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46th Memphis In May: The Shed BBQ Wins Grand Championship

46th Memphis In May The Shed BBQ Wins Grand Championship
Photo Courtesy: Mac Weaver

By: Lennard James  

The 46th annual Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest concluded with a smoky celebration of culinary excellence at Liberty Park. Despite the venue changing from its traditional spot on the Mighty Mississippi River to Tiger Lane, the event did not disappoint, bringing together barbecue enthusiasts from across the nation for a weekend of intense competition and mouth-watering flavors.  

46th Memphis In May The Shed BBQ Wins Grand Championship

Photo Courtesy: Mac Weaver

The highlight of the event was the announcement of The Shed BBQ as the Grand Champion of 2024. Led by team captain Brad Orrison, The Shed BBQ not only clinched the prestigious Grand Champion title but also secured the top spot in the Whole Hog division. This marks Orrison’s third Grand Champion win and his fourth victory in the Whole Hog category. His team’s impressive track record also includes multiple wins in ancillary competitions such as poultry, beef, and booth design. The Shed BBQ previously took home the Grand Champion title in 2015 and 2018.  

The contest, under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Mac Weaver, ran seamlessly, transforming Tiger Lane into a vibrant hub of barbecue culture. From the parking lot, the tantalizing aroma of smoked meats wafted through the air, guiding attendees to the heart of the festivities. Teams from across the country meticulously prepared their entries, vying for top honors in various categories, while visitors eagerly roamed the grounds, sampling the finest barbecue offerings.  

The shift to Tiger Lane proved to be a successful adaptation, maintaining the high standards and festive atmosphere that Memphis in May is known for. Attendees enjoyed the same level of excitement and culinary prowess, with the new location adding a fresh dimension to the storied event.  

As always, the Memphis in May BBQ Contest celebrated not just competition but camaraderie, community, and the shared love of barbecue. With The Shed BBQ’s latest triumph, the event continues to uphold its reputation as the pinnacle of barbecue contests, honoring both tradition and innovation in the world of smoked meats. 

The atmosphere was electric, filled with the sounds of laughter, music, and the sizzling of meat. Families and friends gathered to cheer on their favorite teams, creating a sense of unity and celebration. Workshops and demonstrations added an educational element, allowing attendees to learn about different barbecue styles and tips from the masters themselves.

The Shed BBQ’s victory was a testament to their dedication and expertise, highlighting the competitive yet supportive spirit of the event. Their innovative approach, while respecting traditional methods, captivated the judges and secured their win. This blend of old and new is what makes the Memphis in May BBQ Contest so special.

Overall, the event was a reminder of the rich culture and history of barbecue, bringing people together in a celebration of food and fellowship. As the smoke cleared and the winners were crowned, everyone left with full hearts and bellies, already looking forward to next year’s contest. The Memphis in May BBQ Contest continues to be a cherished tradition, a place where passion for barbecue is shared and celebrated by all.

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