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grindstaff3
03-05-2009, 10:21 PM
My wife and I are going to Memphis in May this year. Just wondering if anyone from the Brethren is going to be there competing. We would love to stop by thursday or friday night. We will be doing our first comp this summer, so this will be a huge eye opener to the world of competition bbq, never been to one. So anyway, anyone going? hope to see you there

QN
03-06-2009, 08:29 AM
...We will be doing our first comp this summer, so this will be a huge eye opener to the world of competition bbq, never been to one...

Memphis in May is not like any other competiton. It can open your eyes to Memphis in May, but don't expect it to "open your eyes to the world of competiton BBQ". It is more of a private party event where you need to know people to get invited into a fenced off cook site. Other competitions are very different and offer better opportunities to visit with teams. Try to find a KCBS contest near you and visit it after you go to Memphis. You will see quite a difference. The Memphis in May organization no longer sanctions any contests; they only put on the one in Memphis in May. They are trying to make it a more "corporate" party type event and it appears they are most interested in the $$$$. Last year there were a number of problems with judging with long delays in blind entries being judged, box labels messed up, and rib finals being judged over an hour late. Go to Memphis and have fun, but don't expect any other barbecue competitons to be like Memphis.

grindstaff3
03-06-2009, 08:42 AM
Oh wow, thanks for the info. I guess we have always heard the hype and wanted to see what it was all about. So it's more of a festival than a bbq contest? Is there anyway to get into any private parties without knowing anyone right now that is going to be there? Is there anyone from the Brethren that would like to have a couple extra friendlies around?:) We will bring anything that is needed or wanted Are the beer and bbq prices expensive?

Double D's BBQ
03-06-2009, 09:38 AM
I went down to Memphis In May in 2005. I was just getting into BBQ back then. Still hadn't competed yet, that would come later that year. I'd invested a lot of money in books in the few DVD's that were out there.

One of the DVD's I purchased, I found particulary helpful, BBQ SECRETS: The Master Guide to Extraordinary Barbecue Cookin' by Potter Productions

http://www.potter-productions.com/VS-Details.php?item_unique_id=DVD102482

I found that the segment by Terry Black of Super Smokers BBQ out of St. Louis very helpful with my ribs.

Anyway I didn't know any of the competitiors there but we showed up on Saturday when they were turning things in. I walked over to the Super Smokers area and waited until after the Judges had stopped by and Terry made his pitch to the judges serving them succulent pulled pork on fine china, with a sorbet to in the words of Terry Black "Cleanse your palet of the BBQ you just ate". After the on site judging I just called over to Terry and introduced myself, was honest with Terry, told him I didn't know that much about BBQ but told Terry that I had purchased the DVD and that his rib technique had helped my rib product considerably and that I would be compeating in my first contest that summer. Well, I was very surprised when Terry invited my wife and myself inside their area, gave me a tour of the pit and allowed us to even sample the pork that he had just served to the judges. I thanked him very much, tried not to wear out my welcome and was surprised at the end of the day when I had camped out for a front row spot at the stage at the awards ceremony when Terry even spotted me in the crowd and gave me a wave from the stage. Its little things like that, that you never forget and just keeps me thinking about how special BBQ people are and to try and pay the favor forward any chance we can get.

Sorry for the long winded response but I'd say just go up to some of your favorite teams, pick a good time when you're not interfering with their turns ins or presentations and you might be surprised at what happens.

I've also heard that they also have some sort of a people choice day and the teams are more accessible on that day, unfortunately we missed it. And I've also heard that if you contact the people at the festival, tell them you're from out of town and your home state, that they try to hook you up with a team from your state. Now that was all before MIM reorganized so I don't know if these rules or favors still apply.

Good luck, its a special event, and have a great time!

CajunSmoker
03-06-2009, 10:05 AM
Not to discourage your trip to Memphis, but you could probably learn more that would help you out by attending a couple of KCBS contests.

Here is a link to some that are in your hometown and should be easy to get to for you. Just scroll down the list until you get to the 2009 events.

http://www.kcbs.us/events.php?str=springfield&fromDate=mm%2Fdd%2Fyy&toDate=mm%2Fdd%2Fyy&x=0&y=0

getyourrubonbbq
03-06-2009, 10:12 AM
I agree. If you don't really know anyone or have your own team. You're just a spectator watching what goes on. I did it in 07' and volunteered for the allow folks to come by my site and show what it is we do. That was fun. I believe it was called the cookers caravan. if you can get in that you can kida get a behind the scenes look. As for beer and BBQ you will pay vendor pricing.

SlugBug
03-06-2009, 11:55 AM
Two years ago we joined a team for Memphis in May(knew a guy through work). It was about $300 to do it and that covered food, drinks and a place to hang out for 3 days. Most teams spend $10,000 to $15,000 to set up and compete. It has quite a carnival atmosphere. If you can hook up with a team, it is really cool to go. If we were not connected, we would have had a fairly lame time. It is very, very different than a KCBS contest.

If you are interested in KCBS style contests, the American Royal might be a better choice. It is easier to find a number of teams to visit and probably get an invite to the parties on the "dark side" for Friday night.

By the way, I am a small time competitor and just cook KCBS contests.

Jeremiah
03-06-2009, 02:02 PM
Heading down there this year with some friends. We're staying in a nearby hotel. We will probably spend most of our time exploring Memphis, but definitely will check out the comp.

ammoore
03-06-2009, 02:15 PM
MIM is what got me into judging in the first place. My wife and I took a road trip down there back in '03 thinking we were going to eat some good BBQ. To our surprise, we didn't get to eat anything other than what the vendors were selling. As was said above, if you don't know someone, you will have a lame time at the BBQ festival. With that being said, it was a blessing in disguise. I was determined to eat this competition bbq and took the Memphis judging class the next spring. Judged Memphis contests for a few years, then took the KCBS judging class. After that we started cooking in KCBS events. So you never know where the road may lead you. I'm glad I went, it was cool to see but a long trip to end up eating the vendor bbq.

BTW, if you do go and have to eat some bbq since you will be surrounded.....I recommend Corkys on Poplar. Just remember it is a resteraunt. :-?

lunchlady
03-06-2009, 04:39 PM
I feel the need to speak ... the first time we went to MIM it was only me and G on a spur-of-the-moment vacation wknd... we had no idea what we were walking into... and then we walked right into friends of ours from Massachusetts... unbelievable! Now it is on our list of things to do every May.

MIM is way different from any other competition that I have seen or competed in.
The 'big pigs', which are the teams that cook three categories, do have 2 or 3 story high-fenced-off-security guarded-big-a** parties. Unless you know them, chances are you are not getting in. These are mostly corporate parties, but you could always ask. We hung around outside a couple of sites just to get a glimpse of people like Myron Mixon, Chris Lilly, etc. If they have time, and the inclination, they just may come out and say hi, ya never know.
BUT... there are always the 'little pigs'... also known as the Patio Porkers. These are the teams that only cook ribs. They don't have guards but they are always having a helluva good time, and I know of at least one Brethren team that will be there... The Bastey Boys...with a bunch of lunchmeat thrown in with them. We'd love to chat so
please be sure to stop by!

BTW - Corky's was good, but I highly recommend Gus's Fried Chicken!!

SmokeInDaEye
03-06-2009, 05:02 PM
I feel the need to speak ... the first time we went to MIM it was only me and G on a spur-of-the-moment vacation wknd... we had no idea what we were walking into... and then we walked right into friends of ours from Massachusetts... unbelievable! Now it is on our list of things to do every May.

MIM is way different from any other competition that I have seen or competed in.
The 'big pigs', which are the teams that cook three categories, do have 2 or 3 story high-fenced-off-security guarded-big-a** parties. Unless you know them, chances are you are not getting in. These are mostly corporate parties, but you could always ask. We hung around outside a couple of sites just to get a glimpse of people like Myron Mixon, Chris Lilly, etc. If they have time, and the inclination, they just may come out and say hi, ya never know.
BUT... there are always the 'little pigs'... also known as the Patio Porkers. These are the teams that only cook ribs. They don't have guards but they are always having a helluva good time, and I know of at least one Brethren team that will be there... The Bastey Boys...with a bunch of lunchmeat thrown in with them. We'd love to chat so
please be sure to stop by!

BTW - Corky's was good, but I highly recommend Gus's Fried Chicken!!

Dang straight. The Bastey Boys and Lunch Meat Crowd know how to get tore up! I missed it last year for the first time in many years and it looks like this year is a bust too due to my sister's wedding but I highly recommend it. I learned a ton of competition tricks just walking, talking and lending a hand over the years.

And I love Gus's!

grindstaff3
03-06-2009, 09:06 PM
Hey thanks for all the info. We are just going to head down to have a good time. Is there a good way to get in touch with either The Basety Boys or Lunch Meat Crowd to see if we could hook up at MIM? I would love to just see what comp bbq is all about and how things work and to have a good ol' party.

Balls Casten
03-06-2009, 09:47 PM
Memphis is a great place to visit .. Beale Street, Graceland .. etc .. etc.. Go have fun. Saying Memphis in May is not worth attending is like saying the Royal is not any fun.

Nitrofly
03-07-2009, 06:34 AM
Dang straight. The Bastey Boys and Lunch Meat Crowd know how to get tore up! I missed it last year for the first time in many years and it looks like this year is a bust too due to my sister's wedding but I highly recommend it. I learned a ton of competition tricks just walking, talking and lending a hand over the years.

And I love Gus's!



We get Tore down.. Real hard.. :biggrin:
I love MIM.. :biggrin:
Stop by and say hello...
I am always honored to be a Bastey Boy at MIM :icon_blush:

Podge
03-07-2009, 08:37 AM
I'd really like to cook that contest, but would need help with the dog and pony show part. Oh, and the money part i'd need help in too. I'd love to put my ribs in that M.I.M. contest.

SmokeInDaEye
03-07-2009, 09:06 AM
I'd really like to cook that contest, but would need help with the dog and pony show part. Oh, and the money part i'd need help in too. I'd love to put my ribs in that M.I.M. contest.

If you ever work it out, I'd be pleased to lend my BS skills for the judges. It's a lot of fun.

lunchlady
03-07-2009, 11:51 AM
Hey thanks for all the info. We are just going to head down to have a good time. Is there a good way to get in touch with either The Basety Boys or Lunch Meat Crowd to see if we could hook up at MIM? I would love to just see what comp bbq is all about and how things work and to have a good ol' party.

I don't think anyone EVER said 'don't go to MIM'... we're just trying to tell what to expect.

...the easiest thing to do is PM me. I'll know more once it gets a little closer... Friday I think are the ancillary turn-ins... people are crazy-busy but if you don't get in the way then you can watch all you want from the sidelines. Saturday is the rib turn-ins and both days the award ceremonies are just insane-thousands and thousands and thousands of people.

other than that, the Patio Porker teams are lined up against the fence by the hill, not on the riverside, in alphabetical order, if that helps ya.

Things not to miss in Memphis ... Graceland fer sure, Beale Street's $5 Big A** Beers - the Rum Boogie and BB Kings (just to say you've been there and had the catfish bites) the VooDoo store is fun, Gus's Fried Chicken, Sun Studios and (our fave) the Gibson Guitar Factory... unbelievable.
Hope to see ya there!

Podge... you should go... it's worth the $$$ no doubt.

Jeremiah
03-07-2009, 12:39 PM
Gibson guitar factory! How could I have forgot about that one, oh boy thanks for mentioning that.

grindstaff3
03-07-2009, 01:21 PM
...the easiest thing to do is PM me. I'll know more once it gets a little closer...


Thanks lunchlady, I will definately send you a message when the time gets closer. We would love to stop by and witness what goes on and have a few drinks over a few laughs.

Big Tom
03-08-2009, 05:29 PM
Memphis In May is definately a BBQ roadtrip worth taking, if you understand what you are going to see.

I have cooked there many times over the last ten years. We won our way in most of those years and were in contention in ribs in 2004: made finals, came in 3rd, got filmed for Food TV, won in tomato sauce.

Others have mentioned previously, MIM is a big private party. Many of the teams have sponsors that they take care of. Most others are just there to party with family & friends. The organizers, health department, and law enforcement make a very strong case to the teams not to distribute food and beverages to general public. Another thing to consider is MIM draws over 100,000 spectators during the 3 day event, cook teams will be bombarded by any-and everyone for beer & bbq. The cook teams have to be more anti-social just for thier own well being.

All that being said, the first step to an invitation is to make a connection through this or other discussion forums, like you have done. That connection can be a conversation starter that will enable an invitation inside the fence of a team. All you need is that first connection then you can make more. I had many folks come by and visit with us the last time that we cooked at MIM, just through these types of discussions.

The best times to meet and socialize are on Thursday or Friday, Saturday is judging day and 95% of the teams are focusing on that and not worried about anthing else.

Make your reservations, plan your trip and enjoy yourself!

grindstaff3
03-09-2009, 11:26 PM
Well we have our reservations, but not really a plan. We will be there thursday evening sometime and stay till sunday. I hope to make some sort of friend on here that wouldn't mind me stopping by and saying hi thursday night or whenever they aren't too busy and can chat. Are you going this year Tom?

Big Tom
03-10-2009, 08:44 PM
There is a remote possibility I may be there this year. The Pigs-R-Us team won't be there cooking. I am going to try and help out some friends if they will have me.

I am now a little farther away from Memphis than I used to be, but have a grand daughter in Southaven MS, so Mrs Big Tom may be up for a roadtrip to spend the weekend with her and just dump me out by the park on our way through down town.

grindstaff3
03-11-2009, 05:10 PM
well if you do let me know. i'll stop by and introduce myself. Does anyone know if the prices for beer and bbq from vendors is high?

Big Tom
03-11-2009, 09:19 PM
Yes

The last I remember the 16oz can beers were $4, The only concessions that I got were the jumbo pronto pups at $4 each.

Jeremiah
03-11-2009, 10:55 PM
Anyone have any recommendations on some of the BBQ vendors, if they're even regulars?

grindstaff3
03-12-2009, 07:28 PM
That price isn't too bad i guess. it's hard to get a cheap cold one in a tourist town

The Pigman
03-12-2009, 07:46 PM
I guess that is where Dallas picked up his kindness to a newbe.....It was at Nelsonville a couple years ago that I went and met Dallas who took a few minutes out of his day to talk with me and answer some of my questions. It was there after talking with Dallas and Buddy that I decided to give this thing called competitions a try. Still enjoying it for the most part.




I went down to Memphis In May in 2005. I was just getting into BBQ back then. Still hadn't competed yet, that would come later that year. I'd invested a lot of money in books in the few DVD's that were out there.

One of the DVD's I purchased, I found particulary helpful, BBQ SECRETS: The Master Guide to Extraordinary Barbecue Cookin' by Potter Productions

http://www.potter-productions.com/VS-Details.php?item_unique_id=DVD102482

I found that the segment by Terry Black of Super Smokers BBQ out of St. Louis very helpful with my ribs.

Anyway I didn't know any of the competitiors there but we showed up on Saturday when they were turning things in. I walked over to the Super Smokers area and waited until after the Judges had stopped by and Terry made his pitch to the judges serving them succulent pulled pork on fine china, with a sorbet to in the words of Terry Black "Cleanse your palet of the BBQ you just ate". After the on site judging I just called over to Terry and introduced myself, was honest with Terry, told him I didn't know that much about BBQ but told Terry that I had purchased the DVD and that his rib technique had helped my rib product considerably and that I would be compeating in my first contest that summer. Well, I was very surprised when Terry invited my wife and myself inside their area, gave me a tour of the pit and allowed us to even sample the pork that he had just served to the judges. I thanked him very much, tried not to wear out my welcome and was surprised at the end of the day when I had camped out for a front row spot at the stage at the awards ceremony when Terry even spotted me in the crowd and gave me a wave from the stage. Its little things like that, that you never forget and just keeps me thinking about how special BBQ people are and to try and pay the favor forward any chance we can get.

Sorry for the long winded response but I'd say just go up to some of your favorite teams, pick a good time when you're not interfering with their turns ins or presentations and you might be surprised at what happens.

I've also heard that they also have some sort of a people choice day and the teams are more accessible on that day, unfortunately we missed it. And I've also heard that if you contact the people at the festival, tell them you're from out of town and your home state, that they try to hook you up with a team from your state. Now that was all before MIM reorganized so I don't know if these rules or favors still apply.

Good luck, its a special event, and have a great time!

Swinebuck
04-03-2009, 11:59 PM
Swinebucks BBQ Team will be defending its 1st place Hot Wings crown at this years MIM. This will be the fourth year we have competed. We are a small team but we have a lot of fun! In past years we have had a number of new friends, we met on another barbeque forum, join our team and compete with us. I would like to extend that invitation here. Every member of the team contributes $150. All food and drink is included for all three days. If you would like to cook an ancillary contest we can still add events. The contests that are available are: Poultry, Seafood, Baked Beans, Mustard Sauce, and Beef. The entry fee for a contest is $60. We have MIM photos from past years on our web site if you would like to visit.
If you do not want to join please feel free to stop by the booth and say hello. Be sure and ask for Mike and mention this forum.
If you have any questions email me at swinebucksbbq@gmail.com (swinebucksbbq@gmail.com)
Thanks
Mike
http://www.freewebs.com/swinebucksbbq (http://www.freewebs.com/swinebucksbbq)

Jeremiah
04-05-2009, 10:45 AM
Hey Swinebuck, that's a pretty nice offer. I'll have to talk to some of the people I'm going there with (who are more traditional vacation oriented) and see if I can sneak away for a little bit. I'll shoot you an email in a few.

grindstaff3
04-05-2009, 11:18 AM
Swinebuck, I talked to you on the smoke ring (don't know if you remember, i'm under the same name) I hope the offer is still on the table to come by and say hi.

Swinebuck
04-05-2009, 09:50 PM
Everybody let me know what your plans are when we get closer to May.
Thanks
Mike
Swinebuck

Bastey Boy
04-06-2009, 02:48 PM
The Bastey Boys will be arriving Sunday afternoon/evening. We'll get mostly set up on Monday, then start getting tore-down!

Anybody and everybody is welcome to come by and say hi.

Feel free to PM me, if you'd like to make more concrete arrangements...we'd love to have ya!

Andy

Nitrofly
04-06-2009, 03:50 PM
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!

Just a little practice for Memphis :biggrin:

QN
04-07-2009, 07:16 AM
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!
:biggrin:

Somehow reading is just not the same as HEARING it!!!
See you that Thursday....
BAAAHHHHHHBEQUE!!!!!!!!!!

Bastey Boy
04-07-2009, 12:48 PM
Hehehe...he said barbecue...hehehe

QN
04-07-2009, 01:36 PM
Hehehe...he said barbecue...hehehe

yea buddy, there's a story behind that one I tell you....

Nitrofly
04-08-2009, 05:08 AM
Somehow reading is just not the same as HEARING it!!!
See you that Thursday....
BAAAHHHHHHBEQUE!!!!!!!!!!

Hey Mark

I can't wait.. T and I are flying into Nashville
on Tuesday and driving the rest of the way to
Memphis.. I can't wait.. See in Memphis

QN
04-28-2009, 05:38 PM
It is almost MAY! Time to bump this thread. I am not judging this year, but just could not stay away. I will be there on Thursday afternoon/evening to visit. I can't wait to see if Sully has any new shirts! Go Bastey Boys; all the way to second place! Oh, he said barbecue, ha ha ha....
BAAAHHHHHHBEQUE!!!!!!!!!!

TN_BBQ
04-29-2009, 05:55 AM
Are you guys saying that KCBS competitors hand out samples of BBQ and free beer at their constests?

I've done both MIM and KCBS events. Both are comprised of private teams and their BBQ is "by invitation only."

GRINDSTAFF....do you want to be a member on a team? I hooked up with a team over 12 years ago (friend of a friend sorta thing).

Nitrofly
04-29-2009, 02:22 PM
It is almost MAY! Time to bump this thread. I am not judging this year, but just could not stay away. I will be there on Thursday afternoon/evening to visit. I can't wait to see if Sully has any new shirts! Go Bastey Boys; all the way to second place! Oh, he said barbecue, ha ha ha....
BAAAHHHHHHBEQUE!!!!!!!!!!


Hey Mark

How come your not Judging this year :?::?:
We fly out two weeks from yesterday I can't wait :biggrin:
BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!! BAAAHHHBEQUE !!!

QN
04-29-2009, 02:23 PM
Are you guys saying that KCBS competitors hand out samples of BBQ and free beer at their constests?

I've done both MIM and KCBS events. Both are comprised of private teams and their BBQ is "by invitation only."

You are correct. Teams do NOT hand out food and free beer; KCBS, MIM, or otherwise to my knowledge. However, if you have friends competing and get "invited in" then it is a whole different story as I'm sure you are aware.

grindstaff3
04-30-2009, 01:31 PM
I don't think I would have the time, nor knowledge to be a member. I am going with my wife and 2 friends. I would love to see what goes on behind the fence, but I would probably just get in the way if I were there to help a whole lot.

Meat Burner
04-30-2009, 01:36 PM
I don't think I would have the time, nor knowledge to be a member. I am going with my wife and 2 friends. I would love to see what goes on behind the fence, but I would probably just get in the way if I were there to help a whole lot.

Paul, you were a fantastic help to me at Rock n Ribs and anyone would be glad to have you around to observe or help. Thanks buddy! Oh, have fun!!!

TN_BBQ
04-30-2009, 02:22 PM
I don't think I would have the time, nor knowledge to be a member. I am going with my wife and 2 friends. I would love to see what goes on behind the fence, but I would probably just get in the way if I were there to help a whole lot.

I'll PM you a few names. Stop in and say hello.

PartyQ1
05-04-2009, 05:39 PM
I feel the need to speak ... the first time we went to MIM it was only me and G on a spur-of-the-moment vacation wknd... we had no idea what we were walking into... and then we walked right into friends of ours from Massachusetts... unbelievable! Now it is on our list of things to do every May.

MIM is way different from any other competition that I have seen or competed in.
The 'big pigs', which are the teams that cook three categories, do have 2 or 3 story high-fenced-off-security guarded-big-a** parties. Unless you know them, chances are you are not getting in. These are mostly corporate parties, but you could always ask. We hung around outside a couple of sites just to get a glimpse of people like Myron Mixon, Chris Lilly, etc. If they have time, and the inclination, they just may come out and say hi, ya never know.
BUT... there are always the 'little pigs'... also known as the Patio Porkers. These are the teams that only cook ribs. They don't have guards but they are always having a helluva good time, and I know of at least one Brethren team that will be there... The Bastey Boys...with a bunch of lunchmeat thrown in with them. We'd love to chat so
please be sure to stop by!

BTW - Corky's was good, but I highly recommend Gus's Fried Chicken!!
At MIM you are only allowed to cook 1 entry whole hog, Shoulder or ribs. Patio teams only cook ribs. We got 5th in shoulder our first time out and I will never miss it again !

Jim Butler
Party Q BBQ Team
Batesville, Ar.