• THE USUAL SAUCEPECTS
  • WOOD. FIRE. MEAT. BEER.
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About Us

About Us

Born over a mutual love of hot coals and cold beverages, The Usual Saucepects are a team of guys who’ve come together to make a splash every year at the World Championship of BBQ at Memphis in May. Our goal is to not only produce award-winning barbecue, but to throw the biggest party on the bluff for ourselves, our sponsors, and our guests.

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A DAY AT THE OFFICE

WE COOK

Don't let the facade fool ya... we are a competition cooking team first and foremost. We have multiple top finishes at Memphis in May, Hogs for the Cause (New Orleans collab with Hogdat Nation), and SCA sanctioned cookoffs. We make BBQ just like your momma would, if she knew half as much about this shit as we do.

WE PARTY

Let's be honest. We've seen you walking by looking up with your jaw dragging. We get it. We work hard year round to plan the best party at Memphis in May. From the mad blues/rock chops of Patrick Dodd, to the booty-shakin beats from DJ Keyzer Sauce'.... we elevate. We couldn't do it without the incredible light & sound system from Nolan Audio Visual Solutions.

WE ENTERTAIN

We love our sponsors. We love to show our sponsors how much we appreciate them. We rarely have openings because we provide an experience that can't be matched. That said, scroll down to our contact form to let us know if you'd like to partner with us. We're always down to chat over a cold beer.

THE TEAM

THE TEAM

Neil McClure

Meat Smoker & Sack Dipper

Ben Serrat

Sous-Smoker of Meats

Keith Ashford

Donner of Pig Suits

David Basham

Golf Ball Crusher Guy

Scott Bonomo

He Looks Like that Stu Guy

Stu Bonomo

He Looks Like That Scott Guy

Matt Campbell

Structural Sorcerer

Ruthe Carter

Token Asian Female

Miles Craven

Young Buck

Jason Frulla

Organizes Marie Kondo's Kitchen

Bryan Grinder

Builder of Beverages

Cub Mongue

Perpetually on the Disabled List

Bryan Heenan

Runs & Drinks Faster Than You

Belal Hamadeh

Silently Judging Your Smile

Dennis Hudson

Human Spider Monkey

Mike McConnell

Jukebox Junkie

Tommy Moore

Chief Guest List Expander

Trey Nolan

Audiovisual Mad Scientist

Matt Savard

Don' Do Nuffin'

Chris Sumner

Sanitation Engineer & Overnight Security

Jason Wade

Culinary Comedy Legend

Jason Wilson

Associate Guest List Expander

F.A.Q.

F.A.Q.

WHERE IS YOUR BOOTH?

Best point of entry is the Beale Street Entrance, if you need to procure tickets, If you have tickets or wristbands you can enter from the Vance Park entrance (between Vance and Pontatoc) during normal gate hours. The Vance Park Gate is usually closed during the day until about 1:00PM. Our Booth number has not been issued as of yet. We will update once we have this information.

HOW DO I GET IN THE BOOTH?

The Usual Saucepects booth is a private party reserved for invited guests only. Given the demand to get in, we are forced to strictly enforce this policy. To get in, you must contact a team member and either get a wristband or get on the guestlist before the event. Once the festival has started, you may also be walked in by a team member. Name dropping at the door will NOT get you into the booth. You will be told to call/text the team member to come walk you in.

 

We will have security stationed at our booth entrance starting late afternoon on Thursday and Friday. If you have a wristband, show it to them. If you are on the guestlist give them your name and they will provide you with your wristbands. If you are on the guestlist and arrive during the afternoon, come on in and give the bartenders your name to get your wristbands. The lack of security during the afternoon does NOT indicate the booth is open to uninvited guests, and they will be asked to leave.

 

We also have a limited ladies-only guestlist. To request addition to this guestlist, use our contact form.

 

NOTE: Your booth wristbands are good for the duration of the festival so do not remove it unless you don’t plan to come back. Once your name is crossed off the list, you may not be able to get another wristband.

WHEN IS A GOOD TIME TO COME?

It really depends on what you’re looking for. The booth is open to guests Thursday and Friday from noon till midnight, and Saturday after judging (around 2:30pm) until we close the booth down (around 8pm or so).

 

Generally speaking the crowds are thinner and more laid back during the day and the both tends to be packed at night after 5 or 6pm. Thursday and Friday evening are both quite crowded with the booth reaching capacity periodically. Come early, or be prepared to wait in line a bit.

 

On Thursday and Friday evening, we feature live DJ’s setting the mood for the booth. At their discretion they sometimes will take polite requests that fit the format being played that evening. In additional we traditionally have featured a live sunset concert on Friday before dinner.

WHEN IS DINNER AND WHAT DO I GET TO EAT?

Lunch is generally served around 1pm on Thursday/Friday. Dinner is served around 6pm on Thursday and will be served earlier (around 5pm) on Friday this year due to some expected crowd/capacity issues. Saturday we usually put out food once around 3 or 4pm. Meals are free for our guests and generally consist of typical BBQ fare: Pulled Pork, Baby back Ribs, Baked Beans, Slaw, etc. We also feature other surprise items like BBQ Jambalaya, BBQ Lasagna, smoked Beef Brisket, and other stuff when we feel froggy.

 

If you show up later and we don’t have food out, please be understanding. It’s impossible for the team to keep food stocked/fresh and out of the way during peak evening time.

HOW DO I GET INTO THE FESTIVAL ITSELF?

You will have to buy a ticket to get into the festival at the gates (Usually $9 or 10 per day). These tickets can be purchased at the festival entrance from Memphis in May themselves. The wristband we provide will get you into our booth only. We have no control over festival access.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? CAN YOU STORE MY PURSE BEHIND THE BAR/DJ BOOTH?

Everything in our booth will be free, compliments of the team and our sponsors. That includes meals and of course, open bar. It is, however, common practice to tip the bartenders when ordering drinks. Those tips will go toward helping offset the ~$45,000 this event costs us.

 

There will also be T Shirt / Koozie packs on sale at the bar for $20 if you decide you want one. There are a limited number so grab them early. We will be able to accept credit cards.

 

Please understand that there won’t be anywhere to store your bag/jacket/etc so please plan on only bringing what you can carry for the event.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR TO THIS? WHAT IF IT RAINS?

Keep an eye on the weather for expected temps. Given our multi-level booth with deployable tenting/tarps, you will be under cover in the event of rain. In addition, our raised floor and sidewalk entry eliminates most any risk of having to walk in mud, so there is no need to wear mud boots like at Music-Fest.

 

Attire varies greatly from casual (shorts/t shirts) to fairly dressy (dresses/slacks/heels/etc). Generally speaking the daytime crowd is a little more casual, and the night crowd dresses up a bit. We will frequently update our Facebook and Twitter feeds with weather and park condition updates/photos in the event of inclement weather.

WHAT ARE THE RULES?
HAVE FUN. DON’T BE A DUMBASS.
  • Please be cool to the folks working the booth. The people mixing your drinks and serving your food are either team members (who have incurred great expense/effort to throw this party) or their family/significant others. They all have the ability to bring your time in the booth to an abrupt halt if you’re a jackass.Please refrain from throwing things from the scaffold as that can get us in trouble (and will get you thrown out).
  • The top deck may be closed periodically for sponsor events. Outside those times, it is wide open to everyone and has some the best views of the skyline, river, and festival in the entire park.
  • While dancing on scaffold poles is welcomed, climbing the scaffold is prohibited.
  • Generally, we just ask that you respect the booth and guests, and enjoy yourself. Like any bar/club, anyone getting out of line is subject to warning or removal from the booth.
  • Physically assaulting or harassing another guest is unacceptable and is grounds for getting booted. We will have off-duty officers stationed around the booth working security. If you need help or if someone is bothering you, please let security or someone behind the bar know.
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Sponsors

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