Checkered Pig BBQ

Team Captain: Tommy Houston

Qualifying Event: Kingsford $40k Challenge – Lincolnton Hog Happenin’ (Lincolnton, N.C.)

Favorite Category: Ribs

Hometown: Martinsville, VA

Biography: Tommy Houston and his wife, Lisa, joined the competition barbecue circuit in 2002. From the beginning, Checkered Pig BBQ (originally named Pigs R Us) did very well, winning frequently and gaining valuable experience and national exposure for their restaurant of the same name.