The same local BBQ rub declared best, worst in America

Published: Thursday, May 17, 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Updated: Friday, June 29, 2018 @ 9:44 AM

Two different judging panels of barbecue experts judged UrbanQ rub best and worst in their respective competitions.

A chef and pitmaster for a local barbecue restaurant is scratching his head after one of his products that previously captured first place in a national competition came in dead last out of nearly 200 rubs in another competition, the results of which were released in May.

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Chris Cavender, founder of the online-order company UrbanQ Smokehouse and pitmaster at 1572 Roadhouse Bar-B-Q near Waynesville, did score some great recognition for some of his other products at the 2018 American Royal World Series of Barbecue sauces and rubs competition. 

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His UrbanQ Myassis Dragon sauce placed 6th out of 134 tomato-based sauces to enter the competition, and his Smokey Maple sauce placed #4 out of 84 entries in the “specialty sauces” category.

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But UrbanQ’s “It’s All About The Meats & More” rub came in last — 196th out of 196 — among all rubs in the same competition

The ranking was based on the combined scorecards of a panel of six barbecue judges.

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The rub is exactly the same ingredients and formula as the rub that won 1st place in the 2016 National Barbecue Rubs of Honor competition, out of 32 entries. At the time, it was entered under the 1572 Roadhouse label for that competition. But only the label was different.

“It’s pretty amazing how judges’ palates can differ,” Cavender said. 

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He does have one theory. The formula for It’s All About The Meats & More is made for cuts of beef, with an emphasis on salt and garlic. It does not contain sugar or paprika, as most rubs for pork and chicken do. The judges who ranked the rub poorly may have been reacting to that, Cavender said.

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So, is the It’s All About The Meats & More rub the best or worst in America?

There’s only one way to find out. The rub is available for $5.95 per bottle on the UrbanQ mail-order web site. 

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Toddler drowns in babysitter's pool, twin brother hospitalized, deputies say

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:35 PM

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A young girl drowned and her twin brother was hospitalized Friday after they were found in a swimming pool while staying with a babysitter in Tennessee, according to Knox County sheriff’s deputies.

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The children, who were identified only as nearly 2-year-old twins, were staying at a home on Fox Lonas Road in West Knox County when the incident happened, deputies said. Their babysitter told authorities that she began to look for the twins after another child arrived at her home around 10 a.m. Friday.

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She said she found them in the deep end of a swimming pool, deputies said.

First responders attempted to revive the children and rushed them to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in critical condition, WBIR reported.

Deputies said the girl was pronounced dead at the hospital. The boy was on life support Friday.

Authorities are investigating the incident.

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Resident escapes Liberty Twp. house fire caused by lightning strike

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:34 PM


A resident escaped from a Liberty Twp. house Friday after it was struck by lightning as storms pounded the the area, according to to the Liberty Twp. Fire Department.

The two-story house was hit about 3:20 p.m., which ignited an attic fire at the residence in the 5400 block of Walkers Court, said Battalion Chief Chad Canupp.

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“The occupant was alerted to the fire by smoke detectors,” Canupp said.

The fire was contained to the attic area, but the family has been displaced during the cleanup, he said.

A strong band of storms moved through the area from Central Kentucky to Montgomery County on Friday afternoon and evening, causing high winds, lightening and hail in some areas.

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A Dayton man called in a bomb threat so he wouldn’t miss a flight. Now he’s going to prison.

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:30 PM

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A Dayton man who called in a bomb threat to an airport so he wouldn't miss his flight has been sentenced to four months in prison.

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The U.S. Attorney's Office says 40-year-old Dana Carter, of Dayton, was sentenced Thursday for his calls to Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport in October.Court records show Carter made a series of calls saying there was a bomb on a flight bound for Dallas, Texas.

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The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that flight ended up being canceled due to the threat, and Carter was placed on another flight that left less than two hours later.

Carter has been ordered to pay about $7,700 in restitution to United Airlines over the canceled flight.

Carter's attorney says the fake bomb threat was a "foolish act."

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Does a 911 call exist? That question could alter an area manslaughter trial

Published: Saturday, July 21, 2018 @ 12:13 PM

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The lawyer for a Trotwood man charged with involuntary manslaughter in the December death of a Troy man asked a Miami County judge on Friday to order prosecutors to turn over the 911 tape from the incident.

If the tape isn't available, the charge against William C. Smith Jr., 42, should be dismissed, lawyer Dennis Lieberman said.

Smith was indicted in the Dec. 8 death of Willard Higgins Jr., 40, of Troy. Police said Higgins died following an altercation with Smith at a South Walnut Street residence in Troy. Smith has pleaded not guilty in county Common Pleas Court.

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Lieberman asked Judge Christopher Gee to order prosecutors to produce the recording of the 911 call for help at the Troy residence. Lieberman said he was told there is no recording of the 911 call available although police reports refer to the call being made. 

The call "is evidence the emergency squad was sent to the location in question for reasons other than those mentioned in the criminal indictment of the defendant," Lieberman wrote. That information, he said, could be exculpatory evidence, or evidence that favors the defendant in the case. 

A Troy police report in the case states "there was a squad call ... in reference to a 40 year old male that was having difficulty breathing and heart problems." 

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Gee previously was asked, and approved, a defense request for money to hire a forensic pathology expert to review autopsy findings in the death. Lieberman said during a July 13 court hearing that he and county Prosecutor Tony Kendell met jointly with another pathologist who ruled after an autopsy that Higgins’ cause of death was due to blunt force trauma.

Lieberman said there were no signs “on the body or head to indicate a fight.” That information, along with medical record details about Higgins’ heart being revived at the hospital were cited in the request. 

Kendell did not object to the hiring of the expert. “It is a very unique set of circumstances,” Kendell said. 

Smith remains in the county jail in lieu of $300,000 bail.

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