As I mentioned in the Woodworkin' and BBQ Cookin' thread, my good friend and co-worker, Chad, a.k.a. Moonswiners, recently won the Jack Daniels World Barbeque Invitational. I promised him that if he ever won ”The Jack” I would build him a trophy display worthy of a world champion. Well, I’m a man of my word so let the build begin.
A little background information for you…..
The Jack Daniels World BBQ Invitational, a.k.a. ”The Jack”, is considered the World Series of competitive BBQ-ing. This year there were 60 teams from across the U.S. and 21 international teams competing for the title of World Champ. Only the best of the best get invited to the grandaddy of all BBQ cookoffs, and this was Chad’s rookie year at ”The Jack”. In order to be eligible for ”The Jack” you have to win a Kansas City BBQ Society sanctioned event during the year. Chad became eligible by winning events in Illinois and Indiana earlier this Summer. Once BBQ season is over the name of each winner is thrown into a different hat for every state that they won in. In this case Chad’s name was in two hats, one for Illinois and one for Indiana. Chad’s odds were slim in the Illinois hat because there were eight other names in it besides his. The Indiana hat, on the other hand, only had two names in it. We all held our breath and crossed our fingers, and next thing you know Chad’s name pops out of the Indiana hat!
He had told us all year that he was going to win ”The Jack”, but we never thought it would actually happen in his first attempt. There are pros out there that have cooked in ”The Jack” for years and never been able to walk away with the big trophy. What chance could Chad, a one man team, really have of winning in his first year against so many giants of the competitive BBQ world? Apparently there was a very good chance!
Once the cooking was done, and all of the meat was turned in for judging, it became a waiting game for the 81 team field. There are four categories judged in these BBQ competitions: Chicken, Ribs, Pulled Pork and Brisket. Each category is judged and ranked using a point system, and the team with the most overall points is named Grand Champion. They started announcing the awards… 1st place Chicken… Moonswiners! 2nd place Ribs… Moonswiners! 1st place Brisket… Moonswiners! The pork didn’t do as well, but with finishes that high in the other three categories, there was little doubt who would be crowned champ… you guessed it… MOONSWINERS!
Here is Chad (right) standing next to his buddy, and winner of “The Jack” in 2006, as well as his enormous trophy and the jugs he received for the individual categories.
Even though I never thought it would really happen, I am more than happy to build a trophy display stand for the best BBQ cook in the WORLD! The trophy body is made from white oak whishkey barrel staves, so the display case will also be white oak. Chad asked that the stand be a corner style piece with a two tier design. The top tier will be reserved for the trophy while the lower tier will hold the three jugs. I showed him the design, and he was more than pleased with it.
After grabbing a couple 4’x8’ sheets of white oak plywood from my local lumberyard I’m ready for a long weekend of woodworking. I’ll keep everyone updated on the progress! Thanks for reading!
-- JP, Louisville, KY