In 2014, two teams vied for the coveted Grand Champion at The Memphis in May World Championships … The Shed BBQ and Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q. This year, it came down to those two, again.
The Shed BBQ from Ocean Springs, Mississippi pulled off a spunky win at one of America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking contests.
“We knew when we opened that cooker and the pig was smiling at us,” said head cook Brad Orrison, who owns The Shed with his sister, Brooke Lewis.
The Shed won the Whole Hog Division and was named Grand Champion of the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest held on the banks of the Mississippi River.
“We had a great turnout this year and could not be more excited for this year’s Grand Champion, The Shed BBQ team,” said Jim Holt, president & CEO of Memphis in May. “Teams that compete in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest spend a tremendous amount of time and energy to produce world championship barbecue in an effort to be named Grand Champion of the most prestigious barbecue cooking contest in the nation, making this is an honor and achievement that many strive for and only a select few will attain.”
CHAMPIONSHIP PORK DIVISION
Grand Champion $20,500 The Shed BBQ Ocean Springs, Mississippi
First Place $8,500 The Shed BBQ Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Second Place $2,000 Salty Rinse BBQ New York, New York
Third Place $1,500 Cotton Patch Cooking Team Columbus, Mississippi
Fourth Place $1,000 World’s Most Interesting Team Memphis, Tennessee
Fifth Place $750 Mac’s Smoke Shop Charlotte, North Carolina
Sixth Place $600 Will-Be-Que BBQ Team Cordova, Tennessee
Seventh Place $500 Victory Lane BBQ Memphis, Tennessee
Eighth Place $400 Gwatney Championship BBQ Team Cordova, Tennessee
Ninth Place $350 Apple City Barbecue Murphysboro, Illinois
Tenth Place $300 Yazoo’s Delta Q Hernando, Mississippi
First Place $8,500 Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Decatur, Alabama
Second Place $2,000 Sweet Swine O’ Mine Olive Branch, Mississippi
Third Place $1,500 Red Hot Smokers Olive Branch, Mississippi
Fourth Place $1,000 Southern Hoggers Germantown, Tennessee
Fifth Place $750 Killer Hogs Southaven, Mississippi
Sixth Place $600 Down To Smoke (DTS) BBQ Team New York, New York
Seventh Place $500 QQQQ Pig Sooie Azle, Texas
Eighth Place $400 Barnstormers BBQ Mason City, Iowa
Ninth Place $350 Ubon’s BBQ Yazoo City, Mississippi
Tenth Place $300 Lillie’s Q Chicago, Illinois
First Place $8,500 Serial Grillers Memphis, Tennessee
Second Place $2,000 Auto Be Grillin’ Memphis, Tennessee
Third Place $1,500 Cackle & Oink BBQ Sherman, Texas
Fourth Place $1,000 Natural Born Grillers Southaven, Mississippi
Fifth Place $750 LVOB West Memphis, Arkansas
Sixth Place $600 The Rack Pack Jonesboro, Arkansas
Seventh Place $500 Smokers Anonymous Memphis, Tennessee
Eighth Place $400 Notorious P.I.G Germantown, Tennessee
Ninth Place $350 Got Pig? Memphis, Tennessee
Tenth Place $300 The Usual Saucespects Memphis, Tennessee
First Place $2,500 Dirty Hogs Southaven, Mississippi
Second Place $1,000 Smoke a Little Smoke Collierville, Tennessee
Third Place $750 3 Stacks BBQ Ridgeland, Mississippi
Fourth Place $500 Boars R Us BBQ Team Cordova, Tennessee
Kingsford Tour of Champions
First Place $1,500 Big Bob Gibson BBQ Decatur, Alabama
Second Place $1,000 Too Sauced to Pork Grand Island, New York
Third Place $500 Team Canada London, Ontario Canada
Fourth Place $250 Norwegian National BBQ Team Stavanger, Norway
Green Grilling Award – Awarded to the team that collected the most recyclables
Team Canada BBQ London, Ontario Canada
About Memphis in May International Festival — In 2015 the Memphis in May International Festival is saluting Poland as the honored country in its 39th annual month-long celebration. In addition to hosting the city’s largest events like the Beale Street Music Festival, the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and the AutoZone Sunset Symphony, Memphis in May also produces extensive educational, international, and economic programs for the city. Memphis in May International Festival is the official festival of the City of Memphis.
Memphis in May International Festival is a not for profit, community-based organization that contributes over $70 million in economic impact to the community, fosters civic pride, promotes awareness of Memphis heritage, and builds international relationships and understanding through education. For additional information about the Memphis in May International Festival, please visit the official Memphis in May web site at www.memphisinmay.org.
— Mississippi Business Journal contributed to this report.