Porkbelly BBQ, manufacturer of four unique, handcrafted, Ohio-made barbecue sauces, was honored with the CIFT Excellence Award.

The award is in recognition of exceptional achievement in the development of the food company and the contribution to the industry and state of Ohio.

“This achievement comes at such an exciting time for Porkbelly BBQ,” said Rory P.J. Earl, co-founder/partners, Porkbelly BBQ. “Due to the assistance from CIFT, we have been able to focus on our business growth and expand our growing small business. Now, as we enter the final stages of opening our restaurant, we look forward to growing our business further and expanding the reach of our sauces.”

In 2011, Earl co-founded “RoarE Q” (but doing business under the name of Porkbelly BBQ) with his wife, Heather, and parents Charles and Patricia Earl. They started producing barbecue sauce at the Northwest Ohio Cooperative Kitchen, managed by CIFT.

Their sauces quickly became available in northwest Ohio grocery stores. Soon they added a mobile vending unit, seasonal staff, and catering to their business portfolio. In February, the Earl’s are opening a restaurant in Bowling Green, Ohio, including the addition of several new full-time employees, and further expansion of catering.

The company specializes in homestyle barbecue meals, scratch cooking, and slow-pit cooking over cherry wood throughout the day.

For more information visit porkbelly-bbq.com.