Attention, barbecue saucemasters: We’ve got some sweet prizes to announce to entice you to enter the Food section’s first Smoke Signals Barbecue Sauce Recipe Contest:

Third place: A collection of sauces from Rocklands and Pork Barrel, a copy of Paul Kirk’s “Championship Barbecue Sauces” cookbook and two tickets to this year’s Safeway Barbecue Battle (June 25-26).

Second place: All of the preceding, plus a behind-the-scenes tour of Hill Country, Rocklands and Pork Barrel led by Smoke Signals columnist Jim Shahin, to feature a discussion with pit masters about their methods.

 First place: All of the third-place prizes, plus a trophy awarded onstage at the Safeway Barbecue Battle when the winners of the barbecue cook-offs are announced, entry into the Battle’s national sauce contest and position as honorary barbecue judge at the Battle.  We’re looking for finishing sauces, the kind you use to glaze grilled meat, fish or vegetables, to brush on just before serving or to serve on the side. We do not want recipes for marinades, rubs or mop sauces that are used early in the cooking process. The recipe should call for no more than 10 ingredients, none of which can be a commercial barbecue sauce. Recipes must be original, the sole work of the entrant.

Entrants must be amateur home cooks, not professionals. No employees of The Washington Post or their spouses or immediate family members may enter.

Recipe measurements and directions must be precise and easy to follow, and should include:

-A brief description of the sauce and what it pairs with best.

-A list of ingredients, using numerical values for measurements.

-Clear directions on how to make and use the sauce.

Include your full name as you would like it to appear in the newspaper. Also include your phone numbers, your home address (not to be used in the paper, but to verify your information) and your e-mail address. Put your name and contact information at the top of the e-mail.

The entry deadline is Sunday.

E-mail your entry to, with the words “SAUCE CONTEST” in the subject line.