Party Line: Party over here

Barbecue cooking contest calls for lots of it

Ellen White (left) and Meg Roehl were bartenders in the Cadillac Grillz booth Thursday at the Memphis in May barbecue cooking contest.

Ellen White (left) and Meg Roehl were bartenders in the Cadillac Grillz booth Thursday at the Memphis in May barbecue cooking contest.

The Memphis in May International Festival World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is one big party, but within that party are hundreds of little parties held by cooking teams.

The Cadillac Grillz tent was hopping at midnight Thursday. Music blared as guests danced in the jam-packed three-tiered tent.

Between 8 p.m. and midnight, the Cadillac Grillz team went through 1,500 cups, 140 bags of ice, 16 different mixers and 2,000 wrist bands, said team member Kerr Tigrett. All that should explain why Cadillac Grillz had an almost 7-foot-tall trophy adorned with little gold pigs and the words "Grand Champion Best Party Award" at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

But there's no such award given at the contest. "We made it up," Kerr confessed. "We made the award ourselves."

But don't tell anybody.

After-wedding affair

No, they didn't wear plastic pig ears and snouts at their wedding, but Will and Hayley Hudson held their post reception at the Swinos tent Friday at the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

Will, a Swinos founding member, was in a tux and Hayley wore a white wedding dress at the ceremony earlier that day at the Inn at Hunt Phelan. No barbecue was served at the Hunt Phelan reception, but ribs were part of the cuisine at the after-wedding reception at their team's tent at Tom Lee Park. For the Swinos gathering, Hayley accessorized her wedding attire with a pair of twinkling rabbit ears.

The Swinos team won the first-place prize in Thursday night's Piggie Idol Contest.

Rain fell during the late afternoon Friday, but guests still danced inside tents, some of which had leaky roofs. Despite their name, Reservoir Hogs was dry as guests dined on a buffet of barbecued everything, including spicy pork. Keeping with their movie-sounding name, a sign in their booth read, "Quentin Porkanbeano presents Reservoir Dogs."

Vernon Barker carved a rooster-shaped ice luge for the World Famous Larry Williams and the Spiderpigs tent. It was designed after the Red Rooster bar, which has sponsored the team for several years.

Guests took advantage of the luge; they crouched down on one end as someone on the other end poured vodka down the luge.

And another night of World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest partying was in full swing.

To see a video of the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, go to gomemphis.com.

-- Michael Donahue: 529-2797; donahue@ commercialappeal.com.

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