2024 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Welcome to the 2024 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, the most prestigious barbecue cooking contest on the planet! We wish you luck in your quest to become the World Champion of Barbecue. Your entry fee includes your team booth space, entry of one pork category, fifteen (15) 24-hour wristiks for pork category or five (5) 24-hour wristiks for Patio Porkers, two (2) vehicle load-in passes and a 2024 WCBCC poster and apron.

A check for the total amount due or online credit card payment must be received with every application and postmarked, hand-delivered or received no later than February 12, 2024

Teams will be notified of acceptance after March 1, 2024, and teams not selected will receive a full refund. No refunds will be made once you have been accepted into the contest. 

The total amount due includes your entry fee, any additional ancillary contests, ticket purchases, security deposit and restoration fee. All teams are required to pay the refundable security deposit and non-refundable restoration fee which includes the special event permit fee.

All teams are required to carry liability insurance with a minimum limit of $500,000. Do you have team liability insurance? If yes, please remit Certificate of Insurance naming Memphis in May as additionally insured to our offices prior to April 1, 2024. If no, we have a very affordable policy that will insure your team from load-in to load-out; price for this policy is $200. See the Application Guide for more info.

Head Cook*
Team Contact *
Team Contact Mailing Address*
Corporate Sponsor*
(note signage restrictions, guidelines and category limitations apply to all team sponsors. Please see application guide for more details)

Please see application guide for more details on the following items:

Kingsford Tour of Champions*
Cooker Caravan*
VIPit Pass Tour*

2024 Entry Fees

Order the size space you need – no on-site expansions are permitted. Any team found intentionally expanding outside of their purchased booth space will be subject to penalties. 

Memphis In May reserves the right to withhold the team's security deposit and prize money up to the amount of outstanding balance. 

Please also note that any special requests for team placement will be recognized and preference will be given based on the date of application/full payment. 

Team booth space will be determined after event sponsors and vendors have been placed. Once accepted into the contest, all team space sizes are final.

*Note: 34’ x 54’ booth size available only on Tiger Lane and Tiger Lane Lawn.

For spaces 18’ x 30’ and larger, how tall is your structure?*
Teams utilizing scaffolding will be required to pay an additional restoration fee.

SCAFFOLDING PLEASE NOTE: No load bearing floors will be allowed to be built higher than 16 feet from the ground. All teams wishing to use scaffolding structures must use a Memphis in May approved vendor, submit a drawing of the structure, listing the dimensions and load ratings, to Memphis In May no later than at the Team Meeting. It is required for building plans to be approved by Shelby County Code Enforcement prior to construction. 

Additional restoration fee required for scaffolding.

Anything But Categories
Sauce Categories
Special Events
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Good for any one-day admission (retail value is $15). Minimum purchase of 10 tickets.
$ 14.00
Good for admission Wednesday-Saturday GATE HOURS ONLY (retail value is $54) Minimum purchase of 5.
$ 48.00
PARKING $150 - one spot only*
One standard vehicle parking space only. RV’s, trailers, and tour buses will not be permitted Space is limited to the first 80 parking spots reserved.
Name On Card*
Billing Address*
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