The Checkered Pig Competition Team Story:

In 2002, Tommy, Lisa, and Pigs R Us entered the Bar-B-Q competition arena. From the beginning they did very well, winning frequently and gaining valuable experience and exposure for both the restaurant and team. In 2003, the name of the competition team changed to Checkered Pig, and the team continued to compete all over the country.

In 2004, the Checkered Pig team won the prestigious invitational “superbowl” of Bar-B-Q competitions, the Sparks, Nevada “Best in the West” rib cook off. After winning the competition, Checkered Pig was featured on the Food network, making the team famous for their ribs and sauces nation wide. Further exposure for Checkered Pig on the Travel Channel and Versus Network for their award winning ribs, beef brisket, pork Bar-B-Q, and patented sauces and rubs, attracted people from all over the country to the Pigs R Us restaurant, and necessitated the bottling of the sauces and rubs for distribution.

Checkered Pig has won 17 state Championships and over 250 other awards. They have competed in the Jack Daniels World Chamionships twice, bringing home awards in pork Bar-B-Q and beef brisket.  2014 was a very successful year for Checkered Pig finishing 4th overall in the KCBS(Kansas City Bar-B-Q Society) Team of the Year standings out of 4000 teams.

Checkered Pig Competition Team Awards:



Lincolnton Hog HappeninLincolnton, NC2nd Place Overall
Blue Ridge BBQ & MusicTryon, NC18th Place Overall
Barbourville BBQ FestivalBarbourville, KY4th Place Overall
Covington Cork & PorkCovington, VA1st Place Overall
Festival of DiscoveryGreenwood, SC16th Place Overall
Smoke on the MountainGalax, VA4th Place Overall
Pigs & PedalsAsheboro, NC1st Place Overall
Mountain High BBQ FestivalFranklin, NC11th Place Overall
Wild West BBQ Shoot OutWendover, NV4th Place Overall
The Great Vegas Gridiron Grill OffLas Vegas, NV5th Place Overall
Black Dog Music and QueFloyd, VA4th Place Overall
Tilley Harley Davidson Biker Blues BBQSalisbury, NC1st Place Overall
Butts and Beans BBQHickory, NC4th Place Overall
Smokin up the Saddle ClubChatsworth GAGrand Champion
Smoke N Thunder BBQ ClasicRome, GAGrand Champion
1st place Ribs
When Pigs Fly SouthLakeland, FL4th Place Overall
1st place Chicken


Smokin’ on the WaterLakeport, CA1st Place Brisket
Lincolnton Hog Happenin’Lincolnton, NC Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
1st Place Pork
Smoke on the Mountain VA State BBQGalax, VA3rd Place Ribs
Chesapeake JubileeChesapeake, VA1st Place Pork
Sam’s Club BBQ CompetitionChesapeake, VA 1st Place Ribs
1st Place Brisket
Eastern Carolina BBQ ThrowdownRocky Mount, NC1st Place Ribs


14th Annual Firehouse CookoffKings Mountain, NC3rd Place Chicken
Chesapeake Jubilee BBQ CookoffChesapeake, VA4th Place Brisket
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw DownRocky Mount, NC1st Place Ribs
Hamtown Pork and Fork FestivalSmithfield, VA Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs


Texas Motor Speedway – Prilosec BBQ ShootoutFort Worth, TX 2nd Place Ribs
2nd Place Chicken
Lowe’s Motor Speedway – Prilosec BBQ ShootoutConcord, NC“> Reserve Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
South Carolina Festival DiscoveryGreenwood, NC Reserve Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
Cue and CruzLouisa, VA3rd Place Ribs
Bristol Prilosec BBQ ShootoutBristol, TN2nd Place Brisket
Pickin’ in the PanhandleHedgesville, WV 1st Place Pork
4th Place Brisket
Murphysboro Barbecue CookoffMurphysboro, IL Grand Champion
1st Place Brisket
4th Place Ribs
21st Jack Daniels World Championship InvitationalLynchburg, TN4th Place Brisket
Diamond State BBQ ChampionshipDover, DE3rd Place Brisket


Apple City Hog RallyMurphysboro, IL Grand Champion Reserve
2nd Place Pork
1st Place Brisket
1st Place Pork
Western NC BBQ FestivalMaggie Valley, NC1st Place Pork
20th Jack Daniels World ChampionshipLynchburg, TN4th Place Pork
Carolina Fall FlingLumberton, NC Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
1st Place Chicken
3rd Place Brisket
Pigs in the ParkDanville, VAReserve Grand Champion
Pigs in the ParkDanville, VAGovernors Cup
Top Virginia Team
Rockin’ Rib CookoffSalt Lake City, UtahGrand Champion