Delta BBQ Battle is made up of three MBN-sanctioned contests in the Mississippi Delta: The Great Ruleville Roast in Ruleville, Delta State University Pig Pickin’ and Octoberfest / Mississippi Delta State Barbecue Championship in Cleveland, MS. Championship teams compete in whole hog, pulled pork, and pork ribs while Patio teams compete in pulled pork, pork ribs, and pork loin. The Delta BBQ Battle awarded $5,000 to the Championship Pro team and $1,500 to the Patio team with the highest cumulative score of the three contests combined.
This year’s Pro title belt and prize money ($5,000) was sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center, North Sunflower Medical Center, and Pafford EMS. The winner was Moonlight Smokers from Shaw, MS. Team members are Shannon Terry, Michael Lott, Jeffrey Ford, Tim Ford and Derek Deck.
The Patio title belt and prize money ($1,500) was sponsored by Southern Bancorp, Planters Bank & Trust of Ruleville and Cleveland, and Cleveland State Bank. The winner was No Count Q from Greenwood, MS. Team members are Josh Fair, Matt Freeland, Justin Braswell and Christopher Logan.