Community leaders in four Alabama cities
will sample local barbecue sauces and send regional winners to the "BBQ
Sauce-Off" championship on May 18 in Birmingham.
The regional competitions will begin May 4 in downtown
Montgomery at the Southern Makers Festival and in Mobile at the Market on the
Square. The following Saturday
competitions will be held in Decatur at the Decatur/Morgan County Farmers
Market and in Tuscaloosa at the Tuscaloosa River Market.
Alabama Tourism Department's Brian Jones said the
Sauce-Off is a follow up to the popular BBQ Bracket contest on Facebook that
state tourism did last month. "We had more than 81,000 votes cast on our
Alabama Food Facebook page with Jim ‘N Nick's ending up as our state winner.
The BBQ Bracket was like a hit movie and the Sauce-Off is our sequel," Jones
Thirty-four sauces were gathered from restaurants and
grocery stores across the state to be sampled by the judges in blind taste
tests, he said. Sauces in the contest
include: Bailey's, Baumhower's, Berdeaux's, BBQ Shack, Big Bob Gibson,
Bishop's, Bob Sykes, Bryant, Carlile's, Costas, Crusty Butts & Bones,
Dale's BBQ, Demetri's, Dreamland, Fat Boy's, Full Moon, Golden Rule, Jim ‘N
Nick's, Johnny's BBQ, LawLers, Mike & Ed's, Mike Elliott's, Moon Hollow,
Noodie's, Ollie's, Perfect Bite BBQ, Phil's, Rob's, Saban Sauce, Saw's, Saucy
Q, Slaphappy BBQ, Thomas Rib Shack and Viper.
You can learn more about Alabama food products, chefs,
culinary destinations and events at Facebook.com/AlabamaFood and at www.yearofalabamafood.com.
INFORMATION SOURCE: Alabama Department of Tourism