Meet the Maker! Mike D's will be in the store sampling Mike D's BBQ sauce and rubs! Stop by the see the new store and to meet the maker!
Location: Sweet Tea and Cornbread Store (located upper level, Belk wing)
about mike d's bbq sauce and rubs
My name is Michael De Los Santos or Mike D hence the name. Mike D's BBQ is a line of signature BBQ sauces and all-purpose dry rubs. Our sauces are a twist on the traditional BBQ sauce with some unique seasonings and spice levels. A core ingredient of our BIG Sauce is our all-purpose dry rubs which are great with beef, pork, any bird, or vegetable. Whether you are in your kitchen, backyard grilling, or smoking our sauces and rubs are the perfect flavor compliment by not overpowering the natural flavor of the meat or vegetables. Our award winning Sweet and Spicy rub is the heart of our Spicy BBQ Sauce. This business is the result of a long process of refining my sauces and rubs to meet my desired flavor and then share it with the world. I am a BBQ junkie, and was intrigued by the various sauces and rubs on the market. I eventually decided that to find what I thought was the perfect combination of sweet, smoky, and a little bite, I would need to create my own!
In 2009, a spicy version of the sauce was entered into a competition for amateur sauce makers in North Carolina. My spicy BBQ sauce came in 3rd place overall and 2nd in its division! Since that time, friends and family have encouraged me to take his product from the backyard to the masses and that is where we are today.
In 2014, our first full year of business we had over $3,000 in sales. In 2015, we launched our Sweet & Spicy rub and had an overall 23% increase in sales. 2016 saw us have 120% growth in sales, and 2017 is off to a great start! Our Sweet & Spicy rub finished 2nd in the Dry Rub - Fowl category at theWorld Hot Sauce Awards. In 2017, our Spicy Sauce won the Sauce Boss Competition People's Choice Award and finished 2nd with the judges at the BBQ Festival on the Neuse in Kinston, NC!
Member of the NC Specialty Foods Association and Got to Be NC