Recognized by USAToday as the “Most Prestigious Barbecue Contest,” the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a four-day competition held in Tom Lee Park on the banks of the Mississippi River in downtown Memphis, TN.

Nearly 250 teams travel from around the world and across the U.S. to compete for the title of World Champion and a share of the more than $115,000 in prize money. The Contest draws more than 75,000 attendees, including teams from twenty-six states and six countries, from as far away as Japan and the Czech Republic to compete in the championship pork categories of Ribs, Shoulder, and Whole Hog, as well as the ancillary competitions of Hot Wings, Sauce, and “Anything But Pork.” The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest also offers an amateur category, the Patio Porkers, which allows the backyard grillers the opportunity to test their skills against best in barbecue.

The VIPit Pass is the head honcho of World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest experiences. From cooking demonstrations to tours of competitor's team spaces, you'll be shown the things that everyone wishes they could see. The #WCBCC19 VIPit schedule for each day is listed below!

Wednesday, May 15

  • 5:30 pm - Welcome by Hosts Frank and Mary Horner, enjoy complimentary beverages

  • 6:00 pm - Light Bite food offering compliments of Big Green Egg

  • 6:30 pm - Watch Sauce Wrestling presented by McVean Trading on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Thursday, May 16

  • 3:00 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 1)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 2)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Ms. Piggy Idol on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Dessert food offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 8:30 pm - Watch The Dan Band on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Friday, May 17

  • 12:30 pm - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 1:00 pm - Depart to BBQ Alley

  • 1:15 pm - Meet BBQ Alley Participants and Eat BBQ Samplings

  • 2:00 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 3:45 pm - Distribute VIP BBQ Team Bios and depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 3)

  • 4:45 pm - Depart to meet with teams and enjoy barbecue (Round 4)

  • 5:45 pm - Depart to Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • 6:00 pm - Watch Rib Rumble on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 6:15 pm - Cooking Demonstration with Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Food offering compliments of Big Green Egg & Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:00 pm - Watch MINI KISS on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

Saturday, May 18

  • 11:30 am - Meet in Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality

  • Noon - Judging Class by Certified Judge Ron Childers

  • 1:30 pm - Depart for Blind Judging in Judges Tent

  • 2:00 pm - Depart for Big Green Egg VIPit Hospitality & eat Blind Judging Samples

  • 3:00 pm - Operation BBQ Relief – Stan Hays

  • 5:00 pm - Food Offering compliments of Big Green Egg 

  • 6:30 pm - Awards Ceremony on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

  • 8:30 pm - Watch Bobby Rush on Cattlemen’s Main Stage

#WCBCC19 tickets are on sale and team applications are available by clicking here.

The 42nd competition is set for May 15-18, 2019! Visit the event details page or check out our Facebook page for more information as May approaches. 

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