Over 250 barbecue teams from around the world are at Tom Lee Park in Downtown Memphis competing for ultimate barbecue bragging rights and over $110,000 in cash and prizes at the largest pork barbecue contest in the world.
This year, Memphis In May is honoring Sweden, the third-largest country in the European Union and the first Scandinavian country to be honored.
As we learned barbecue Swedish style is little different that the Mid-South might be used to.
The taste of Sweden can be easily found at Swedish Smokers Memphis In May International booth.
"We have two Swedish chefs, Johan and Johan, who have great restaurants back there and cook a lot of meat in different ways," said Scott Pace of Swedish Smokers.
It's not your typical BBQ, though.
"It's basically based on Swedish herbs," said Chef Johan. "So, we have done rubbing. The thing is, we're not used to this type of barbecue."
"We've got more grilled food," said the second Swedish chef. "Here you grill and smoke. We don't smoke so much in Sweden. All the Swedish people love to grill in the summer but you just put it on the charcoal and grill it." "
The two chefs say they've been taking lots of notes from the other teams at the BBQ fest and will have plenty of new techniques to try once they return to Scandinavia.
"We've never worked with this type of smoker before," Chef Johann said. "It's a whole new way of thinking for me also. We've been introduced to several different tents that used the whole hog and ribs. It's been really interesting."
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