The North Carolina Pork Council is proud to sponsor cooking contests across the state. Below is a look at some of the recipes that have taken home blue ribbons this year.

2016 NC State Fair Tar Heel Pork Challenge

1st Place: Jalapeño Whoppers
Billy Narron of Middlesex, NC

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2nd Place: Bacon and Beer Caramel Popcorn Crunch
Julia Truelove of Raleigh, NC

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3rd Place: Piggy Twirls on a Stick 
Gail Fuller of Raleigh, NC

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2016 NC Mountain State State Fair Pork Recipe Competition

1st Place: Cheesy Pork Burgers
Susie Zuerner of Arden, NC

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2nd Place: Bacon Chocolate Chip Blondies
Sharon Gates of Leicester, NC

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3rd Place: Southwestern Spicy Pork Soup
Justin Pegg of Asheville, NC

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