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Thank you for a fantastic 2016! We will begin announcing our 2017 Festival dates in August

May 12-14, 2016

2016 Hours of operation:

Thursday, May 12: 11 a.m. - midnight
Friday, May 13: 11 a.m. - midnight
Saturday, May 14: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.


WCBCC Visitor FAQs

Below are things to know before you visit the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest:

  • This is a competition. Local health regulations prohibit teams from serving barbecue to the general public. There are barbecue vendors, as well as other food vendors that sell food to the public.
  • Food and beverages, including beer, are available from the concessionaires.
  • All food must be purchased with cash. ATMs are available at Tom Lee Park for your convenience.
  • Picture I.D.'s will be required from everyone purchasing alcohol.
  • The Kingsford Tour of Champions and Cooker's Caravan allow for a team-like WCBCC experience.
  • Wear comfortable shoes! The park is roughly one mile from end to end.
  • All packages and purses are subject to inspection.

WHAT NOT TO BRING: No beverages, bicycles, cans, containers, coolers, food, glass bottles, laser pointers, lawn chairs, over-sized umbrellas, pets, roller blades, roller skates, water guns, weapons or thrown objects (baseballs, footballs, frisbees, etc.).

Visitor Information

We love visitors! Each year, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest entertains visitors from around the world. In 2013, visitors came from all 50 states and 8 foreign countries. Please let our guest services volunteers know you are our visitor, and they will explain all of the rib-tickling entertainment offerings.

If you're planning on visiting the event, please take advantage of the following programs and events for visitors.

While local codes prohibit teams from selling barbecue to the general public, the Kingsford Tour of Champions allows you to taste and judge world-class barbecue.

Ms. Piggie Idol

Imagine grown men dressed in tutus and snouts, parading around the stage and "singing" familiar songs with barbecue-infused lyrics involving pork, grilling and more. It's an event you have to see to believe.

Cooker Caravan

The Cooker Caravan is free and gives the general public an intimate view of the barbecue contest and competing teams. The Cooker Caravan behind-the-scenes tour includes information on how the world’s best barbecue cooking teams produce prize-winning barbecue, a chance to see a variety of specialty grills and smokers, and tips on how to improve backyard grilling. Interested Cooker Caravan participants should meet between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 12 and Friday, May, 13 at the Camping World Cooker Caravan tent located in the middle of the park near the main judges tent to sign up for a time slot. The Cooker Caravan departs every 30 minutes.


2016 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Map

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Map

America's Premier .2K Run

Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, known around the globe for its fierce competitiveness from among the world’s most formidable competitors, will host the 2nd Annual Big Hog Run in 2016. This event addresses the increasing popularity of running events and serves as a grand opening kick-off to #WCBCC16.

2016 Master Schedule

(subject to change)

MONDAY, MAY 9

  • Load-in: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (with load-in pass only)
  • Team Check-in/Registration (in Judges Tent): 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Electrical Check-in (in Judges Tent): 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • All vehicles to exit the Park: 8:00 p.m.
  • Park closes: 10:00 p.m.

  • PLEASE NOTE: VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE PARK 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE END OF LOAD-IN.
    ALL PERSONS EXCEPT TWO (2) 24-HOUR WRISTIK WEARERS PER TEAM MUST EXIT THE PARK AT 10:00 P.M.

    TUESDAY, MAY 10

  • Load-in: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (with load-in pass only)
  • Team Check-in/Registration (in Judges Tent): 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Electrical Check-in (in Judges Tent): 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • All vehicles to exit the Park: 8:00 p.m.
  • Park closes: 10:00 p.m.

  • PLEASE NOTE: VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE PARK 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE END OF LOAD-IN.
    ALL PERSONS EXCEPT TWO (2) 24-HOUR WRISTIK WEARERS PER TEAM MUST EXIT THE PARK AT 10:00 P.M.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 11

  • Load-in: 7:00 a.m. -- 3:00 p.m.
  • Team Check-in/Registration 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Electrical Check-in 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club Sales 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Team Beer Sales 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Ice Sales 10:00 a.m. -10:00 p.m.
  • Big Hog Run Check-in & Late Registration - 2:30 p.m. at the Orpheum Theatre Broadway Room
  • Big Hog Run .2K Run - 4:00 p.m. at the corner of Beale & Main Street
  • All Vehicles to exit the park before 3:00p.m. as well as team members without 24hour wristiks - no exceptions.
  • Team Friends and Family Admission 5:30 p.m. (advance Wednesday night ticket only)
  • Park Closes 10:00 p.m.
  • PLEASE NOTE: VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ENTER INTO THE PARK 30 MINUTES PRIOR TO THE END OF LOAD-IN. ALL PERSONS EXCEPT TWO (2) 24-HOUR WRISTIK WEARERS PER TEAM MUST EXIT THE PARK AT 10:00 P.M.

    THURSDAY, MAY 12

  • Food Load-in: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Sam’s Club Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Ice Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • All vehicles to exit the Park: 9:00 a.m.
  • Team Check-in/Registration: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon
  • Team Beer Sales: 10:00 a.m.- 10:00 p.m.
  • Code Enforcement on Site: 10:00 a.m.
  • Admission Ticket Sales: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Free Admission Gate: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • SPECIAL EVENT CONTEST TIMES:
  • Home Depot Best Booth Judging: 11:00 a.m.
  • Best T-Shirt Turn-in: 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Kingsford Tour of Champions: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Ms. Piggie Idol Contest: 6:00 p.m. (Contestants on stage by 5:30)
  • Ms. Piggie Idol Finals: 8:00 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 8:00 p.m. (Ms.Piggie Idol, T-shirt, Booth)
  • Featured Entertainment: Cracker 8:30 p.m.
  • Park closes: 12:00 a.m.

  • MEETING TIMES:
  • Patio Cooks Meeting: 12:00 p.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Shoulder Cooks Meeting: 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Hog Cooks Meeting: 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Ribs Cooks Meeting: 1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • FRIDAY, MAY 13

  • Meat Load-in: 7:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
  • Meat inspection: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Sam’s Club Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Ice Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • All vehicles to exit the Park: 9:00 a.m.
  • Team Beer Sales: 10:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Admission Ticket Sales: 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • Free Admission Gate: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

  • ANCILLARY TURN-IN TIMES
  • Exotic Turn-in: 12:45 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Tomato Sauce: Turn- n 12:45 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Seafood Turn-in: 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Mustard Sauce Turn-in: 1:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.
  • Poultry Turn-in: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Vinegar Sauce Turn-in: 2:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Beef Turn-in: 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Hot Wings Turn-in: 3:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.
  • Kingsford Tour of Champions: 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
  • (AnythIng But, Hot WIngs, Sauce)
  • Featured Entertainment: Tone Loc 8:00 p.m.
  • Park closes: 12:00 a.m.

  • ALL PERSONS EXCEPT TWO (2) 24-HOUR WRISTIK WEARERS PER TEAM MUST EXIT THE PARK AT 12:00 A.M.

    SATURDAY, MAY 14

  • All vehicles to exit Park: 8:00 a.m.
  • Sam’s Club Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Ice Sales: 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Team Beer Sales: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Admission Ticket Sales: 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

  • BLIND TURN-IN TIMES:
  • Shoulder: 10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Whole Hog: 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Patio Porker: 12:00 p.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • Rib: 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

  • ON-SITE JUDGING TIMES:
  • Shoulder: 11:00 a.m.
  • Whole Hog: 12:15 p.m.
  • Rib: 1:30 p.m.
  • Awards Ceremony: 6:30 p.m.
  • Featured Entertainment: Jason D. Williams 8:00 p.m.
  • Park Closes: 10:00 p.m.
  • Team Load-out: 11:30 p.m.- 1:00 a.m

  • ALL TEAMS MUST EXIT THE PARK BY 1 A.M.

    Entertainment

    Don't miss a single minute of the fun-filled pig mania on the Main Stage! From the hilarious Ms. Piggie Idol competition on Thursday night, the Friday and Saturday night Awards Ceremonies, and the live entertainment, you'll be squealing all the way home.

    All entertainment events and awards take place on the Cattlemen's Main Stage.

    Thursday, May 12, 2016

    Ms. Piggie Idol

    Thursday, May 12, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

    Imagine grown men dressed in tutus and snouts, parading around the stage and "singing" familiar songs with barbecue-infused lyrics involving pork, grilling and more. It's an event you have to see to believe.

    Cracker

    Thursday, May 12, 8:30 p.m.

    Cracker has been described as a lot of things over the years: alt-rock, Americana, insurgent-country, and have even had the terms punk and classic-rock thrown at them. But more than anything Cracker are survivors. With more than 10 studio albums and thousands of live performances, their worldwide fan base continues to grow each year.

    Friday, May 13, 2016

    Ancillary Awards

    Friday, May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

    Tone Loc

    Friday, May 13, 8:00 p.m.

    The 1989 release of Loc'd After Dark put rapper Tone Loc in the spotlight. The breakthrough album spawned the hit singles "Wild Thing" and "Funky Cold Medina" which still remain Loc's best-known tunes. The 1980s rap pioneer made such a splash that he ended up being just the second rap act ever to reach #1 on Billboard's album charts. Loc landed a few notable acting roles in the mid-90’s and may best be remembered for his work in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective.

    Saturday, May 14, 2016

    World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2015 Awards

    Saturday, May 14, 8:00 p.m.

    Jason D. Williams

    The rock 'n' roll history of Memphis looms large in the world of Jason Williams after recording for RCA and Sun Records in the 1980s and '90s. The talented musician has spent a lifetime behind the piano connecting with country and rock 'n' roll greats while creating a persona that's 100 percent original. His take-no-prisoners approach to performing country and rock ‘n’ roll are sure to keep audiences singing along.

    2016 Concessions

    BIG G'S MOBILE KITCHEN

    Bourbon St. chicken with beans and rice, fries, smoked sausage, smokehouse chops, bacon bomber, fried pickles, fried cheese, crawfish boil.

    BIG KAHUNA

    All your island favorites under one roof. 

    BUBBA'S BURGERS

    Burgers, fries, sides and more!

    MELTDOWN GOURMET

    Grilled cheese, mac & cheese, philly cheesesteaks, veggie wraps and more! 

    MELTDOWN STUFFED PRETZELS

    Pepperoni, apple peanut butter, cheddar jalapeno, chicken bacon ranch, bbq pulled pork, and more!

    PRONTO PUPS

    Regular or foot long pronto pup.

    YANCY'S COOL STUFF

    BBQ sandwich, bologna, or nachos, smoked sausage and spiral potatoes.

    Every year, hundreds of teams compete for over $111,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights. Teams adorn their areas with elaborate decoration, trophies attesting to their boasting rights, and as one can imagine, clever and creative team names. While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the "Ms. Piggie Idol" competition where the finest swine tests their vocal skills, and grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition as well as a best booth contest.

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