Local BBQ restaurant snags ‘Best Sauce’ national award

Southwest Ohio nearly made it a clean sweep of the three sauce categories in the National Barbecue News 2017 "Sauces of Honor" competition.

First, in the pork category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q — the seasonal restaurant that opened last June on the grounds of the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg — won 1st place for its "Roadhouse Blues" sauce. Roadhouse Blues is the house sauce at the barbecue eatery, and it beat out 79 entries from across the country for the top spot this year.

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In the chicken category, Historic BBQ's "Original Sauce" captured the No. 1 award for best sauce. Historic BBQ is a Lebanon, Ohio-based caterer and competition BBQ team. In the same chicken category, 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q restaurant captured 6th place for its — yes, you're reading this right — Myassis Dragon Asian sauce.

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And finally, in the Beef category, 1572 Roadhouse scored a 2nd place award for its Smoky Maple sauce, while Englewood restaurant Company 7 BBQ won 3rd place for its "Chief Smoky" sauce. The same Company 7's sauce won first place in the same category in 2015.

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That’s an extraordinary showing for both 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q and for southwest Ohio in general. The national competition drew 197 entries, and the Barbecue News specialty publication and web site named “top 10” sauces in each of the three categories. The state of Ohio had more entries than any other state with 31, followed by Texas.

Last year, 1572 Roadhouse — led by pitmasters Chris Cavender and Mike Tenore — also captured 1st place for its "All About The Meat" beef rub in a separate National Barbecue News 2016 Rubs of Honor competition.

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The 1572 Roadhouse restaurant is open from May to October, and its menu includes Chicken, Pulled Pork, Ribs, Tri-tip, Sausage and a variety of traditional barbecue house side dishes and desserts. It also offers a children's menu. Carry-out and catering are available. For more information, go to 1572roadhousebarbq.com or email info@1572roadhousebarbq.com, or call (513) 897-1572.

Historic BBQ caters parties, corporate events, luncheons, employee appreciation days, graduations, birthdays, fund-raisers, festivals, car shows and other events. For more information and to see a menu, go to historicbbq.com/catering.

Company 7 BBQ, with an atmosphere that evokes a 1920s-era firehouse, opened in December 2010 at 1001 S. Main St. (Ohio 48) in Englewood. For more information, go to www.company7bbq.com.

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