The 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. The Checkered Pig team has won 9 state championships, and over 200 other awards for their meats and sauces.  They have competed in the Jack Daniels World Chamionships twice, bringing home awards in pork Bar-B-Q and beef brisket.  Tommy, Lisa, and the team continue to compete in KCBS (Kansas City Bar-B-Q Society) sanctioned events and MBN (Memphis Bar-B-Q Network) events.  They compete in 10 to 15 events each year, with continued success.


Competition Location Award
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 2nd Place Overall
Mountain High BBQ Festival Franklin, NC 11th Place Overall
Pigs & Pedals Asheboro, NC 1st 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
American Royal Kansas City, KS