Whole Hog Cafe Wins Top Honors at 2013 Memphis-in-May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition

Hot Wings take 1st Place overall, while Whole Hog, Ribs, and Sauces all place in Top 10 in the world’s most high profile barbecue cooking competition

The Whole Hog Cafe – World Champion Barbecue restaurant group’s competition BBQ teams were among the top winners at the 2013 Memphis-in-May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition. Competing as “The Smokin’ Razorbacks,” the Whole Hog Cafe – Bryant, Arkansas team brought home the World Championship in the Hot Wings category, placing 1st of 112 entries, while the Whole Hog Cafe – Little Rock team placed 5th overall in the Hot Wings category.

“Carolina Traveler,” the Whole Hog Cafe – North Little Rock’s team, reached the finals in the Whole Hog category, finishing 3rd overall, while the 2002 world champion Little Rock team also finished in the Top 10, with a 6th place finish overall.

In the Ribs category, the Bryant team placed 5th out of 121 teams, while Whole Hog teams took 3rd place in the Mustard Sauce category and 8th place in the Vinegar Sauce category.

Often referred to as the “Super Bowl of Swine,” the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is an internationally renowned event that takes place each May in Memphis, TN. Hundreds of championship-caliber teams from throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe compete for coveted “World Champion” status in various competitive categories in the world’s most high profile barbecue event.

Mike “Sarge” Davis, co-founder of Whole Hog Cafe – Little Rock and team pitmaster, commented: “We’ve worked very hard for 12 years at Whole Hog Cafe trying to keep Arkansas in the top tier of the country’s barbecue industry, and we are proud to have represented this great State in Memphis this past weekend.”

“Whole Hog was born from our founders’ desire to bring “competition quality” barbecue to the general public on a daily basis,” added Whole Hog Cafe CEO Chris Maynes. “I’m thrilled that three different Whole Hog locations are now proudly carrying on Whole Hog’s competitive barbecue tradition and were able to earn so many Top 10 finishes, including 1st Place in Hot Wings, in this very prestigious and highly competitive competition.”

About Whole Hog Cafe – World Champion Barbecue
The Whole Hog Cafe prepares the same award-winning recipes that won top honors in the 2000, 2002, 2008, and now 2013 Memphis-in-May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Competition – including 1st place in the “Whole Hog” category in 2002.

Whole Hog Cafe has been featured on Food Network’s Tasty Travels with Rachel Ray, and is listed in Fodor’s Travel Guide as one of five “Don’t Miss in Arkansas” restaurants. The Whole Hog Cafe restaurant group includes 13 locations in Arkansas, Missouri, New Mexico, and Louisiana, with a 14th location currently under construction in Cherry Hill, NJ. For more information, visit www.WholeHogCafe.com.

By Whole Hog Cafe

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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