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

Thursday, October 01, 2009

Update on Reid...

Our family cannot even begin to express our thanks and gratitude for the outpouring of prayers, emails, phone calls, and posts to this blog that we have received since our son, Reid, sustained a head & neck injury at a youth football league game nearly 2 weeks ago. Friends, both "new" and "old", have reached out to us from literally all over the world. What a testimony it is to God's love and kindness that is alive and well in the hearts of so many people out there...

We are most happy to report that Reid is doing very well!! He was pretty darn sore in his head/neck region at first, but that is slowly and surely disappearing. There has not been any further paralysis or numbness in his arms or legs, either. We went back to the doctor a little over a week ago, and everything checked out "picture perfect".

Yes, he has returned to football practice - but, by in large, he is still in "non-contact" mode. Coaches Mike / Bob / Jesse /Spence are all being very careful to make certain he heals fully before allowing him to resume full contact again. That any and all of you reading this that have children in organized sports could have a group of coaches as great and as wonderful as these guys have been!

Again, we can never thank enough the hundreds of you who have kept our son in your thoughts and prayers. May God bless each of you!...

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