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April 6, 2022 (Ellsworth, ME) – Founder John Fuhrman of Bub ‘n Mutha’s in Winter Harbor took home the judge’s prize for top contender in the second annual Downeast Business Bootcamp Pitch Off held on March 25th.


John Fuhrman of Bub ‘n Mutha’s

Bub ‘n Mutha’s is a Veteran-owned gourmet dry rub company with a Maine attitude and a mission to use only 100% natural spices and real Maine ingredients from real Maine companies like Raye’s Mustard, Maine Maple and Coffee Hound. Bub n’ Mutha’s products can be found in over 71 stores in 7 states. Fuhrman plans to use his winnings to attend public events to expand his customer base and to cover a year’s rent at the Union River Center for Innovation, a business incubator in Ellsworth, ME. The larger space will allow him to increase production to meet demand. The rest will be used for working with a distribution clearing house that places products with major chains. 


Bub ‘n Mutha’s went up against four other Downeast businesses to take home the first-place prize of $5000. The other competitors were Blessing Hands of Maine, a locally owned non-medical, in-home care agency serving aging seniors and adults with disabilities in Washington, Hancock and Penobscot counties; Horn Run Brewing, a local family-owned brewery in Eastport; Ellsworth’s Ashes to Ashes, an enterprise of Harbor View Studio, a photography studio that creates archival quality keepsake prints of loved ones that incorporate cremated remains in the pigment; and Red Gypsy Bohemian, which makes custom, handmade home decor on Beals Island.

The competition was judged by Machias Savings Bank Chief Banking Officer Chris Lyford, Coastal Enterprises CEO Betsy Biemann and the Maine Community Foundation’s Director of Philanthropy, Maggie Drummond Bahl.

“The decision to pick a single winner was challenging, as all five businesses were very different and all the entrepreneurs delivered strong pitches,” Biemann said. “In the end, Bub’n Mutha’s had the strongest overall message about product, growth, community impact and clarity around purpose.”

Blessing Hands of Maine won the $5000 Audience Choice award, determined by the highest number of the 58 voting audience participants during the live virtual event on Zoom. Eastport’s Horn Run Brewing was the $3500 second place award by the judges.

All five businesses spent two weeks practicing their pitches and learning business skills from a team of local experts. This year’s event was co-hosted by Coastal Enterprises, Inc., the Maine Small Business Development Centers, the CEI Women’s Business Center, Sunrise Country Economic Council and MaineStreet Business Building. The Bootcamp was sponsored by Machias Savings Bank and the Maine Community Foundation. In kind-services were provided to participants and winners by Maine Made, Downeast Photography Maine, Branch Pond Computers, Oncourse Business Services, Swanson Consulting & Associates and Varney Insurance.  

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Bub 'n Mutha's Makes It 2 Years In A Row!

Dry Rub Company wins 2nd Award for Rubs

Winter Harbor, Maine— August 25, 2021 — Bub ‘n Mutha’s, a Veteran owned gourmet dry rub company has done it again.  After winning "Best Dry Rub" in 2020 for their Hney 'n Heat flavor, today, the International Flavor Awards notified the rub company that the Best Spice Rub Blend Award for 3rd Place was awarded to their DownEast Dinnah Dust.

“As far as I know we're the first dry rub company to finish in the top 3 two years in a row,” states Founder, John Fuhrman, “and we couldn't be happier.”

This Has Always Been The Goal

The company has always focused on creating a premium product with that Maine attitude which means their rubs have multiple uses.

“We have our roots in BBQ,” adds Fuhrman, “however, flavor can be amazing regardless of what you're cooking .”


Founded in 2018, Bub ‘n Mutha’s (”) is an award winning dry rub company located in Winter Harbor, ME.  Using real Maine ingredients, a special blend of spices, the company has customers all over the US.  It is the only BBQ company using real Maine ingredients from real Maine companies. (Companies include: Raye’s Mustard, Maine Maple, Coffee Hound)


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For release April 7 , 2022  

MDR Sports Mgt and Josh White racing is pleased to announce that Josh will be racing  3 races in the ARCA Menards Series for Clubb Racing Inc in the 03 Toyota.  

Alex Clubb owner of Clubb Racing is looking forward to partnering with Josh White  Racing and hoping to do more races soon. You can follow Clubb racing  


Josh will be racing at Charlotte , Bristol, and Springfield with the support of Bub 'n  Mutha's as an associate sponsor Josh White Racing will bring brand awareness to Bub’n Mutha’s home of the best rubs you can check them out at  

John Fuhrman from Bub’n Mutha’s had this to say “When you're a gourmet dry rub  company located in a lobster village on the Maine coast, you must be faster than your  competition. What could be faster than hitching a ride with a NASCAR team like Josh  White Racing?" 

Josh White is a marine veteran that loves to race. Josh raced in the NASCAR ARCA and  Truck series in the past and is looking forward to making a come back in the 2022  racing season. Josh is the 2nd Marine to ever race in the NASCAR series and currently  he will be the only Marine to race since 1966. Follow Josh White Racing at 

Josh is currently still looking for sponsorship to fulfill some more of the racing season If  you would like more information, please contact MDR Sports Mgt at 704-723-1238 or