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Beef brisket, one of four meats in the (Credit: Steve Pfost)

Beef brisket, one of four meats in the New York State Barbecue Championship, gets sliced up for the judges in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

New York State Barbecue Championships on Long Island

More than 40 teams compete in Long Island's biggest barbecue cookoff in Manorville for an invitation to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Missouri.

Todd Sessa, of Blue Point, from Savannah Jean's
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Todd Sessa, of Blue Point, from Savannah Jean's BBQ, checks his chicken at the New York State Barbecue Competition held at The Maples Bar & Grill in Manorville. (Aug. 5, 2012)

Chicken gets spiced up during the New York
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Chicken gets spiced up during the New York State Barbecue competition, which included more than 40 teams, in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

A competitor at the New York State Barbecue
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A competitor at the New York State Barbecue Championships makes fresh barbecue sauce at the event in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

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John Foote, left, from Katonah, and Steve Cuomo,
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John Foote, left, from Katonah, and Steve Cuomo, right, of St. James, both from the Fat Guys in a Little Smoke, pull apart their pork at the New York State Barbecue Championship held at The Maples Bar & Grill in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

Competitors in the New York State Barbecue Championship
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Competitors in the New York State Barbecue Championship prepare pulled pork, which would be judged along with their best chicken, ribs, and brisket for the overall title. (August 5, 2012)

Matt Joseph, left, of Farmingdale, pulls apart pork,
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Matt Joseph, left, of Farmingdale, pulls apart pork, while Chris Malanga, right, also of Farmingdale and both from the Bad Ass BBQ team, watches at the New York State Barbecue Championships in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

Michael Diaz, of Hunington and from the Buenos
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Michael Diaz, of Hunington and from the Buenos Diaz BBQ team, readies his pork plate at the New York State Barbecue Championships. (August 5, 2012)

Dennis Snyder of Lake Grove and the Ma's
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Dennis Snyder of Lake Grove and the Ma's Que Crew takes a beef brisket out of the smoker at the New York State Barbecue Championships in his bid to secure an invite to the American Royal World Series of Barbecue in Kansas City, Mo. (August 5, 2012)

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Beef brisket, one of four meats in the
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Beef brisket, one of four meats in the New York State Barbecue Championship, gets sliced up for the judges in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

Brisket tips sit in a pan at the
(Credit: Steve Pfost)

Brisket tips sit in a pan at the New York State Barbecue Championship. (August 5, 2012)

Mitchell Levy, left, of Northport, and his son,
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Mitchell Levy, left, of Northport, and his son, Matthew, right, receive samples from Mara's Homemade BBQ from Syosset at the New York State Barbecue Championship in Manorville. (August 5, 2012)

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