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Posted on Thursday, October 26, 2017 at 11:13 am

Barbeque teams, fans to flood Lynchburg October 27th- 28th

Elite barbecue teams from around the world have been arriving in Lynchburg and are gearing up to smoke, season and sear their best recipes at the 29th annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue this Saturday. Judges and more than 25,000 fans will join competitive barbecue’s leaders as they compete for the coveted title of Grand Champion in what many call the world’s most prestigious barbecue competition. “Known around the world, the Jack Daniel’s Championship Invitational Barbecue strikes the perfect balance between high-energy competition and laid-back fun among the best in competitive barbecue,” said Lynne Tolley, KCBScertified barbecue judge and great- grandniece of Jack Daniel. “And with thousands of fans visiting historic Lynchburg to take in the action, The Jack really comes to life” Teams from the United States and international teams from as far away as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Germany, Holland, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom will compete in seven categories- Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice and Jack Daniel’s sauce. To qualify, domestic teams must have won a state championship with a minimum of 25 teams entered, or a competition with more than 50 teams battling in the categories of Pork Ribs, Pork Butts, Chicken and Beef Brisket. The final competitors are then blind drawing of all eligible teams in early September. The 2016 Jack Daniel’s Grand Champion, Cool Smoke, receive automatic invitations. Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller Jeff Arnett continues to find the talent, focus and skill of competing teams admirable. “Each year, we see this competition get better and better – in talent, quality, ideas, taste, and excitement,” said Arnett. “We’ve watched teams pour their heart and soul into perfecting their culinary craft and that dedication is what makes this competition the best I the world. As we celebrate 29 years, our fans, judges and teams will certainly feel the specialness of this event in a way they never have before.” Other activities include original games such as the Country Dog Contest, Butt Bowling and Bung Toss competitions. Games begin at 11:30 Saturday and continue throughout the day. Tours of the Jack Daniel Distillery from the Visitor Center will be available from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Barbecue judging starts at 11:30 a.m., and the awards presentation will take place at 3:30 p.m. Admission to the 29th Annual Jack Daniels’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is a voluntary donation to the Moore County Schools. For more information, visit