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WNY BBQ champs head south to do battle

Mike and Angela Cartechine of Boston, half of a competitive barbecue team dubbed Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, are in Nashville this morning, ready to advance the last few miles to their battleground.

The Cartechines have invaded the south to represent New York State barbecue at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational. The event, held in Lynchburg, Tenn., is one of the nation's top barbecue contests, its field limited to 53 teams drawn from state and regional champions.

The Allstars, who include Eric Johnson from New Rochelle and Grace Thompson from Slingerlands, qualified for the draw by winning the Hudson Valley Ribfest NY State Championship in August, Mike Cartechine said.

"With the economy this year, the trip to Lynchburg is going to be a tough one," said Cartechine. "But it's presigious, and not to be missed."

The contest, on Saturday, Oct. 24, pits competitors from the United States and around the world to square off in seven categories: pork ribs, pork shoulder/butts, beef brisket, chicken, dessert, "cook's choice" and Jack Daniel's sauce. An additional category, "Home Cookin' from the Homeland," is reserved for international teams. More than $30,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winners, according to the contest website.

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