We originally started using our own rubs and sauces. Had a little success. Very little. Then we moved to commercial rubs and sauces. Had a little more success. Began mixing commercial sauces to combine the best of what we were using. Got a little better. Then we developed our own rub and sauce following the same flavor profile we came up with from our mixed sauces. Even more success...and now we save a ton of money over the year in rubs and sauces..even selling a few bottles to our friends. It helped us to find a flavor profile the judges liked by using the commercial products that were scoring well. In the end.. scoring well with your own product is just a cherry on the top.
4000 sq inch Wood Burner named Brutus - KCSB member/judge# 32129