View Full Version : We're bringing home a little Jack!!!

Alexa RnQ
10-26-2008, 07:43 PM

Now that we've already thrown down the punchline, we can go back to the beginning of the story. We arrived at Jack Daniel's Hollow (pronounced "holler") late Thursday afternoon, and since an inch of rain was forecast for the following day we decided we'd better pitch camp quickly before dark fell. The towncar got parked on the other side of the path, against our backdrop:

and this was what we ended up with, that would be home base for the weekend.

The settings on my camera got jacked up, so in case you couldn't quite make out the detail of my second-favorite souvenir:

As promised, the next day dawned raining in that steady way that lets you know that you're in for a long haul. It was bitter cold, too -- maybe it was because of the humidity, but even though the temp gauge said "54" it was more like "yeah, maybe 54 BELOW", at least for us thin-blooded desert rats. This was my fashion statement for Friday -- I had something like five layers working, and was still freezing. Yes, that is a plastic grocery-bag rainhat.

So it rained, and rained, and rained, and VQ trimmed meat, and it rained some more, and I dreaded trimming chicken, and it rained some more. Eventually I had to get rolling on cooking the dessert, so here I am boiling up some cream before the ramekins got slammed into the smoker, all styling in my rainboots. Let me assure you, I would have made a crappy pioneer woman.
By the time that was done, I set to trimming up chicken while admiring the clouds that my breath made in the lamplight. And by the time that was done I was done too, so poor VQ was abandoned to spend another night in his spiffy new 40-below sleeping bag.

Saturday dawned as the Perfect Contest Day -- the clouds were rolling away, the ground was starting to dry, the hollow was filled with thin blue smoke. If you had been a tourist coming to see the World Championships, you would have come in through here

and seen many entertaining things like this

and they even have some pretty big bottles lying around.

We, however, were seeing nothing but our cooksite as we were in The Zone.

We made some ribs

and sliced them up.

"DAID PIG! We got DAID PIG walkin heah!!!"

Run, Forrest, ruuuunnnn!!!

We watched VQ pull his pork

and there was some brisket in there too.

Then it was time to slam together some desserts, and do a quick shot with the tray before it ran off too.

Back at camp, we could finally exhale. A nice man had come by with a Jack bag filled with fo-real hickory nuts, and had us draw one from the bag. He said that one of them was a magic hickory nut, and that it would like Jack Daniel's and we should pet it and be good to it. Of course we asked how we'd know if we'd got the magic nut, and he said we'd find out as soon as the Grand Champion was called out. You know we took good care of that nut, and whipped out our teensy bottle of Jack Daniel's and gave it an impromptu baptism, and each took communion from the bottle for good measure.

By and by, it was time to head off to the pavilion to hear the awards called out.

We all got herded in to where a cattle auction would be held -- see, here's a heiffer!

At one end of the barn, they'd done up a stage

and there was some guy on it.

And after a nail-biting interval, we actually heard our name called!!!!!!!!!

So as it turned out, we got to come home with a little party favor.

For the next year, we get to bask in the glow of being the second-best BBQ chicken cookers In The Entire World. Pretty farking exciting for a new little team from Arizona.

10-26-2008, 07:50 PM
I'm up in the Smokies now but was there rain and shine and you captured it all....including the walk. Congrats!!!!!!!!!


aka Kathy

10-26-2008, 07:50 PM
Congrats on the walk!! Thanks for sharing the photos. Looks like a great time!

10-26-2008, 07:53 PM
Way to go Alexa and Vince, drive home safe and we will see you at the Pulte Event in 2 weeks.

10-26-2008, 07:54 PM
Thats a pretty cool recap of the weekend, congrats on the call.

No pics of the chicken??? ;)

10-26-2008, 07:56 PM
That was great! What an honor to be there.

10-26-2008, 08:01 PM
That is tooo cool, thanks for posting it all! Been enjoying your blog too :-D
And congratulations for the great results!

Big Tom
10-26-2008, 08:20 PM

10-26-2008, 09:05 PM
That was fun, almost like being there, except I was dry all weekend!
Congrats on your placing!

10-26-2008, 09:10 PM
That's pretty awesome. Congrats!

Big George's BBQ
10-26-2008, 09:11 PM
Congrats. That is awesome. Thanks for the picks. Looked like a great time

Buster Dog BBQ
10-26-2008, 09:36 PM
Great post. Congratulations to you.

The Pigman
10-26-2008, 09:38 PM
Congrats thats awesome.......way to go

10-26-2008, 09:49 PM
Nice pics! Congrats!

we'll smoke u
10-26-2008, 10:01 PM
That was a great story thanks for sharing and the pic's were great.

10-26-2008, 10:04 PM
Awesome pictorial, gongrats on your walk!
Maybe someday, we can get the invite as well.

10-26-2008, 10:04 PM
Really enjoyed all your posts from and about the Jack. Thanks for taking the time to share with us.

10-26-2008, 10:05 PM
Congrats & thanx for sharing the pics!

10-26-2008, 10:22 PM
I enjoyed reading the recap...thanks and a big congrats on the 2nd place finish!:-D

10-26-2008, 10:23 PM
Congrats! I'd love to make it to the Jack some day. And second place chicken? Dang nice.

10-26-2008, 10:35 PM
congratulations on your call any other place and I would of called you first looser:-D

nice recap great job

10-26-2008, 10:37 PM
Truly enjoyed your story. Congrats.

10-27-2008, 12:25 AM
Every time I wandered by your camp you guys were gone! I think you guys were the only Brethren I missed meeting. Congratulations!!

10-27-2008, 06:20 AM
much appreciated the story behind it all.....sure makes the drive home a lot better....

10-27-2008, 08:15 AM
Way to go!!! Congrats! That's an awesome call!

The Pickled Pig
10-27-2008, 08:28 AM
Congrats and thanks for sharing a little Jack with the rest of us.

10-27-2008, 09:23 AM
Congrats, and awesome showing! :cool:

10-27-2008, 11:17 AM
Nice going.
Very well done.
Congratulations and thanks for the pics.

10-27-2008, 11:39 AM
Is that what they are giving out in place of jugs now.. I am assuming? I also noticed they changed the logo. Did the GC trophy look the same?

Congrats guys!


10-27-2008, 12:03 PM
Is that what they are giving out in place of jugs now.. I am assuming? I also noticed they changed the logo. Did the GC trophy look the same?

Congrats guys!


Congrats on the Calls!

Scottie, the GC trophy is not the same. I didnt get close to one (unfortunately) but looked like a copper version of the category trophies... really bad picture here... far right in the GC trophy:

10-27-2008, 12:07 PM
Well, I guess they feel those must look better. They look like paperweights... :wink:

They need a little height to the GC trophy...

10-27-2008, 02:36 PM
Is that what they are giving out in place of jugs now.. I am assuming? I also noticed they changed the logo. Did the GC trophy look the same?

Congrats guys!


The jugs are history. They lost the supplier (per Tana). All of the trophies are now "Jack" statues and the Grand and RGC are pretty small in size.

10-27-2008, 02:46 PM
Good. Glad I have a little piece of the "Old School" then... Hopefully someday I will make it back for a shot at the new trophies... If not... Oh well...

Vince RnQ
10-28-2008, 11:30 AM
Man, what an awesome and wild ride!

Was it worth it? You bet!!!

Would we do it again? In a heartbeat!!!

I hope everyone gets the opportunity to one day cook this event and I hope we get the opportunity to cook it again as well.

What a great time it was!!!

10-29-2008, 02:52 AM
Awesome. That was one of the best posts I have seen yet. Congrats again, hopefully one day my team will get there.

10-29-2008, 05:47 AM
Thanks for the great pics and the story line.:razz:
I would love to go to the Jack someday, even if only to walk around with my wife and see the sights.
Got to put that on my "Bucket List".:wink:

10-29-2008, 09:06 AM
Congratulations! Thanks for posting all the great pics.

It's my goal to make it to the Jack!!!

10-29-2008, 09:07 AM
Fantastic pictorial!!! Congrats on yer chicken!!!

my only suggestion on the bling would be that they give out pieces of barrels or something like that instead of the ribbons. The ribbons are nice, but kind of common... don't they have a ton of barrel pieces lying around? I would think the teams would enjoy those immensely. At least I would.

AND... the GC/RGC trophies SHOULD be bigger... I love the old ones!

OH... Anyone know who has the 2nd place brisket ribbon, by the way? We were given the 2nd place dessert ribbon in error, and even though it is a ribbon, I still would like it :oops: .
Is Divine Smoke on here? I have yer ribbon. PM me if you're here.

here are some of my pictures... I'll have more later.

PLUS we brought home a little Jack too... :biggrin: he's a little chilly, but doing fine up here in NEW ENGLAND!!!! Bringing him to the Harpoon Brewery this weekend so maybe he won't feel so homesick.


Lakeside Smoker
10-29-2008, 09:34 AM
I found this on another forum...

And in case anyone had ever wondered, Guy Fieri is NOT a Sully fan.
Heh heh...


Hahahaha!!!!!! I can't wait to hear THAT story!! :-D

10-29-2008, 09:45 AM
Sweet. Congrats to Lunchmeat! Nice pictorial!!! I thought Sully was releaving himself in that one pciture because it was sideways... :roll:

Good job!!!

10-29-2008, 10:08 AM
I found this on another forum...

And in case anyone had ever wondered, Guy Fieri is NOT a Sully fan.
Heh heh...


Hahahaha!!!!!! I can't wait to hear THAT story!! :-D