The Shed BBQ from Ocean Springs, Mississippi Named Grand Champion of the 2015 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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Final Results of the 2015 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest Announced

The Shed BBQ wins Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

“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 BBQ from Ocean Springs, Mississippi named Grand Champion of America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking contest, The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

“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 BBQ won the Whole Hog Division and was named Grand Champion of the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest taking home $29,000 in prize money.

“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 and 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.”

Two hundred and forty four barbecue teams competed in the 2015 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest with 125 teams competing in the Rib category, 51 teams competing in the Shoulder category and 36 teams competing in the Whole Hog category.

The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest started in 1977 in a parking lot with a few dozen teams and their grills. The contest quickly grew and is now located on the beautiful banks of the mighty Mississippi River in the 25-acre Tom Lee Park which is filled to capacity each year with approximately 250 competing teams.

CHAMPIONSHIP PORK DIVISION

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

Whole Hog
First Place - $8,500 - The Shed BBQ from Ocean Springs, Mississippi
Second Place - $2,000 - Salty Rinse BBQ from New York, New York
Third Place - $1,500 - Cotton Patch Cooking Team from Columbus, Mississippi
Fourth Place - $1,000 - World’s Most Interesting Team from Memphis, Tennessee
Fifth Place - $750 - Mac’s Smoke Shop from Charlotte, North Carolina
Sixth Place - $600 - Will-Be-Que BBQ Team from Cordova, Tennessee        
Seventh Place - $500 - Victory Lane BBQ from Memphis, Tennessee
Eighth Place - $400 - Gwatney Championship BBQ Team from Cordova, Tennessee
Ninth Place - $350 - Apple City Barbecue from Murphysboro, Illinois
Tenth Place - $300 - Yazoo’s Delta Q from Hernando, Mississippi

Shoulder
First Place - $8,500 - Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q from Decatur, Alabama
Second Place - $2,000 - Sweet Swine O’ Mine from Olive Branch, Mississippi
Third Place - $1,500 - Red Hot Smokers from Olive Branch, Mississippi
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Southern Hoggers from Germantown, Tennessee
Fifth Place - $750 - Killer Hogs from Southaven, Mississippi
Sixth Place - $600 - Down To Smoke (DTS) BBQ Team from New York, New York
Seventh Place    - $500 - QQQQ Pig Sooie from Azle, Texas
Eighth Place - $400 - Barnstormers BBQ from Mason City, Iowa
Ninth Place - $350 - Ubon’s BBQ from Yazoo City, Mississippi
Tenth Place - $300 - Lillie’s Q     from Chicago, Illinois

Rib
First Place - $8,500 - Serial Grillers from Memphis, Tennessee
Second Place - $2,000 - Auto Be Grillin’ from Memphis, Tennessee
Third Place - $1,500 - Cackle & Oink BBQ from Sherman, Texas
Fourth Place - $1,000 - Natural Born Grillers from Southaven, Mississippi
Fifth Place - $750 - LVOB from West Memphis, Arkansas
Sixth Place - $600 - The Rack Pack - Jonesboro, Arkansas
Seventh Place    - $500 - Smokers Anonymous     from Memphis, Tennessee
Eighth Place - $400 - Notorious P.I.G from Germantown, Tennessee
Ninth Place - $350 - Got Pig? from Memphis, Tennessee
Tenth Place - $300 - The Usual Saucespects from Memphis, Tennessee            

Patio Porkers
First Place - $2,500 - Dirty Hogs from Southaven, Mississippi
Second Place - $1,000 - Smoke a Little Smoke from Collierville, Tennessee
Third Place - $750 - 3 Stacks BBQ from Ridgeland, Mississippi
Fourth Place - $500 - Boars R Us BBQ Team from Cordova, Tennessee

Kingsford Tour of Champions
First Place - $1,500 - Big Bob Gibson BBQ from Decatur, Alabama
Second Place - $1,000 - Too Sauced to Pork    from Grand Island, New York
Third Place - $500 - Team Canada from London, Ontario Canada
Fourth Place - $250 - Norwegian National BBQ Team from Stavanger, Norway

Green Grilling Award – Awarded to the team that collected the most recyclables
Team Canada BBQ from 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 http://www.memphisinmay.org.

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