2022 Awards of excellence

Our list of winners for 2022

The National BBQ and Grilling Association runs the Awards of Excellence, acknowledging the commercial side of BBQ. 

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 - Eroc's Rasberry Chipotle Mild - EROC'S LLC

2nd - Smokehouse Blues - UrbanQ Smokehouse

3rd - Grapefruit Jalapeno - Motley Que

4th - Croix Valley The Rhu Barbecue Sauce - Croix Valley Foods

5th - House of Q - Apple Butter BBQ Sauce - House of Q Foods, Ltd

Mustard BBQ Sauce

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

1st - Fat Boy Apple Cider Honey Mustard - Fat Boy BBQ

2nd - Jack Cawthon's Carolina Bar-B-Que Sauce - Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que, Inc

3rd - The Redneck BBQ Lab Pop's Mustard Sawse - RBL Provision Company

4th - Sweet & Sassy - Hoosier Daddy BBQ

5th - Smokin' Coals Original Mustard Sauce - Smokin' Coals

Tomato Mild BBQ Sauce

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

1st -  Old Arthur's Barbecue Sauce Orginal Old Arthur's

2nd - Sweet & Savory  Wellspring Components, LLC

3rd - The Redneck BBQ Lab Competition Sawse  - RBL Provision Company

4th - House of Q Five Star BBQ Sauce - House of Q Foods, Ltd

5th - All Q'ued Up All Sauced Up Original BBQ Sauce - All Q'ued Up BBQ & Grilling, LLC

Tomato Spicy BBQ Sauce

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

1st - Sweet with a Little Heat - Memphis Original BBQ

2nd - Haunted Heat - Smokin Ghost BBQ, LLC

3rd - Old Arthur's Barbecue Sauce Hot & Spicy - Old Arthur's

4th - Eroc's Hot Raspberry Chipotle - EROC'S LLC

5th - Uncle Bubby's Sweet Heat BBQ Sauce - Uncle Bubby's BBQ, LLC

Vinegar Mild BBQ Sauce

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

1st - Smokehouse Hickory with Lime - Hoosier Daddy BBQ

2nd - Naked BBQ Sauce - Meat Mitch

3rd -Memphis Mop BBQ Sauce - BBQ Buddha

4th - The Redneck BBQ Lab NC Pork Sawse - RBL Provision Company

5th - Smokin Coals Original Vinegar Pepper Sauce - Smokin' Coals

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 - Whomp BBQ Sauce  - Meat Mitch

2nd - Fireman John's 3 Alarm Vinegar - Fireman John's BBQ

3rd - Fat Boy Trailblazer - Fat Boy BBQ

4th - Ghost Roast - Hoosier Daddy BBQ

5th - Baby Out Sauce - Loyal Dogs, 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 - Smokn' Coals Original Sauce - Smokin' Coals

2nd - The Redneck BBQ Lab Grand Champion Sawse - RBL Provision Company

3rd - Brisket Sweet - Charcoal Cowboys BBQ

4th - SoFa King Awesome BBQ Original Sauce - SoFa King Awesome Products

5th - The Rib Doctor Southern Tangy - The Rib Doctor, Inc

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 - Big Swede BBQ Badass Beef Boost - Big Swede BBQ

2nd - Steakhouse PitGrit - Pit O' Heaven Grilling

3rd - Steer Season - Meat Mitch

4th - The Redneck BBQ Lab Beef Rub - RBL Provision Company

5th - Ghost Powder - Smokin Ghost BBQ, LLC

Pork Rub

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

1st - SoFa King Awesome BBQ Top Secret Dust - SoFa King Awesome Products

2nd - Sweet Heat - Charcoal Cowboys BBQ

3rd - Big Swede BBQ Badass Pork Boost - Big Swede BBQ

4th - House of Q - Competition Rib Rub - House of Q Foods Ltd

5th - Uncle Bubby's Pig Rub - Uncle Bubby's BBQ, LLC

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 - Honey Rub - Butcher BBQ, Inc

2nd - Uncle Bubby's Yardbird Rub - Uncle Bubby's BBQ, LLC

3rd - The Redneck BBQ Lab Chicken and Rib Rub - RBL Provision Company

4th - UrbanQ SmokehouseHoney Dew Chicken Rub - UrbanQ Smokehouse

5th - Smokestack BBQ Dry Rub - Old Arthur's

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 - All Purpose Run - Smokin Ghost BBQ, LLC

2nd - BBQ Buddy Herby All-Purpose Seasoning - B Bartlett

3rd - All Q'ued Up Bayou Bandit - All Q'ued Up

4th - Croix Valley Carolina Dry Rub - Croix Valley Foods

5th - Cajun PitGrit - Pit O'Heaven Grilling

Spicy Rub

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

1st - Flying Swine Seasonings Sweet N' Spicy  - Flying Swine Seasonings, LLC

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

3rd - SoFa King Awesome BBQ Thai Dragon Powder - SoFa King Awesome Products

4th - Honey Habarnaro Fixx - Motley Que

5th - Fat Boy Caliente Rub - Fat Boy 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 - Whomp Rub - Meat Mitch

2nd - Gunpowder - Charcoal Cowboys BBQ

3rd - Premium Rub - Butcher BBQ, Inc

4th - Missing Ling - Bow Valley BBQ, Inc

5th - Fat Boy Wild Game Seasoning - Fat Boy BBQ

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 - The Redneck BBQ Lab Gift Box - Red Neck BBQ Lab

2nd - SmokinGhost BBQ Gift Pack - SmokinGhost BBQ LLC

3rd - Backyard BBQ Kit - Indigo Lake Sauce Company LLC

4th - Jack's BBQ 4-Pack with Free Hand Rub - Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que, Inc.

Sausage/Cured Meat

1st - Grilling Addition Beef Jerkey - Butcher BBQ, Inc

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 - The Rib Doctor Caribbean Sweat - The Rib Doctor, Inc

2nd - Fat Boy Creole Butter - Fat Boy BBQ

3rd - Croix Valley Steak Sauce & Marinade - Croix Valley Foods

4th - BBQ Mud - Butcher BBQ, Inc

5th - Marinade - Fireman John's BBQ

BBQ Equipment
EQUIPMENT CATEGORY

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 - Tip Top Temp - Tip Top Temp/Score Components, Inc 

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 - "Wanna See My Rack" - Motley Cue

2nd - "Prairie Fresh Pit Crew I Love BBQ T-Shirt" - Prairie Fresh-Seaboard Foods

3rd - "I Got Sauced T-Shirt" - Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que, Inc.

4th - "My Dad's BBQ - Hat" - My Dad's BBQ, LLC

Product Label Design

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

1st -  Smokin Ghost BBQ Haunted Heated - Smokin Ghost BBQ

2nd - The Rib Doctor Caribbean Sweet - The Rib Doctor inc

3rd - Herb From The Curb Hickory Sweet-N-Tangy - D Watts Group, LLC

4th - My Dad's BBQ - My Dad's BBQ, LLC

5th - Jack Cawthon's Carolins Bar-B-Que Sauce - Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que, Inc

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 - Sonny's BBQ Blog - Sonny's Franchise Company

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 "The Ultimate Outdoor Cooking Website" - Bush Cooking 

2nd - www.smokinghotconfessions.com - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd -  www.jacksbarbque.com - Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que, Inc

4th - www. bowvalleybbq.com - Bow Valley BBQ, Inc

5th - www.BBQProshop.com - BBQ Pro Shop

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 - All Q'ued Up Podcast - All Q'ued Up BBQ & Grilling, LLC

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 -   Big Swede BBQ YouTube Channel - Big Swede BBQ

2nd - Meet Stretch From JAGRD Wood Fired YouTube - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd - The Pit Stop with Blue Smoke Blaire Video Series - The Pit Stop with Blue Smoke Blaire

4th - SCA Ribeye Roundup Show - All Q-ued Up BBQ & Grilling LLC

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 - "Pitmaster Profile: From the Gridiron to the Grill - Sonny's Franchise Company

2nd - "How to Trim Beef Ribs" - Smoking Hot Confessions

3rd - "Road to the KCBS Invitational BBQ Contest: BBQ Dreams" - Prairie Fresh

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 - "How to Find the Hot Spots in Your BBQ" - Smoking Hot Confessions

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 - "Sonny's BBQ: A Dish-rags to Riches Story" - Sonny's Franchise Company

2nd - "The Sauce Bosses" - Bow Valley BBQ, Inc.

3rd - "Meet 'Stretch'" - Smoking Hot Confessions

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 - "Badass Backyard Cooking" - Big Swede BBQ

2nd - "Hot and Fast BBQ on Your Weber Smokey Mountian" - Smoking Hot Confessions 

3rd - "Essential BBQ Herbs and Spices" - B Bartlett

4th - "Barbecue - Like A Boss" - Adam Roberts

5th - "How to Grill Vegetables" - Steven Raichlen

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 - The Rib Doctor Sales Sheet - The Rib Doctor, Inc

2nd - The Flavor Guide - The BBQ ProShop

Photography CategoryBBQ 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 - "The Rib Doctor" - The Rib Doctor, Inc

2nd - "Texas Best' - D Watts Group, LLC

3rd - BushCooking.com Promotional Poster - Bush Cooking

Personal Photograph/BBQ Blog

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

1st - South American Beef Rib Spread - Smoking Hot Confessions

BBQ Character Photo

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

1stJ.B. Hare - C.C.C. - Cucamonga Cattle Co.

2nd - Eric Mendel Competition Life - Bush Cooking

3rd - "Rooster" - Wing-a-Lings Dry Rub

BBQ Food Photo

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

1st - "I Can't Believe It's From Aldi" - Smoking Hot Confessions

2nd"Flat Top BBQ Fried Rice" - Bush Cooking

3rd - "Peppers" - Wing-a-Lings Dry Rub

Live Fire Photo

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

1st - "Setting the Pit" - Bush Cooking

2nd - "Tomahawk Fire Dancer" - Cucamonga Cattle Co.

3rd - "Small Fire" - Smoking Hot Confessions

4th - "Ribs" - The Rib Doctor, Inc