The N.C. Specialty Foods Association announced winners in its 2018 Product Competition, held Sept. 7 in Bermuda Run. This year’s competition was one of the largest yet, with 82 entries submitted across seven categories.
Mike D’s BBQ was named Grand Champion for its All Purpose Dry Rub. The Durham-based company offers award-winning products that are designed to complement, but not overpower the flavor of any meat or vegetable. The products have a twist on traditional barbecue flavors that pull inspiration from the African American and Latino roots of the company’s owner. Following is a complete list of winners by category:
Winner: SeaBrooks Family Naturals, Summer Water Green Apple Cinnamon
Runner Up: SeaBrooks Family Naturals, Summer Water Blueberry Cinnamon
Winner: Mike D’s BBQ, Spicy BBQ Sauce
Runner Up: Peggy Rose’s, Champagne Mustard
Winner: Red Clay Gourmet, South Meets East Sriracha Pimiento Cheese
Winner: Mike D’s BBQ, All Purpose Dry Rub
Runner Up: Big Spoon Roasters, Maple Cinnamon Nut Butter
Winner: Carolina Kettle, Sir Walter Cream Cheese & Chives Kettle Chips
Runner Up: Carolina Kettle, Cozumel Jalapeno Queso Kettle Chips
Winner: Chapel Hill Toffee, Chapel Hill Toffee
To learn more about the companies and the N.C. Specialty Foods Association, go to http://www.ncspecialtyfoods.org.