This logo must satisfy the following:
Feature the concept of the peach as not only the main ingredient in, but also the spirit of, the product;
Appeal to customers based in the southern United States (specifically, the states of North and South Carolina);
Flow from being used on business cards to bottle labeling to t-shirts;
Prominently feature the colors on ripened peaches;
Reflect a subdued intensity/passion/heat.
The right contractor will have the following:
A knowledge of successful food logos;
Experience in creation of said logos, especially for products like sauces;
The understanding that "barbecue" is a noun, before it's a verb (contractors from North Carolina get higher consideration).
The expectation for the successful candidate is to have three drafts available for review ASAP, with the final draft and logo finished within a week after a final concept is chosen.
I expect to have a relatively close contact with the right candidate, as they will become a go-to designer for this company.
Only candidates that are as serious about their food as about their jobs need apply, as interaction about food is going to be key in this process, as both inspiration and as business.