Memphis in May hosted the 36th annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest last weekend. – Read GIANT party and food festival. – BBQ Fest is probably my favorite weekend of the year in Memphis. It’s two nights of amazing food, creative tents, generous people, and TONS of FUN.
Here’s what I ate during BBQ Fest:
Dinner Thursday Night:
My first stop was The Hogfather. Of the tents I visited, The Hogfather is one of the best. They always have great music, food, and dancing. I made a huge salad with black bean salsa and chicken. I tried the slaw and an orange jello shot for good measure. One of their trademarks is blinking ice cubes. You have to be special to get one!
Booths and Friends:
Part of the fun of BBQ Fest is shouting out to people you know as they walk by. I was excited to see Beckey and hang out for a bit. I can’t remember her team’s name, but here are a couple that stood out to me: Parrot-Head Porkers, SnoutKast, Notorious P.I.G, and keeping with the rap theme – I saw several t-shirts with this phrase – “I like pig butts and I cannot lie” Please sing it. Laugh. You know it’s funny.
Dinner Friday Night:
Friday night was a progressive dinner. I arrived late for dinner at The Hogfather, so I made do with what was left and decided to have a second course later at Totally Boar’d. I was pleased that salads were served almost everywhere I went! I don’t usually eat pork, but I decided to try it since it should be the best I’ll get the whole year. I didn’t meet a food that I didn’t like. The BBQ did not disappoint!
Look at this cupcake! It was late in the evening, and I REALLY wanted to taste this chocolate monstrosity. I invited a friend to share it with me, but ultimately, I ate most of it. The chocolate mousse icing was fabulous.
I wish I could tell you this was the only dessert I enjoyed, but that would be a lie! I was too busy having fun to take pictures of e v e r y t h i n g, so you’ll have to use your imagination. I’ll give you some keywords to help: cheese puffs, peanuts, nachos, wings, brownies, wine, fireballs…
Not to worry – I’m back to my normal eating habits now.
Check out what other people ate by visiting Peas and Crayons!