Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest 2014 a.k.a. BBQ FEST

Hello All,

It is less than 90 days to the load in for the Memphis in May BBQ Festival,

We still have 12 membership spots available for new members. As we have posted before, we at Too Sauced To Pork believe in inclusion vs exclusion. Every year we open up 20 Team Memberships to BBQ Lovers both near and far. We give tours of our booth to passers by because we beleive in being hospitable and love to educate visitors about our team, the contest and Barbecue in general.

Need a good guide for the Festival

If you are interested in joining our BBQ Family, please look to the main menu on the right of this page and click “Join Us”

In other News:

Memphis in May has released the link to sign up as a judge for the contest…
Here it is:

Judging Signup



Join Us for Memphis in May 2014

Christmas is fast approaching. Have you or someone you know ever wanted to be on a BBQ Team for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest? Here is your chance. We here at Too Sauced To Pork open up 20 membership spots every year for people from all over the World to join the team for MIM. Last year we had members from 8 foreign countries and 21 US States. This years contest honors the country of Panama and is held Wednesday May 14th to Saturday May 17th on the banks of the mighty Mississippi. (follow the link in the Main Menu to the right for our guide to the contest)

No cooking experience needed, we have members that cook all meals and contest entries…and if you feel comfortable, you are welcome to pitch in if you like. We are a team with no secrets, if you want to learn from us we will be elbow to elbow with you in the kitchen…We try to be good ambassadors of Barbecue.

We have a full bar, Kegs and Liquor, with bartenders and a double frozen beverage machine stocked with Bourbon Slush and Margaritas. We also have our own label of Wine (Too Sauced To Shiraz) made by the talented and award winning winemaker, Ms. Sara, as well as gallons of our own homemade Apple Pie Moonshine made by our resident good ole boy Johnny.

We have a BBQ buffet everyday for lunch and dinner that includes at least 3 meats and 3 sides…usually much more.

This all comes with a membership. If you or someone you know is interested please look to the main menu on the right of this page and hit “Join Us”…these memberships don’t last long.


GOAT DAYS – Great showing


Photo: Too Too Sauced To Pork... Great job!!!

Too Sauced To Pork took 1st Place Cabrito, 1st Place Ice Cream, 2nd Place Pulled Pork, 3rd Place Ribs, and 4th Place Bloody Mary at Goat Days this weekend….WOOT!!!!



We are in Millington, Tennessee at International Goat Days this weekend. This is a KCBS cook, with a great track record for us. We pulled 4 trophies last year, including the first place chicken that landed Too Sauced To Pork on Diva Q’s show BBQ Crawl.

Come down and say hi.





We have been competing since Memphis in May, and have neglected our Website…for that we offer you our sincere apologies. During the Summer we got our first Perfect 180 score in a KCBS contest. This was an awesome achievement…they do not happen often.

You can find us in September at:

Goat Days in Millington TN
Friday 9/13/2013 – Saturday 9/14/2013

Oinktoberfest – Clarence NY
Friday 9/20/2013 – Sunday 9/22/2013

I know…Summer just ended.


It is never too early to think about Memphis in May!

The planning session for 2014 will begin in October. We will have our Application due by Jan 15th.

This years honored country is…..PANAMA…(cue Van Halen)

Once again we will be running a Early Bird Membership Special. If you get your Membership in by the end of 2013 (Dec 31st), you will get $50 off your Team membership fee.

Hit JOIN US on the menu to your right for more info.

ALL Members receive a team booth wristband that entitles you to “All you can eat and drink” privileges in the booth and a team t-shirt.

Only Big Hog and Boss Hog members get Gate Admission Wristbands. This means that during open hours of the park they can enter and exit the park as they please without paying admission.

We are looking for Ms. Piggie Idol contestants. Can you sing, dance, or karaoke? Contact Us


Memphis in May Update

The big day is here. It’s Wednesday, and tonight marks the opening of the Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest. Wednesday is friends and family night. No public admission tonight. We get to feed our friends and family and get ready for the real big day tomorrow, which marks the first public open day of the festival. We spent the last few days getting things loaded in, and yesterday we got the rest of the tents set up:

Frame of tent

Then we got a special delivery:

Large plastic cooler

That one on the left is full of meat. Needless to say, that was a bit challenging getting unloaded. Many thanks to Shane for picking everything up and delivering it out to us. Finally, we got one of the most important bits set up in our tent… The bar:

The bar

We look forward to seeing everyone who is coming down to visit us. Not longer to go till we open. Now it’s time for me to get up, and head down to the park, so I can help with the last bits of set up.


Load In Day 1 Complete

After much work, the Too Sauced to Pork Memphis crew has completed Day 1 of Memphis in May BBQ Fest Load In. We’ve got a busy week of work ahead of us before our out-of-town members and guests arrive. Many of us started our day at 5 AM today, busily turning this:

Muddy Land

Into this: Booth with Floor Down

Booth with Tent Up

Much thanks to the rest of the hard-working Memphis crew, and especially the new members who came out today to work with us getting everything set up.


Memphis in May BBQ Contest Tips For Visitors not on a BBQ Team


memphisinmay walk in

memphis_in_may full view

We at team Too Sauced To Pork wrote this to help you out!!

Every year we open up 20 spots on our team for people from all over the world with a love of BBQ.  Click the join us button on the right to submit your name for consideration as a team member.

First click this YouTube video of James Hyter singing “OL MAN RIVER” to get you in the mood while you read


Mr Hyter was an Icon in Memphis, he was beloved by all that heard him. He sang this song multiple times in a row at each Sunset Symphony for 21 years to thunderous applause and deafening roars of appreciation. Have any Memphian who had the privilege to attend watch this, and they will tear up. This is his last performance at the Memphis in May Sunset Symphony 1998


Team Booths

All booths are private parties. Unless you know someone on a team, you will most likely not be able to gain access into a booth or the food and drink within, UNLESS you talk nicely to teams, and this doesn’t mean nicely go up and ask for food, you will most likely be dead in the water begging for food.

Nicely ask where they are from, relate to them, ask about our smokers, where we get our meat, what is involved in doing a contest as amazing as Memphis in May.  After this line of questioning, many of us will give you a little tour. Subtle, good-hearted flattery works very well in BBQ. Then express GRATITUDE to your new friend by asking if there is anything you could do for them.

Most will say no,

But some will ask if you would mind doing a little clean up or an odd job around the booth…THIS IS A TEST!!! 

This means they like you and they are judging your work ethic. You could be headed toward a weekend pass, or be invited as a member next year






Teams are not Vendors, we can not give away food and drinks to the general public. Teams can only distribute their wares to their “invited guests”.  An “Invited Guest” by Memphis in May rules is anyone within the boundaries of a team booth.

Teams CANNOT charge you to enter their area, that is a major MIM rule violation.  If you are invited into a booth you are however allowed to tip your bartender for the free drinks you have been given.  That is just common courtesy. Tip them well.

Bartenders courtesy of Team Cadillac Grillz


 Many booths have a security guard on the door at night during “Party Time”. 

You will not get in without;

  1. Knowing your buddies name – their full name, and probably their SSN and mothers maiden name
  2. Or having the gift of gab
  3. OR being a good looking female
  4. Or you actually followed the advice in the first paragraph and made friends with a team


Number 3 works on 75% of booths with large parties, and remember, according to our friend Paul Ryburn of the Moody Ques BBQ Team, The tube top is the official garment of Memphis in May, so wear it proud ladies.


party time





Piggy Idol







Piggie Idol3



There are vendors that sell food, drink, and merchandise to the general public. Teams can not do this or we will be DISQUALIFIED from the Contest. These VENDORS take cash, bring cash. There are atm’s in the park but bringing cash ensures no fees, and avoids breakdowns and outages.



Gate admission is FREE on Thursday and Friday from 11am-1pm

Gate admission is$9 after 1pm Thursday and Friday, and all day Saturday



WEAR COMFORTABLE SHOES…We can not stress this enough. The park is a mile long…you will walk up and down it many times, a member of our team, Neil, wore a pedometer a few years back. In the time he was at the contest, he walked 47 miles in 4 days. 17 on Friday alone. Your feet will get stepped on, there could be mud, there are plenty of sharp pebbles to get stuck betwixt your toes, not to mention the evil discarded (INVISIBLE AT NIGHT) corn dog pungi sticks. Nothing will ruin your day faster than a limping trip to the first aid tent…PROTECT YOUR FEET!



Kingsford Tour of Champions

 Onsite judging is Thursday and Friday – $12 gets 4 half hour team sessions with samples of bbq, SERVED IN TEAM BOOTHS.

You need to sign up for this NOW as it sold out last year

Register Here for Kingsford Tour Of Champions

Cooker Caravan

Tours of team booths leaving every half hour from 1130-330 daily FREE FREE…did I say FREE

Memphis in May VIP Ticket Program

Access to 6 of the top MIM Team Booths, Booze, Food, the Whole Shebang.

Information here




The weather can be Sun and Beauty at noon, then ten minutes later you feel the breeze kick up watching over Ol Man River towards Arkansas you spot it, HEAVY, DARK, BLACK and PENDULANT

It is the pestilence of BBQ Fans everywhere…a THUNDERCLOUD. Do not fret, it will pass, they are usually quick. Calmly and with gratitude, ask a nearby team if you may shelter down with them until the worst passes. Most will say yes, if they say no; nod, say thank you anyway, and move to the next team. DO NOT YELL at them…teams will not let angry people in their tents, we will see your blow up and not let you in our tent located next door.

If they don’t let you in, shame on them, Karma will reign supreme come awards. 


It can go from this

nice day


To this…

a bit overdramatic I know..


But we teams were forced to evacuate the Contest back in 2003 when a tornado was just across the river. Friday night, middle of a huge party, Shoulders and Hogs on the smokers…ask any of the teams that were there, it was crazy, it will probably rain one day for an hour, but once again let me state that weather such as the picture above IS VERY VERY RARE!



Outside food and drink can only be brought in by teams, specifically members of teams with 24 hour park wristbands…they will search anything you bring, and you will be forced to throw away any “contraband” items.

No beverages, bicycles, cans, containers, coolers, food, glass bottles, laser pointers, lawn chairs, oversized umbrellas, pets, roller blades, roller skates, water guns, no thrown objects such as baseballs, footballs, frisbees-etc., or weapons.

For more information click here to read our FULL UNOFFICIAL GUIDE to Memphis in May BBQ Fest



Want official info from Memphis in May –

Contest Map

Official Visitor Information

2013 Team Names and Bios

Entertainment Schedule

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Too Sauced To Pork Championship BBQ Team

Memphis TN – Buffalo NY


Friends, Countrymen, BBQER’S lend me your jowls!!!

Too Sauced To Pork Championship BBQ has only 4 Team Membership spots left on the team for the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

1. Do you need to want to, or know how to cook BBQ to join – No, there are many fun volunteer opportunities such as Security, Bartending, or Public Relations.

2. You don’t want to do any of that, you can join just to party, drink and eat, but please volunteer to wash a few dishes.

… 3. Our team will have at least 3 BBQ meats and 3 sides at every buffet meal, a free bar available to members including; Beer, Soda, Bottled Water, Liqour, Frozen Margaritas, and Bourbon Slush.

Interested in joining our BBQ Family? Go to our Website and click Join Us

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