Awards Of Excellence - CATEGORIES

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Every year the National BBQ and Grilling Association runs the Awards of Excellence,
acknowledging the commercial side of BBQ. 
Explore all the 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 must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients. Tomato is not considered a fruit in this case.  We have a special category for Tomato-based entries below.  

Mustard BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be mustard and must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients. 

Tomato Mild BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be tomato, i.e., ketchup, tomato paste, and etc.  The top 3 ingredients must have tomato and the mild component. 

Tomato Spicy BBQ Sauce

Key foundation ingredient must be tomato, i.e., ketchup, tomato paste, and etc. The top 3 ingredients must have tomato and the spicy component. 

Vinegar Mild BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be vinegar and must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients and flavor. It should have a mild disposition.

Vinegar Spicy BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be vinegar and must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients. It should have a spicy disposition.

White Sauce BBQ Sauce

Key foundation style must be mayonnaise and must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients.

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.

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.

Pork Rub

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

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.

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.

Spicy Rub

A rub designed to be spicy and have a kick to it. The spice must be reflected in the product's top 3 ingredients and flavor. 

Original BBQ Rub

This category is for rubs 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.

 

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.

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.

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.

BBQ Sausage and/or Cured Meats

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. It must be available for commercial sale and packed to meet health and saftey standards. 

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.

BBQ EquipmentEQUIPMENT 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 a similar recognized barbecue fuel source.

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.

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.

Product Label Design

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

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.   

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

Publication of the Year (Hardcopy)

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

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.

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.

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 2020.

BBQ Blog/Personal Photograph

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

BBQ Character Photo

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

BBQ Food Photo

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

Live Fire Photo

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