The best barbecue in America hails from...Massachusetts?
That's the result of the annual Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg, Tenn., where Abington's Smokin Hoggz BBQ took the top prize over the weekend. It's also the second time in three years a local outfit has won the competition. In 2009, Hopkinton's I-Que won. Guess we're not so clueless about proper BBQ techniques after all.
Forbes contributor Larry Olmsted was a judge at the event, and writes the following:
With two big wins in three years, Massachusetts barbecue has accomplished what the state's high spending sports teams, the Patriots and Red Sox, could not do, and makes the smoking Bay State a culinary place to be reckoned with. Unfortunately for the general public, both I-Que (which was also at the Jack this year and again took home some hardware) and Smokin Hoggz are strictly competition teams, meaning you cannot eat their barbecue unless you go to one of these events. Smokin Hoggz Facebook page describes the team thusly: Acompetition team that was started in the fall of 2008, basically it's just an excuse to eat awesome food and drink beer."
Smokin Hoggz also won the Cape Cod BBQ Championship in Sandwich over the summer.
For more local hotspots, check out our list of 10 of the best BBQ destinations in New England.