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I sure you are aware of the quality of food we enjoy in Louisiana.  If you are new to the area, let me assure you - it's astounding.  Louisiana may fall behind the rest of the country when it comes to education, road & bridge quality, and several other important areas - but eating isn't one of them.

BBQ Pork Ribs on the Grill
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That's why it's not surprising that the reigning Barbecue and "Whole Hog" World Champ is from the Sportsman's Paradise.  James Cruse is the pit-master that every other pit-master wants to be.  He is the man that runs Central City BBQ in New Orleans and, yes, that's him holding his massive, 50-pound Barbecue World Champion trophy he got last year at the Memphis in May World Barbecue Championship.

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Now, Louisiana's premiere pit-master is taking his skills to the small screen.  WGNO reports that tonight on the Food Network, Cruse will be showcasing his rib-mastery on BBQ Brawl.  Celebrity chefs Bobby Flay, Anne Burrell and Jet Tila will each captain a team made up of BBQ pros (like the aforementioned James Cruse).  Those teams will go head-to-head in battle for the title of BBQ Brawl Champion!

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Presumably, that title also comes with a trophy.  I hope James still has room on his mantle for it.

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