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The sweet smell of bar-b-que fills the air

MURPHYSBORO, IL (KFVS) -

The sweet smell of bar-b-que is going to fill the air in Murphysboro again this weekend.

The 25th Annual Praise the Lard competition is underway.

And this year there's more teams competing then ever before.

"This is the biggest and the best," said Amy Mills. "It's a record setting year in many ways. We've also raised our prize money for the Grand Champion from $17,000 on 17th Street, to $25,000 to celebrate our 25th year."

The teams come from nine states and there's one from as far away as Germany.

"We started in Nashville and Memphis visiting different bar-b-que restaurants just to see the different styles. And how it tastes. And now we're going to try our best," said Uli Wette of Munich, Germany. "We brought some of our own spices to try to bring some German tastes to the meats. And we'll see what the judges say about it."

The Grand Buffet will begin at 5 p.m. on Friday night, followed by a free street dance. The Cache River Band will be providing the entertainment.

And if bar-b-que is your passion, or one of your favorite foods to eat then Murphysboro is the place to be this weekend.

"We have the best of the best cooks here," said Mills. "If you can win here, you can win the Royale, you can win at Memphis in May. And people want to say they've won Praise the Lard in Murphysboro, Illinois."

The Kansas City Barbeque Society will be on hand throughout the competition giving some cooking tips and free demonstrations for those who are interested.

And the Praise the Lard is now one of the stops on the KCBS Great American Barbeque Tour.

If you'd like to know more about the competition and event just click on the website at: www.17thstreetbarbecue.com 

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