A panel of celebrity judges will decide the
state "BBQ Sauce-Off Champion" Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at Pepper Place Market in
Birmingham. The judges will sample
winning barbecue sauces from a series of regional competitions held this month
across the state by the Alabama Tourism Department.
Cindy Martin CEO/President of AL.com, Vanessa Rocchio of
Southern Living magazine and Clare Huddleston of WBRC-Fox 6 will serve as
judges for the championship.
The sauces in the championship include LawLers from
Athens representing the North region, Costas from Birmingham representing the
Central region, Phil's BBQ from Eufaula representing the South region and Viper
from Fairhope representing the Gulf region of the state.
"Alabama has a great barbecue culture and we had some
really close regional competitions," said contest coordinator Brian Jones.
"Southern travelers love their barbecue. When visitors come through an area
they want to take some of that love home with them and these sauces are like
barbecue passion in a bottle," he said.
Thirty-four sauces were gathered from restaurants and
grocery stores across the state for the regional competitions, Jones said. Sauces in the contest included: 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.
The BBQ Sauce-Off championship will be held in Birmingham
on May 18 at Pepper Place Saturday Market at the Chef Demonstration area
located in the middle of 29th St. between 2nd and 3rd Ave S. Pepper Place Saturday Market is located in
Birmingham's Lakeview District on the Southside.
Learn more about Alabama food products, chefs, culinary
destinations and events at Facebook.com/AlabamaFood and at www.yearofalabamafood.com.