World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a the Super Bowl of SwineSmokin' barbecue at Memphis in May. Photo by Marvin Garcia.

Memphis In May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Repeats daily from May 16, 2018 until May 19, 2018
May 16, 2018
May 19, 2018
Downtown Memphis
Memphis, TN 38103

Hundreds of teams make their way to the banks of the Mississippi River to compete for over $100,000 in prizes and bragging rights in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Sure, it is a contest – but it is also a swine soiree. The smell of sweet, smoky barbecue is only one of the sensory enjoyments. Each grilling booth will be decked out with all types of pig embellishments – including their team names (here are a few from past years: Slab Yo Mama, Swine & Dine or The Best Little Boarhouse in Memphis – to name a few). You can expect to see grill masters donning snouts, hooves, pig ears and wigs as they gear up for the annual Ms. Piggie contest where not only their costumes will be judged – but their vocal talents as well.

Although local health regulations prohibit teams from serving barbecue to the general public, you can pig-out on some of Memphis' best barbecue offered by other food vendors and you can attend the Kingsford Tour of Champions. To get your BBQ fix at a festival, make your plans to attend this Super Bowl of Swine this May. 

Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-745-3000.

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