BBQ teams compete for grand championship title - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

BBQ teams compete for grand championship title

Teams say it takes years of training to perfect timing and technique. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) Teams say it takes years of training to perfect timing and technique. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

A finger licking good competition has nearly 50 teams from across the country pouring into Memphis, all competing for the title of best barbecue.

The top 10 semi-finalists cooked off in the Memphis Barbecue Network invitational grand championship.

"Oh it's awesome. It's one of the top honors that you can get invited to," said Donna Pegram. "Because we work so hard the year before, just to even win in a competition throughout the tri-cities."

The championship is divided in pro and challenger divisions, and teams say there is a lot of hard work and prep that comes into play.

"Friday we start prepping the meat around 11 o'clock and sits out until about 10 o'clock and we kick those smokers up and start the smoking process," added Pegram.

Each group has high hopes of making the top three finals, and taking home a little more than a check and a trophy.

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