When you think of Memphis, you surely think of barbecue. Teams travel from all over the United States and several different countries entered just to be a contender in the world renowned, “Memphis in May” Barbecue Cooking Contest. Teams compete in three different categories. Whole Hog, shoulder and rib. If you win at this level, you have lifelong bragging rights as a World Champion and confirmation from a panel of experts that your BBQ is indeed legit.
The intimidatingly large-scale event did not deter Sweetie’s Barbecue from joining a team that consisted of James Cruse from Central City BBQ out of New Orleans and Bluff City Smokers.
Local and regional favorite, Daryl “Sweetie” Walker has been on the competition scene for many years and never imagined his dreams would come true like this. Cooking has always been his passion and when he is not competing or catering, he can be found cooking for his own family or cooking for the community at large. He is a huge supporter of the community and believes in giving back every chance he gets.
Walker knew that they had utilized every bit of talent they had and turned in an amazing product to the judges. This was confirmed when they were named as a finalist in the competition. Prayers were being said as the suspense was building throughout the day. As the runners up were mentioned, their excitement grew until Walker’s team was named as first place in the Rib Division, World Champions.
Walker’s biggest supporter is his wife, Letrisha Walker, who was on hand to video the winning results for the team.
“I thank God for this opportunity, I feel blessed and highly favored. I also feel like Natchitoches was well represented in Memphis this week. We had a dream team,” said Walker. Walker plans to continue honing his craft and see where the path leads him. He also plans to stay humble and grateful in the wake of this huge win.
The Memphis in May Festival did not happen in 2020 due to Covid-19 but was well attended and had a highly anticipated return this year.