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East Texas restaurant cooking up fame

By Lakecia Shockley - bio | email
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HENDERSON, TX (KLTV) - It put Henderson Texas on the map...

Claudia's Cafe in Henderson was picked as one of five finalist for Live with Regis and Kelly's "Ultimate Hometown Grill Off".

"The customer that nominated us right now said that all of our food, this one in particular, was so good that it would make you want to slap your mama," laughed Claudia Morgan-Gray. "And, I'm pretty sure the people in New York had not heard that term before. A couple of days later the producer's called and wanted the recipe and then they called back and wanted the video So...it's been kind of fun."

Every Wednesday, customers pile into Claudia's for the famous pulled pork.

"Oh, it's delicious," said Martha Swinney. "It's great."

As for the Sassy Sauce, Claudia says that got its name after her husband Weldon.

"She and Weldon put Henderson on the map," said William Ashby. "People all over the country that saw Regis and Kelly they saw Henderson Texas so that's a big spot!"

"I think it's fabulous and I highly recommend anybody to eat this not only the pork but the side dishes also," said Ann Waller.

And even though, Claudia's came up short on the talk show's grill-off competition. Her customers are not complaining.

"Our customers love this dish," said Morgan-Gray. "So, we're still winners."

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