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NBBQA Awards of excellence

The 2019 BBQ Awards of Excellence Winners

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 2019 awards, presented live at the NBBQA NBBQA conference in Kansas City.

Best Rubs

All Purpose Spicy Rub
1st – Cajun Rub – Fat Boy All Natural BBQ
2nd – Pork Rub – Nuthatch Hill BBQ Comapny
3rd – All Purpose Red Rub – 3 Taxi Guys

All Purpose Seafood Rub
1st – Sea Dog Rub – Code 3 Spices
2nd – All Purpose Rub  – Grilla Grills
3rd – Sizzlin' Seafood – Saucy Minx BBQ

All Purpose Poultry Rub
1st – Tumbleweed All Purpose Rub – Prairie Smoke & Spice
2nd – Chicken & Pork Rub – Veterans Q BBQ
3rd – Kluck'n Rub – Skeeter's Southern BBQ

All Purpose Pork Rub
1st – The Juicy Pig – Wild Bill's
2nd – C-Cubed Original Rub – C-Cubed
3rd – Chicken & Pork Rub – Veterans Q Barbecue Sauces & Rubs

All Purpose Beef Rub
1st – "It's all about the Meats...and More" – UrbanQ Smokesauce
2nd – Competition Basic Beef – Wild Bill's
3rd – Steer Season – Meat Mitch

Best Sauces

Hot Sauce
1st – Fat Boy Trail Blazer Wing & Hot Sauce – Bar B Que Specialties
2nd – Cookies Wings-N-Things Hot Sauce – Cookies Food Products
3rd – Wild Bill’s Wing Sauce – Wild Bill’s

White Sauce
1st – Music City White Sauce – Jack Cawthon's Bar-B-Que
2nd – Alabama White – BBQ'd Productions
3rd – Quintessential White Sauce – Four 41 South

Mustard Sauce
1st – Sweet & Sassy – Hoosier Daddy BBQ
2nd – Honey Dijon Barbecue 'n Brat Sauce – Croix Valley Foods
3rd – Slow Smoke Gold BBQ Sauce – House of Q

Fruit Sauce
1st – Raspberry Chipotle – Eroc’s
2nd – Smokey Raspberry – Jake & Aimee's Sauces
3rd – Apple Q – Old Hickory Pits

Vinegar Mild Sauce
1st – Champions' Blend BBQ Sauce – Blues Hog
2nd – Original BBQ Sauce – SuckleBusters
3rd – Sweet & Sassy – Hoosier Daddy BBQ

Vinegar Spicy
1st – Ghost Roast – Hoosier Daddy BBQ
2nd – Meat Mitch Whomp! Sauce – Meat Mitch
3rd – FUBAR Flamethrower – WarPig BBQ

Tomato Mild
1st – Historic Original – Historic BBQ
2nd – Arkansaw Hog Sauce – Arkansaw Hog Sauce
3rd – Original Barbecue Sauce – Veterans Q Barbecue Sauces & Rubs

Tomato Spicy
1st – Pitty Que Spicy BBQ Sauce – Pitty Que
2nd – Thick & Bold BBQ Sauce – Grilla Grills
3rd – Ghost Roast – Hoosier Daddy BBQ

BBQ Products

Best Gift Pack
1st – “Meat Mitch Whomp! Sauce & Rub gift box -  Meat Mitch
2nd – Gift Pack - Cool Smoke
3rd – Blues Hog Premium Gift Set - Blues Hog

Best Apparel
1st – BBQ Shotgun T-shirt - Japanese BBQ Foundation
2nd – We Back the Blue t-shirt - BBQ'd Productions
3rd – Texas Trinity T-shirt - B&B Charcoal Products

Best Tool/Accessory
1st – Meat Mitter - Smokin Ghost BBQ
2nd – Meat Shredding Claws - Grilla Grills
3rd – Full Power Injector System -  Chop's Power Injector Systems

Best Label
1st – Smokin Ghost BBQ Steak & Brisket Rub – Smokin Ghost BBQ
2nd – Croix Valley Blue-B-Cue Sauce – Croix Valley Foods
3rd – Southern Tangy BBQ Sauce – The Rib Doctor

Digital Media Awards

Video Series
1st – Beyond the Flame - Adam Roberts
2nd – Loot N' Booty - Loot N' Booty
3rd – Bama Q - Michael Smith

Single Video
1st – Gyro - Loot N' Booty
2nd – Rib Doctor - Haywood Harris, Jr
3rd – Sonny's 24K Rib - Montana Coleman

Audio Series
1st – Behind the Smoke - Shawn Walchef
2nd – BBQ Beat - Kevin Sandridge
3rd – Smoking Hot Confessions - Ben Arnot

Blog/Website
1st – Bush Cooking – https://bushcooking.com/
2nd – Smoking Hot Confessions – https://smokinghotconfessions.com/
3rd – Rockwood Charcoal – https://rockwoodcharcoal.com/

Publications
1st – National BBQ News - https://www.barbecuenews.com/
2nd – Meat+Poultry Magazine - https://www.meatpoultry.com/
3rd – National Dutch Oven News - https://www.idos.org/

Book
1st – Project Frie - Steven Raichlen
2nd – Cool Smoke - Tuffy Stone
3rd – Ribs - Adam Roberts

Photography Awards

Live Fire Photography Award
1st – Overnight Hog – Robert Jacob Lerma
2nd – Dinner 1700 Style - Ash Hodgson
3rd – Caveman Steak - Darren Proctor

BBQ Food Photography Award
1st – Bacon Potato - Ash Hodgson
2nd – Doug Short Ribs - Rogue Cookers
3rd – Steak My Way - Darren Proctor

BBQ Character Photography Award
1st – Boss of the Chimney Cartel - Ash Hodgson
2nd – Elliot Moss - Robert Jacob Lerma
3rd – Junior - Junior Urias

BBQ Personal Photography Award
1st – Sam Jones – Robert Jacob Lerma
2nd – Steak – Ash Hodgson
3rd – Spatchcoak – Rogue Cookers

BBQ Commercial Photography Award
1st – Knob Creek – Robert Jacob Lerma
2nd – Sucklebusters – Sucklebusters
3rd – Burning Rockwood – Rockwood

AWARDS OF EXCELLENCE WINNERS BY YEAR

 2019 WINNERS