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Things To Do In Memphis: Whiskey in the Wild

by Melissa Thompson

The Lichterman Nature Center is hosting its first annual 'Whiskey in the Wild' event Sunday, September 15, 5 pm – 8pm. Whisky tasting at either 5:30pm or 7:00pm. Whiskey lovers and nature buffs will enjoy sipping whiskey, eating BBQ, bidding at the silent auction and soaking up nature while benefiting the LNC.

Proceeds from the event will fund a variety of educational programs at the Lichterman Nature Center. The event is sponsored by Friends of the Pink Palace, Highlander Restaurant and Pub on the Collierville Square and Big River Distillery.

Highlander Restaurant and Pub is providing welcome cocktails and food courses with tastings. Big River Distillery, maker of "Blue Note Bourbon" and "Riverset Rye," is donating whiskey for tastings.

Silent auction items have been donated by Pink Palace Crafts Fair craftsmen and others. Big River Distillery will be offering a private Tour and Barrel Tasting for 4 adults. (Open Monday- Friday. 9am -6pm.) Each member will leave with a complimentary bottle of Blue Note or Riverset Rye!

Special thanks to our sponsors:

- Highlander Restaurant and Pub on the Collierville Square

- Blue Note Bourbon - Big River Distillery

- Riverset Rye - Big River Distillery

Whiskey Tasting  - $50 with BBQ dinner
$25 dinner only.

Must be 21 or over to attend tasting or dinner.
No children will be admitted.

Purchase tickets here

All proceeds after expenses go to Lichterman Nature Center to support its programs.

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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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This event will take place at Cobb Parr Memorial Park in Covington, Tennessee, May 31, June 1, and June 2, 2018.

We would like to invite you to bring your entire family and enjoy live music lots of barbeque cooking and much more. Opening ceremonies are scheduled for Friday night, June 1, at 7pm.   
There will be lots of things to do for everyone, so come to Covington and spend your weekend with us.

Live Entertainment
Family Fun Zone
Cornhole Tournament
Aircraft Flyover

Cobb Parr Park, Covington, Tennessee 38019

May 31 at 5:00 PM to Jun 2 at 8:00 PM CDT

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #76: The Bar-B-Q Shop

by Melissa Thompson

The Bar-B-Q Shop, voted #1 ribs in America by the Food Network’s “Top Five Restaurants”, located in the heart of Midtown, less than a mile from the Overton Square Entertainment District, is a local Memphis barbecue eatery that opened in November of 1987. It is a place known for real-pit barbecue with old fashioned barbecue sauces and cole slaw that are made from scratch.

The unique taste of The Bar-B-Q Shop’s gourmet award winning sauces has always been something that has set The Bar-B-Q Shop off from other barbeque restaurants. The recipes for our gourmet sauces have been around for over fifty years.

The Original (mild) Sauce provides a thickness that can be used to baste, marinade, or provide flavoring for your meat of choice.

Our Hot Sauce also provides the same level of thickness but with a little warmth behind it. Our Hot Sauce does an excellent job of providing your meat with a hot flavor without taking away from the barbeque, smokey flavor itself.

The Bar-B-Q Shop’s Dry Seasoning was created later by Frank Vernon in the mid eighties. Our Dry Seasoning is an extraordinary seasoning because it can be used to season anything from chicken breasts, hamburger steaks, salmon or fillet catfish, to even a beef roast. The seasoning can be used with a marinade while prepping your food item, or it can be applied when your food comes out of the oven.

1782 Madison Ave, Memphis, TN 38104

Restaurant: 901.272.1277

Sauce Order: 888.372.8237


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The Rendezvous, founded by Charlie Vergos in 1948, started out as an 80 seat tavern serving ham and cheese sandwiches. When Charlie cleaned out the basement beneath his diner, he discovered a coal chute and started a barbecue legend. The coal chute gave Mr. Charlie a vent for his considerable talent over the grill. He developed a unique seasoning fusing his Greek heritage with spices he enjoyed from New Orleans. Mr. Charlie was a collector and hung antiques, memorabilia, and artwork on the walls. This, along with a soulful jukebox, lively waiters, and aromas from the kitchen helped him to create an atmosphere unequalled in the city of Memphis.

Today, several thousand people on an average Saturday night pour into the basement and sink their teeth into a slab of what makes Memphis, well, Memphis. Presidents and potentates, the King and the Killer, Rolling Stones, *NSYNC, and everybody who’s anybody have all been down for a bite.

The restaurant is still in the Vergos family and run by Charlie's three kids and their kids are coming along, and their kids will follow. The ribs still taste the same as they did in the beginning. Plus, they still make a mean ham-and-cheese sandwich too!

While Rendezvous is famous for its ribs, don't overlook the other items on the menu. From the beef brisket to the pulled pork shoulder sandwich to grilled chicken.

The Rendezvous can offer its one-of-a-kind menu, charm and ambience to fulfill your special-event needs accommodating parties as large as 300 people!

Visit for more info or call 901.523.2746. On your way out, don’t forget to pick up a bag of BBQ popcorn!

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101 Things To Do In Memphis #4 Corky’s Ribs & BBQ

by Melissa Thompson

Beginning in the early 1970's, Don Pelts began to visualize a Memphis-style BBQ joint that made great premium BBQ in a fun 50's environment. After spending over a decade operating an existing Memphis BBQ restaurant, he finally set out to realize his dream. In 1984, Don found the perfect location and was ready to bring Corky's to life. All he could think of was a small cozy place with old barn wood walls, lots of neon, polished brass, interior aged brick, ceiling fans, servers in bow ties and white shirts, and of course piping in all the great music hits of the 50's and 60's.  And that’s exactly what he did…

Home to over 100 BBQ specific restaurants; Corky’s has been voted the #1 BBQ in Memphis by Reader’s Polls over 22 times! And all because Don Pelts made a decision almost 30 years ago to open Corky’s BBQ with the following requirements:

1. Buy the very best raw products

2. Cook the old fashioned way over hickory and charcoal

3. Hire the best team to support his vision for Corky’s

4. Do it right EVERY TIME!

Corky’s unique combination of award winning ribs and barbeque, quality service, and inviting family atmosphere have brought the restaurant national acclaim. Corky’s has received national recognition by being named “Favorite BBQ” by Southern Living in 1996 and 2000, has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and was even recognized on the Food Network.

The success of Corky’s dining room business led to a booming drive-thru/take out business that had never been done before in Memphis BBQ. Within a year of opening, Corky’s started taking its great BBQ to peoples’ homes, businesses and picnic facilities with its full service Catering Team. They arrive, set up, serve and let the customer just have fun! Corky’s has catered events as large as 18,000 people and served them all in 2 hours!

Corky’s popularity with out of town guest grew so much that they opened a USDA inspected processing facility in 1991. That original 900 square foot space has been improved over the years to now 53,000 square feet! Their BBQ is shipped overnight to sports stars, Hollywood celebs, and folk just like you and me. This facility also cooks all the food that Corky’s ships to Supermarkets including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Publix, Costco, and many others.

At Corky’s, serving the world’s finest hickory-smoked ribs and BBQ is more than just a commitment, it’s an ongoing legacy of greatness. Corky’s Ribs and BBQ is hand rubbed with their special recipe dry shake or hand basted with their world famous BBQ sauce, and then smoked for 18 hours to seal in the succulence of the Memphis born recipe that is known and loved around the world! That matchless Memphis heritage of unique flavorings comes alive with each and every mouth-watering bite!

Those who try Corky’s, continue to say. . .“It’s Simply the Best!”

5259 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, TN 38119
(901) 685-9744


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101 Things To Do In Memphis #57: Germantown Commissary

by Melissa Hayes Thompson

Once a country store peddling everything from blue jeans to bologna, Germantown Commissary now offers some of the best barbecue around in the tiny building it calls home. The Germantown Commissary looks pretty much like you would expect any commissary to look like: old wooden chairs on the front porch, train tracks nearby, and creaky wooden floors as you open the door.

The commissary cooks the old-time, Memphis-style BBQ way that locals have been enjoying for over 25 years. Besides favorites like the pulled pork and ribs, they prepare many pies and cakes, Brunswick stew, hot tamales, shrimp, and deviled eggs.

The Commissary also has a full or self-service catering menu that is sure to please your guests! All BBQ catering includes meat, beans and slow.  Memphis BBQ catering is the best way to please the party! Sit back and enjoy your next event and leave the work to the Commissary!

It's also easy to enjoy the taste and spirit of Memphis BBQ wherever you are with their delivery service. Tell them what you want and they'll pack it in dry ice and FedEx it to you lickety-split. Don’t forget to include some of your favorite sauces, rubs, t-shirts and aprons!

Visit their website or call 901.754.5540 for additional information! Nothing says Memphis cuisine like some good BBQ! 

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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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Oak Hall Run for St. Jude!

by Your Key to Memphis Team

Register Now for the Oak Hall Run for St. Jude!

When:   Sunday, May 6, 2012 (RACE DAY!)
Noon-2:00 PM     Day of Race Registration
2:00 PM               Live Music
3:00 PM               Race begins
3:30 PM               Post Race BBQ 
   (Compliments of Germantown Commissary)
4:30 PM                Awards Ceremony

Where:  Oak Hall
                6150 Poplar Avenue Suite 146 
                Memphis, TN 38119
                (Corner of Poplar and Ridgeway at Regalia)

Registration Information








Age Group Division




Wheelchair Division




Youth (14 & Under)




MRTC Members




Online Registration closes at midnight on May 4, 2012 

Mail-in registrations must be postmarked by April 30, 2012

Packet Pick up locations

See Packet Pickup Schedule for in-person Registration
and Packet Pickup times and locations.

Additional Information

Please go to the Oak Hall Run for St Jude website for additional information about Course Descriptions, Schedule of Events, Parking, Timing Information, Awards, and Volunteer Opportunities.

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