Barbecue sauce wins big at competition

Oct 05, 2012

Carolina Pig Polish, a locally produced barbecue sauce, won the Best Mild Eastern category, of the 2012 Hot Sauce and Barbecue Sauce Contest Sept. 8, in Oxford. The N.C. Barbecue Society provided the judges for the contest. The state-recognized N.C. Hot Sauce Contest is held annually on the second Saturday in September, welcoming thousands of visitors. The 2012 festival hosted nearly 10,000 visitors and more than 130 vendors.

Owners and makers of the sauce are Robin and Teresa Starrs of Whittier. Teresa works full-time at Haywood Community College as the energy manager and associate director of campus development. Robin retired from a 27-year career in telecommunications and turned a hobby of making barbeque sauce into a new business. He attended a specialty food business class at Blue Ridge Food Ventures, Candler and received certification in good manufacturing processes from the NCDA through N.C. State University.

The Starrs utilize Blue Ridge Food Ventures and Bobbees Bottling, in Louisburg, for processing the product. The couple hopes to have a hotter version of their sauce available later this year. The website is being updated to provide a shopping cart, however the product is available at The Fresh Market (nationally); Affairs of the Heart – Waynesville; Barber’s Orchard Fruitstand – Waynesville; Cottage Craftsman – Bryson City; Chop Shop Butchery – Asheville; Food Matters Market – Brevard; Country Traditions – Dillsboro; Whole Foods – Greenville, South Carolina; Simply Local – Charlotte; Stovall’s Gifts and Collectables – Oxford; NoFo at the Pig – Raleigh.