Saturday, October 24, 2009

Smokin Showdown

Wow what a day! Today we went to the Jack Daniel's 2009 World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg Tennessee (pop.361) Since moving to Tenn. we have been wanting to attend one of these barbcues and we finally did! It took us about 2 hours to get to Lynchburg but what a beautiful ride it was, the foliage, rolling hills and acres and acres of horse farms were just so beautiful to look at. Once arriving you could smell the wood fires and barbecue, it was amazing!

Sixty-three champion barbecue teams from across the United States and 18 international teams from countries as varied as Australia, Poland and Puerto Rico have been invited to compete in the 21st Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue. This is the most prestigious barbecue competition in the world! We arrived just in time to see many of the teams rushing their entries to the judging pavillion, they all had escorts helping them get through the crowds. The samplings were many and just delicious! It was fun to talk to the different teams, the team from Alaska took 9 days to get to Tennessee. It was Alaska's first entry into this prestigious competition.

Each team's name was as unique as their names were. Here are some of the photo's of there signs.

This day was such a great representation of what Tennesse is all about... great music, homestyle food and kind folks. It was a great day!


  1. I have it on good authority in my home that you have been to one the premier BBQ events of the entire BBQ world. In fact there have been sighs of jealousy from the BBQ king in my house. So happy you had a good day. BTW, the last photo is hysterical!

  2. How cool! I love the "Rubbin It & Lovin It" name. I bet your bellies were full after this trip. Nothing better than great food with great people!

  3. Oh WOW!! That's so awesome :D
    I'm jealous-I would have loved to go to something like that.
    Plus it fascinates me how diverse things like these events can be!
    I can smell the barbaquey goodness as I type right now!! Lol