Event FAQ's: 

What is Que on the Yazoo?

Que on the Yazoo is a MBN sanctioned barbecue competition hosted by Main Street Greenwood and held along the banks of the Yazoo River in historic, downtown Greenwood the first weekend in May each year. It features a weekend of barbecue cooking, live music, culinary vendors and activities for foodies of all ages!

Where does the event take place?

Que on the Yazoo is a street festival held along Front Street, Main Street and Howard Street in downtown Greenwood.

Who is Main Street Greenwood?

Main Street Greenwood is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of downtown Greenwood.

How much does it cost?

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Que on the Yazoo is a FREE event to the public!

Can my kids come?

Kids are welcome throughout the weekend, but most of the children’s activities are held on Saturday.

Will there be other food besides BBQ?

Yes! In addition to the sweet smoky smells of barbecue, one can also enjoy dining at one of our downtown restaurants or visiting a food vendor for some delicious fair food.

Can I bring my cooler? Chair?

Mitchell Distributing is on hand to supply any cold beverages you may desire, so we ask that you leave your cooler at home, but you’re welcome to bring your tailgate chair to sit and enjoy live music.

Is there anything else going on during the weekend?

In addition to the barbecue competition there will be a steak and kid's burger cookoff Friday night, as well as live music starting at 6PM. Saturday will feature the Que Whole Hog Motorcycle Ride & Show, The Que Beer Run, kid’s activities sponsored by ArtPlace MS, live blues music, barbecue sampling, culinary vendors and an array of downtown shopping with our local retailers.

Where can I stay?

If you are looking to stay downtown, we recommend The Alluvian Hotel. Greenwood’s Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express are excellent options and just a short drive from downtown. 

The Alluvian Hotel

Holiday Inn Express

Hampton Inn

Comfort Suites

 

COOKING COMPETITION FAQ’S:

What is MBN Sanctioning?

The Memphis Barbecue Network or MBN is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world.  It is dedicated to promoting and preserving the unique Memphis style of BBQ though education, support, and management.  MBN officials assist event organizers in promoting, organizing, and conducting the sanctioned events in accordance with MBN standards.

Can I compete in Que on the Yazoo?

Absolutely! All you have to do is register for the categories in which you would like to compete and follow the rules and regulations. Grab some friends and create a team this year, or cook solo in our Steak Cook-off on Friday night.

Can teams compete in the Steak Cook-off?

Absolutely! The Steak Cook-off is open to anyone, whether or not they are competing in the barbecue competition.

STEAK COMPETITION APPLICATION

Can individuals, not cooking in the Que Competition compete in the Steak Cook-off?

Absolutely! The Steak Cook-off is open to anyone, whether or not they are competing in the barbecue competition.

steak competition application

What’s the difference between Patio Division and Challenger Division?

Challenger Teams accumulate points and are eligible to enter into the MBN invitational if they win the Que’ on the Yazoo competition. Challenger teams also require an on-site visit during the competition, while the patio division is done solely on blind judging.

Where can I find an application to compete? 

team application

What am I allowed to cook on?

Teams may cook with any type of wood and/or charcoal. Other flammables (propane, compressed or liquid gas, etc.) may be used within the cooker ONLY to START the INITIAL fire. No type of flammable may be used within the cooker once the meat is on the cooker. Flammables may be used outside/away from the cooker to make coals.

What categories are available?

Friday night categories include: Cocktail, Baked Beans, Catfish, Sauce, and Chicken

Saturday categories include: Pork Loin, Pulled Pork, and Pork Ribs

Must I compete in all categories?

Not at all. However, if you’re a Patio Team you must cook in all three categories on Saturday. Challenger Teams only have to cook in the Pulled Pork and Pork Ribs category on Saturday. All contestants are welcome to enter in Friday night’s categories as many entries as they would like.

Do I provide my own meat?

Yes. Teams must provide their own meat with the exception of Catfish. Webster’s is sponsoring the catfish cook-off and will be providing the catfish fillets to the teams. Each contestant competing must supply ALL of his own meat, cooking ingredients, individual cooking devices, utensils, preparation tables, etc. All competition entries must be prepared and cooked on site at ‘Que on the Yazoo.

 What is considered Pulled Pork?

A PULLED PORK entry (shoulder or boston butt) is defined by MBN as the portion of the hog containing the arm bone, shank bone, and a portion of the blade bone. The pork ham, considered to be a shoulder entry, contains the hind leg bone. Boston butt or picnic shoulders are considered a valid entry. The blind box must contain enough pulled pork to give bite size samples to 6 judges and all pieces must fit inside the closed container (9”x9”) provided.

 What is considered a Pork Rib?

A PORK RIB entry defined by the MBN as the portion of the hog containing the ribs, and classified as a spare rib or loin rib portion. Country style ribs and rib tips are not a valid entry. The blind box must contain at least 6 sections of ribs and all pieces must fit inside the closed container (9”x9”) provided.

What is considered a Pork Loin?

A PORK LOIN entry defined as bone in or without bone. Loin must weigh at least 5 pounds at time of meat inspection. NO STUFFING IS ALLOWED. The blind box must contain enough pork loin to give bite size samples to 6 judges and all pieces must fit inside the closed container (9”x9”) provided

What is the People’s Choice Category?

 This category is a “BBQ sampling” by the General Public and voted as such. Teams will be provided with an aluminum pan to put their barbecue in. Wristbands will be sold for $8 to individuals who will blind sample the team's barbecue. Participants will vote for their favorite barbecue and the winner will receive a trophy and the "People's Choice Pot" (total entry fees of all teams).  Approximately 200 members of the public will sample. This is not only a great way to get rid of your excess BBQ and not be wasteful, but spread the BBQ Competition spirit!

 

JUDGING FAQ’S:

How does one get to judge the BBQ?

Because Que on the Yazoo is a sanctioned event, only MBN registered judges are allowed to judge. However, everyone is invited to sample team barbecue during the People’s Choice competition on Saturday from 12-3 PM. Simply buy a $7 wristband and visit each rig to sample some of their barbecue.

Who is a registered judge?

A Registered judge is one that has completed the current contest’s judge’s registration form, submitted it to the Head Judge and received a confirmation from the Head Judge.  A judge must be either in training (completed an MBN training course) or a certified judge in good standing with MBN (dues current).

 

 VENDOR FAQ'S: 

 Who is a culinary vendor?

A culinary vendor is anyone who makes custom housewares that are used within the realm of your kitchen. This can include anything from pottery to cutting boards to custom utensils to aprons to blown glass to culinary art for the kitchen walls to secret sauces and seasonings.

How can I apply to be a vendor?

Vendor Application

What are the fees?

The non-concession vendor fee is $250. All vendors are required to bring your own 10x10 tailgate tent. Water and electricity is available at an additional fee.