Thursday, October 13, 2005

GETTING READY FOR THE JACK


Well, that time is almost here. This weekend I will be headed out to Lynchburg, TN and the 17th Annual Jack Daniels World Championship Cookoff. Teams and spectators will be rolling into the small Tennessee town as early as Monday or Tuesday transforming this town of 361 into a city of 20,000 – plus.

The competition field will consist of about 50 teams from the US along side about 16 or 18 international teams. Their website says 64 teams but I have heard there might be almost 70 by now. The team that won it all last year (Mad Cow’s BBQ) hails from Kent, England. They will compete for the title of Grand Champion to go along with their cash and trophies. In one day, more than 3,900 pounds of pork, beef and chicken will be dressed up and served up to Kansas City Barbecue Society and celebrity judges. Along with the cookoff are all kinds of games and entertainment.

I plan on heading up either Thursday night after I get off work or early Friday morning. A BBQ friend of mine who lives in Hazel Green, AL has offered me the use of his camper for the weekend. I hope to find a place at the nearby state park but I will not know that until Thursday. Thanks Kudzu - You Da Man!

Friday is “Party Night”. This is a time when all the competitors and fans get together and have fun for most of the night. Although the smoke will already be rolling for contest entries the teams still find time to party. I hope to meet with several of the teams and get some audio blogs from the night. I will also post some pics for your enjoyment.

If you have time, surf over to the BBQ Forum and check out the pod cast with Tana Shupe. She is the manager of Guest Services with Jack Daniels and gives the listener some insight on how the contest came about and how the teams are selected.

Have a great week and I’ll talk to you from the Jack.


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