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235 competition teams. 22 States. 5 Foreign Countries. ONE GRAND CHAMPION.

The planet’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, fires up on May 12-14, 2016 in Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis, Tennessee.

Teams will go grill-to-grill for the honor of being named World Champion and a chance at the largest prize purse in the history of the competition – $115,000, with the Grand Champion taking home more than $14,500. 

“We expect the growing intensity in master grilling to bring out the best of the best at this year’s World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.” Says Jim Holt, president and CEO of Memphis in May. “Both Memphis and the festival have received a lot of international praise for being the mecca of all things ‘cue and we know the 2016 competition will live up to all expectations.” 

The 2016 Memphis in May honored country of Canada is represented by Chef Rob Reinhardt of the Saskatchewan Smokers, who are bringing their “Eh” game and a lot of northern spiciness to the park, along with four other Canadian teams competing in the 2016 competition – including Memphis’ own Shawn Danko and Team Canada BBQ. Also bringing their best to the park this year are eight past Grand Champions, which adds more than a little spice to the mix. 

The Cattlemen’s Main Stage will provide the backdrop for more than just the barbecue awards. Miss Piggie Idol, Best T-shirt, Best Booth, and performers Cracker on Thursday, Tone Loc on Friday, and Jason D. Williams on Saturday will all take the stage during the three-day festival.

The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with all its intense competition and outrageous fun starts Thursday at 11:00 a.m. and tickets are available via ticketfly.com ($9 in advance) or at the main gate at Beale and Riverside during festival hours ($10). 

Camping World 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.

Kingsford Tour of Champions

Want to judge the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest? Join the Kingsford Tour of Champions to taste and judge the best of the best in ‘cue.  Sessions are Thursday and Friday from 2-4 p.m. and 4-6 p.m. and tickets are an additional $12 per session. SOLD OUT. 

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