2014 Jack Daniels Teams Announced

Selections have been announced today for the 2014 Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue.  This competition, affectionately known as “The Jack”, is an invitation-only contest that pits championship BBQ teams against one another on the grounds of the Jack Daniels distillery (“The Hollow”) in a cook-off to determine BBQ supremacy.

Over 90 teams were selected this year from the United States, Canada, and 17 other countries.  Leading the way this year is 2013 Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue champion Cool Smoke, featuring pitmaster and BBQ celebrity Tuffy Stone.  Also joining Cool Smoke in The Hollow as automatic qualifiers this year is Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ (winner of the 2013 American Royal Open), Bar-B-Que Commanders Cook Team (winner of the 2014 Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo), and Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q (winner of 2014 Memphis in May).

Another route for automatically qualifying for The Jack is winning seven contests that meet criteria for inclusion into The Jack.  Joining the competitors’ list based on this qualification are Blazen BBQ, Texas Pepper Jelly, The American Dream BBQ TeamTRUEBUD BBQ, and Warren County Pork Choppers.

The full list of invited teams is below.  Congrats to everyone who received an invitation!


Cool SmokeRichmond, VA2013 Jack Daniel’s
Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQDes Moines, IA2013 American Royal
Bar-B-Que Commanders Cook TeamBeaumont, TX2014 Houston Livestock
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-QDecatur, AL2014 Memphis In May
Blazen BBQHillsboro, TXSeven Wins
Texas Pepper JellyHouston, TXSeven Wins
The American Dream BBQ TeamTecumseh, OKSeven Wins
TRUEBUD BBQTonganoxie, KSSeven Wins
Warren County Pork ChoppersBowling Green, KYSeven Wins
Parrothead SmokersDakota Dunes, SDCompeted Nine Years
QUAUBrimfield, ILCompeted Nine Years
Findley’s Barbecue TeamFt. Wainwright, AKAK State Winner
Pork Barrel BBQUpper Marlboro, MDDC State Winner
Aporkalypse NowSpringfield, VADE State Winner
Ice Harbor Brewing Co.Kennewick, WAID State Winner
Que and a Half MenRockland, MAMA State Winner
ZBQCumberland, RIME State Winner
Lonestar Smoke RangersRapid City, SDMT State Winner
Smokin’ AcesChicopee, MARI State Winner
Dizzy PigFairfax, VAVT / WV State Winner



ALRed Eyed Smokers
ARFire Dancer BBQ
AZKnife Pork and Spoon
CASmokey Luv BBQ
COSizzlin’ Bones BBQ
CTSmokin’ Hoggz BBQ
FLBig Papa’s Country Kitchen
GAPalmetto Smokehouse
IAPig Skin BBQ
ILSmoke Me Silly
KSSmoke N Babes BBQ
KYPappy Q
LAWe Be Smokin’
MDDrilling and Grilling BBQ Team
MIBig Brothers BBQ
MOBrew ‘N’ Bar-B-Que
MSThe Blue Bloods
NCDiggin Que – GA
NEBig T’z Q Cru
NHFire Down Below
NJChix, Swine, & Bovine BBQ
NMOne Slice at a Time
NYGood Smoke BBQ
OHBrutus and Company
OKButcher BBQ
ORMovin’ the Chains BBQ
PALo’ –N– Slo’ BBQ
SCUnder the Radar
SDJo-Bawb’s BBQ
TNTenacious Q
TXThe Dim Fiefelmann Cookers
UTBBQ Pit Stop
WAWine Country “Q”
WIT-Mac Smokin
WYThe Celtic Pig



INFowl Butt BBQ
MNThe Smoking Hills
MOR Butts R Smokin
MSKiller Hogs
NCFatbacks BBQ and Rib Shack
NETattoo Bob’s Bar-B-Q
NHCan U Smell My Pits BBQ
NJJacked Up BBQ
NMHigh Desert Holy Smoke BBQ
SDCharcoal Loungers
VADegüello BBQ


Swiggin’ Pig



House of Q

Prairie Smoke & Spice

Blackstrap BBQ




AustraliaThe Meat Sweats
AustriaSalzburger Barbecue Bulls
BahamasGone Fish’n
DenmarkBBQ Team smoke it all
GermanySieben Schwaben
IrelandWild Geese
Norway/Denmark/HollandThe European Allstar Barbecue Team
PolandPolish BBQ Kings
Puerto RicoSlowly Smoked
South AfricaTeam Chesanyama Braai-B-Que
SwedenFlaming Pig BBQ
SwitzerlandGrill-ueli Team
United KingdomBunch of Swines