Some say the sauce is what separates good barbecue from great barbecue. Now that we’ve crowned a winner in our Alabama BBQ Bracket, it’s time to see whose sauce reins supreme. The Alabama Tourism Department has set out in search of the state’s best, and a panel of local judges will select the tastiest sauce from each region to compete at the finals May 18 at Pepper Place Saturday Market in Birmingham.
Regional Competition Schedule
South Region, Saturday, May 4, 3 p.m. at the Southern Makers Festival in Montgomery
Central Region, Saturday, May 11, 10 a.m. at the Tuscaloosa River Market
North Region, Saturday, May 11 at the Decatur/Morgan County Farmers Market
Gulf Coast Region, Saturday, May 4, 10 a.m. at Market on the Square in Mobile
Thirty-four sauces were gathered from restaurants and grocery stores across the state to be sampled by judges in blind taste tests. 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.
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