Saturday, October 27, 2001
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It's been nearly a hundred years since the Moore County went dry, but the smell of the famous Tennessee whiskey still welcomes the visitors from all over the world at the Jack Daniel's Distillery.
The 13th Jack Daniel's World Championship Barbecue was held just a few blocks from the Jack Daneil's distillery on October 27, 2001. Over 25,000 folks from around the world attended the event.
More than a month has passed since the day of terror on September 11th. American flags filled the Championship ground, where we saw the flags of Ireland, Japan, France, Italy and other participating countries last year. This year, there were only two international contestants, the Swine Fellows of Canada and the Salzburger BBQ Bulls from Austria.
"Every October we look forward to loading up the cooker and making the trek to Tennessee. It1s unfortunate that we don't see as many international teams as we saw last year, but we're glad to be here", said the Canadian team member.
All contestants must contain the Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey in each category including Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Beef, Chicken, Sauce and Dessert. The winner of this year was the Twin Oak Smokin Crew, winning $2,500.
The Judges were the locals of Lynchburg, including the great-great niece of Jack Daniel, Lynn Tolley, who currently serves as an official taster at the Jack Daniel1s distillery.
During the event, many attendees took a short walk to the distillery. The distillery tour is open to the public.
Main attractions of the tour is the charcoal mellowing process, which separates their whiskey from the Bourbon category. "Jack Daniel ain't no Bourbon, folks. It's a Tennessee Whiskey", explains the tour guide
Jack Daniel's annual BBQ Championship is usually held every third week of October in Lynchburg, Tennessee.
2001 Jack Daniel's Distillery and the annual BBQ championship
Jack Daniel's Distillery Tour