Boofhead BBQ Places 3rd and 4th in Memphis
It’s barbecue’s World Cup, World Series, and Ironman wrapped into one. It’s the “Super Bowl of Swine,” and on May 12 - 14, the Lake Forest-based Boofhead BBQ Competition Team competed in the 39 th Annual Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest (WCBCC) at Tom Lee Park in Memphis, Tennessee. Widely considered America’s most prestigious barbecue cooking competition, this year’s event welcomed 235 teams from 22 states and five countries who competed against powerhouse names from the celebrity pitmaster circuit - such as Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone, Moe Cason, Chris Lilley, The Shed, and many more - for more than $115,000 in prizes and the chance for ultimate bragging rights at the largest pork barbecue competition in the world.
Boofhead BBQ, a part-time competition team from Lake Forest, Illinois, took top honors in three categories – 2 nd place in the Best Booth Category, 3rd Place in BBQ sauce category (beating out more than 115 or competitors, many of whom have their names adorning sauces you would buy in the local supermarket), as well as a big win with a top-5 finish in the main pork shoulder category by bringing home 4th place, and some heavy “hardware.” Of the 235 teams competing in the 2016 event, 215 were previously Grand Champion winners in other competitions.
This is the second year that Boofhead BBQ has competed in the WCBCC in Memphis. Last year, the team placed 31st in shoulder.
“This is the big show, there’s no other way to categorize it,” said Bruce Rylance, team founder and Pitmaster of Boofhead BBQ. “We’re competing side-by-side against some of the biggest names in the business, and right in the middle of the birthplace of the American barbecue revolution. There is no greater honor for our team than to be here - except earning three stage calls on what many consider the biggest stage in the world for barbecue!”