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 Smoke Richmond, VA 2013 Jack Daniel’s
Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ Des Moines, IA 2013 American Royal
Bar-B-Que Commanders Cook Team Beaumont, TX 2014 Houston Livestock
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q Decatur, AL 2014 Memphis In May
Blazen BBQ Hillsboro, TX Seven Wins
Texas Pepper Jelly Houston, TX Seven Wins
The American Dream BBQ Team Tecumseh, OK Seven Wins
TRUEBUD BBQ Tonganoxie, KS Seven Wins
Warren County Pork Choppers Bowling Green, KY Seven Wins
Parrothead Smokers Dakota Dunes, SD Competed Nine Years
QUAU Brimfield, IL Competed Nine Years
Findley’s Barbecue Team Ft. Wainwright, AK AK State Winner
Pork Barrel BBQ Upper Marlboro, MD DC State Winner
Aporkalypse Now Springfield, VA DE State Winner
Ice Harbor Brewing Co. Kennewick, WA ID State Winner
Que and a Half Men Rockland, MA MA State Winner
ZBQ Cumberland, RI ME State Winner
Lonestar Smoke Rangers Rapid City, SD MT State Winner
Smokin’ Aces Chicopee, MA RI State Winner
Dizzy Pig Fairfax, VA VT / WV State Winner



AL Red Eyed Smokers
AR Fire Dancer BBQ
AZ Knife Pork and Spoon
CA Smokey Luv BBQ
CO Sizzlin’ Bones BBQ
CT Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ
FL Big Papa’s Country Kitchen
GA Palmetto Smokehouse
IA Pig Skin BBQ
IL Smoke Me Silly
IN one2bbq
KS Smoke N Babes BBQ
KY Pappy Q
LA We Be Smokin’
MD Drilling and Grilling BBQ Team
MI Big Brothers BBQ
MN Spitfire
MO Brew ‘N’ Bar-B-Que
MS The Blue Bloods
NC Diggin Que – GA
NE Big T’z Q Cru
NH Fire Down Below
NJ Chix, Swine, & Bovine BBQ
NM One Slice at a Time
NV Porketeers
NY Good Smoke BBQ
OH Brutus and Company
OK Butcher BBQ
OR Movin’ the Chains BBQ
PA Lo’ –N– Slo’ BBQ
SC Under the Radar
SD Jo-Bawb’s BBQ
TN Tenacious Q
TX The Dim Fiefelmann Cookers
UT BBQ Pit Stop
VA 3 Eyz BBQ
WA Wine Country “Q”
WI T-Mac Smokin
WY The Celtic Pig



CT Ack-Que
DE GoneHoggin.com
IN Fowl Butt BBQ
MN The Smoking Hills
MO R Butts R Smokin
MS Killer Hogs
NC Fatbacks BBQ and Rib Shack
NE Tattoo Bob’s Bar-B-Q
NH Can U Smell My Pits BBQ
NJ Jacked Up BBQ
NM High Desert Holy Smoke BBQ
SD Charcoal Loungers
VA Degüello BBQ


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House of Q

Prairie Smoke & Spice

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Australia The Meat Sweats
Austria Salzburger Barbecue Bulls
Bahamas Gone Fish’n
Belgium BBQ+
Denmark BBQ Team smoke it all
Germany Sieben Schwaben
Ireland Wild Geese
Italy BBQ4All
Netherlands iQ
Norway/Denmark/Holland The European Allstar Barbecue Team
Poland Polish BBQ Kings
Puerto Rico Slowly Smoked
South Africa Team Chesanyama Braai-B-Que
Sweden Flaming Pig BBQ
Switzerland Grill-ueli Team
United Kingdom Bunch of Swines


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