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Pork Barrel BBQ Invited to Compete in Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue 

71 Competition Barbecue Teams Headed to Tennessee To Compete At 23rd Annual Contest


Washington, DC (September 6, 2011) – Jack Daniel’s today announced the official lineup of competition barbecue teams participating in the 2011 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue contest in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Pork Barrel BBQ along with 70 barbecue teams will be competing the fourth weekend of October in the world’s most prestigious invite-only barbecue competition.

The world’s most accomplished barbecue pitmasters bring their best meats, sauces, smoking techniques, and barbecue secrets to historic Lynchburg for a two-day barbecue battle pitting the best of the best to crown the toppitmaster of barbecue. Over 25,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Pork Barrel BBQ earned an invitation to the prestigious event by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC. The team is the reigning Purdue National Chicken Champion and has several award-winning sauces available in grocery stores across the country, including Schnucks, Whole Foods, Central Market, and Costco.

“It is the greatest honor of our barbecue career to have been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We are living proof that the American Dream still exists. Since starting Pork Barrel BBQ from the basements of our homes in 2008 we’ve been fortunate to create a line of sauces many people now consider their go to favorite, be successful on the competition barbecue circuit and we’ll soon open our first restaurant. It is an honor for us as one of the youngest teams in professional barbecue to get the chance to go head to head with the best pitmasters in the world at the Jack!”

To qualify for “The Jack”, teams must either win a competition in which 50 or more teams participated, or win a qualifying state championship and be selected in a blind drawing. Automatic invitations are given to the 2010 Jack Daniel’s Grand Champion and the winner of the 2011 Memphis in May, 2010 American Royal Open and 2011 Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contests.

Visit to see the teams from across the United States and around the world competing in the 23rd annual contest.

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) and the company’s blog.