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:

Competition Location Award(s)


Lincolnton Hog Happenin Lincolnton, NC 2nd Place Overall
Blue Ridge BBQ & Music Tryon, NC 18th Place Overall
Barbourville BBQ Festival Barbourville, KY 4th Place Overall
Covington Cork & Pork Covington, VA 1st Place Overall
Festival of Discovery Greenwood, SC 16th Place Overall
Smoke on the Mountain Galax, VA 4th Place Overall
Pigs & Pedals Asheboro, NC 1st Place Overall
Mountain High BBQ Festival Franklin, NC 11th Place Overall
Wild West BBQ Shoot Out Wendover, NV 4th Place Overall
The Great Vegas Gridiron Grill Off Las Vegas, NV 5th Place Overall
Black Dog Music and Que Floyd, VA 4th Place Overall
Tilley Harley Davidson Biker Blues BBQ Salisbury, NC 1st Place Overall
Butts and Beans BBQ Hickory, NC 4th Place Overall
Smokin up the Saddle Club Chatsworth GA Grand Champion
Smoke N Thunder BBQ Clasic Rome, GA Grand Champion
1st place Ribs
When Pigs Fly South Lakeland, FL 4th Place Overall
1st place Chicken


Smokin’ on the Water Lakeport, CA 1st Place Brisket
Lincolnton Hog Happenin’ Lincolnton, NC Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
1st Place Pork
Smoke on the Mountain VA State BBQ Galax, VA 3rd Place Ribs
Chesapeake Jubilee Chesapeake, VA 1st Place Pork
Sam’s Club BBQ Competition Chesapeake, VA 1st Place Ribs
1st Place Brisket
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throwdown Rocky Mount, NC 1st Place Ribs


14th Annual Firehouse Cookoff Kings Mountain, NC 3rd Place Chicken
Chesapeake Jubilee BBQ Cookoff Chesapeake, VA 4th Place Brisket
Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down Rocky Mount, NC 1st Place Ribs
Hamtown Pork and Fork Festival Smithfield, VA Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs


Texas Motor Speedway – Prilosec BBQ Shootout Fort Worth, TX 2nd Place Ribs
2nd Place Chicken
Lowe’s Motor Speedway – Prilosec BBQ Shootout Concord, NC “> Reserve Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
South Carolina Festival Discovery Greenwood, NC Reserve Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
Cue and Cruz Louisa, VA 3rd Place Ribs
Bristol Prilosec BBQ Shootout Bristol, TN 2nd Place Brisket
Pickin’ in the Panhandle Hedgesville, WV 1st Place Pork
4th Place Brisket
Murphysboro Barbecue Cookoff Murphysboro, IL Grand Champion
1st Place Brisket
4th Place Ribs
21st Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Lynchburg, TN 4th Place Brisket
Diamond State BBQ Championship Dover, DE 3rd Place Brisket


Apple City Hog Rally Murphysboro, IL Grand Champion Reserve
2nd Place Pork
1st Place Brisket
1st Place Pork
Western NC BBQ Festival Maggie Valley, NC 1st Place Pork
20th Jack Daniels World Championship Lynchburg, TN 4th Place Pork
Carolina Fall Fling Lumberton, NC Grand Champion
1st Place Ribs
1st Place Chicken
3rd Place Brisket
Pigs in the Park Danville, VA Reserve Grand Champion
Pigs in the Park Danville, VA Governors Cup
Top Virginia Team
Rockin’ Rib Cookoff Salt Lake City, Utah Grand Champion