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Bodine's Flying Saucers Invade Memphis' BBQ Fest

Bodine's Flying SaucersBouts of heavy rain, thunderstorms and a temporary severe-weather evacuation failed to dampen the spirits of Bodine's Flying Saucers Cook Team at this year’s Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest. The event, as always, played host to great fun and great barbecue along the bank of the Mighty Mississippi.
Each year the Memphis in May International Festival honors a country throughout the month of May. This year’s country was the Republic of Korea. Bodine, always going above and beyond, turned their simple tent into a Korean Temple as a tribute to Korea's famous structures. The temple, its Zen garden (complete with fountain!) and the ever-popular fire truck saw more than 600 guests during the event.
After viewing the 200 cooking teams and evaluating their sites, NBC chose to film several television segments from Bodine's booth. The "Today" show's consumer correspondent, Corey Greenberg, used Bodine's booth to showcase a few high-tech grills. "Today" show weatherman Al Roker also stopped by the Bodine booth during the three-day pork fest. Roker used the Bodine site to broadcast his daily weather intro segment. He also included Bodine in his Food Network special on the Memphis in May (MIM) barbecue contest, "Al Roker's BBQ Showdown." If you catch the program, you can see Roker discussing booth building with one of our own.
Bodine has competed in the MIM World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest for the last several years. The contest provides the company with a way to reward employees for their hard work and dedication. Employees and their guests are treated to a picnic on the river and are invited to enjoy the festivities at the Bodine booth throughout the event.
Memphis Seoul In addition to food, fun and the occasional celebrity encounter, participation in the World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest and sponsorship of the MIM Great Southern Food Festival and its Sunset Symphony offer the company opportunities to support the Memphis area. MIM draws tourists from all over the world. Company founders Dick and Jinnie Bodine believed strongly in giving back to their community. Bodine, which celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2002, wholeheartedly embraces that philosophy as much today as it did in 1962.
For more information about the Memphis In May International Festival or the World Championship BBQ contest, visit

Bodine's Temple Best Booth? You know it! Over 300 in attendance! Can we throw a party or what?
Greg Mosely - Grill Master Made in Korea? Laura Dailey - Good for the Heart... Celeb Al Roker drops by
Can you believe its a tent? We're famous... but you knew that. Hey, we're on the 'Today' Show. Hi, Katie!! The Saucers with correspondent Corey Greenberg
Before the evil "Grill Thief" struck.