Award Winner!! Chik Bait

NBBQA Recognizes Locally Made Hot Chik Bait as “Award of Excellence” Winner

Swimmin’ in Smoke takes home high honors at NBBQA national conference

NAPERVILLE, Ill.  – March 9, 2015 — The National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) announced today that local product Hot Radical Rib was among the top winners in this year’s Awards of Excellence competition, earning 4th place in the Barbecue Dry Rub & Seasoning – Southwest category. The award was announced at the organization’s annual conference held March 4-7 in Nashville, Tenn.

The annual competition recognizes the very best barbecue products in a number of industry categories, and the winners were selected from among 450 total submissions.

“BBQ enthusiasts from all over the country come here to measure their products against their peers,” said Roy Slicker, association president. “It’s a competitive field with top-notch products, and a NBBQA Award of Excellence medal is quickly becoming one of the most coveted awards in the food service industry.”


NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner

NBBQA “Award of Excellence” Winner


Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is the only trade association dedicated to the business of barbecue. The NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking and alliances of industry resources, provide informational and educational resources that foster new business opportunities for its members. For more information, visit

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