Competition heats up at World Champion Barbecue Cooking Contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Hot competition is underway at the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

More than 200 teams are competing in several categories, including ribs, chicken, pork shoulder, and whole hog.

FOX13′s headed down to Liberty Park to check out how the teams are keeping traditions alive while adapting to this year’s contest changes.

Pork on Your Fork, a team from Norway, is among many who traveled a long way for a chance to be named the best in barbecue.

“Last year, we were in the fifth place, but this year - first,” one team member predicted.

For the first time in a decade, the competition is being held on Tiger Lane due to construction at Tom Lee Park along the Mississippi River.

One competitor said the new venue has more room to spread out.

Teams have been up early this week, smoking meat and cooking breakfast.

One team told FOX13 that bonding with friends is one of the best experiences during the competition.

“We are a group of local Memphians that started out,” he said. “A lot of us know each other all the way from elementary school all the way through college. We got into BBQ about six years ago, and we just made a huge team out of it.”