The search for the state's best BBQ Sauce

First the Alabama Tourism Department let facebook fans pick the state's best barbeque, which was won by Birmingham's Jim 'N Nicks. Now, the search will begin for the state's best barbeque sauce.

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.

Thirty-four sauces were collected from restaurants and grocery stores across the state to be sampled by the 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.