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It is hard to believe, but today is December 1 and that means you have just over three weeks to wrap up your Christmas shopping. If you’ve got a BBQ’er in your life, we at we are pleased to bring you our 2015 Pork Barre BBQ Christmas Gift Guide, which should make your quest to find the perfect gift for your BBQ lover just a little bit easier. This years Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide lists our favorite cookbooks, spice rubs, meats, cooking classes, grill gadgets and pits that any BBQ’er would love to find under the tree on Christmas day. Merry Christmas and happy shopping – may you find the perfect gift this year for all the BBQ lovers in your life!

Top BBQ Cookbooks

Diva Q’s Barbecue: 195 Recipes for Cooking with Family, Friends & Fire by Diva Q

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You probably know Danielle Bennett or”Diva Q” best from her wildly popular Travel Channel Show BBQ Crawl, but we know her as one of the most accomplished pitmasters in the world of barbecue and there is no question you’ll want to pre-order a copy of her first cookbook for everyone in your family who loves to BBQ. 

In her inaugural cookbook Diva Q has written recipe packed chapters on appetizers, pork, bacon, beef, fowl, seafood, sides, salads, slaws, breads and desserts. You might even find a recipe inspired by one of our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant menu items!! As Diva Q always says, “Life’s too short for bad barbecue!”, so go out and get a copy of her book to avoid cooking bad barbecue in the future!

The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook: The Whole Pig & Nothing But the Pig BBQ Recipes by Bill Gillespie

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This is world barbecue champion Bill Gillespie’s second book. Last year you may recall we suggested his first book, Secrets to Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and Other Smokers: An Independent Guide with Master Recipes from a BBQ Champion (which is still a great gift option if your BBQ lover doesn’t have it yet).

Bill, pitmaster of the Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ Team and winner of both the American Royal Invitational and The Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championships, focuses on the almighty hog in his second cookbook. From ribs, to pork butt, hams, to sausage and of course bacon (35 different bacon recipes), Bill shows you how to cook the whole hog, from snout to tail!

Spice Rubs

Code 3 Spices – 5 Pack Combo Gift Box

Code 3

We’ve met a lot of great people through BBQ doing some amazing things around the country and in their local communities, but we can’t think of anyone doing as much as our good friends over at Code 3 Spices. They donate $0.50 of each bottle of Code 3 Spice Rub they sell to organizations that support Police, Fire, Medical and Military personnel, including The BackStoppers, Safe Call Now, and Operation Homefront.  

Order one of their gift boxes and try each of their five rubs (Sea Dog Rub, Grunt Rub, Rescue Rub, 5-0 Rub & Backdraft Rub) and help support the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and keep us safe each and every day! Parade Magazine just listed them to their Ultimate Gift Guide That Gives Back!

Meats & Bacon Jerky

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Locker – Steaks

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What BBQ lover wouldn’t love some nice juicy steaks? We are thrilled to now offer steaks and burgers on the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store in our brand new Meat Locker!

Your steaks are hand selected from the finest corn fed, Midwestern beef. Properly controlled wet aging assures natural tenderness and enhances the rich, hearty flavor of our steaks. Aged steak has a darker color than the red meat you may see at your grocery meat counter. This color change is the natural result of the aging and freezing process. Steak connoisseurs identify a fine cut of meat by its rich reddish-maroon color. Steaks are individually vacuum packaged. All products should be placed in the freezer immediately upon receipt. They may be stored in the freezer without any loss of flavor for 6 to 9 months.

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Snack

If you have a bacon lover you’re buying for then look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack. Each gift pack contains 2 bags of each of our Bacon Jerky flavors (Spicy Sriracha, Old Fashioned Maple, and Honey Pepper).

Spicy Sriracha – Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Sriracha Bacon Jerky is the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat. This jerky packs a balanced punch with the heat coming from genuine Sriracha Hot Sauce and the sweetness from naturally smoky bacon.

Old Fashioned Maple – Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweetness. This jerky incorporates the sweet taste of maple and brown sugar with the smoky perfection of thick cut, slow cooked strips of bacon.

Honey Pepper – Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky takes taste buds where they’ve never gone before. This jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet with the perfect kick of cracked pepper and the sweet taste of honey.

These also make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!

Competition BBQ Cooking Classes

Cool Smoke Masters Competition BBQ School

Tuffy Stone

If the BBQ lover you are buying for has been really nice this year then look no further than the Cool Smoke Masters Competition BBQ School as the ultimate BBQ gift. You aren’t going to learn BBQ from a more decorated competition pitmaster. In the past few years Tuffy has won the American Royal Open, The American Royal Invitational, The Kingsford Invitational and The Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championships (twice)!

According to Tuffy, “This school will teach the same basic techniques and recipes as the Competition BBQ School but with an additional 5.5 hours dedicated to explaining Tuffy’s techniques in greater detail and expanding on his philosophy about the competition BBQ circuit. Tuffy will teach the class his personal approach to every possible situation on the competition, including how to make adjustments for weather, and give a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest events in the U.S.”

BBQ Gadgets

ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4


The brand new Thermapen MK4 is the world’s best thermometer in terms of speed and accuracy. The new MK4 is even more intuitive than previous Thermapen models. Hold it in any direction and the display will automatically rotate right-side-up allowing you to read it from any position. The MK4 also knows when it is dark and turns on a backlight to make reading in dark conditions easy. There are three BBQ equipment must haves (1) a good pit/grill/smoker, (2) a good set of knives and (3) a quality, accurate and reliable thermometer, and the Thermapen MK4 is such a thermometer! 

BBQ Pits

The PK Grill & Smoker

PK Grill

The PK (Portable Kitchen) Grill has been made for over 60 years and is a rust-proof, durable and highly portable grill and smoker and has been called one of the best charcoal cookers available by barbeque professionals and food enthusiasts around the nation. 

The cast aluminum construction provides rust-proof durability and allows the pit to hold a steady temp for long periods of time. It is very portable and a great grill for tailgating, camping and other outdoor activities. It’s also made right here in the USA!!

Organizational Memberships

National Barbecue Association Membership


The National Barbecue Association has been the voice of the barbecue industry since 1991, helping people become successful in the business of barbecue; turning vision into fruition and passion into profit. The NBBQA’s core membership is comprised of leaders in the BBQ industry, the thought leaders who are successful in the business of barbecue full-time. They are motivated by enhancing and advancing TASTE, CULTURE, and the human EXPERIENCE. They are real people sharing their deep passion with others; always supporting and inspiring the next generation of barbecue experts. These core members include restaurateurs, franchise operators, vendors, caterers, competitors, and suppliers to the industry.
The NBBQA also includes emerging or fledgling businesses or people who make their living part-time in barbecue. Historically, this member group has been the mainspring of the Association – actively networking, developing educational content, and generating energy within the membership. Most often, they have made significant investments already and are looking for connection, ideas, and experience-led input in connecting their passion to customers and greater market share.
With education as the NBBQA’s cornerstone, the NBBQA is also loaded with aspiring barbecue professionals that have a desire to learn what it takes to transition their avocation to vocation. Friends and family have encouraged them to take the next step, whether it’s with a great recipe, a tried-and-true method for smoking ribs or possibly, a new product idea or invention. From how to bottle your sauces and rubs to how to create a business plan, the NBBQA can provide numerous business and barbecue related resources that can accelerate the process.
If the BBQ lover in your life is looking to take their love of BBQ to the next level there is no better gift than a membership to the NBBQA. You might package it with a trip to the NBBQA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Jacksonville, FL from March 9-12, 2016!
We hope you and your family have an Merry Christmas filled with joy, love and lots and lots of Smoked Meat! Merry Christmas!!!