Costas wins regional BBQ sauce competition

Celebrity judges picked Costas from Birmingham out of 15 area barbecue sauces as the finalist in a regional competition to pick Alabama's tastiest sauce. It will represent the Central Alabama area at the state championship on May 18 in Birmingham.

A panel of celebrity judges sampled sauces from Bob Sykes, Bryant, Costas, Demetri's, Dreamland, Full Moon, Golden Rule, Jim 'N Nicks, Ollie's, Perfect Bite, Rob's, Saban Sauce, Saw's, Slaphappy and Thomas Rib Shack. Staff members of the Alabama Tourism Department collected 34 different brands of barbecue sauce for the statewide contest.

The BBQ Sauce-Off in Tuscaloosa, one of four regional competitions across the state, was held Saturday morning at the Tuscaloosa River Market. Other regional winners include Phil's BBQ sauce from Eufaula, Viper sauce from Fairhope and LawLers from Athens. The BBQ Sauce-Off championship will be next Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Pepper Place Saturday Market in downtown Birmingham.