Preparations underway for 42nd annual World Championship BBQ Cooking Competition

Teams, crews set up for BBQ cooking contest

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - Tents are taking over Tom Lee Park for the 42nd annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition.

The park is buzzing with energy and construction as 250 teams get their booths assembled.

“You’ll see the park is elbow to elbow in here. So there’s a whole lot of teams going on, a whole lot of construction going on and not a lot of room for much else,” said Robert Griffin, Memphis in May.

“One of my favorite weeks of all year. To be honest with you, it’s like Christmas in May for me,” said Austin Brown, Swine and Dine.

Austin Brown and his Swine and Dine teammates are hard at work putting their complex tent together.

Last year, we featured Swine and Dine's tent that finished second in the best booth competition. This year they're going for first place.

“I don’t settle for second place, I go for first. That’s who I am. I’m very competitive, so that’s our hope for this year is first place,” said Brown.

Swine and Dine has been meeting every week since February to plan what they hope is a first place booth.

Even though we're just days away, and the set up is in progress, they still won't reveal what they're putting together this year.

"Kind of secretive right now, as far as got to make it a big thing for the whole public to see," said Brown.

Brown did reveal that it will be Memphis-themed.

Memphis is being honored all month long by Memphis in May for the city's bicentennial.

“It’s absolutely a treat to be able to celebrate this amazing city, it’s unreal,” said Brown.

"It will be interesting to see how the teams decorate their booths with Memphis in mind," said Griffin.

Now all eyes will turn toward the weather forecast for when the gates open Wednesday.

“Weather is supposed to be great for this week as well, so I think we’ll have a really good event. An opportunity to show off Memphis at it’s finest and to show off this beautiful park,” said Griffin.

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