2012 National BBQ Association Awards of Excellence Winners

AOE2012

(Logo borrowed from NBBQA website)

Each year, the National BBQ Association recognizes outstanding products throughout the BBQ industry through their annual Awards of Excellence.  Each year, products are judged in 24 different subcategories to determine the best of the best in four main categories: BBQ sauce, dry rubs and seasonings, marinades, and anything goes.  Judges also select winners in non-tasting categories such as BBQ labels, accessories, and apparel. 

Without further delay, here are the winners of the 2012 National BBQ Association Awards of Excellence!  Congratulations to everyone!

Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Mild

Barbecue Sauce – Tomato Spicy

Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Mild

Barbecue Sauce – Mustard Spicy

Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Mild

Barbecue Sauce – Fruit Spicy

Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Mild

Barbecue Sauce – Vinegar Spicy

  • Sixth Place – Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Original Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce
  • Fifth Place – Pigtail Brands – Big Ed’s Heirloom BBQ Sauce
  • Fourth Place – The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint – Mississippi Classic Spicy Vinegar
  • Third Place – 3 Taxi Guys – Tijuana Taxi Sauce
  • Second Place – Smoky John’s #1 BBQ – Spicy Vinegar BBQ Sauce
  • First Place – Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Hickory Hot Bar-B-Q Sauce

Barbecue Sauce – White Sauce

Barbecue Dry Rub/Seasoning – All Purpose

  • Sixth Place – Pirate Jonny’s – Pirate Jonny’s BBQ Curry
  • Fifth Place – Alspaugh’s – Alspaugh’s Secret Seasoning
  • Fourth Place – Top Secret Gourmets – Pulled Porky Carolina Q Spice Rub
  • Third Place – Tabby’s – Trim Tabb’s Pig Powder
  • Second Place – Sweet Swine O’ Mine – Sweet Rub O’ Mine
  • First Place – Woody’s Bar-B-Q Sauce Co. – Woody’s Dry Rub

Barbecue Dry Rub/Seasoning – Southwest

Barbecue Dry Rub/Seasoning – Cajun

Barbecue Dry Rub/Seasoning – Caribbean Jerk & Mediterranean/Herb

Hot Sauce

  • Sixth Place – Big Butz BBQ Sauce – Big Butz “No Butz” BBQ Sauce
  • Fifth Place – Ole Ray’s Sauces – Get Sauced Pepper Sauce
  • Fourth Place – Rufus Teague – Blazin’ Hot
  • Third Place – Sucklebusters, Inc. – Texas Heat Chipotle Pepper Sauce
  • Second Place – Captain Mowatt’s Fiery Foods – Canceaux Sauce
  • First Place – Smackers BBQ LLC – Smack Me Hard Hot Sauce

Barbecue Marinade – Citrus/Fruit

Barbecue Marinade – Oil & Vinegar

Barbecue Marinade – Caribbean

Barbecue Marinade – Asian

Barbecue Marinade – Mustard

Best BBQ Tool/Accessory

  • Sixth Place – Chef Locke – Smokin’ Chips
  • Fifth Place – Chef Locke – BBQ Smoke Bombs
  • Fourth Place – Chef Locke – Beer, Bourbon & Tequila BBQ Wraps
  • Third Place – Chef Locke – Beer Can Chicken Plank
  • Second Place – Chef Locke – Pullin’ Pork Forks
  • First Place – GrillGrate – AmazingRibs.com Temperature Chart

Best BBQ Gift Pack

Best BBQ Apparel

Best Label