Inaugural ‘Getting Saucy’ BBQ Sauce Competition winner named

Hundreds gathered at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston on Saturday for the inaugural “Getting Saucy” BBQ Sauce Competition.
Published: Sep. 24, 2022 at 6:26 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 25, 2022 at 6:35 AM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Hundreds gathered at Firefly Distillery in North Charleston on Saturday for the inaugural “Getting Saucy” BBQ Sauce Competition.

The proceeds from the event benefit the Arc of the Lowcountry. Its mission is to provide people and their families with programming and services for those with physical and intellectual disabilities. The organization has been in the Lowcountry for about three years.

As of 2018, South Carolina ranks sixth for having the highest unemployment rate for people with disabilities in the United States. Approximately 1,216,011 adults in South Carolina have a disability, a reason Arc’s mission is so important.

Competitors were provided with the pork and chicken and prohibited from additionally seasoning the meat itself. That ensured all competitors start with the same product and the determining factor in the tasting competition was only their sauce.

The winners are as follows:

  • Overall Grand Prize: Nate’s BBQ Sauce https://natesbbqsauces.com/
  • People’s Choice: J. Bones
  • Vinegar: Swamp Tonic
  • Specialty: Lil Piggy
  • Spicy: Lillies of Charleston
  • Mustard: Nate’s BBQ Sauce
  • Red: The Sauce

Final Judges: Black Food Fridays, KJ Kearney, Bill West from 96.9 The Wolf, chef Kimberly Brock Brown and Andy Gillentine

Southern BBQ Network judges: Glenna Gillentine, Bob Brookshire, William Englehaupt, Syndee Dutton, William Rooney, Jim Pettus, Charlie Black, Michael Easto, Colleen Drape and Mr. Draper

Entertainers: Chris Boone, Ben Fagan & Holy City Hooligans, Lafaye, Lauren Hall and live music by DJ Natty Heavy

The event was hosted by Live 5′s Michal Higdon.