Spitfire, a professional barbecue team from Fargo, has qualified and will compete in the 24th Annual Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue in the quest for the coveted title of Grand Champion and the accompanying bragging rights.
The Jack is the world's most prestigious barbecue competition where slow cooking connoisseurs from around the world battle the flames in the Jack Daniel's Hollow. Winners will savor their share of more than $30,000 in cash and prizes.
The event will be held Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Lynchburg, Tenn.
A pool of 68 champion teams will compete from across the United States and 20 international teams representing Aruba, Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, England, Estonia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Puerto Rico and Switzerland.
In order to receive an invitation to The Jack, domestic teams must have won an automatic event, such as Memphis in May or the American Royal, a state championship with 25 teams, a competition with more than 50 teams or have won seven contests in the past barbecue season. Due to the large amount of seasoned competitors, the final teams were selected in a blind drawing of all qualifiers in early September. Teams will compete in seven categories: Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Cook's Choice, Dessert and Jack Daniel's Sauce.