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April 26, 2011

Beaverton Ore. – May 10, 2011 –  The “steaks” are high as world-champion BBQ teams set up their cooking tents at Memphis in May’s World Championship Barbecue Contest.  Reser’s proudly hosts the nation’s largest Cole Slaw Competition with more than 50 entries.

More than 100,000 people will attend the 2011 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Contest which runs May 12-14th at Tiger Lane at the Mid-South Fairgrounds. Hundreds of teams will compete for more than $110,000 in prizes and supreme bragging rights, but only one team will take home the nation’s top Cole Slaw Championship award.

Reser’s head chef, and cole slaw connoisseur, Barbara Jordan shares, “Memphis, Tennessee is the undisputed barbecue capital of the world.  And, no BBQ is complete without cole slaw and potato salad. From sweet and savory to spicy hot, we can’t wait to see the teams pull out all the stops to win this year’s Cole Slaw competition.”

What’s in a Name?
Team Hogapalooza from Wynne, Arkansas won last year’s grand prize for their “Apple Cole Slaw” made with apples, bell peppers, vinaigrette and, of course, cabbage.  “Our sweet cole slaw is a family recipe that blends well with our award winning barbecue – applewood smoked pork with apple jelly barbecue sauce,” says team member Kelly Dallas. “It’s really something if you win at Memphis in May because you’re among the best barbecuers in the land…it’s something to be proud of.”
This year, judges will look for the best combination of appearance, texture, and flavor.  Joining team Hogapalooza with creative names are Pork Fiction, Reservoir Hogs, Natural Born Grillers, and Church of Swinetology.

About Memphis in May
The 34th annual World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest is a part of the month-long non-profit Memphis in May International Festival which includes the Beale Street Music Festival, the International Salute to Belgium, and the AutoZone Sunset Symphony. For more information, visit

About Reser’s
Oregon-based Reser’s is the No. 1 national brand of deli salads and side dishes. Sixty years after Mildred Reser perfected her world-famous potato salad, the company now serves up a variety of comfort food classics. From picnics, to tailgaters, to holiday entertaining, Reser’s is proud to be part of the extended American family. Founded in 1950 by Earl and Mildred Reser, the company remains privately owned and operated and committed to providing delicious comfort food classics. For information, visit