World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Teams

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

Get ready. Get set. Get Smokin’.

Teams from over 25 states and several different countries join the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest ranks every year for one reason - to live the first-hand experience of the greatest BBQ party on the planet. Teams compete in four different categories during the contest including whole hog, shoulder, rib and patio porker. Round up your buddies or coworkers, we're serious about barbecue 'round here.

The 41st annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest takes place May 17-20, 2017, and applications to join the ranks of the most prestigious meat smokin’ pit masters on the planet are available below!

The team application process for the 2017 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest will begin November 1, 2016.

2016 Master Schedule

(subject to change) **Full 2017 schedule to be released at a later date

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.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.




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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.

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Official 2016 Entry Form

The largest prize purse in the history of the championship totaling $115,000 is at stake. All competition categories (whole hog, shoulder, and ribs), along with Patio Porkers, will see higher prize payouts. Don’t miss your chance to join our Wall of Champions as the next Grand Champion!


Team Application is available HERE

A Supplemental Team Brochure is available HERE

Please note, payment must be received before application is considered complete. Payment can be made with credit card via phone at 901-525-4611 (3.5% surcharge will apply) or mailed, with copy of application, to: WCBCC Team App, 56 S. Front St., Memphis TN 38103.

2016 Team Listings

Patio Porker

Bad Pig BBQ
BBQ3
Big Al and the Buttrubbers
Boars R Us BBQ Team
Bucket List Smokers
Bush Hogs
Cook 'em with Kindness
Deeez Butts
Divine Swine
DLC Smokers
Just Porkin' Around
Me Dry Rub You Longtime
New World Oinkers
Nice Rack
No Porkin' in the Champagne Room
Phat Chance
Pigs Gone Wild
Porker Vortex
Porkin' in the Park
Porky Van Winkle
Sanders SmokeNQue
Shine & Swine
Skillet Shot
Smoke A Little smoke
Smokin' Hot & Saucey
Smokin' Spiders
Swiggin N Piggin
The Bastey Boys
The Count Bastie Porkestra

Rib

10 Bones BBQ
3 Stacks
901Q
Adribbers
All Star Ten Pin Porkers
Angry Irishman BBQ LLC
AOC Hogs
Aporkalypse Now
ARGOnaut Smokers
Auto Be Grillin'
Baby Back Griller Allstars
BBQ Team
Big Bubba's Bar-B-Q-N-Crew
Born in the Que S.A.
Boss Pit
Braizin' Assets
Cackle&OinkBBQ w/Regional One Health
Cadillac Grillz
Camo Cookers
Can-Do BBQ Team
Castle Cookers
Central Smokers
Chi Town Cookers
Dang She's Swine
Dirk Piggler's Porkographic BBQ
Dirty Hogs
Emily's Tennessee Prime
Expeditors Brokers & Smokers
Fat Side Up
Fire House 5
Full Moon Smokers
Give The Devil His Que
Got Pig?
Greaseland Porkers
Grill & Grind
Half-Porked
Hawg Sawce
Hendricks BBQ
High Life on the Hog
Hog Express
Hometown Bar B Que
Kinney's Kountry Kookers
Knob Creek Smokers
Lickman BBQ
Love Meat Tender
LVOB
MacDaddy Meat
Magically Piglicious
Meat Drink & Be Merry
Meat Makers
Meat Mitch
Memphis Barbeque Supply
Natural Born Grillers
Notorious P.I.G.
Nuts N' Butts
NuVa Swine & Spine
Peyton Place Motley Que
P-Funk and the Fat Back All-Starz
Pigs In Gin
Pigs in Space
Pigs O War
Pitmaker-BBQ Addiction
Poker Porkers
Pork & Bean Counters
Pork Fiction
Pork n' Rally
Pork O Saurus
Pork, Sweat & Beers
Porkstars
Pot Bellie Cookers
Prime Time BBQ
Pure Pleasure Porkers
Red Dawg Porkers
Ribdiculous Bar-B-Krewe
Ribmasters
Rowdy Southern Swine
Saskatchewan Smokers
Serial Grillers
Sicilian Smokers
Silky O'Sullivan's
Slab Techs
Slabs a' Smokin
Sloppy Chops
Smoke Masters
Smokers Anonymous
Smokin' on the River
Smokin' Triggers
Smokin with an Attitude
South Pork
Suspicious Rinds
Sweet Brown Smokers
Sweet Cheeks
Swine 01 Ribbers
Swinefeld
Swinos
Sysco's Cajun Cookers 2.0
Tangled Up In Que
The Beef N The Chicken
The Danish National BBQ Team
The Fabulous Faultliners
The Norwegian National Barbecue Team
The Other Team
The Pig and Pint
The Rack Pack
The Swinehouse
The Usual Saucepects
Three Alarm Smokers
Too Sauced To Pork
Totally Boar'd
Uncle Charlies Ribs
Uncle Murles BBQ
Willingham's
Won't Get Smoked Again
World Famous Larry Williams
Yippie Trippie & the Porkstars

Shoulder

Baby Back Stabbers
Barnstormers BBQ
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Big South BBQ
Blue Collar Smokers
Boardello's
Boarhouse Smokers
Boars Night Out
Boofhead BBQ
City Hogs
Cool Smoke
Crosstown Neighborhood BBQ Cooking Team
Delta Porkers
Down To Smoke (DTS)
Hog Wild Competition Team
Hoggystyle
Kill'em & Grill'em Que
Killer Hogs
Lillie's Q
Moonlight Smokers
Pages Pig Pen
Parrothead Porkers of Hogaritaville
Pat's BBQ
Peg Leg Porkers
People's Republic of Swina
Pig Stars
Planet Barbecue, Inc.
Pork Illustrated
Porky's BBQ UK
Rebel Roaster Revue (R3Q)
Red Hot Smokers
Seleccion Mexicana de Parrilleros
Shoats and Skins
Smoking Pigs Barbeque Company
Snoutkast
South Main Smoker
s Southern Hoggers Barbecue Company
Sow Luau
Squeal Street
Sweet Swine O'Mine
Swine & Dine
The Barbecue Experiment
The Flying Pigs
The Fossil Fueled Porkers
The Grandmasters of Cooking Disasters
The Hogfather
The Moody Ques
The Pit and the Pigulum II
The Pork University
TheNotReadyForSwineTimePorkers
Ubons BBQ of Yazoo
Victory Lane BBQ
VooDooQ

Whole Hog

17th Street BBQ/Apple City
3 Taxi Guys
Annesedale Pork
Barbeque Republic
Boom Boom Que
Brown Chicken Brown Cow
Bryce Boar Blazers
Canadian BBQ Society
CharQueterie
Cotton Patch Cooking Crew
Cotton Pickin Porkers
Crispy Critters
Curly Tail Smokers II
Diamond D Cooking Team
Dixie Que
Fireman John's BBQ
Gwatney Championship BBQ Team
Jacks Old South
Mac's Smoke Shop
Memphis Latin Porkers
Party Q
Pickin & Grillin
Pig Diamonds
PLP Smokers, Competition Team
RedNeck Bar-B-Que Express
Salt + Smoke
Salty Rinse BBQ
Slapjo Mama BBQ Hog Cooking Team
Steamboat BBQ
Sugarfire Smokehouse
Team Canada BBQ
The Grilla's
The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
Twyford BBQ & Catering
Whole Hog Café
Will-Be-Que BBQ Team
Yazoo's Delta Q


Team Online Application

Thank you for your interest in competing in the one and only World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, ranked as the #1 Barbecue Cooking Contest by USA Today 10Best! 

Due to space limitations, not all applications received will be accepted. Entry preference is given to those who complete application and remit payment earliest, as well as past champions, and top winners from last year. A check for the total amount due must be received with every application and postmarked or hand-delivered no later than February 19, 2016. 

Please note that a team’s corporate sponsor that conflicts or competes with Memphis in May sponsors may have an impact on acceptance. Should your application not be accepted, your money will be refunded in full. Teams will be notified of acceptance after February 29, 2016, and teams not selected will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made once you have been accepted into the contest. If there are additional questions, contact Mike Davis at 901.525.4611/ext 125 or email mdavis@memphisinmay.org. 

Your entry fee includes: your team booth space, entry of one pork category, (15) 24-hour wristiks (for championship pork categories) OR (5) 24-hour wristiks (for Patio porker category), 2 vehicle load-in passes, and a 2016 WCBCC poster and apron. The total amount due includes your entry fee, any additional ancillary contests, ticket purchases, clean-up deposit and restoration fee. All teams are required to pay the refundable clean-up deposit and non-refundable restoration fee which includes the special event permit fee, as well as to show proof of insurance or purchase event insurance through Memphis in May. 

OFFICIAL TEAM NAME:*
CATEGORY (CHECK ONLY ONE)*


HEAD COOK:*
HEAD COOK PHONE:*
HEAD COOK EMAIL ADDRESS:*
TEAM CONTACT:*
TEAM CONTACT PHONE:*
TEAM CONTACT EMAIL ADDRESS:*
TEAM CONTACT ADDRESS:*
CITY/STATE:*
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DO YOU HAVE A CORPORATE SPONSOR?*
IF YES, WHO?
COOKER CARAVAN: (Please see supplemental brochure for more details on this item)*
KINGSFORD TOUR OF CHAMPIONS: (Please see supplemental brochure for more details on this item)*
VIPit PASS TOUR Sponsored by Big Green Egg (Please see supplemental brochure for more details on this item)*
Beginning in 2016, all teams will be required to carry liability insurance. Do you have team liability insurance? (Please see supplemental brochure for more details on this item)*
ENTRY FEES: Order the size space you need – no on-site expansions are permitted. Requests for Riverview spaces will be filled on a first-request basis. Please also note that any special requests for team placement will be recognized and preference will be given based on the date application and full payment are received and after event sponsors and vendors have been placed. For teams entering into Rib, Shoulder or Whole Hog categories: *









For spaces 18’ x 30’ and larger, how tall is your structure? *

Patio Porkers Division: (Limited to 35 teams) 15’ W x 25’ D *
ANCILLARY FOOD CONTESTS & SPECIAL EVENTS: (You may enter all categories if you like, but may have only one entry per contest.)*









CLEAN-UP DEPOSIT: (refundable)*
PARK RESTORATION FEE: (non-refundable) Restoration of Tom Lee Park and special event permit fee*
BIG HOG PACKAGE: (Limit of 1 package purchase per team)
Big Hog Run: ($25 x total entries)
MiM Provided Insurance: *
WEDNESDAY FRIENDS & FAMILY NIGHT: (Limited to max of 30 guests per team.)
SINGLE DAY TICKETS:
THREE DAY WRISTIKS:
Total Amount to be Paid (includes booth fee, all additional contests, Big Hog package & tickets and $500 for clean-up deposit and park restoration fee) Make check payable to Memphis in May and send or deliver to Memphis in May, 56 South Front Street, Memphis, TN 38103*
I agree to abide by all Rules and Regulations for the 2016 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.*
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