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December 28, 2013

Tifton BBQ team shines in national competition

TIFTON — This year was an extremely eventful year for one of Tifton’s very own professional competition BBQ cook teams.

Captain Jack’s BBQ Crew received a very prestigious invitation to compete at the American Royal alongside the best of the best in the competitive barbecue circuit. The American Royal Invitational presented by KC Masterpiece is a true national championship with 175 teams from the United States, Canada and abroad invited to compete this year.

Captain Jack and crew considered this an opportunity to strike one of their dream competitions off of their bucket list. Since the captain and crew made the decision to embark on the journey to Kansas City Missouri, the crew encouraged the captain to also enter the Joe’s Kansas City Open Contest held in conjunction with the invitational.

Joe’s Kansas City Open Contest is the largest barbecue contest in the world, with over 500 teams competing in four meat categories. This four day festival is truly “The World Series of Barbecue.” An estimated 70,000 people attend the event in the west bottoms, which encompasses 22 acres of barbecue activities.

Captain Jack’s BBQ Crew consists of Captain Jack Fallin; his wife, Sandi; their two daughters, Madison and Elizabeth; Jack’s brother, Harry, and his wife, Theresa Fallin, all of which who call Tifton home; the captain’s cousins, Mark and Connie Thomas of Chipley, Fla.; and the captain and family’s very good friends and cohorts, as well as proud partners in “Smoke Risin’ BBQ Joint,” Matt and Candi Lee of Blackshear.

Captain Jack’s BBQ Crew represented Tifton well by simply being selected and invited as one of the 175 best BBQ teams in the world to compete in the American Royal KC Masterpiece Invitational. They didn’t do as well as they hoped in the invitational as they finished 138th out of 175 of the best of the best. The captain decided after the invitational that it was time to change everything and ramp it up to the next level for the Joe’s Kansas City Open Contest.

When the cook began for the open, they changed everything from the timing of the cook to the presentation of the plates to be judged. Their hard work paid off as they really stepped up to the plate during the open, gaining the opportunity to “walk” at the American Royal with an 18th place finish in pulled pork out of more than 500 of the best cook teams in the world.

With an accumulation of scores in all four meat categories, which included chicken, ribs, pulled pork and brisket, Captain Jack’s BBQ Crew ranked 89th best, which was their fourth KCBS (Kansas City Barbecue Society) cook.

Both the invitational and the open included teams some may recognize from television shows like BBQ Pitmaster’s; Johnny Trigg, “The God Father of Ribs,” Smokin’ Triggers (placed 283rd in the open); Sugars Championship Barbecue (209th in the open); Burnt Bean Company (168th); and Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke won grand champion in the invitational and ranked 116th in the Joe’s Kansas City Open.

Captain Jack’s BBQ Crew enjoyed chasing that target on the back of the “Winningest Man in BBQ” and the Pitmaster judge that everyone loves to hate, Myron Mixon, and his son, Michael Mixon, of Jack’s Old South, which finished 81st best in the open. Myron was also inducted into the Barbecue Hall of Fame in the Pitmaster category with the induction ceremony being hosted by Chef Guy Fieri.

The captain and crew had an amazing adventure and they would like to say thank you to everyone who helped to make their dream a reality.

“We are very blessed to be surrounded by family and friends that support our endeavors and enjoy being our ‘test’ judges when we have our practice cooks. This experience would have never been possible without the help of our employers, coworkers, friends and family. A huge thank you for everything,” said Captain Jack and his crew.

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