It’s a process that takes practice to perfect. Hard work, careful conditioning, and endless dedication are all necessary to be the best. In Alabama, one might think we’re talking football. But whether you say “War Eagle” or “Roll Tide,” this time we’re talking about something that is close to the hearts of all Alabamians: Barbecue.
This year, the Alabama Department of Tourism’s Year of Alabama Food campaign hosted a state BBQ Sauce-Off. After intense regional battles featuring 34 nominees at farmers’ markets in Decatur, Tuscaloosa, Montgomery, and Mobile earlier this month, the four regional finalists met in Birmingham at Pepper Place on Saturday during the Pepper Place Saturday Market. The blind taste test featured finalists LawLers Barbecue Sauce (Athens), Costa’s Famous Original Bar-B-Que Sauce (Birmingham), Phil’s BBQ Sauce (Eufaula) and Viper Sauce (Fairhope).
“Our state has a great barbecue culture, and we wanted to highlight it during the Year of Alabama Food,” contest coordinator Brian Jones said in a statement. “When visitors come through an area, they want to sample the local barbecue flavor and take some of it home with them. These sauces are like barbecue passion in a bottle.” (Source: AL.com)
In order to qualify for nomination, each barbecue sauce had to be bottled in Alabama or for an Alabama-based company, in addition to being available for purchase in retail outlets.
So who came out on top? Congratulations to Phil’s BBQ in Eufaula for being named the best barbecue sauce in the state!