Barbecue is not just a cuisine tradition found in the backyards of homes. Barbecue enthusiasts are incessantly growing in number and so different types of barbecue cooking competitions have been organized in different parts of the world to accommodate barbecue festivities in a larger scale. Here is the list of the top barbecue competition to date.
1. Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest in Memphis, Tennessee
Holding the Guinness title of “The Largest Pork BBQ in the World”, this barbecue competition has been the world’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition with over 82 tons mile-long of pork cooked in Tom Lee Park, Downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The competition also awards the largest prize giveaways in the history of barbecue cooking competition with a total of $115,000. The team to be hailed the World Champion will take home $14,500. The contest administrators allow barbecue fans and enthusiasts to judge after undergoing an orientation with the Kingsford Tour of Champions to be able to taste barbecue like a pro.
2. World Barbecue Championship (World Food Championships) in Kissimmee, Florida
Ran by the World Food Championships, the World Barbecue Championship is also one of the world’s premier barbecue competition with at least 100 teams competing for that single title “World Barbecue Champion”. To join the barbecue cooking contest, and open the management pro open registration process for up to 50 barbecue teams while the remaining 50 spots are for the participating teams coming in from the selected major sanctioning bodies in barbecue cooking competitions in the world.
3. International Barbecue Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky
As well as this is a barbecue festival, it is also a barbecue cooking battle for the Governor’s Cup held every second week in May in the town of Owensboro, Kentucky. The place welcomes a good number of 85,000 visitors with different variety barbecue with their specialty, which is the mutton and a spicy stew called burgoo, aside from chicken and sometimes pork. Each team is required to cook at least 300 chickens, 600 pounds of mutton, and 60 gallons of burgoo. Add up to the festivities the showcase of arts and crafts and the festive dancing, this festival should indeed not to be missed.
4. World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest in Houston, Texas
In the last days of February when everyone else in America is dealing with winter colds, one state does offer warmth with their best contribution to the world, barbecue. The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in Houston, Texas is a festival that also holds the World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest to warm up the event. The three-day event accommodates around 300 team competitors to battle it out with everything barbecue from brisket to Dutch-oven dessert. Upon visiting, do not miss as well the rodeo, the live music every night and the craft beer.
5. Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tennessee
Taking place in Lynchburg, Tennessee every fourth Saturday of October, “The Jack” is actually referred to as “The Super Bowl of Barbecue” with participating teams meticulously selected. The prestigious “invitation” is only sent to the names selected from the list of qualifiers that vied to join the competition. On the event, nothing beats drinking Jack while witnessing the best of the best pitmasters compete for pork ribs, pork shoulder, beef brisket, and chicken barbecues, plus their exceptional barbecue sauces and side desserts.