Dennis Butterworth knew his barbecue sauce was good when some of his competition smoker friends started winning cook-offs with the homemade sweet-tangy elixir he was making in small batches.
F.U.B.A.R. won first place – and a $20,000 check – during the 2017 H-E-B Promo Picks Quest for Texas Best, an annual competition aimed at kickstarting culinary businesses by bringing them from obscurity to the shelves of the Texas grocery giant.
For Butterworth, the win was validation that his sauce, which he makes at a rented commercial kitchen, hits all the flavor notes with barbecue fans.
Butterworth, a former Army tank driver, works for Cheniere Energy in building pipelines and natural gas compressor stations.
He said he’s ready for the challenge, as well as the opportunity to raise more money for Folds of Honor; a portion of sales from every bottle goes to the charity that provides scholarships to spouses and children of fallen and disabled armed services members.