Best of Memphis BBQ
Memphis in May
The Memphis in May series of events includes what is arguably the most prestigious barbecue cooking competition in the US, with the name “World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest” (WCBCC).
This is a serious competition with some fun events. You can join some private sessions with competitors and judge, taste, and interact with the teams. There are cooking classes held by these masters of the flame, and then there are food choices and beer gardens for all to enjoy. WCBCC is a grand daddy event that is esteemed in the ‘Q world and enjoyed by thousands. See below for coverage of this year's and past year's events.
Memphis in May 2022 – Coverage & Winners
Memphis Grizzlies Cheerleader Wins Rib Eating Competition
Memphis in May 2021 – Coverage & Winners
BBQ History Series: Memphis in May (MiM) 1978
Tennessee River BBQ Battle and Music Festival
"Over 10 G's
up for grabs."
TN River BBQ is and early fall event, 9/23-9/24 in 2022, taking place in Savannah, TN. Usually drawing a hundred or so teams, this is a qualifier event for The American Royal Barbeque Competition and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbeque Competition and has over $10,000 in prize money up for grabs.
2021 includes a pork chop competition for the pros and their usual wing cook off. The judges will award The Governor’s Trophy, and this event offers an interactive people’s choice tasting for pulled pork with ballots to select the People’s Choice Award. In addition to the competition there is a variety of food choices to enjoy. 2021 may not have the music side often festival, but organizers look forward to having that part of the event when things get back to normal. See below to see what is shaping up in 2022 for the TN River BBQ Battle.
Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue Competition
"Playing with the
The little town of Lynchburg, TN is already home to some big flavor in Jack Daniel’s whiskey. They up the flavor game with a true championship barbecue competition. The best of the best, each competing team has to have won a prior state championship event or event with 50 other teams competing. For over 30 years this has been a top notch barbecue event in October, in this case 10/8-9 2021.
The teams are well known and another 40,000 people are known to show up to enjoy this event. And it only takes a voluntary donation to the Moore Country School system to be a guest at the event. In addition to touring the distillery, there is a Bung and Bag Toss competition and the Country Dog Contest. There is also the delightful Lynchburg community of shops and restaurants for everyone to enjoy.
Boro BBQ Festival
"Great story, great cause."
If you’ve never heard of the Boro BBQ festival that’s now going in its 6th year, it’s been a long road to creating a BBQ festival that brings barbecue fans together. For a select few, those who have been to the little city in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, then you’ll know this lesser-known KCBS-sponsored festival also went under a different name- more than once… Picture perfect barbecue for the judges to nosh
Blooming BBQ & Music Festival
“We are getting ready! Bloomin’ BBQ Music & Food Festival starts at 5pm tonight. Just a reminder we are asking people not to leave lawn chairs unattended this year. If you’re going to check out other things at the fest, take your chair – you may find another great show to enjoy on one of our 3 stages!” This is the kind of announcement that assures this is a small-town
Smoke On the Shores
Nashville has such a rich history between music and barbecue, that it comes as no surprise that their barbecue competition brings in elements of both. Like hot smoke and beef brisket, they go mighty well together. Little clarification though. In 2019 Nashville saw the heaviest rain it had received in years. With their location flooded, the intrepid organizers did not give in. Instead, they moved the event to a section