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Mike D’s BBQ Wins Big At Kinston’s BBQ Festival On The Neuse

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Kinston, NC –  Mike D’s BBQ of Durham, NC won two awards the weekend of May 5th – 6th at the BBQ Festival on the Neuse. The award-winning festival in downtown Kinston is the largest whole hog bbq cook-off in the nation.

Sponsored by the Lenior County Chamber of Commerce, the festival features delicious bbq, arts and crafts, entertainment, vendors, wine garden, and children’s activities. There are food competitions including ones for Southern Sides and Sauce Boss. To take home “Sauce Boss” bragging rights, competitors must go through two levels of judging.

First, a distinguished panel of judges scores the sauces. Then festival attendees have an opportunity to sample the sauces along with the sides and vote for the “people’s choice” award. Mike D’s Spicy BBQ Sauce won the 2017 People’s Choice award for the Professional Division and finished 2nd from the judges!

Michael De Los Santos, founder of the business, said, “Coming off of 120% growth in year three, this is a big boost to our 4th year in business. Hopefully, it can serve as a catalyst for growing our retail partners in the state!”

Mike D’s BBQ has been in business since December 2013 selling a signature line of BBQ Sauces and Dry Rubs. They have shipped to 30 states and South Korea. Products are available at local retailers like Big Al’s BBQ in Raleigh and King’s Red and White Market in Durham. Soon they will be available at the Morgan Street Food Hall in Raleigh.

Mike D’s BBQ is also active in local popup markets and festivals. You can catch them May 14th at the Downtown Cary Food & Flea and on May 19-21 at the Got To Be NC Festival. Their current product line is two sauces, BIG Sauce (Mild) and Spicy BBQ. It also includes two dry rubs All-Purpose and Sweet & Spicy (placed 2nd in the World in 2016), they also offer select grill tools and accessories from Man Law BBQ and some branded apparel.

More information about the company, its products and how to buy can be found at

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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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