Hog Wild In Memphis

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 19, 2004

DEMOPOLIS– The Krewe of B.B. Wolfe wins Third in Memphis in May event.

After all the hundreds of thousands of times the Big Bad Wolf was outdone by the Three Little Pigs, the BB Wolfe finally had his day and that day was on May 15, when a group of four local Demopolis residents, three adults and one teenager shook the world of professional bar-b-que by winning third place in the shoulder category at the Memphis in May world championship event.

The Krewe of BB Wolfe is a local grilling team that has been together since 1997 with its figurehead and leader Wayne Wommack. The rest of the team, although the lineup has changed many times consists of Debbie Wommack, Karen Trotman, and Len Pope, who is only 15 years old.

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“There’s no way to describe how I feel right now,” Wommack said, “If we could never go back to the Memphis in May event again, we have lived our dream.”

He said he originally formed the group to cook at the Christmas on the River event held in Demopolis every December. He said to go from cooking at the COTR to winning third place in the world at Memphis in May is incredible.

“That’s not to bad for a boy who grew up in South Georgia cooking bar-b-que,” Wommack said.

He said their trip to Memphis in May was free thanks to the “brains of the operation” Trotman and Debbie Wommack because they won first place for ribs in the Columbus Roast&Boast in Columbus, MS. He also said there were over 200 participants at the Memphis event, which was a little down because usually there are around 300 to 350.

“Out of 62 shoulders that were judged, ours was the third best in the world,” Wommack.

He said their goal while at the competition was to just walk the stage and to hear their name being called out, but their dream was to bring one of the big green ones home (that’s how they refer to trophy as).

“Our results were fantastic considering we placed 13th in last year’s event,” Wommack said, “This year we went in with a brand new rub, a new injection, and a new sauce and place third in the world.”

He said the Krewe would like to thank all the people that have sponsored them over the years including Mitchell&Amanda Snipes with Clear Mountain Water, AMA Designs, Judy Travis, and Karen Kincaid. He said Debbie also placed 20th overall out of 110 entries in the Hot Wing category and this was just her first year to compete in that division.

“We would just like to give god thanks for our talent,” Wommack said.

By Patrick Ellis / Demopolis Times Writer