Three local barbecue purveyors — one a restaurant, one that focuses on catering special events, and one a mail-order barbecue-sauce-and-rubs company founded by a local restaurant chef — collected some impressive hardware and awards at the National Barbecue & Grilling Association 2018 Awards of Excellence.
Company 7 BBQ in Englewood captured 1st place in the all-purpose beef rub category for its “Rescue Rub.” The category drew 45 entries from throughout the country.
UrbanQ Smokehouse, a Waynesville-based mail-order company in its first year that sells sauces and rubs to backyard barbecue enthusiasts, won a first-place “People’s choice” award for its Smokehouse Blues BBQ sauce. It also placed third in the “Fruit-Based Sauce” category for its Smokehouse Blues sauce, and sixth in the beef-rub category for its “It’s All About the Meats & More” seasoning.
UrbanQ Smokehouse was founded in recent months by Chris Cavender and his family. Cavender oversees 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival near Waynesville. For more information or to shop for rubs and sauces, go www.urbanqsmokehouse.com.
Historic BBQ based in Lebanon captured second place for “Best Label” for its BBQ Sweet Zing, and fifth place in the fruit-based sauce category for the same Sweet Zing sauce, and it also captured third place in the “Tomato/Spicy” sauce category for its Historic BBQ Spicy sauce.
Historic BBQ caters parties, festivals, corporate events, luncheons, graduations, birthdays and other events. For more information and to see a menu, go to historicbbq.com/catering.
The first-place award for Company 7 was warmly received by the founders of the restaurant located at 1001 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood.
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“Rescue Rub is one of our best secrets — we use it in almost all our dishes,” said Mary Grilliot, co-founder of Company 7. “It works well with pork, chicken, turkey, fish, almost any meat. It is equally delicious on sides, eggs, gravies — again almost anything and you can buy Rescue Rub for your use at home. HOWEVER, one word of caution: Rescue Rub is very powerful, so start seasoning with a restrained hand. One bottle of Rescue Rub will last you a long time, even though you will find yourself using it on most dishes.”
Grilliot said her family has been developing Rescue Rub for more than 30 years.
“It is wonderful to see it nationally recognized,” she said.
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Company 7 BBQ, with an atmosphere that evokes a 1920s-era firehouse, opened in December 2010. For more information, go to www.company7bbq.com.