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WNY BBQ champs take World Championship honors

Mike and Angela Cartechine make some of the best barbecued beef brisket in the world.

Don't take their word for it. Just ask the judges at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational, held this weekend in Lynchburg, Tenn. The Town of Boston couple, half of a competitive barbecue team named Mr Bobo's Traveling BBQ Allstars, saw their trip pay off when their brisket took top honors.

Since their competition was the cream of the crop from across the United States and around the world, the Cartechines are technically World Champions. The Allstars, who include Eric Johnson from New Rochelle and Grace
Thompson from Slingerlands, also achieved a 10th place in pork shoulder and 9th place overall, Mike Cartechine
said.

"We hit our marks and had a good cook," Cartechine said yesterday. "World champion in brisket. It still hasn't completely settled in."

The overall grand champion, I-Que, hails from Hopkinton, Mass., Cartechine said. (I-Que earned $5,000 for the top prize.)

The Northeastern United States does not have a reputation for great barbecue. But that might be changing; three of the Top 10 were from the Northeast, Cartechine said. When it comes to barbecue, it shows you don't have to grow up south of the Mason-Dixon line to know how to wield meat, smoke and heat to create deliciousness.

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