Thursday May 17, 2012
The sultans of swine, the kings of 'cue, the czars of char will gather today at Tom Lee Park on the riverfront for Memphis in May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. Hundreds of competition barbecue teams will compete for cash, prizes and glory at this fantastic festival lasting from Thursday until Saturday evening (free admission between 11 am-1 pm Thu-Fri and $9 otherwise) If you've never been, it comes highly recommended. Cheekily themed competition booths, grown men in porcine costumes, live music, beer, barbecue and all the pork puns you can stomach are among the highlights. Just a sample of some of this year's best (and simultaneously worst) team names: The Bastey Boys, Crispy Critters, Reservoir Hogs, Serial Grillers, Slab Techs, Chauvinist Pig, and so on, and so forth. Technically, you're not allowed to sample the competition 'cue from these teams (unless you know someone or can schmooze your way in), but you can purchase barbecue from a number of great vendors. Make a point not to miss the Miss Piggy Idol Contest, a costumed singing competition between the teams.
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How many slabs of dry-rubbed ribs can we fit on there?
One of many punnily named teams: The People's Republic of Swina