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Ala. follows up Best BBQ Bracket contest with Sauce-Off competition

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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 said.

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

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