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Jack Daniel’s Invitational Brings Out the Best in Barbecue

As smoke rises from burning autumn leaves, can you also smell the tantalizing aroma of sizzling barbecue? If you head for Lynchburg, Tennessee the smoke will lead you to the Jack Daniel’s World Invitational Barbecue where you can satisfy those tingling tastebuds!

The Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue in Lynchburg is the grand finale of professional barbecue contests for the year, culminating the search for the best of the best on Saturday, October 27. In its 24th year, the Jack Daniel’s Invitational this year is hosting 20 international and 68 national teams.

More than 3500 lbs of meat will be smoked, seasoned, seared and consumed as teams battle for the coveted title of Grand Champion.  Every domestic team has won a state championship and many of the barbecue smokers are uniquely crafted and personally designed by contestants.

For them it’s serious business as they have refined their culinary talent and secret recipes to compete in seven categories – Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder/Butts, Beef Brisket, Chicken, Dessert, Cook’s Choice and Jack Daniel’s Sauce.

Bring along your taste buds to enjoy a day of sampling, festive activities and free tours of Jack Daniel’s world famous distillery. You can even wow your friends with some Jack Daniel’s recipes next time you entertain.

Wine Tasting

Perhaps you’re in the mood for a little wine tasting? Wine Down Main Street is a unique wine tasting event hosted by the merchants of Franklin’s Historical Main Street District.

The annual event held from 7:00-10:00pm on the first Friday of November gives patrons an opportunity to sample wines from around the world and discover the fascinating variety of merchandise in shops in the historic district.

You can join the throngs of folk sampling food and wines in shops and restaurants from Franklin’s historic Square to 5th Avenue along Main Street on Friday, November 2, while musicians entertain along the way.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. The event is a charity fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of Franklin/Williamson County.

Fun in the Pumpkin Patch

Approaching Halloween, take the family to Lucky Ladd Farms in Eagleville, 30 minutes south of Nashville for a barnyard adventure. The 70-acre farm provides dozens of activities for all ages, including petting zoo, wagon rides, pumpkin patch and a corn maze that is especially fun after dark. Try to find your way out by flashlight! The season ends the last weekend in October.

Capture every moment of this beautiful season and let us know your best discoveries!

Hi! I’m Dayle Fergusson. As a transplanted Aussie living in Middle Tennessee since 1986, I have been a freelance travel...Read on



    devin hardy

    Jack Daniels may know whiskey, but wouldn’t know crap from candy when it comes to Barbecue! I recently purchased some brisket and chicken breast from Walmart and it was horrible. Tasted alot like a military issue MRE bland and texture like rubber. Y’all have a long way to go to improve your products you sell to venders.

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