2020 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 winners of the 2020 awards.
Explore all 35 categories to see what opportunities exist for your business, products, marketing, media, and photos, there is something for everyone.
BBQ SauceBBQ 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 - Butch's Smack your lips BBQ-Happy Apple - Alyson Lupinetti

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

3rd - SNAFU Elite BBQ Sauce - Warpig BBQ

Mustard BBQ Sauce

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

1st - Loot N' Booty BBQ Arizona Gold - Loot N' Booty BBQ

2nd - Croix Valley Honey Dijon BBQ ' n Brat Sauce - Croix Valley Foods

3rd - Jack Cawthon's Carolina Bar-B-Que Sauce - Jack's Bar-B-Que

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 - Chief Smokey - Company 7 BBQ

2nd - Smokey's Bar-B-Que Somkey Sweet BBQ Sauce - Smokey's Bar-B-Que

3rd - Myassis Dragon - Urban Q Smokehouse

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 - Hot Mama - BurnOut BBQ

2nd - Chipotle Glaze - Ole Hickory Pits

3rd - Pitty Que Spicy BBQ Sauce - Pitty Que

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 - Memphis Mop BBQ Sauce - BBQ Buddha

2nd - Meat Mitch Whomp! Naked BBQ Sauce - Meat Mitch

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 - Meat Mitch Whomp!BBQ Sauce - Meat Mitch

2nd - Eroc's Black Cherry Mango - Eroc's LLC

3rd - Manganero - Rob's Smokin Rub

White Sauce BBQ Sauce

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

1st - Jack Cawthon's Music City White Sauce - Jack's Bar-B-Que

2nd - Alabama White - BBQ'D Productions

3rd - Bully White Sauce - Bully Sauce Brand LLC

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 - Eroc's Sweet Fig Jamaican Rum Sauce - Eroc's LLC

2nd - Meat Mitch Char Bar Table Sauce - Meat Mitch

3rd - Chipotle Apple - Tillmans BBQ

BBQ RubRUB CATEGORY

Beef Rub

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

1st - Hey Grill Hey BEEF - Hey Grill Hey

2nd - Competition Basic Beef - Texas Select Seasonings

3rd - SmokinGhostBBQ Steak & Brisket Rub - Smokin' Ghost BBQ

Pork Rub

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

1st - Pork Rub - Meat Mitch

2nd - Sweet and Bold (Fireman John's) - Fireman John's BBQ

3rd - BBQ'd Productions House Rub - BBQ'D Productions

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 - Chicken & Rib Rub - Red Neck BBQ Lab

2nd - Chicken Rub - Nunhath Hill BBQ Co

3rd - Loot N'Booty 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 - SmokinGhost BBQ Ghost Powder All Purpose Rub - Smokin' Ghost BBQ

2nd - Croix Valley Carolina Dry Rub - Croix Valley Foods

3rd - Fintastic - Denny Mike's Sauces and Rubs

Spicy Rub

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

1st - Cow Bell Hell - Denny Mike's Sauces and Rubs

2nd - Rattlesnake Dust - Texas Select Seasonings

3rd - Blazin Cherry (Fireman John's) - Fireman John's BBQ

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 - Nell's Famous Sweet Heat - Nell's Famous

2nd - AP Rub - Grilla Grills

3rd - Smokey's Bar-B-Que Pitmaster rub - Smokey's Bar-B-Que 

BBQ Food CategoryBBQ 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 - The Ultimate Black's Barbecue Gift Pack - The Original Black's Barbecue

2nd - Gift Box - Red Neck BBQ Lab

3rd - Jack Cawthon's 4-Pack - Jack's Bar-B-Que

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 - Peg Leg Pork Rinds - Peg Leg Porker

2nd - Smokehouse Crackers - Spices Smokehouse LLC

3rd - Loot N' Booty BBQ Brown Sugar Hickory Pretzels - Loot N' Booty BBQ

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 - Fat Boy Creole Butter - Bar B Que Specialties

2nd - Blues Hog Beef Marinade Mix - Blues Hog LLC

3rd - Meat Revival Beef Injection & Marinade - Kevin Jaques

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 - Porkosaurus Coleslaw Dressing and Marinade - Porkosaurus BBQ

2nd - Hickman's Bovine Bonanza - Bar B Que Specialties

3rd - Fireman John's Marinade - Fireman John's BBQ

BBQ EquipmentEQUIPMENT CATEGORY

Barbecue

This is a new or significant version release of a barbecue in 2019. A 'barbecue' is a smoker, grill or any outdoor cooking device using live fire, gas, pellet, or similarly recognized barbecue fuel source.

1st - Peg Leg Porker BMF -200 Smoker - Peg Leg Porker

2nd - SC-300 - Southern Pride

3rd - Pit Barrel Cooker - Pit Barrel Cooker

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 - The All New MeatStick Xtender Set - The MeatStick

2nd - Chop's FULL Power Injector System (Electric) - Barbecue Kansas City LLC

3rd - BBQ Cutlery Set - Gunter Wilhelm Cutlery

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 - The Hail Mary T-Shirt - Smoking Hot Confessions

2nd - Back The Blue Law Enforcement & Team BBQ'd Productions - BBQ'd Productions

3rd - Peg Leg Porker T Shirt - Peg Leg Porker

Product Label Design

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

1st - Peg Leg Porker Frozen Food Box - Peg Leg Porker

2nd - Our Own Chicken Wing Dry Rub - Shanin Stoddard

3rd - 180 Proof - 180 Proof

Digital mediaBBQ 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 - www.bbqnewsletter.com - The Smoke Sheet

2nd - www.bbqbeat.com - The BBQ Beat Podcast with Kevin Sandridge

3rd - www.grillgrate.com - Grill Grate

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.bushcooking.com - Bush Cooking

2nd - www.bestnaturalbbq.com - Bar B Que Specialties

3rd - https://bit.ly/2uP2omx - Smoking Hot Confessions 

BBQ Audio Series

Includes radio, podcast or similar. A series is defined as a minimum of six audio programs that originally were broadcast within 2019. Each individual audio broadcast may be of any length. Three episodes must be submitted for consideration.

1st - Smoking Hot Confessions

2nd - The BBQ Beat Podcast with Kevin Sandridge

3rd - Pit Master Podcast

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 2019. Each individual video may be of any length. Three episodes must be submitted for consideration.

1st - video.mpt.tv/show/steven-raichlens-project-fire/ - Steven Raichlens Project Fire

2nd - Perfect Barbecue Method - Smoke & Grill Meat

3rd - www.grillgrate.com - GrillGrate

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 - Roast Grilled On Royal Oak Charcoal Fire Wall with Chef Mike Johnson - Royal Oak Enterprises inc

2nd - Love BBQ Consumer Video - Prairie Fresh

3rd - Southwest Crab Cakes on GMG Featuring Sterling Smith, Loot N'Booty BBQ - Loot N' Booty BBQ

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 2019.

1st - The Bacon Manifesto - Smoking Hot Confessions

2nd - Cured Pork Belly Bacon - BBQ Buddha

3rd - The Essentials - 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 2019. 

1st - Smoked Brisket - Steven Raichlen

2nd - Bourbon+ Magazine Featuring Carey Bringle and Peg Leg Porker - Peg Leg Porker

3rd - Jack's Bar-B-Que - Jack's Bar-B-Que

Publication of the Year (Hardcopy)

Includes magazine, newspaper, periodical or similar
Entrants may submit up to three issues from 2019 for the judges' consideration

1st - Tailgater Magazine 

2nd - National BBQ News Magazine 

3rd - International Dutch Oven Society 

BBQ Book of the Year

Includes any BBQ book published in the year 2019
BBQ books may or may not include recipes and be released in any country.

1st - Brisket Chronicles - Steven Raichlen

2nd - Operation BBQ Relief 

2nd - Mexican Book

Marketing Material

Includes any marketing material used during the year 2019
May include items such as calendars, handouts, trinkets, drink coolers, stickers, recipe cards or similar.

1st - Grilgrates Meat Temperature Magnet - Grill Grate

2nd - I Love BBQ Sticker - Prairie Fresh

3rd - Beef Rib Chew Toy - The Origianl Black's Barbecue

Photography CategoryBBQ 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 2019.

1st - Peg Leg Porker Frozen Food Product Cut Sheets - Peg Leg Porker

2nd - Choice of Champions- Blues Hog Sauce- Blues Hog - Blues Hog LLC

3rd - Ribeye Stack - Joey Machado

BBQ Blog/Personal Photograph

Includes any non-paid for photograph shared on a blog, webpage or social media throughout 2019.

1st - "SIS" - Daren Proctor

2nd - Afternoon Smoking - Allan Detrich

3rd - Meat and Veg - Richard Williams

BBQ Character Photo

Includes cooking, joints/restaurants, characters, competitions and similar in 2019.

1st - Up in Smoke - Daren Proctor

2nd - A Boy and His Tank - Warpig BBQ

3rd - The Godfather- Johnny Trigg- National BBQ League - Blues Hog LLC

BBQ Food Photo

Includes any image where the food is the topic and accounts for 70+ of the image taken in 2019.

1st - Peg Leg Porker Food Spread -Alyssa Joisa - Peg Leg Porker

2nd - Picanha at Kangaroo Valley - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd - Brisket Rub Down - The Original Black's Barbecue

Live Fire Photo

Includes any image where the fire is the topic and accounts for 70+ of the image taken in 2019

1st - GA at Sugar Loaf Lake - Ben Arnot

2nd - Ring of Fire - Allan Detrich

3rd - Sausage + Fire - Richard Williams