restaurants, or similar.

1st - "Limited Edition Simon Luxton Jolly Roger"  - Loot N' Booty BBQ

2nd - "Put Some South In Your Mouth" - Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

3rd - "Pit Happens" - Fat Boy BBQ

Product Label Design

This may be a product label of any BBQ product including but not limited to sauce, rub, equipment, or similar

1st -  180 Proof BBQ Sauce - Top Notch Pizza & BBQ

2nd - Jolly Roger Jalapeno Garlic Black Rubb - Loot N' Booty BBQ

3rd - Spooky Swet BBQ Sauce - SmokinGhost BBQ

Digital media
BBQ DIGITAL MEDIA

BBQ Blog

Includes solely a blog, or a blog as part of a larger website. A blog authored by a single person, either as an independent entity or an extension of an existing media brand, OR a blog authored by a group of individuals, either as an independent entity or an extension of an existing media brand.   

1st - The Smoke Sheet BBQ Newsletter - The Smoke Sheet

2nd - The Firestarter: Highlighting People, Places, & Products  - Pasatiempo Barbecue

3rd - Hey Grill Hey: BBQ and Grilling Food Blog- Hey Grill Hey

BBQ Website

Includes, product, produce, personality, e-commerce or similar. A BBQ-related online webpage that is produced by one or more individuals. To differentiate from a blog, entrants in this category are more likely to be database driven rather than simply organized by post or in a journal format. The focus of the site may be primarily news, information, entertainment, and may also be a product or retail site. The site may or may not contain recipes.

1st -  www.Smokinghotconfessions.com - Smoking Hot Confessions 

2nd - www.bushcooking.com - Bush Cooking

2nd -  www.bowvalleybbq.com - Bow Valley BBQ Inc.

BBQ Audio Series

Includes radio, podcast or similar. A series is defined as a minimum of six audio programs that originally were broadcast within 2020. Each individual audio broadcast may be of any length. Three episodes must be submitted for consideration.

1st - The Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast - Ben Arnot

2nd - The Pit Master’s Podcast - Rusty Monson

3rd - BBQ RADIO NATION - Scott Bethel, with hosts David Kious, and Dan Hathaway

BBQ Video Series

Includes, YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, television or similar
A series is defined as a minimum of six video programs that originally were broadcast within 2020. Each individual video may be of any length. Three episodes must be submitted for consideration.

1st -   Hey Grill Hey YouTube Channel - Hey Grill Hey

2nd - Croix Valley Live, Season 1 - Croix Valley Foods

3rd -  Big Swede BBQ Covid-19 Weekly Recipe- Big Swede BBQ

Single BBQ Focused Video

Includes, feature film, an episode from YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook or similar
Video may be any length and may focus on news, entertainment (including humor), instruction or another subject. While submissions to this category may have been part of a series, please note that any video entered in the BBQ Video Series is not eligible to be re-entered into this category.

1st -   Green Mountain Grill Featuring Sterling Smith - Loot N' Booty BBQ

2nd -  GrillGun by GrillBlazer Review - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd -  BBQ Logo Tattoo Reveal - Bow Valley BBQ Inc.

BBQ PUBLICATIONS AND LITERARY WORKS

Educational Writing

Includes magazine, newspaper, webpage, blog, or similar
Articles may be any length and must include an educational component that was published in 2020.

1st - The Poultry Proclamation - BBQ Buddha

2nd - Burn The Ships - Vic Clevenger

BBQ Focus Article

Includes magazine, newspaper, webpage, blog, or similar
Articles may be any length and may focus on news, entertainment (including humor), instruction or another subject that was published in 2020. 

1st - "Old Aurthur's Barbecue" - National Barbecue News

2nd - "Knotty Wood Barbecue Company Launch - Knotty Wood Barbecue Company

Publication of the Year (Hardcopy)

Includes magazine, newspaper, periodical or similar
Entrants may submit up to three issues from 2020 for the judges' consideration

1st - None submitted

2nd - 

3rd - 

BBQ Book of the Year

Includes any BBQ book published in the year 2020
BBQ books may or may not include recipes and be released in any country.

1st - Award Winning BBQ Sauces and How to use Them - Ray Sheehan, BBQ Buddha

2nd - The Pitmaster's Cookbook -  Blue Smoke Blaire, LLC 

3rd - BBQ Ben Colouring Book with Recipes -  Ben Bartlett, The Flavour Kind 

Marketing Material

Includes any marketing material used during the year 2020
May include items such as calendars, handouts, trinkets, drink coolers, stickers, recipe cards or similar.

1st - Who We Are - SmokinGhost BBQ, LLC

2nd - The Beginners Guide to REal BBQ - Smoking Hot Confessions

Photography Category
BBQ PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

BBQ Commercial Photograph

Includes any photographs that are commissioned and used in any advertising or marketing campaign, print or online, or in product packaging, collateral, or on a corporate or business website throughout 2020.

1st - Ingredients Matter - Knotty Wood Barbecue Company

2nd - Whole Hoggin in Houston- National Barbecue News

3rd - Junior Urias - Up In Smoke

Personal Photograph/BBQ Blog

Includes any non-paid for photograph shared on a blog, webpage or social media throughout 2020.

1st - Junior Urias - Up In Smoke

2nd - Cook Like A Boss -  Chimmney Cartel, LLC

BBQ Character Photo

Includes cooking, joints/restaurants, characters, competitions and similar in 2020.

1stJunior Urais - Up in Smoke BBQ

2nd - 30 Smokin' Years - National Barbecue News

3rd - Pit Master Rusty - Smoking Hot Confessions

BBQ Food Photo

Includes any image where the food is the topic and accounts for 70+ of the image taken in 2020.

1st - Pulled Pork Sandwhich-  Black's Barbecue

2ndOutback Low Country Boil - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd - Burger -  John Valenton

Live Fire Photo

Includes any image where the fire is the topic and accounts for 70+ of the image taken in 2020

1st - "Throwing Sticks" - Convicted Pic

2nd - "Fire in the Box" - Black's Barbecue

3rd - "Tri Tip" - John Valenton