The Awards

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Award-winning barbecue, again and again

Want award-winning barbecue? John Willingham and his team started winning awards in 1983 and never stopped. Today any cook can make award-winning barbecue (or at least crowd-pleasing barbecue!) by using Willingham’s barbecue sauces and rubs.

1983 First Place Ribs Memphis In May World Championship
1983 Grand Champion Memphis In May World Championship
1984 First Place Ribs Memphis In May World Championship
1984 Grand Champion Memphis In May World Championship
1984 First Place Beef, Pork, & Lamb American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1984 Grand Champion American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1987 First Place Spare Ribs World’s Best Ribs, Richmond, VA
1987 Grand Champion World’s Best Ribs, Richmond, VA
1989 “THE HICKORY SWITCH AWARD” Best “Que” in Memphis, TN
1989 First Place Lamb American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1990 First Place Whole Hog Memphis In May World Championship
1990 Grand Champion Ribs $25,000 National Rib Cookoff, Cleveland, Ohio
1990 First Place Brisket Shoulder and Wings American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1991 Grand Champion Ribs $25,000 National Rib Cookoff, Cleveland, Ohio
1991 First Place Brisket Shoulder and Brisket American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1991 Grand Champion American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1991 First Place Whole Hog & Shoulder City Fest ’91, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
1991 First Place Whole Hog & Ribs Christmas on the River, Demopolis, Alabama
1991 Grand Champion Christmas on the River, Demopolis, Alabama
1991 First Place Brisket, Hog, & Shoulder Castle BBQ Fest, Orlando, Florida
1991/1992 COOKING TEAM OF THE YEAR Memphis In May World Championship
1992 First Piace Anything But Pork Memphis In May World Championship
1992 First Piace “Skinner’s Pasta” Memphis In May World Championship
1992 Grand Champion People’s Choice Ribs Star Trib, Magis, MS
1992 Grand Champion Ribs People’s Choice, BBQ Festival, Norfolk, Virginia
1992 First Piace Poultry, Shoulder & Ribs Great Yankee BBQ, Boston, Mass.
1992 Grand Champion People’s Choice Great Yankee BBQ, Boston, Mass.
1992 First Piace Lamb & Brisket American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1992 BEST SAUCE ON THE PLANET American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1992 Grand Champion Reserve American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1992 Grand Champion Chicken American Pitmasters BBQ, Boston, Mass.
1993 BEST COOKER IN THE WORLD Memphis In May World Championship
1994 Grand Champion Miss. State Championship, Lexington, Miss.
1994 Grand Champion Reserve North Carolina State Championship, Tryon, N.C.
1994 First Piace Beef Briskets American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1994 First Piace Farmland Ribs American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1994 Grand Champion Farmland Ribs American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1995 First Place Hot Sauce American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1995 First Place Mild Vinegar Sauce American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1995 First Place Cajun Hot Sauce American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
1995 The Quinn Award for Bar-B-Que Excellence Jonesboro, Ark.
1995 First Place Beef/Seafood Pasta Anything But Pork, Southhaven, Miss.
1995 Grand Champion Anything But Pork, Southhaven, Miss.
1995 The SONY’S Best Barbeque in America Long Island, N.Y.
1996 First Place Ribs St. Jude/VFW BBQ Festival, Whitehaven, Tenn.
1996 Grand Champion St. Jude/VFW BBQ Festival, Whitehaven, Tenn.
1996 Best of Sauce Arkansas BBQ Championship, Batesville, Ark.
1996 PEOPLE’S CHOICE Memphis In May World Championship
1996 Best Que Offshore Freeport McMoran Invitational, Gulf of Mexico
1997 Featured on “Prime Time Live” at Memphis in May New York, N.Y.
1997 Featured on “At Home on the Grill” PBS Special Memphis, Tenn.
1997 People’s Choice Smithsonian July 4th Invitational, Washington, D.C.
1994, 1997, 1998 Best Cooker in the World Memphis in May
1998 Grand Champion (R) North Carolina State Championship, Tryon, N.C.
1998 Featured on “Home Cooking with Amy Coleman” Vancouver, B.C.
1998 Featured on NBC Today Show’s BBQ Special New York, N.Y.
1998 Grand Champion, First Place Ribs Prim Valley BBQ Championship, Prim, N.Y.
1997, 1998, & 1999 Champions Mississippi State BBQ, Ashland, Miss.
1999 Grand Champion Best Ribs Overall Memphis Flyer, Memphis, Tenn.
1999 Featured on Food Network’s with Al Roker New York, N.Y.
2000 Frito Lay’s / Cross Creek Ranch BBQ & Barn Dance, McKinney, Tex.
2000 Best Sauce on the Planet American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri
2001 Featured on Food Network’s “Booby Flay TV Show” New York, N.Y.
2001 Featured as “Best BBQ in Memphis, TN” Chili Pepper Magazine
2001 First Place Chicken Big Brother, Big Sister Charity BBQ, Lafayette, La.

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