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

              January 23rd, 2021 – Judging occurs

              By February 1, 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 after the first of the year, 2021)


Judging will be held at Sweet Swine O'Mine Distributing on January 23rd, 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