Episode 13 - The Olympics of BBQ


To kick off Season 2 of Around the Barrel with Jack Daniel’s, our host Lucas Hendrickson traveled down to Lynchburg for the 30th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue.


The Jack™, as it’s commonly known, is an annual BBQ competition that draws in teams and judges from around the country and around the globe. Considered by some to be “The Olympics of BBQ,” The Jack brings about more than 25,000 visitors to Lynchburg over the competition’s three days. 


2018 BBQ Winners



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To compete in The Jack, domestic teams must win a state championship with at least 25 teams or a competition of 50 teams or win one of the premiere barbecue competitions in the U.S.—Memphis in May, American Royal Open or Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que—which qualifies a team for an automatic berth. At The Jack, each team competes in seven categories – Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice, and Jack Daniel’s Sauce.


This year, Butcher BBQ from Chandler, Okla., claimed the title of Grand Champion at the 30th Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue. As Grand Champion, Butcher BBQ earned $10,000, braggin’ rights as winner of what many consider to be the most prestigious barbecue contest in the world, and the chance to defend its title next year in 2019.


Established in 2007, the team that makes up Butcher BBQ originally started out as butchers and eventually became pit masters and started cooking in local barbecue competitions. Since then, they’ve won hundreds of competitions, including World Champion BBQ Pitmasters in 2012.


A combined 103 domestic and international teams from countries including Austria, Australia, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Poland, Scotland, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom convened in Lynchburg to compete for the coveted Grand Champion title.


Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ was named the Reserve Grand Champion, taking home the second-place cash prize of $2,500. For more information on The Jack and a list of other winners, visit www.jackdanielsbarbecuemedia.com.


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