January 29, 2018
By Marlee Moore
The Alabama Pork Producers hopes to smoke out Bama’s Best Pork Ribs through a contest promoting Alabama farmers’ lip smacking-good product.
The contest, which runs through April 2 on Facebook and Instagram, is searching for a fan-favorite restaurant serving up the tastiest pork ribs Alabama has to offer. A panel of pork-loving judges, including an Alabama pig farmer, will visit the Final Four restaurants in April. The winner will be announced in May to kick off summer grilling season.
Restaurants can range from hometown hidden gems to well-known favorites, but the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Guy Hall said the judges are sure to zero in on this — a flavorful, tender, stick-to-your-ribs product.
“We’re looking for the best ribs in Alabama, from smoked to grilled and from simply seasoned to slathered in sauce,” said Hall, the Federation’s Pork Division director. “Pork is an important part of the American diet, and we’re excited to spotlight the most desirable restaurant rib recipes in the state.”
The winning restaurant will receive a plaque and $500 and will be featured in the Alabama Farmers Federation’s Neighbors magazine in June. Each finalist will also receive a plaque.
One restaurant will receive a cash prize — and bragging rights — as the People’s Choice Award winner.
“Alabama pig farms market around 327,000 hogs annually, which ranks the state 29th in hog production,” Hall said. “Although Alabama hog numbers are low compared to states like Iowa and North Carolina, our farmers are committed to using modern production practices to raise a quality high-quality pork product that is lean, versatile, affordable and tasty.”
Submit nominations through April 2 by commenting on the Federation’s Facebook and Instagram contest posts with the restaurant name and town.
This competition replaces Federation county and state Pork Cooking Contests.
Contact Guy Hall with any questions.