Memphis In May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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Published on October 3, 2019 -

Memphis In May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Teams are setting up their elaborate booths and preparing for the Memphis In May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest This Week


Memphis In May's World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Jo: at this point it smells more like sawdust and it sounds more like construction than a barbecue contest.

It takes days for teams to set up their booths...for what's been called the superbowl of barbecue.

Mary jo ola reporting: nats--power tool ernie mellor/hog wild competition team: "it takes us 4 days to load in and build this thing out."

Over thirty-one years and counting...set up has become a methodical process for ernie mellor and the hog wild competition team.

For four days this week...it's a fun filled family reunion of barbecue enthusiasts... ernie mellor/hog wild competition team: "we break the food lines down, and the party starts and jello shots and the beer's flowing and music's going."

Feverishly competing to be named the best.

Ernie mellor/hog wild competition team: "the competition has gotten fierce and we're very serious about the competition but we're also very serious about taking care of our friends and our clients."

Nats--construction about two-hundred and thirty teams are preparing for the fortieth world championship barbecue cooking contest.

That includes more than twenty five states.

Robert griffin/dir.

Of marketing, memphis in may: "and more than 6 foreign countries who are here: england, norway, japan, mexico, canada and our honored country of colombia."

As the work piles on and the contest heats up...competitors say there's nothing like it.

Ernie mellor/hog wild competition team: "being right here on the river.

I mean it's just fun and the competition's fun."

Mary jo: while it takes a few days to set up...four days for the actual event..all 200 plus teams will need to move out of here on sunday.

The world championship barbecue cooking contest starts wednesday.

Live in downtown memphis... mary jo ola... local24 news.

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