Pulled Pork Madness Begins


Nominations are currently being accepted for the Iowa Pork Producers’ annual contest to find the best pulled pork.

Pulled Pork Madness is an event made for Iowans who love delicious pulled pork sandwiches. The Iowa Pork Producers Association is accepting nominations for the restaurant that serves up Iowa’s best pulled pork sandwich. The annual contest started last week. Nominations can be made at the Iowa Pork Producers Association website, IowaPork.org.

“This contest is a lot of fun and is great at highlighting delicious pork on menus across the state,” said Hannah Spurr, consumer outreach director for the Iowa Pork Producers Association. “It’s also a great way to attract new pork fans and encourages everyone to road trip around Iowa to try different restaurants that are serving up some delicious pork!”

Now in its seventh year, Pulled Pork Madness highlights the best of the best when it comes to serving up delicious Iowa-made pulled pork. Whether your favorite pulled pork is sandwiched between two buns, open-faced, or smothered in cheesy goodness, we want you to tell us where to find it. The winning restaurant receives $250, a plaque, and statewide bragging rights!

We all enjoy a good March Madness basketball bracket, but let’s be real – a pulled pork bracket is a slam dunk. The Iowa Pork Producers Association competition follows a bracket-style narrowing process like the NCAA Tournament. Based on fan nominations through March 8, the field will then be narrowed to a “Sweet 16”which represents the top two picks in each of the Iowa Pork Producers Association’s eight districts.

Here is the Pulled Pork Madness timeline:

Nomination period open: 8 a.m. March 1 — 11:59 p.m. March 8. 

Vote for Elite 8 (from “Sweet 16” nominations): 5 p.m. March 11 — 10 a.m. March 15.

Vote for Final Four: 5 p.m. March 15 — 10 a.m. March 20. 

Vote for Final Two: 5 p.m. March 20 — 10 a.m. March 25.

Vote for champion: 5 p.m. March 25 — 10 a.m. March 29.

Warehouse Barbecue at 2818 North Court Street in Ottumwa won the honor in 2019. Previous winners cannot be nominated.

Pulled pork must be from a restaurant that is typically open year-round with regular hours. Food trucks, concession stands, seasonal establishments, and catering businesses are not eligible. No email or social media nominations will be counted.

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