Awards of Excellence - Overview

The NBBQA Awards of Excellence are a long-running award series that recognizes excellence in the commercial side of the barbecue industry. Products available in stores and on-line are eligible to enter.

Key Dates

             September 16th to December 31st – Entries for the Awards of Excellence are submitted

             February 5th and 6th,, 2021 – Judging occurs

             February 12-15, 2021, all Top 5 position, place winners will be notified

             March 4th –  Awards Ceremony at the conference (due to Covid-19, confirmation of in-person event will be confirmed in January, 2021)


Judging will be held at Sweet Swine O'Mine Distributing on February 5th and 6th, 2021.

Judging will utilize the SCA methodology with NBBQA judging criteria.

The judges will be as follows...

  • Culinary Chefs, any person with a current certified judge number with any of the following sanctioning bodies, SCA, KCBS, PNWBA, MBM, FBA, GBA, or in the EAT Methodology.
  • Judges may not have any business or family connection to anyone with entries in the Awards of Excellence