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Mississippi’s The Shed wins World Championship

Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest Grand Champions
The Shed BBQ, 2015 Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest Grand Champions.

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.”


Grand Champion     $20,500           The Shed BBQ                                  Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Whole Hog

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

Patio Porkers

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

Mississippi Business Journal contributed to this report.

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Born in Mississippi, raised in Southeast Louisiana, I've been around good food my whole life. I’m enjoy sharing my love for the grill and the Grillax Lifestyle with my two boys.

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Born in Mississippi, raised in Southeast Louisiana, I've been around good food my whole life. I’m enjoy sharing my love for the grill and the Grillax Lifestyle with my two boys.

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