This past weekend was the Memphis in May BBQ Competition, one of the largest such competitions in the world. As some of you may know, I am a BBQ fanatic (and I finally just perfected my babyback ribs, by the way) and I love competitions like this, though I’ve never participated in one. And being a fan of both BBQ and bad puns, I love some of the team names people came up with in this competition:
4 Pork Harmony; Any Pork in a Storm: Barefoot in the Pork; Best Little Boarhouse in Memphis; Big Al and the Butt Rubbers; Bobbi D’s Church of Swinetology; Gettin Piggy With It; Pork Me Tender; Tangled Up in Que; and my personal favorite, for obvious reasons: World Series of Porker.
BBQ is truly nature’s most perfect food. If you’ve never been to a BBQ competition, you should find one and go. You can go from place to place sampling the ribs from dozens of companies and take home slabs of your favorite ones, or bottles of their sauces and rubs. And if you want to know the secret to perfect BBQ in your own backyard, just remember those three beautiful words: low and slow.