Taste of Tennessee

When in Tennessee, do as Tennesseans do: slather a slice of country ham in red-eye gravy, throw back a glass of Jack Daniel’s or dig into a plate of Memphis dry-rub barbecue.

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Memphis in May barbecue competition
Memphis in May barbecue competition

Memphis in May barbecue competition

Adam Richman finds out that barbecue isn’t the only food on the menu at the Memphis in May barbecue competition. 960 1280

  

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

More than 250 teams compete for over $110,000 in prizes each year at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, TN. 960 1280

  

Memphis in May barbecue competition

Memphis in May barbecue competition

Fans drop tens of thousands of dollars to participate in one of the 3 main competitions: ribs, whole hogs and pork shoulders. 960 1280

  

Smoked sausage

Smoked sausage

Smoked sausage is just one of the many ways these barbecue aficionados cook their pig. 960 1280

  

Porkosaurus's mascot

Porkosaurus's mascot

This giant pig head, created by a team named Porkosaurus, catches Adam off guard when it blows smoke out of his nose. 960 1280

  

Memphis in May fans

Memphis in May fans

The barbecue masters aren’t the only ones who take over Memphis in May. Fans come from all 50 states for a taste of the action. 960 1280

  

Barbecue chicken

Barbecue chicken

If pig isn’t your meat of choice, some of the teams serve a mean barbecue chicken, as well. 960 1280

  

Barbecue sauce

Barbecue sauce

If you ask any barbecue competitor, they’ll tell you: the sauce is just as important as the meat. 960 1280

  

The Shed BBQ team

The Shed BBQ team

The Shed BBQ team spent $30,000 to customize a 1952 Willys Jeep that can smoke 2 whole hogs at once. 960 1280

  

Memphis in May barbecue competition

Memphis in May barbecue competition

The dishes found at the Memphis in May barbecue competition range from smoked cheese to pistachio-encrusted lamb, but it’s hard to beat a classic rack of ribs. 960 1280

  

Memphis in May fans

Memphis in May fans

Adam finds a group of superfans whose main objective is to cheer the teams on. 960 1280

  

Numerous plates of barbecue

Numerous plates of barbecue

Numerous plates of barbecue prepared in different ways are presented for judging. 960 1280

  

Adam in Memphis

Adam in Memphis

Adam gathers the fans around and serves them a different side of Memphis: the Elvis side. 960 1280

  

Memphis in May

Memphis in May

The barbecue competition is only one part of the Memphis in May celebration. Throughout the month, music, exhibits and performances take over this southern city. 960 1280