ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dozens of law enforcement officers and first responders competed in the 16th Annual Law Enforcement Week Barbecue Cook Off.
Nine agencies from Dougherty and Lee Counties were eligible to start cooking at 3 a.m.
Ribs, Boston butt, chicken and hot wings were on the menu for competition.
Local community members were the judges, but first responders say the fellowship was the main attraction.
"We don't have to worry about being stressed out from the day to day operations of our jobs. And we just get out here and have a good time. Of course we all cook. We enjoy cooking. And there is not anybody out here who doesn't have the spirit of competition," said Cpt. Bobby Spencer of the Lee Co. Fire Department.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office team, the Drive By Smokers, won the overall grand prize.
The Albany Police Department's "Grillin and Chillin" team finished second.
Our very own Jim Wallace served as one of the judges and brought back some samples.