\" \" More than 230 teams will compete at the 2018 World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, also known as Memphis in May. It kicked off May 4 with the Beale Street Music Festival and segues into the mid-month feasting phase at the four-day World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. You'll need an admission ticket; they're available in single day for $10 or $40 for the entire four-day event. They're competing in four categories: whole hog, shoulder, ribs and a \"patio porker\" category for amateurs. There are three tours each on Thursday and Friday, and guests visit at least three different barbecue teams.