Booths and tents at Memphis In May

Photo courtesy ilovememphis at flickr

Today is the final day of the 2012 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest at Tom Lee Park in…you guessed it…Memphis Tennessee. The contest, one of the most popular in the country, brings in an estimated 100,000 spectators and hundreds of teams who compete for over $110,000 in prizes and bragging rights.

Ribs at Memphis in May

Photo courtesy memphisinmay.org

Teams compete in a variety of categories that run the spectrum from best beef, poultry, and seafood, to best sauces and best booth. Part of the fun of attending is seeing the team booths – creatively decorated with a specific themes that make them stand out from each other. Because this is a competition, regulations prohibit teams from serving barbecue to the general public, but there are specific vendors offering tasty grilled selections for a price. If that’s not enough for you, V.I.P tickets available to folks willing to fork out the cash to meet some of the grilling teams and dine on their tasty barbecue.

Memphis in May Booth

Memphis in May Booth courtesy Sharon Phelan Evans

Curious about this year’s winners? You’ll find some of them here, but the full list will be available on 5/21. Memphis in May is a month long event that also includes a music festival, education program and sunset symphony. If you were unable to make it this year, and you’re a lover of barbecue, start making plans to attend in 2013.

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