March Madness is here! Many people will be filling out those brackets and predict who they think will win it all. Here in Alabama, we are doing March Madness too! No, it’s not about basketball, it’s about barbecue. Last year, the Alabama Tourism Department did a March Madness bracket challenge called the Alabama Barbecue Bracket. The challenge was a social media contest pitting some of the state’s favorite BBQ restaurants against each other and people got to vote on which BBQ restaurant was truly the best in Alabama. Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q won the contest last year. And this year, things are going to be different!
Last year, the brackets were divided into four geographic regions in Alabama. This year, the bracket will be divided into ribs, chicken, pork, and sauce. The 200 participating restaurants were selected based on social media polling conducted late last year. And many of the restaurants in this year’s field are represented in multiple categories. Here is the bracket below.
Here’s how it works, each 48-hour matchup leading up to the championship will be posted on their Facebook page, with two matchups per day. After voting closes for each matchup, they will tally the votes and see who moves to the next round. Watch for the bracket to be updated with winner info after each matchup to follow your favorite to the championship. Voting begins on Monday March 17th, and the announcement of the 2014 champion will be on Tuesday April 8.
Check back often to see how your favorites are faring as the competition heats up. They’re expecting a tournament full of fanfare and die-hard loyalty, so don’t miss a single round. Since teams in Alabama does poorly in basketball, this is something exciting to make up for our lackluster performances in basketball. And in Alabama, people are die-hard BBQ fans and each person has their favorite. So if you want your favorite to win the title of Alabama’s best BBQ, you have to vote! Last year, over 80,000 votes determined the best BBQ in Alabama.
To view the brackets and vote for your favorite BBQ, go to the Alabama Food Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/AlabamaFood
Learn more about the contest at: http://www.ilovealabamafood.com/