“To have the Peak City Pig Fest represented at the ‘Jack’ in our first year of existence is an exciting thing for us,” said Graham Wilson, organizer of the Peak City Pig Fest. “We had a strong start right out of the blocks, and this is just another step in becoming one of the country’s premier barbecue cook offs. We congratulate Pelletheads.com and wish them luck in bringing home the Jack Daniels trophy.”
To be eligible for the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue, a BBQ cook team must be a Grand Champion of a State Championship BBQ cook off. There were 12 cook offs, including The Peak City Pig Fest, that were proclaimed State Championships by the Governor of North Carolina. All Grand Champions were then entered into a drawing, called having a “bung in the barrel,” and one team is drawn to be the North Carolina representative. Pelletheads.com won the drawing.
“We had a one in 12 chance, and we thought our chances were slim to none,” said Bentley Meredith, Chief Cook of Pelletheads.com. “When they told us we had been chosen, I could not believe it. Our goal now is to represent North Carolina and bring home the championship trophy.”
The team has requested a North Carolina state flag from the Governor to carry in the opening parade of the Jack Daniel’s National Invitational Barbecue.
Pelletheads.com is not the only Peak City Pig Fest competitor that will be competing at the Jack Daniel’s in October. Tarheel Smokers, who also competed in Apex in June, has been chosen to represent Virginia at the event.
“This just shows the quality of the teams that participated in the Peak City Pig Fest,” said Wilson.
About the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue
The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Barbecue is an international event like no other. Taking place in the tiny town of Lynchburg, Tennessee (populations 400, plus or minus) the event draws 20,000 visitors and BBQ teams from around the world to compete for the championship. It takes place on October 27.
About the Peak City Pig Fest
The Peak City Pig Fest is a Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS)-sanctioned BBQ cook off presented by the Apex Sunrise Rotary Club. Held in Historic Downtown Apex, North Carolina, the Peak City Pig Fest attracts cook teams from all over the United States to compete for a total of more than $15,000 in prize money. Thousands turned out for the inaugural Peak City Pig Fest held in June 2012. The 2013 Peak City Pig Fest is scheduled for June 22, 2013.