For the love of BBQ and sweet tea, welcome back to the 2014 Southern Weddings Mason-Dixon Madness Tourney! From the number of votes cast during the Round of 32, it seems like y’all called your best friends, mamas, grandmamas, and neighbors in an effort to make sure your favorite Southern delicacies made it into the Sweet Sixteen. For my own part, I am sad to report that all my efforts didn’t earn my beloved pimento cheese a victory, as cornbread advanced to the next round.
As you may have seen from our social media chatter, a couple of match-ups were neck-and-neck going into the final day of voting. Krispy Kreme pulled off the upset victory against the #2 seed, banana pudding, thanks to some Twitter pleas from Team Krispy Kreme and a strong response from the “Hot-n-Now” lovers among us. Cheerwine smoothly rolled along, much to the delight of Emily and our NC cohort, and Coca-Cola (a questionable “Cinderella” as a 10-seed) is proudly marching on as the lowest-ranked bite or beverage in the final 16!
If your head exploded over having to choose between hushpuppies and biscuits in the last round, be prepared to consider holding a head-to-head taste test when making decisions this time around. Trust your tastebuds! BBQ vs. shrimp and grits? Ham biscuits vs. fried chicken? May the best bite win!
Here’s how our bracket is looking now:
After analyzing the final tallies, rest assured that your vote counts! The match-up between ham biscuits and chicken and waffles came down to a dozen votes out of hundreds and hundreds cast. To ensure your favorites make it another round, keep voting!
Has anyone been inspired to try a new-to-you Southern delicacy or mix up an old favorite? Sound off below–I, for one, have been craving a ham biscuit for the last two weeks!