We're Backkkk.....

Back in 2009, we launched this blog to chronicle our initial journey the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue Competition - aka "The Jack.". Billed as the "World Championship of Barbecue", this epicurean "Superbowl" is held in the sleepy little hollow of Lynchburg, TN (pop.361) the 4th Saturday in October each year. It just so happens that Lynchburg is also home to the world renowned Jack Daniels distillery - the primary sponsor and namesake behind this culinary extravaganza.

Each year, tens of thousands of competition BBQ teams from across the United States (and around the world) spend countless hours and weekends competing in sanctioned BBQ events. These teams vie not only for Grand Championships & serious prize money (sometimes as much as $100K) - but perhaps even more importantly, they are all hoping by the end of the "BBQ season" to grab one of the 60 highly coveted spots to cook against an elite group of teams for the title of "world's best" (the "Jack" is by invitation only).

We competed in the 2009 Jack, and finished in the "middle of the pack" - an accomplishment we were certainly proud of. And after more or less taking the year off in 2010, "Hoochie-Que" is ramping up to make another run at a coveted invitation to the Jack in 2011.

So, after over a year of "neglect", we are "dusting off" this little ol' blog to once again share with family, friends, and other BBQ cooks/fans our experiences as we start our journey hopefully towards another invitation to the "Jack" in October 2011.

Also - and especially if you are new to this blog - make certain to read back through the "Blog Archive" to re-visit our experiences and trip to the Jack back in 2009! Some pretty good writing, memories & photos if I do say so myself!

Thanks - and we hope to see you in Lynchburg on October!

March 26, 2011

Friday, October 30, 2009

The Jack - Part One - Lynchburg

We have so many photos that we felt it might be best to post them in several "slide shows". Hopefully they will be a little more meaningful this way...

Lynchburg, TN, sits in a sleepy little "hollow" deep in the backwoods of south central Tennessee, approximately 90 miles south of Nashville. It is surrounded on all sides by tall rolling hills that are the home of stately farms/ranches with emerald pastures and white fences - and when the hills are not the site of a home, they are so densely covered with magnificent trees and vines that one cannot see beyond a few feet into the forests. It is not hard to imagine this area as being an excellent location to hide an illegal " moonshine still" from the federal "reveneurs" years ago...

From my observation, time has not disturbed Lynchburg very much over the years. The courthouse is still the center of the town and it's commerce (mostly tourist-oriented these days) - and most of the homes we saw near the competition site were built back in the 1800's. The "faces" may have changed over the years in Lynchburg - but very little else.

In the following photos, you will see signs we encountered as we entered Lynchburg, the old courthouse, many of the stores "on the square", photos of the Jack Daniel's Visitor center (which, believe it or not, we never found enough time to visit!!), and a photo of Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House (which is now a restaurant, serving some of the finest family-style Southern cooking we have ever eaten!! This is a "must-do" if you ever visit Lynchburg - and make certain to book your reservations well in advance!)

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