Local barbecue teams grill up support for veterans in North Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Some grilling teams paired their love of barbecue with their support of veterans during a friendly competition outside of MVP Spirits and Grill on Sunday.

"We're making some ribs," Cassie Ingram said. "We made up our own sauce: Sauce 9."

Ingram and her friend, Elizabeth Wozney, are both members of Turf Medic's team. The company sponsored this year's rib cook-off as a way to turn BBQ into benefits for veterans.

"That's what it's all about is helping these guys out, and doing everything we can to help them out, so they make sure that our veterans are taken care of," Turf Medic Owner Luis Blankenship said.

Each of the 15 teams signed up, paid an entry fee and showed off their grilling skills. But, Wozny said the competition isn't about winning, but helping our service men and women.

"They don't get all of the recognition they deserve, and you know there's people who get paid more to carry a football than these guys to carry their lives on their backs for us," Wozny said.

All money raised from the team entry fees and the five dollar barbecue plates goes back to the Veterans of North Alabama Services Assistance Program (VON-ASAP).

"This money goes towards helping us set veterans up into housing," Jane Dow said. "We go in and we set them up with furniture, household items, linens and everything they would need to function once they get into the house or apartment."

If you did not make yourself a barbecue plate during the cook-off there are still ways you can help VON-ASAP help our veterans. Visit their website, www.veterans-on-asap-huntsville.com/index.html, for more information.

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