Yazoo’s Delta Q


Team Captain: Melissa Cookston

Qualifying Event: Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest Grand Champion

Favorite Category: Whole Hog

Hometown: Nesbit, MS

Biography: Yazoo's Delta Q has been one of the most successful teams on the barbecue circuit over the past three years. In addition to taking home the Grand Champion title at the 2012 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest – the event that qualified the team for the Kingsford Invitational – Yazoo’s Delta Q has won the competition’s whole hog category the last three years. The team has amassed 85 first place awards since competing in its first competition in 2007. Yazoo’s Delta Q is led by Melissa Cookston, the only female barbecue grand champion in the world. In addition to competition barbecue, Cookston recently opened the Memphis Barbecue Company restaurant in late 2011, which has already been featured on the Food Network’s “Diner’s, Drive-In’s and Dives.”