Second place recipe by Ruthy Burk of Denison, Iowa
2 pounds butternut squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup butter
2 tablespoons bourbon, apple juice or apple cider
1/2 teaspoon salt
Put squash halves, cut-side up, on ungreased 3 quart rectangular baking dish. In a saucepan, combine syrup, butter and bourbon; cook over medium heat. Pour over cut side of sauce. Sprinkle with salt. Cover and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake an additional 45 minutes.