Hittin' the Sauce Contest cooks put tasty spins on barbecue flavorings

Sauces hogged the limelight at Crabtree Farms' recent pig roast.

The menu at the annual fundraiser featured two, 200-pound hogs from Gordon Lee Farms in North Georgia, stuffed with chickpea and wild rice pilaf, wrapped in banana leaves and roasted on a spit for nine and a half hours, said chef Peter Barlow of Greenlife Grocery. "They were so succulent and tender with a nice crispy skin outside and such juicy meat inside."

Yet it was the flavorings for the meat that grabbed the attention of the several hundred people in attendance. For the Hittin' the Sauce contest, guests sampled the sauces and voted for their favorites by placing a button or bead in a Mason jar.

When all the buttons and beads were counted, Greenlife Grocery emerged as the overall winner, followed closely by En Fuego from Shan and Emily Webb's Senor Shan's Hot Sauce Co.,