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Things To Do In Memphis: World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

by Melissa Thompson


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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Memphis in May 2012 Sunset Symphony

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Spend a relaxing day down by the river listening to an orchestra playing beautiful music in the background, while enjoying the gorgeous view of the sun setting on the river. Make the day even more incredible by packing the perfect picnic dinner to share with your friends and family. No worries, if you forget anything there will be plenty of great food and beverage vendors on site for your convenience. Just remember to bring cash, since that is the only method of payment most vendors will accept. The Memphis in May Sunset Symphony Orchestra offers special family friendly entertainment and the kids will really love the amazing firework show!
Location:
Tom Lee Park on Riverside Drive between Beale Street and Georgia Avenue in downtown Memphis.
Date and Time:
Saturday, May 26 -- 2:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Event Schedule:
4:30pm Company d
6:00pm Air Show
7:30pm Memphis Symphony Orchestra with special guest The Bar-Kays
9:00pm Firework Finale
Admission:
$9.00 at the gate
Free admission for children 6 and under

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Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Memphis_in_May_Barbecue_Cooking_Contest Enjoy Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest May 17-19, 2012 at Tom Lee Park.  Hundreds of barbecue teams will compete for the championship title and bragging rights, and throw a heck of a huge party while the grills are going. The participating barbecue teams go all-out with lavishly decorated creative booths, t-shirts, and themes involving the honored country; which is the Philippines this year.  Most teams throw extravagant parties, complete with disco balls, custom-built liquor shot dispensers, and deejays. Barbecue teams include Hog Wild, Optimus Swine, 10 Bones BBQ, Jacks Old South, Pork Me Tender, Red Hot Smokers, and hundreds more! If you do not know someone with a booth, and you want to enjoy barbeque; no worries there are food vendors with barbeque for purchase. On Saturday, May 19 is the judging of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, so that is when the barbecue really counts!

BBQ Fest Basics
 •Location:  Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis on Riverside Drive between Beale Street & Georgia Avenue
 •When:  Thursday May 17 – Saturday May 19
 •Times:  Thursday 10 a.m. – 12 a.m., Friday 11 a.m. – 12 a.m., and Saturday 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
 •Tickets:   Single day tickets are $7 online or $8 at the gate
 •The park is about a mile long, so wear comfortable shoes.

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Melissa Thompson
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Memphis TN 38120
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