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2016 Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide – Great Gift Ideas for the BBQer in your Life

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The holiday season is just around the corner and that means you don’t have much time to get your Christmas shopping done. If you have a BBQ lover in your life we are here to help you find the perfect gift. Our 2016 Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide should make your quest to find the perfect gift for your BBQ lover just a little bit easier. This years guide lists our favorite grills and smokers, coolers, grill gadgets, cookbooks, spice rubs and BBQ sauce, meats, cooking classes and BBQ association memberships, gifts any BBQ fan would love to find under the tree on Christmas morning. We hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and you find just the right gifts for the BBQer in your life!

Top Grills and Smokers

The PK360 Grill & Smoker

PK Grill

The classic PK 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 many barbecue professionals and chefs around the nation. It’s cast aluminum construction provides rust-proof durability and allows the grill to hold temperature for long periods of time.  Simply put, the classic PK Grill is very portable and a great grill for home, tailgating, camping and othe outdoor activities (and it is a steak cooking machine – the 2014, 2015 and 2016 SCA World Champions cooked on a PK Grill!). 


If you want to kick it up a notch get the all new PK360 Grill & Smoker, PK’s first new grill design in decades. The PK360 has 360 square inches of cooking space and is setting the standards for high-end charcoal grills by offering more value than other high-end charcoal grills. The PK360 provides excellent performance in both hot and fast or low and slow cooking and makes one and two zone cooking setups easy. The new PK360 offers easy and precise temperature management with its thick cast aluminum body and 4-way venting system. Although larger than the classic PK Grill, the PK360 remains very portable and great for home use or on the road. The PK360 is built to last and is a generational grill that your grand kids will enjoy grilling on decades from now.

Best of all these high quality and affordable PK Grills are made right here in the USA!!!

Traeger Pro Series 36


Traeger Wood Pellet Grills are designed to let you champion outdoor cooking in the simplest way possible, “without sacrificing the taste you can only get using hardwood.” The Traeger Pro Series 36 is a cooking machine that allows you to grill, bake, smoke, roast, braise and BBQ all on one grill. The new Traeger Pro body style offers a side-lift bar which gives even weight distribution and has solid all-terrain wheels that make it easy to move your grill over any terrain. The Pro offers a new digitial controller with Advanced Grilling Logic, which maintains a +/- 15 degree F temperature control to guarantee preceison grilling. It includes a large grilling areas of 884 square inches and comes with Pellet Hopper Clean-Out, which makes changing pellet flavors simple. 

Top Cooler

Igloo Coolers Trailmate™


Igloo Coolers will turn 70 years old in 2017, making them the granddaddy of all cooler companies. Along with 70 years of cooler making experience comes innovation, and the new Igloo Trailmate™ may just be the most innovative cooler ever produced. This all-terrain cooler has mobiilty features that allow you to manuver your cooler in all conditions, from grassy fields to sandy beaches and dirt roads to wooden trails, the Trailmate™ can go anywhere. Other awesome features on this one of a kind cooler are the telescoping handles with butler tray for serving snacks and drinks, the Ipad holder, the duel bottle openers, tie-down loops, umbrella holders and water-resistant storage for phones, keys and glasses. Its 70 quart capacity holds all the drinks and food you’ll need and its insulated body and lid provide 4 days of ice retention. This is the cooler for anyone looking for high performance, a sleek look and mobility.


Igloo® Party Bar™


If you’re known for throwing the best backyard BBQ’s or tailgate party’s in your circle of friends take your next big party to the next level with the Igloo® Party Bar™. The Igloo® Party Bar™ features an awesome LED light system that illuminate’s the contents in the cooler when darnkness falls and the party really gets going, allowing thirsty guests to quickly find what they want to drink. Features of the cooler include a removable lid and drink dividers and the cooler is easily moved with its locking caster detachable base system. This is the cooler for the BBQ’er who loves to entertain!

Top Grill Gadgets



GrillGrates is a cooking grate that sits atop any existing grill surface or can be used to replace gas grill grates. GrillGrates sear foods better than any traditional stock grates found on grills and smokers. GrillGrates virtually eliminate charring, but accentuate searing. With live fire cooking much of the dripping fat becomes fuel that carbonizes on the food, but with GrillGrates, juicessizzzle below the food adding a pop of flavor instead of excessive charring. There is no better grilling accessroy on the market for steak cooks. GrillGrates leave amazing grill marks and lead to the juiciest steaks you’ve ever eaten!

Themoworks Smoke


The all new ThermoWorks Smoke is a dual channel thermometer that accepts two probes, one for the meat and one for the pit temperature. Both probs can be programmed independently with high and low temperature alarms. With a wireless range of 300-feet, you can monitor your meat and pit temperatures from the comfort of your living room while watching the big game.

Top BBQ Cookbooks

Diva Q’s Barbecue


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 give the BBQ’er in your life a copy of her first cookbook. 

In her inaugural cookbook, Diva Q’s Barbecue, she 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 for your favorite BBQ’er so they can avoid cooking bad barbecue in the future!

Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling


Best known for his wildly popular website, Meathead Goldwyn goes where no other BBQ cookbook has gone before in Meathead: The Science of Great Barbecue and Grilling – science. In his first cookbook, Meathead emphasizes concepts, science, technique, tips, tools and mythbusting while providing the reader with many outstanding recipes with detailed demonstrations of the concepts use to get to the final product. Unlike any cookbook on the market, this is a must have for any one that wants to improve their techniques and enhance the flavors of their finished products.

Top Spice Rubs & BBQ Sauce


Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce & Spice Rub

You saw it on Shark Tank, now try it on your grill! The Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack is your chance to create your perfect combination of Pork Barrel BBQ products! Mix and match any combination of 5 of our Pork Barrel BBQ products. Choose between the Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce (chosen Supreme Sauce by Cook’s Illustrated!), Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce, and Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ. This pack is guaranteed to make your next BBQ Picnic a big success! The Picnic Pack also makes a great gift for anyone who loves BBQ!

Original BBQ Sauce – Elect to enhance your meal with this delightfully, deliciously, bipartisan American favorite. For pork, beef, poultry and fish, our national award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce is an exceptional way to give your food tasty, tangy flavor with a perfect smokin’ kick!

Sweet BBQ Sauce – Elect to enhance your meal with this delightfully, deliciously, bipartisan American favorite. For pork, beef, poultry and fish, our Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce is an exceptional way to give your food tasty, sweet flavor with a perfect smokin’ kick!

Mustard BBQ Sauce – Looking for “Change” at your next meal? Our Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce packs a sweet and smoky bite that is sure to simulate any recipe that calls for mustard. Try it on pork, chicken, pretzels or slathered on your favorite sandwich.

Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce – With just the right amount of vinegary kick to enhance the flavors of your next meal our Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce is great on pork, vegetables, fish and poultry. Use it in its purist form on a pulled pork sandwich, as a base for a salad dressing or to spice up a bowl of ham and beans.

Perfect for meat, poultry, fish and veggies, Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning All-American Spice Rub 22oz chef shaker of all purpose dry rub is the best spice rub value on the market.

Pork Barrel BBQ’s All-American Spice Rub is the all-purpose rub we use at our restaurant, during competitions and in our backyards. This Gluten Free rub contains No Preservatives or MSG and has a smoky and savory flavor profile inspired by traditional barbecue flavors.

Order your Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub here

Top Meats

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Locker

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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 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


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

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.

Original BBQ – Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Bacon Jerky uses our award winning Original Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce to gite it a tasty, tangy flavor with a pefect smokin kick!

Sweet BBQ – Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ  Bacon Jerky uses our award winning Sweet Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce to give it a tasty, sweet flavor with a perfect smokin kick!

These also make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!

Top Cooking Classes

Pellet Envy Competition BBQ School


The Pellet Envy competition team hails from the BBQ mecca of Kansas City and is comprised of Pitmaster Rod Gray and “The Closer” Sherri Gray. Rod and Sherri have been competing as Pellet Envy since 2001 and have won just about every contest you’ve heard of and just about everyone you haven’t heard of. In 2009 Pellet Envy was crowned the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s Team of the Year. Between 2008 and 2009 they won seventeen Grand Championships and placed first in twenty-eight categories. Simply put, they are good at what they do!

Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach you their secrets over a weekend. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to take your barbecue game to the next level.

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.”

Top BBQ Association Memberships

National Barbecue & Grilling Association


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 2017 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Fort Worth, TX from March 29 to April 1, 2017! 

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Heath Hall to Teach Hill Center Class on Tailgating on September 10, 2016

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We are excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ co-founder and pitmaster Heath Hall will be teaching a BBQ Boot Camp class at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 10 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Heath will be demonstrating and cooking some of his favorite tailgating recipes as we get ready for the kickoff of the college and NFL football seasons. 
The menu includes:
Charred Guacamole 
Smoked Tomato Salsa
Grilled Corn Salad
Grilled Italian Pork Sandwiches
Grilled Rosemary Lemonade
Smoked Apple-Pear Crisp with Bacon, Brown Sugar Crumble
The cost of the class is $85, which includes food and beer. The class is limited to 16 students. If you’re interested you can sign up here.

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky On QVC

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On June 20, Pork Barrel BBQ made its debut on QVC. During the show we sold a 4-pack of our hot new product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. The 4-pack consisted of a bag of our Honey Pepper, Old Fashioned Maple, Original BBQ and Sweet BBQ varieties. 

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In 7 minutes we were able to sell nearly 1,200 4-packs and introduce our brand and bacon jerky to hundreds of thousands of potential customers. The reach and impact QVC can have on a brand is remarkable and it was an honor for us to appear on the network. 


It’s still not too late to get order a sampler pack of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky from QVC – order yours today here!


Pork Barrel BBQ To Sale Bacon Jerky On QVC – Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST

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We are very excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ will be returning making our debut on QVC next week, on June 20 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST. We will be offering a 4-pack of our hot new line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky.

We hope you’ll tune into QVC on June 20th and place an order for Bacon Jerky!


Pork Barrel BBQ to Appear on ABC’s Beyond The Tank Tonight!!

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We will be on ABC’s hit show Beyond the Tank tonight at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST. Tune in to find out what we’ve been up to since our last appearance on Shark Tank! We’ve got a brand new product that has lots of potential, but we’ve got a major obstacle we have to overcome to move forward with the new product line!


After you watch the show make sure you stock up on all of our Pork Barrel BBQ products in the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store and save 20% off your order when you use Coupon Code – BeyondTheTank – now through June 6.

Thanks for watching and let us know what you think after the show on Twitter and Facebook!

Fox & Friends – National BBQ Month Show

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Fox & Friends

We had a great time in New York City yesterday with our good friends at Fox & Friends. Along with other BBQ Pitmasters from all over the country we helped Fox News celebrate National BBQ Month. 


During out segment we grilled up some tasty Steak Tacos with Charred Guacamole, Charred Tomato Salsa and BBQ Mexican Crema on our PK Grill with Grillgrates on a bed of Kingsford Charcoal and Mojobricks and served them with a cold glass of Cheerwine, BBQ’s Best Friend. We also had the chance to talk about our brand new product line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky, if you haven’t tried it yet you need to find a bag quickly!! Here’s a link to the recipes.


The best part of the day was doing the segment with my good friends Todd Thurman and Tucker Carlson!


Here’s the link to the segment during the show:


Here’s the link to the Fox & Friend’s After the Show Show:

Igloo Cooler’s New Trailmate Cooler

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Pork Barrel BBQ President, Heath Hall, had the opportunity to spend the day with Mark Parrish, President & CEO, of Igloo Coolers recently. During their visit Heath learned about Igloo’s transitions from its humble beginnings on the Texas oil fields into the world’s largest cooler manufacture and innovator. 


Mark presented Heath with one of the very first Trailmate™ Coolers, Igloo’s brand new all-terrain cooler. From grassy fields to sandy beaches and everything in between the Trailmate™ is the cooler you’re going to want this summer! This cooler has so many great features including all-terrain wheels, a slit on the top for your iPad, dry storage areas for your cell phone, keys or glasses, and plenty of capacity to keep your drinks and food cool for up to 4 days!!

Check out the video and go get  yourself one!! We give it 10 out of 10 Flames, or in this case Ice Cubes!!

Pork Barrel BBQ to Celebrate National BBQ Month on Fox & Friends on Saturday, May 14

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Fox & Friends

May is National BBQ Month and we’ll be celebrating with a dozen BBQ Pitmasters from around the country this Saturday, May 14, on Fox News with our good friends at Fox & Friends between 6:00am and 10:00am EST! We’ll be grilling up some killer grilled steak tacos with charred guacamole, charred tomato salsa and BBQ Mexican crema on our PK Grill using Grillgrates. We’ll also be talking about our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky and we’ll wash it all down with BBQ’s Best Friend – Cheerwine!

Tune in Satruday, May 14th to help us celebrate National BBQ Month!

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Now In Select Target Stores

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We are very excited to announce that select Target stores around the country are now carrying our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. If you happen to see the jerky in your local Target we hope you’ll pick up a bag or two to support our efforts for Target to expand our product into all Targets nationwide. 


Please call your local Target to inquire if they are carrying Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky prior to going to a store as we are only in select locations at this time.

Pork Barrel BBQ To Be ON ABC’s Beyond The Tank – Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST

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We are very excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ will be returning to ABC’s prime time lineup on Friday, May 20, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST when we appear on the Shark Tank follow up show Beyond The Tank. Find out what we’ve been up to and learn more about a new line of products we are offering!

We hope you’ll tune into ABC on May 20th! 

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