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A taste of the World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off

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by CBS News

Weekend cooking competitions are a pretty common sight south of the Mason Dixon Line. But there was something very uncommon about the one held on a recent Saturday in Bentonville, Arkansas: the food itself.

Welcome to the 2015 World Champion Squirrel Cook-Off.

That's right. Squirrel! Whether you find them adorable, or consider them rats with cuter tails, you've probably never considered eating them. That is, unless you're from the South.

"You don't have to promote that it's organic, that it's grass-fed, anything of that nature. It just IS," said Joe Wilson, the guy behind the cook-off. "I mean, this is tree-to-table."

He says cooking squirrel is a tradition that goes back generations.

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