Char Crust Wins Gold and Bronze at National Competition

Char Crust WIns Gold at National BBQ CompetitionChar Crust Inc. won first and third place for two of its dry-rub seasonings in the National Barbecue Association’s (NBBQA) annual Awards of Excellence (AOE) competition held in Nashville, Tennessee, March 5, 2015.

“We’ve placed well in past AOE competitions, but this is our first gold medal. When we got the news, my jaw hit my keyboard,” said Susan Eriksen, vice president.

More than 500 products are submitted each year to the AOE competition.

Char Crust won first place for its Southwest Chipotle rub and seasoning, a zesty blend of smoky ancho and chipotle chilies from Santa Fe mixed with cilantro and other Southwest spices. The company won third place for its Amazin’ Cajun rub and seasoning, a spicy-sweet blend of piquant cayenne pepper, onion, garlic, celery, oregano and a mélange of other Mardi Gras flavors.

Founded in 1991, the National Barbecue Association (NBBQA) is dedicated to supporting the unique food culture of barbecue and the people who love it. The NBBQA’S goals are to promote the recognition and image of the industry, facilitate effective networking of industry resources, foster new business opportunities for its members, and educate and inform the public about the art and enjoyment of barbecue. For more information, visit