The world of competitive barbecue is a fierce one. It takes skill, patience nerves of steel — and an awesome recipe. It’s where Mac’s Speed Shop Head Chef Kevin Kuruc thrives.
Fresh off a win at the Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival in Charlotte, Kuruc headed to the renowned Memphis in May barbecue championship. The Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking contest is not for the faint of heart. Kuruc came out on top, though, placing second in the Whole Hog category.
“Whole hog and shoulder are hotly contested because those are the categories where a team typically takes home the Grand Prize. That’s why we are so thrilled with our 2nd Place in Whole Hog,” says Kuruc. “Many competitors focus totally on competing. The fact that we compete, place and have multiple restaurants in multiple markets makes our Whole Hog victory particularly sweet.”
With 236 teams participating, the competition was fierce. Kuruc went head to head with some familiar competitors. The Big Bob Gibson’s team made Memphis in May barbecue history when it took home its fifth grand champion trophy.
Melissa Cookston’s Yazoo’s Delta Q took home its fifth first place in Whole Hog, and 10 Bones BBQ repeated its first place win from last year in Ribs. Big Bob’s win in Shoulder was its remarkable 10th category victory.
With a recipe this good, it’s no wonder Mac’s is thriving. There are currently locations in Charlotte’s Steele Creek area, Lake Norman, Matthews, and in Greensboro, Greenville, S.C., and right here in Fayetteville. Serving up ice-cold brews alongside mouthwatering menu items like barbecue (of course), gourmet burgers, homestyle sides, filling salads and hearty appetizers, Mac’s is known for its friendly atmosphere and great-tasting fare.
What started in an old transmission shop in the South End neighborhood of Charlotte is now serving up award-winning goodness across the state.
Locally, Mac’s is a boon to the community in more ways than one. This local watering hole sponsors events like Hogs & Rags, which not only puts on a great ride but also donates thousands of dollars each year to worthy organizations in the community. The military-friendly venue routinely hosts events for local units. As a live music venue, Mac’s consistently books local talent. The Fayetteville restaurant has also undergone renovations and warmly welcomes anyone who is looking for a good meal in a friendly atmosphere.
Find out more about Mac’s at MacSpeedShop.com.
Photo: Mac’s Speed Shop took second place in the Whole Hog category at the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Contest on May 13.