Once again, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition for 2022 in Memphis, Tennessee fairgrounds. Some exciting new updates will make this year’s BBQ competition more exciting with cook-offs, food tasting, and music. There are some things you do need to know that make this barbecue competition very different from others- as you’ll find out.
This is not your typical food festival
Unlike many other BBQ festivals, the Memphis in May WCBCC is not actually a place you want to go just to sample great BBQ. Or is it? The truth is very simple. This competition is a limited engagement and allows some perks to watch this competition happen up close and personal. To get close to the BBQ action means that you’ll need to get a VIP-it Pass which is not part of the average price of admission.
What you can get from this specialized pass is quite exciting for barbecue enthusiasts who are curious about the high-stakes world of barbecue competition. This pass is not the final pass that is available, this is typically known as the WCBCC22 VIPit Pass. The regular pit pass will give you access to areas where only the pitmasters are allowed. This special pass gives you extra perks such as:
Several interactions and visits to meet competition teams
This allows the average admission to go behind the scenes to interact directly with the top BBQ teams up close and personal.
There are many smaller cooking and barbecue demonstrations which include plenty of tastings of the specialty food like side dishes and barbecues items.
Judging class pass
Have you ever wondered what it takes to be an official Memphis in May tasting judge? You can also take part in a judging class with a certified judge to learn their secrets.
Blind judging attendance
It’s not a chance to taste the award-winning foods that certified judges get to sample, but gives you direct access to their tasting tent to see them in action while how they judge the competitors barbecued samples.
VIP hospitality suite
These specialty areas also provide free beverages such as wine and beer and also private toilet access. There is also some degree of snacks and food that might be offered.
Kingsford Tour of Championships
All those attending Memphis in May will (of course), have access to this exciting add-on ticket which is a special hour and a half event that is held by competing teams who hold individual BBQ sample tastings. You also get to hear about their personal stories and secrets. This ticket is additional when you buy the general admission at the front gate. Each of these events is a limited engagement reservation and is both held from 2pm to 4pm each day of the cook-off event.
BBQ Alley by Big Green Egg & Friends
If you’re still set on getting some top-quality BBQ at this event, there is only one place you can enjoy it best. BBQ Alley is an exclusive ticket that you purchase before the Memphis in May actually begins. The tickets are purchased online and are also limited in quantity due to the number of tickets that are sold. Over the next three days, you can experience pork ribs, pulled pork, or beef and poultry foods.
Each of these meals is served with small side dishes with delicious offerings such as baked beans, Mac and cheese, and other tasty sides. Each day is limited to up to 250 ticket holders for the entire three days of this event.
General admission perks
Even if you don’t get any of the extra passes to this three-day event, you can still get a chance for a guided tour each day for half an hour into the Pitmaster grilling camp. This also gives you a chance to meet competitors and see their grilling equipment and techniques in person.
Things to know
This year’s event takes place from Thursday- May 12, 2022, to Saturday, May 14, 2022. See the results from last year’s Memphis in May here. You can see the advance tickets being sold at the official website ticket office. This is better if you want to get special VIP passes and event tickets. Since this event is held in May, the competition continues ‘rain or swine’, so bring an umbrella or appropriate clothing as needed on these days.
Since this occurs during the Memphis in May Music Festival, there is obviously plenty more to do while not attending the BBQ cook-off competition throughout the day or night.