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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

Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show.

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