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Atmore BBQ team competing in championships

An Atmore man and his barbecue competition and catering team is competing in the World Food Championships in Dallas, Texas this week.

Tim Bartley, owner/pitmaster for the Sneaky Creek BBQ Competition and Catering Team, won a golden ticket to compete in the championships this week, which lasts until Oct. 20.

“I have been competing in competition barbecue events all over the state, and neighboring stats for the last three years,” Bartley said in an email. “I mainly follow the Alabama BBQ Association events as they are the governing body for BBQ events in our state.

“I have been fortunate enough to place in the Top 10 of the state each year since entering this sport,” he said.

Bartley has won many awards and championships this year.

He was also selected to compete in the Jack Daniels World Championship BBQ Competition in Lynchburg, Tenn. on Oct. 25-26.

The World Food Championships is in Dallas after three years in Orange Beach.

Some 450 cook teams will converge in the state this week to compete in 10 different categories. Bartley is competing in the barbecue category.

The grand champion will claim the $100,000 award.

Twenty-five teams will compete under the WFC 2019 TEAM ALABAMA flag. The cook teams hail from nineteen different cities, with ten coming from Coastal Alabama, seven from the northern part of the state and the rest from the central and southern regions.

Mathew Habermehl and Sami Rivera of Perdido are competing in the sandwich category.