Matthew Phoenix of Ankeny won first place in the Mine is the Best BBQ Sauce competition judged Tuesday at the 2012 Iowa State Fair.
Susan Schultz ofHaverhilltook second place, and Marjorie Rodgers of Indianola claimed third place.
Entries were judged on appearance, taste and originality.
The Iowa State Fair Food Department is the largest of any state fair in the country. Food Department judging is held in the Elwell Family Food Center sponsored by Blue Bunny.
“Nothing Compares” to the 2012 Iowa State Fair, August 9-19. The Fairgrounds are located at East 30th and East University Avenue, just 10 minutes east of downtown Des Moines, and are open 7 a.m. to 1 a.m. each day of the Fair. Exhibit hours may vary. For more information, call 800/545-FAIR or visit iowastatefair.org.