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$100 includes a Heritage BBQ T-shirt, tons of food & Anchor Brews all day long! Hang out with the chefs, sponsors and friends of the tour. It’s a very intimate experience, only 50 seats. No discounts available. Friends can follow the bus in their own car.

1st Stop: 

Memphis Farmer’s Market
The Memphis Farmers Market is a weekly non-profit outdoor market featuring local farmers and artisans. The market showcases locally sourced produce and food items and locally produced arts and crafts from the Mid-South region. We chose to serve BBQ oysters, to showcase the best kick-off to any BBQ Tour.
We love the Farmer’s Market King & Queen of Pork, Mark & Rita Newman of Newman Farms Berkshire. Every Saturday, they arrive with the best heritage breed pork ready for purchase. We pay tribute to this great family and their dedication to serving the best pork possible in the market. For this stop, we enjoy the Memphis Sausage & Cheese plate by featuring Newman’s very own sausage paired with artisan cheese, and pickles.
2nd Stop: 12:15pm
Gus’s Fried Chicken: Chicken
When Gus’s first moved to Memphis in 2000, it was like the gods had sent a blessing of chicken. The coveted chicken is fried to order and the crispy skin gives way to an out of body experience. I’ll take two please.
3rd Stop: 1:00pm
LunchBoxEats: BBQ Burger
An eclectic, gourmet, soulful sandwich shop located in Downtown Memphis just south of the Fed Ex Forum. From mouth-watering sandwiches to their delicious, homemade desserts, the last place it was this good was sneaking into Grandmama’s kitchen!

4th Stop: 2:00pm

Payne’s BAR-B-Q: Pull Sandwich
A classic Memphis location and must-do for any Bar-B-Q enthusiast. The pulled pork sandwich and ambiance is epic. Andrew Zimmern declare Payne’s has the best bologna sandwich in the country. Ron Payne joins the cast of judges for Friday night’s BBQ competition. Who’s gonna win?
5th Stop: 2:45pm
The Bar-B-Q Shop: BBQ Spaghetti
While it’s the food that brings people in the door, it’s the award winning sauces that keeps them coming back for more than 50 years. The restaurant is known for the sauces but owner Frank Vernon keeps talking about one thing – BBQ spaghetti. If you haven’t tried it, you don’t know what you’re missing!
6th Stop: 3:30pm
Trolley Stop Market: Mustard + Pickles
Owners Keith and Jill Forrester are committed to supporting local farms and food purveyors whenever possible at the market. They take extreme pride in their tasty new pickling project featuring the seasons best produce.
7th Stop: 4:15pm
Cozy Corner: Cornish Game Hen
Since the meat on these hens is never far from bone and pieces small, the interior stays juicy, with white and dark meat relatively indistinguishable. Simply dig in and devour the little bird in gloriously messy fashion.

Last Stop: 5:00pm

Central BBQ: Dry Rub Wings: And Finally Ribs!
Memphian’s know great BBQ and won’t settle for anything less. Central BBQ owners met on the BBQ circuit in the mid-80s and have a national reputation for Legendary Dry Rub Wings. Everyone is welcome to end Saturday’s BBQ Tour with a whole hog dinner hosted by owner Craig Blondis.

“Ribs & Whiskey” CloserMark Lambert founded Sweet Swine O’ Mine in 1996. A second time winner as Grand Champion of Memphis in May, both 2013 and 2009. How is one rewarded for making it this far? How about some award winning flavor with award winning BBQ! Best yet, friends are joining the party to make this a  to remember. Joined by John Wheeler of Memphis BBQ Company, the only barbecue restaurant ever to feature 2 World Champion Pitmasters. The lines can often be daunting, but once you make it to that table there’s only one way to head – straight for their award winning ribs. Good thing you are hanging out with us, because there are no lines, just fast access to the best bites in the city. We want to express how excited we are to have John, Mark and Craig Blondis ribs side by side in a stick to your ribs showdown of spice, love and support of a great weekend. A rare experience for any BBQ enthusiast. 
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"2016 Event of the Year!"
Time Out New York

"Raising the Bar for Dining Festivals"
LA Times

"The Porcine Equivalent of Christmas"
Seattle Metropolitan

"Pork-tastic Goodness!"
Food & Wine Magazine

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Stunning in its Professionalism"
Jonathan Gold

"Cochon555 Features Some of The Best Chefs in Town"
Time Magazine

"Everyone’s Favorite Pork-centric Cooking Competition"

"A Great Celebration, the Ultimate Pig Out"
Bon Appetit

"Chefs Bring Their A-Game for a Cause"

"Enough About Bacon! Let's Talk Whole Hog"
The Seattle Times

"Cochon555, a Touring Porcine Bacchanalia Slash Competition"
SF Weekly

"A Super Bowl of Swine, Bite After Bite of Swoon Worthy Swine"
Denver Westword

"The Pork Flowed Like Wine at Cochon555"
Eat Me Daily

Cochon555, the competitive celebration of heritage pork... [+] Eater

Cochon555 founder Brady Lowe is a tireless champion of heritage pigs... [+] Food Republic

Heritage-breed pigs in the competition yield melt-in-your mouth chops that you’ll crave for days... [+] The Village Voice

Meant to raise awareness about heritage-breed pigs and sustainable and socially responsible farming... [+] Miami New Times

Are designer pigs worth the money? Brady Lowe of Cochon 555 breaks down the difference... First We Feast [+]

Where can you find 3,500 pounds of Heritage breed pigs, locally sourced... The Daily Meal [+]

This culinary competition celebrates family farms, heritage breed pigs and today’s emerging chef community... NBC Bay Area [+]

Whole heritage-breed pigs in a head to tail showcase for a crowd of pork-loving gourmands… The Huffington Post

One of the country’s most delightfully decadent food fests... Chicago Tribune [+]