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Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

October 13, 2023 October 14, 2023

Wide view of Jack Daniels BBQ competition.


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The aroma of smoked meats, the sizzle of grills, and the hum of excited chatter will once again fill the air of Lynchburg, Tennessee, on October 13th and 14th, 2023.

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, affectionately known as “The Jack,” is returning for another year of fierce competition and mouth-watering delights.

A Glimpse into the Past

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is not just any barbecue competition; it’s a prestigious event that has grown in stature and reputation over the years.

Held annually in the quaint town of Lynchburg, the championship has become a beacon for barbecue enthusiasts from all corners of the globe. Teams vie for the coveted title, but to even get a chance to compete, they must first win a state championship or meet other stringent criteria set by the organizers.

What to Expect in 2023

This year, the event promises to be bigger and better than ever. With about 25,000-30,000 spectators expected to descend on Lynchburg, attendees can look forward to a spectacle of competitive barbecuing.

But it’s not just about the meats. The event also offers a range of festivities, including music and other entertainment options, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

Planning Your Visit

If you’re considering attending, here are some things to keep in mind:

Although the barbecue competition itself is in Wiseman Park, the entire town is filled with booths and displays.

So in between sampling some of the best barbecue around, you can check out buck dancing, try your hand at butt bowling, or cheer on the pets in the Country Dog Show.

Admission is free and open to all ages.

  • Accommodations: Lynchburg offers a range of accommodations, but given the event’s popularity, it’s advisable to book your stay well in advance. See lodging options below.
  • What to Bring: While the aroma of barbecued meats will be tempting, remember to check the event’s guidelines on what you can and cannot bring. Restrictions often apply to items like outside food and drink.
  • Parking: Parking is available for $10.00 at Moore County High School on Saturday with shuttle buses available from 9:00am to 7:00pm. Arrive early to secure a parking spot, as spaces can fill up quickly given the event’s popularity.
  • Family-Friendly: The event is suitable for attendees of all ages, with activities and entertainment options that cater to both young and old.

A Culinary Experience Like No Other

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue is more than just a competition; it’s a celebration of culinary artistry, community spirit, and the rich heritage of barbecuing.

Whether you’re a seasoned barbecue aficionado or a curious first-timer, the 2023 event promises an unforgettable experience.

So, mark your calendars for October 13th and 14th, and get ready to immerse yourself in a world of flavors, aromas, and the unparalleled charm of Lynchburg.

Note: For specific details, attendees should always refer to the official event website or contact the event organizers directly.

301 Wiseman Park Rd.
Lynchburg, Tennessee 37352 United States
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