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Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Things to do at WCBCC
When: May 11-14
Hours: 5-10 p.m. May 11, 11 a.m.-midnight May 12-13, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 14
Tickets: Single-day general admission tickets are $14 and four-day passes are $48. Tickets can be purchased in advance at memphisinmay.org.
Live music, the Ms. Piggy Idol Contest and even Sauce Wrestling will be back at this year’s Memphis in Memphis World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Popular barbecue-education experiences like the Kingsford Tour of Champions and Cooker Caravan are also back.
Here’s a rundown:
Sauce Wrestling competition (handsdown the messiest event of the weekend) takes place at 6:30 p.m. May 11 at the main stage. Musical entertainment Little Ozzy will perform afterward.
Ms. Piggy Idol kicks off at 6 p.m. May 12 on the main stage. Teams perform skits and dress up to earn the coveted title of winner of what is guaranteed to be the most humorous part of the cooking contest.
Almost Elton John and Rod Stewart Tribute Band featuring Rob Caudill will perform following the 7 p.m. May 12 awards ceremony.
The Spin Doctors and Your Academy will perform after the 6 p.m. May 13 awards ceremony.
The Kingsford Tour of Champions is the one chance the general public has to taste barbecue from some of the awardwinning teams. Tours happen from 25:30 p.m. May 12-13. Advance registration is required.
The Cooker Caravan is for those wanting to learn more about the craft of competition barbecue. A free tour, led by Memphis in May volunteers, will take place every half hour each day between 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Teams, which will be scheduled individually, will give a short presentation to the groups on grilling topics.
More details at memphisinmay.org.