Those of you that follow me on twitter and/or facebook, will know that my buddy Borries and I are building a team of 8 South Africans into a national braai team to represent SA in the Jack Daniel's World BBQ Invitational in October and then 2 weeks later in the World Food Championships in Las Vegas.
We'll be starting our little adventure by flying into Nashville, Tennessee. There we will pick up our RVs and drive down to Lynchburg for the 1st
of the two competitions. For 3 days we'll be competing against nearly 90 teams from across the world in what is known as the "Super Bowl of barbecue competitions" - The Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational (aka "The Jack"). From there, we jump back into our RVs for a nearly 2 week epic road trip as we head to Las Vegas. A large portion of our route will be along Route 66... make sure you keep an eye out for all the pics of us getting our kicks on Route 66 (sorry, I just couldn't resist throwing that in there)
. Once in Las Vegas, we're going to cause some chaos ala The Hangover style. If, after 3 days in Vegas, we still have all our team mates, we'll be competing in the barbecue category of the World Food Championships. While teams compete in The Jack for pure bragging rights, the World Food Champs (although also an exclusive, invite-only event) carries a total prize purse of $300, 000.
Chesanyama Team Braai-B-Que as we are known, is being captained by myself and Borries.
We are joined by Jimmy (of Jimmy's Sauces) and Stelio (of Chesanyama). The remaining 4 spots will be comprised of South Africans having proved themselves in a braai-off style competition. There will be 4 such competitions held at Chesanyama stores in Bloemfontein, Melrose (Jhb), Potchefstroom and Carnival Mall. Entry forms are available online (www.Braai-B-Que.co.za
) and at participating Chesanyama stores.
I would like to thank, and give a massive shoutout to, our 2 main sponsors Chesanyama
and Jimmy's Sauces
for coming on board and making this dream a reality.
Our other sponsors include Weber
, without whom the braai-off competitions simply wouldn't be able to happen either. Borries and I have been working on this for nearly 2 years now, and it's all coming together because of these great companies. You guys all rock!!!
P.S. We still have room for a few more supporting sponsors, so if you'd like to support our national braai team in America, please get in touch
I'd love to hear your comments and thoughts below, or you can always give me a shout on twitter or facebook