64 U.S teams, 23 international teams will compete for The Jack on Oct. 15

The 2021 The Jack winner Gettin’ Basted will return to defend their crown in October. They will be one of 64 U.S. teams and 23 international teams to head to Lynchburg on October 14-15 for the annual Jack Daniel World Invitational Barbecue. (Photo Provided)

LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — Smoke will return to the Holler in October and this year’s Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue promises to be the largest and most exciting in the past couple of years with 23 international teams returning to compete after two years of travel complications created by the pandemic.

Lynchburg’s annual event always proves to be a colorful one but adding teams from Australia to Italy back into the mix will be sure to kick it up a notch. In particular, international teams always add a bit of pizazz to the Parade of Teams that happens on the Friday before the Barbecue. As any local can tell you, the unofficial kick off to the event is worth the trip to Lynchburg as close to 100 teams will parade from Wiseman Park through the historic Lynchburg Square on their way to Barbecue Hill throwing favors along the way like Lynchburg’s own little Mardi Gras parade.

To qualify to compete in The Jack – considered by many to be the Super Bowl of competitive barbecue competitions – teams must win a state championship with at least 25 other teams competing or any other competition of 50 teams or more. There are also several Kansas City Barbecue Society event winners who earn an automatic invitation including winners from this year’s Memphis in May, The American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open, and Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest. And, of course, last year’s winner, Gettin’ Basted, will return to defend their crown. The final competitors were selected during a blind drawing of all eligible teams last week.

Teams will compete in seven categories : Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice and Jack Daniel’s Sauce. 

2022 team will include:


16 Mesh BBQ

3N1 Q – #12 overall finisher in 2021

4 Legs Up BBQ

American Heroes BBQ

Big Boots BBQ

Big Poppa Smokers – #4 overall finisher from 2021

Bleacher Bums BBQ

Blues Hog BBQ – 2022 Memphis in May winner

BnB bbq

Chunky BBQ

Crooked Pig

D’Qued Barbeque

Drilling and Grilling

East Texas Smokers

Fergolicious BBQ LLC

Fred Vegas Smokes

Gettin’ Basted – 2021 The Jack winner

Girls Can Grill

Good Googly Goo BBQ

Heavy Smoke BBQ

Hide-A-Way Ranch Cookers


Holy Smokers BBQ

Insane Swine BBQ

Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ

Janky Leg BBQ

Kickin’ Ashes

Kith n’ Kin

Last Call Heroes BBQ


Local Yokels BBQ

Loot N’ Booty BBQ

Mcadoo Heights BBQ

Montana Outlaw BBQ

Oakella Que

Petie’s Smokin Pits BBQ

Phoenix BBQ

Piggin’ Whiskey

Pirates Of Bar B Que Bay

Rhode Hog BBQ

RJs Smokehouse

Sharpe Gourmet Cooking Wood

Shiggin & Grinnin

Shiggin Ain’t Easy

Slaps BBQ – #2 overall in 2021

Small Axe BBQ

Smoke Me Silly

Smoke N’ Ash BBQ

Smokin Leftys BBQ

Smokin Sweetmeats


Son of a Boar BBQ

Stoake D Fire.com

Swine Life BBQ

The Hog Mafia

The Pig’s Pajamas BBQ

Tire Smoke BBQ

Top Gun Barbecue

Triple H BBQ – 2022 The American Royal World Series of Barbecue Open winner

Uncle Pig’s Barbeque Pit

Vallee A/C Cold Smoke

Williamson County Go Texan – Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo World’s Championship Bar-B-Que Contest winner

Wolf’s Revenge BBQ


International Teams

Australia – Ribs n pig bbq


Belgium – Barbecoa BBQ Team

Brazil – Churras de Patrao

Canada – Brisket Butts, Frozen Torque BBQ, Rusty’s BBQ

Costa Rica – Justice BBQ

Czech Republic – Bohemian BBQ

Denmark – BBQ Team Smoke It All

Estonia – BBQ Symphony

Finland – Sweaty Hogs

Germany – Grillteam GutGlut e.V.

Hungary – SunCity BBQ

Italy – All You Can Smoke BBQ

Netherlands – PureBBQ, Southern Dutch BBQ

Poland – Polish BBQ Mafia, Polish Bbq KINGS-Smoker

Slovenia – Grillers – BBQ Passion

Sweden – Clean Smoke BBQ

United Kingdom – Uncle Tony’s Cockney Q

You can get more information at the event’s official website. The Times will also start publishing articles leading up to the event beginning on October 1. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently-owned, community newspaper located in Lynchburg, Tennessee the home of The Jack Daniel Distillery. We focus on public service, non-partisan, rural journalism. We cover the Metro Moore County government, local tourism, Moore County schools, high school sports, Motlow State Community College, as well as whiskey industry news and regional and state stories that affect our readers.}