My bung that got us in The Jack

Ever since I started cooking competition BBQ over a decade ago I’ve wanted to cook The Jack. To me it’s kinda like the mecca of BBQ contests.

The lucky Jack Daniels apron

A while back, Waylon bought me a Jack Daniel’s apron he found on BBQ clearance at the end of summer. We’ve kept it around since then as a “good luck charm”… and it looks like it worked!

This year we made the draw – and got lucky enough to get picked. To say we’re excited is an understatement.

Since it’s an invitational contest, it takes a lot just to get qualified for the draw. We might never get another chance at this. And that’s why we’re going to give it all we got while we’re there.

I’ve got to make a few changes to my chicken turn-in because at The Jack your required to turn-in both white and dark meat. So just going with regular chicken thighs ain’t gonna cut it. I’ve got a few ideas – but I’m not showing up in Lynchburg without testing them out, seeing which one is the best option for a turn-in box and then running several practice runs.

I ain’t playing no games with this one…

Wish us luck!

Malcom Reed
Killer Hogs BBQ Cooking Team
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I am Malcom Reed and my brother, Waylon, and I are the Killer Hogs competition bbq team. Here at, I want to give you my secrets, methods and techniques you need to produce competition-quality BBQ. I want to give enough detail for BBQ novices, but still offer information that is useful for the professional BBQ cooks. I only focus on REAL bbq. And I take it seriously.

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  1. Scott Hares October 8, 2012 at 2:23 pm -

    Hey was a pleasure cooking next to you guys at the 2012 American Royal this weekend – say, how do you get your bung from them?

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