Get Pumped Up for Pigs: See our World Championship Barbecue Cooking Playlist

Memphis Ribs with sides - Justin Fox Burks

Memphis barbecue is a delicious culinary club that inclues secret recipes and regional pride. Photo by Justin Fox Burks

BBQ Fest at Tom Lee Park -Marvin Garcia

World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest at Tom Lee Park. Photo by Marvin Garcia

Memphis in May Barbecue Cooking Contest - Marvin Garcia

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is the Super Bowl of Swine. Photo by Marvin Garcia

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is May 15-17, 2014 at Tom Lee Park. Hundreds of teams flock to Memphis to compete for over $100,000 in prizes and supreme barbecue bragging rights.

While grilling is the main theme, the contest wouldn't be complete without the Ms. Piggie Idol competition where the finest swine tests their vocal skills, and grown men dress in tutus and snouts and women kick their heels (hooves) up. There is also a t-shirt competition and even a best booth contest.

Local health codes prohibit teams from selling barbecue to the general public, but you can still get your hands on plenty of real championship barbecue. Pig-out in the People's Choice tent on Thursday or Friday or find some of Memphis' best barbecue offered by food vendors at the festival.

When you're competing (or just eating) in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest you need some inspiration. Check out our music playlist below to get you in the barbecue mood. Got more music suggestions? Tweet us at @MemphisCVB. You'll get bonus points for Memphis-related artists or songs. 

Make your plans to attend this Super Bowl of Swine this May. Tickets are available online at or by calling 800-745-3000.