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St. Joe man's Fryin' Saucer advances in national new-product contest

Businessmen Jim Traeger, left, Mike Myers, “The Fryin’ Saucer Guys,” hope to advance to the next round in the national Intuit Small Business Big Game contest and win a free commercial during the biggest football game of the year. Traeger resides in the town of St. Joseph. (Submitted photo)

The Fryin’ Saucer, a portable outdoor cooking system, advanced to Round 2 of the Intuit Small Business Big Game contest, taking the local business one step closer to winning a free commercial during the biggest football game of the year.

The two “Fryin’ Saucer Guys” — Jim Traeger of the town of St. Joseph and Mike Myers of Forest Lake —have owned the business for almost a year and they’re working hard to promote their venture.

“We’d sure like to see a Minnesota product on America’s television screens during the Super Bowl,” said Traeger.

To move to the next stage, the Fryin’ Saucer Guys need votes online at <a href=""></a>. Fans can vote for the Fryin’ Saucer once a day.

“We’re excited for this opportunity to show off the Fryin’ Saucer,” Myers added.

The Fryin’ Saucer has a large, sloped alloy-aluminum rim with a non-stick surface to drain oil into the basin while keeping the cooked food hot.

“Anything you cook—fish, shrimp, chicken, potatoes, onion rings—tastes crispier and healthier than you can get with a regular fryer,” Myers said. “You can take it to the cabin, the beach, or the ice-fishing shack. It works in the winter or summer, just about anywhere. Plus, the kitchen doesn’t smell, and that makes my wife happy.”

To help boost the company’s chances, vote online at <a href=""></a>. Learn more at <a href=""></a>.