Member’s Benefit: Meathead’s Cooking Chart

The Illinois Barbecue Society would like to announce that, thanks to Meathead Goldwyn, the member’s packages will include a meat cooking chart to help you ensure that all of your meat is cooked to perfection! The creator of this useful tool, Meathead, is in charge of one of the greatest barbecue websites of all time and is also the author of the New York Times Best Seller,  Meathead, The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling. Be sure to check out his website for more information.

2017 National BBQ Sauce Championship

2017 National BBQ Sauce Championship


National Champion

Southern Belles Gourmet BBQ – Hot N Sassy Peach


Illinois Champion

Hog Wild – Hog Wild BBQ Mild


National People’s Taste Award

Croix Valley Foods – Private Stock


Illinois People’s Taste Award

Duce’s Wild – Best of Both Worlds


Tomato Sweet/Mild

Gold Medal – Mad Dog & Merrill – #ONE Signature BBQ Sauce

Silver Medal – Hog Wild – Hog Wild BBQ Mild

Bronze Medal – Yt’z Trading Company – American Classic BBQ Sauce


Tomato Hot/Spicy

Gold Medal – Porky’s Place BBQ – Smokey, Spice, and Everything Nice

Silver Medal – Johnny’s Savory Sauces – Johnny’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ Sauce – Original

Bronze Medal – Johnny’s Savory Sauces – Johnny’s Lip Smackin’ BBQ Sauce – Sweet and Savory


Vinegar Sweet/Mild

Gold Medal – Uncle Joe’s – Tangy BBQ

Silver Medal – Uncle Murle’s BBQ – Original BBQ Sauce

Bronze Medal – Wicked Que – Georgia Vinegar Sauce


Vinegar Hot/Spicy

Gold Medal – Smokehouse Woods – Whispering Heat BBQ Sauce

Silver Medal – Yt’z Trading Company – Shark Byte Sauce

Bronze Medal – Uncle Murle’s BBQ – Spicy BBQ Sauce


Mustard Sweet/Mild

Gold Medal – Duce’s Wild – Best of Both Worlds

Silver Medal – Fat Ferg’s Backyard BBQ Sauce – Zesty Mustard

Bronze Medal – Smoke Daddy – Mustard Q


Mustard Hot/Spicy

Gold Medal – Yt’z Trading Company – Carolina Gold Rush Sauce

Silver Medal – Porky’s Place BBQ – Mean Mr. Mustard

Bronze Medal – Raneri’s Gourmet – Hot Honey BBQ Sauce


Fruit Sauce

Gold Medal – Southern Belles Gourmet BBQ – Hot N Sassy Peach

Silver Medal – Croix Valley Foods – Cran-B-Cue Sauce

Bronze Medal – Southern Belles Gourmet BBQ – Ms. Mango



Gold Medal – Fat Ferg’s Backyard BBQ Sauce – Original

Silver Medal – Wellspring Bar-B-Que – Wellspring Spicey Peach

Bronze Medal – Smoky Jon’s Gourmet Supreme Bar-b-que Sauce – Fiery Supreme

BBQ Eating Contest

The BBQ Eating Contest

What could be better, more pulled pork than you should be allowed to consume and you have only minutes to get through it all.

At the BBQ Fest, there will be a pulled pork sandwich eating contest open to anyone 16 years old and older. Ribbons to first, second and third place, trophy for first place. Limited to the first 20 entrants.

The Midwest BBQ Fest

February 21, 2016

5:00 p.m.

1165 S. Elmhurst Rd, Des Plaines, IL 60016, T-Bob’s BBQ

Illinois Barbecue Society Meeting and Dinner Oct. 20, 2015

Mark your calendar, the Illinois Barbecue Society is holding its 4th quarter IL BBQ Society meeting on October 20, 2015, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Food at 6:00 p.m.

Open to both members and non-members but, you must preregister in order to attend. Sign-up opens Sept. 1st. $24 per person/$8.50 per child. This is a kid Friendly event. This event is limited to 100 people.

2016 Sauce Championship Entry Forms Now Available

The Sauce Competition Entry Form are now available. The Entry Form must be returned with any bottle submitted to the Championship.

The Illinois Barbecue Society is holding  the 2016 IL BBQ Society Sauce Championship in conjunction with the Illinois Barbecue Society 2016 Expo.

The Sauce Championship is conducted under a strict oversight with blind judging and pursuant to the Sauce Championship Rules. The 50 judges of the Sauce Championship will include nationally recognized restaurateurs, BBQ judges and competitors, and industries professionals. If you would like to be considered as a judge, please fill out our Sauce Championship Judge’s application.

Charboy’s BBQ Sauce – Made in Illinois Series

Char Boy’s carries a wide range of sauces and BBQ items. See for the full line. As far as we can tell, this is an Illinois company but, getting the back story has been a bit difficult. CharBoys2

The bottle states that the sauce is made by the International House of Sauces & Seasonings. We took a look but could not locate an active company. We could be wrong and the Illinois Secretary of State could certainly have the incorrect or out of date information. We did find the company representative’s name and an interesting article about Pamela Jones at Crains, Chicago Business. Ms. Jones was featured in the 2012 Annual Report of Accion.

Charboy’s specialty is a century-old family recipe for a spicy barbecue sauce. They also offer a wide range of products in their CharBoy’s line.



Captain Curt’s BBQ Sauce – Made In Illinois Series

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Captain Curt’s Famous Boss Sauce – Mild. Love the label, even has his phone number on it. We tried it, the line is disconnected. The label reads:

“Curtis Briggs founded Curt’s Bar-B-Que Restaurants over 20 years ago in Chicago, Illinois. After many years of satisfying the palates of people from all over the world, Captain Curt, as he is known today because of the overwhelming demand for his sauce, started packagin his “Famous Delectable Boss Sauce” over a decade ago from a family recipe developed by his grandfather, enhanced by his father, and handed down to Curt as a young man in his hometown of Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am proud to present Captain Curt’s Famouns Bar-B-Cue Boss Sauce.”20150710_084909

Although the sauce remains available, the Facebook page is pretty stagnate. The Chicago Tribune ran a story in 2009 about hims and his restaurant. You can read a great review about this sauce on BBQ Sauce Reviews. We do not review sauces, since we have a national sauce competition and do not want to be biased. We cannot locate a website for this sauce. If you find one, please email us. Captain Curt’s LinkedIn page gives a little insight into the man stating:

“Curtis Briggs is a man with a dream. Starting out teaching in the Chicago Public School System, he left to pursue his passion of great barbeque and barbeque sauce. In 1982 He opened Captain Curt Barbeque Shazzam a barbeque eatery. He later on opened a sit down restaurant for patrons to come and enjoy great barbeque with family and friends. Today he is currently bringing barbeque to the nations.”

The sauce comes from Captain Curt’s Bar Be Que,  8210 S Cottage Grove Ave, Chicago, Illinois 6061. All the phone numbers we tried are out of service. We reviewed all of the State of Illinois corporations filings that we could locate for Captin Curt’s and they are all dissolved corporations or otherwise not current. Maybe we have the wrong name. Perhaps this is the end of Captain Curt’s and they are winding down? If you have any information, please let us know. I hate to think that we may have the last bottle on the planet. We are opening it next week for our Wednesday BBQ day in the office.

Win $100 Worth of BBQ Sauce by Naming Our Competition

We are holding a competition to name our 2016 BBQ Sauce Championship. Think up a good name for a BBQ sauce competition and send it to us.

Send in your entry

We will select a 2016 Sauce Championship name and, if it’s yours, you win $100 worth of selected BBQ sauces.

The Rules: the Illinois BBQ Society has the sole discretion to determine the winner and award the prize. All decisions are final. The selected entry becomes the property of the Illinois BBQ Society. Well, of course it does, we are going to use it for the competition and we gave you $100 worth of sauce. We’ll also give you credit for your creative name.


Barbecue Sauce Class

Barbecue Sauce Class

The Illinois Barbecue Society is holding a two hour BBQ Sauce Class in conjunction with the 2016 Sauce Championship. February 2016.

Have you ever wanted to taste dozens of sauces at one time? This is your chance. Learn the basic recipes that will allow you to personalize them and create your own unique sauce at home. There is no participant cooking in this class. This is an instructor lead course with a cooking demonstration, tasting opportunity and  You will also learn about spices and how to make your own sauce at home.

Participants will receive a Basic BBQ Sauce spice packet in order to make their own basic sauce at home.

The BBQ Sauce Class will be held February 2016 with the 2016 IL BBQ Society Sauce Competition People’s Taste Judging.

Class Schedule:

9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – Check-in

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Barbecue Sauce Class Instructor Presentation;
  • In-depth examination of BBQ sauces,
  • Exploring BBQ sauce spices;
  • BBQ sauce flavor profiles;
  • Regional BBQ sauce variations;
  • Taking your sauce to the retail market;
  • Packaging companies;
  • Selling your sauce;
  • Instructor Q & A .
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • BBQ rubs, marinades, injections, mopping sauces;
  • BBQ Sauce cooking demonstration;
  • Making a basic BBQ sauce and modifications;
  • Creating a no-cook BBQ sauce;
  • BBQ Sauce tasting;
  • Spice tasting;
  • Creating and customizing your own sauce;
  • Instructor Q & A .
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

People’s Choice Award Judging for the 2016 Sauce Championship.

You will learn about different types of sauces, regional variations, spices, recipes and vote in the People’s Choice Award.

The tasting will include sauces from across the country.

You will have the opportunity to taste over 40 sauces minimum and up to 200 sauces or more (depending on competition entries).

Class size is limited.