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Make your own barbecue sauce? Enter a contest at D.B.A. Barbecue

courtesy of D.B.A. Barbecue

courtesy of D.B.A. Barbecue

Do you make your own barbecue sauce?

If you’re a barbecue fan and you have a killer sauce recipe, you have a chance to win bragging rights and 15 minutes of fame. D.B.A. Barbecue is hosting a sauce contest on May 28 (3-5 p.m.). A panel of judges will choose a winner and diners will select a “people’s choice” winner. The winning sauce will be available at the restaurant during the month of June.

Interested? You’ll have to get on the ball because the entry deadline is tomorrow (May 26). To enter or for additional information, email: Only 20 entries will be accepted. Contestants will need to supply a minimum of four quarts of sauce, the recipe and a sample to the restaurant by noon on May 28. The sauce must use a ketchup base.

Even if you don’t enter, you can attend the contest and weigh-in on the people’s choice winner. What better way to celebrate National Barbecue Month?

Do you have a good sauce recipe? Is it ketchup based?

3-5 p.m. May 28. 1190 North Highland Ave. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-5000.

–by Jenny Turknett, Food & More blog

– Jenny Turknett writes about Southern and Neighborhood Fare for the AJC Dining Team. She also publishes her own blog, Going Low Carb.

16 comments Add your comment

Typical Redneck

May 25th, 2011
11:22 am

I have a killer Memphis style sauce and I will not be entering! Sorry.

Typical Redneck

May 25th, 2011
11:23 am

I have a question. What if you win? Are there prizes?


May 25th, 2011
11:43 am

Ketchup is a problem. Corn syrup doesn’t belong in a BBQ sauce.

Jenny Turknett

May 25th, 2011
1:23 pm

Typical Redneck – beyond bragging rights and 15 minutes of fame? ;) The winner’s sauce will be featured on the tables during the month of June and I just found a Facebook page for the event that says the winner will also receive a $100 gift certificate to Wisteria Restaurant in Inman Park. Still not entering?

Typical Redneck

May 25th, 2011
1:39 pm

No, but thanks!


May 25th, 2011
6:23 pm

So close to Carolina, yet no one loves the vinegar. Real shame in this town.

Katz P. Ajamas

May 25th, 2011
10:14 pm

1. Ketchup based restriction is absurd
2. My recipe? No way.
3. A gallon of my sauce costs more than $100 to make(ingredients plus time).


May 25th, 2011
11:04 pm

Is this contest being run by Heinz or DBA? My BBQ is heavy on the mustard not ketchup and no sweet corn syrup. If DBA wants a good sauce, they need to change the ketchup rule.


May 25th, 2011
11:48 pm

Hello Guys,

I just took 1st place in a sauce contest a few weeks ago at little river grill in canton, I had 4x as many votes as 2nd place had. They will using my sauce for the next year…It is a sweet Ketchup Ga sauce. For the win I got the name of my sauce on there menu (Big Daddy’s BBQ sauce), $100.00, and they pay for me to make the sauce for them. What they did not ask for and would never get is my recipe. Most people that are true barbecuers would NEVER give that up. I have 6 sauces Sweet southern, Hot southern, Mustard, Hot Mustard, Vinegar, and a Hot Vinegar. I have had 2 food brokers tell me it is some of the best they ever had and I am working on getting them on the market. A good sauce that makes it to a Supermarket in worth its weight in Gold. So what these people are asking goes against all that is holy in the name of BBQ contest LMAO so for those who enter Good luck and have fun. But for the true BBQ Fans, check out a MBN contest, KCBS, or FBA contest!

Good luck, have fun, enjoy your barbecue!

East Lake Sauce Off

May 26th, 2011
12:48 am

Ketchup based restriction?!!! Really?
Sounds like a Shane’s Rib Shack competition. You should try to get Sonny’s BBQ to help out with the sponsorship…


May 26th, 2011
8:35 am

Honestly, you HAVE to use ketchup? OK, What kind? All are not made the same.
I do not use ketchup but my sauce can have a lot of the ingredients found in it.
What’s the point of this requirement exactly?
Sounds like a good contest for Sandra Lee of “Semi-Home Made” fame to enter.
And no, you may NOT have my recipe.
Amateurs. Go do your own research and come up with your own recipes.


May 26th, 2011
12:04 pm

Weird, I was meaning to getting around to trying this place. I was def wondering how they are smoking meat in the Va-Hi neighborhood. Now, I’m just not interested.


May 26th, 2011
3:01 pm

typicalredneck—————shut up –ok you are not gonna enter!!!!!!!!!!

Typical Redneck

May 26th, 2011
3:37 pm

Kennyc, wow, you’re a loser.


May 26th, 2011
3:51 pm

@east lake

sonnys and BBQ should be considered false advertising when used on the same signage :)


May 29th, 2011
10:04 pm

So they’re not really wanting a BBQ sauce, they want a fancy ketchup.