Mac’s Speed Shop sauce wins first at world contest

May 28, 2013 

Charlotte-based Mac’s Speed Shop’s sauce scored big at the May 16-18 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

More than 250 barbecue teams from around the world competed. Mac’s signature “Red BBQ sauce” won first place in the “Tomato Sauce” category. The sauce is described as “Western N.C. Style,” a sweet and tangy tomato barbecue sauce, with a touch of vinegar.

Mac’s Chef Kevin Kourac said the honor will be the high spot of his year.

Mac’s Speed Shop opened its first restaurant in a renovated transmission shop on South Boulevard near uptown Charlotte. The Red BBQ Sauce that won in Memphis is

In addition to Mac’s three Charlotte restaurants, in South End, Steele Creek and Lake Norman, Mac’s BBQ Sauce is available at Harris Teeter grocery stores, Charlotte Douglas International Airport and the Visitor Info Center. Mac’s also has locations in Fayetteville, N.C., and Greenville, S.C.

Friends in Business to meet

Lake Wylie Friends in Business will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. June 5 at Cafe 49.

The June lunch meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. June 19 at All Saints Catholic Church.

Arts council to honor businesses

The Business and the Arts Partnership Award winner will be honored at the Arts Council of York County’s annual celebration June 13 at the Community Performance Center, 249 E. Main St.

The award recognizes businesses for impact; involvement in the arts including employee volunteers, donation of in-kind services and goods, tie-ins that involve the arts; in advertising, marketing, promotion and public relations campaigns, establishments of arts collections; and originality of the support programs.

Nomination forms, due at 5 p.m. May 30, are available by calling 803-328-2787 or at the office. For more information, visit

Applications available for business competition

GASTON COUNTY Gaston Regional and Montcross Area chambers of commerce have launched the Launch Pad, a business plan competition similar to television’s “Shark Tank.” Applications are due by June 28.

Grants will be awarded for first place, $12,500; second, $7,500; and third, $3,500.

The final competition will be held Oct. 17 at Gastonia Conference Center.

Small businesses or entrepreneurs with a desire to further develop existing business or start a business in Gaston County with ongoing mentoring and exposure are encouraged to apply.

The Launch Pad committee will review all applications and contact applicants on July 19. All applicants will receive constructive feedback. Applicants will present their idea to the committee on Sept.10, where they will receive constructive recommendations to improve their presentation in anticipation of the Oct. 17 live competition.

Visit or and click on the Launch Pad logo for an application.

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