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Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #8 – Fire Up The Grill, Steak Cookoff Popularity Sizzles

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Steak has always joined it’s colleagues hamburgers and hot dogs as Kings of the Backyard Grill, but until recently it was rare (not medium-rare, just rare) to find a steak cookoff in most corners of America. For as long as live fire competition cooking has been around ribs, chicken, pork shoulder, whole hog and brisket have been the undisputed Kings of the Competition BBQ and Grilling world. That seems to be changing as steak is asking the traditional competition BBQ cuts to make way and MOOve over! It is still to be seen if steak can unseat the standard competition meat categories found at a KCBS or MBN contest, but one thing is certain, steak is quickly making its move to at least join them as an undisputed King of the Competition BBQ and Grilling world.

The Steak Cookoff Association (SCA) is the organized body “dedicated to building the sport of steak cookoffs.” Much like KCBS or MBN, all SCA sanctioned cookoffs have a representative on site at each sanctioned cookoff who’s job it is to run the judging and support the teams. This combined with a standardized set of rules have lead to the growth of the sport of steak cookoffs. In 2015 there were sanctioned SCA cookoffs in 11 states with plans to expand to an additional 4-9 states in 2016. In addition to the sports rapid growth in the US in 2015, there were 3 SCA sanctioned cookoffs in the Netherlands and there are plans to increase international participation in 2016 with events in Canada, France, Germany, Mexico, Belgium and the Caribbean. The SCA has set a goal of 100 events in 2016, which shows just how rapidly the popularity of steak cookoffs is growing.

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With world class BBQ pitmasters like Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson BBQ keep their smokers in storage for a weekend in favor of breaking out a grill to compete in a steak cookoff you know the future is bright for steak cookoffs in America. Don’t be surprised if you see a steak cookoff in your area in 2016 and beyond.

On December 24th we’ll unveil the 7th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.

To date we’ve announced the 9th and 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. 

#9 – Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #7 BBQ Story of 2015. 

Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #9 – Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

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BBQ is a cuisine. BBQ is an event. BBQ is a flavor. BBQ is a sport. BBQ is an occupation. BBQ is a tradition. BBQ means so many things, different things, to so many people, but for a select few of us, BBQ is a way of life. There is no question that this is the case for Dave Anderson, one of the patriarch’s of BBQ. 

On November 3, 2014, the very thing that fueled Dave’s way of life and allowed him to produce some of the best BBQ in America did it’s best to destroy the heart and soul of his professional life when fire destroyed the original Famous Dave’s restaurant in Hayward, WI. A lesser man may have succumb to the stress and pressure associated with such a devastating loss to his livelihood and legacy, but not Dave. Dave saw it as an opportunity. 

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We’ll never forget Dave’s Facebook post of November 7, 2014 where he said:

“You can’t stop a man who won’t quit! Hayward Wisconsin means a lot to me as it is home to my Mom’s family and also the birthplace of a national icon BBQ restaurant chain. Famous Dave Anderson said…The Original Famous Dave’s has meant to much to the development of my career as a passionate lover of barbecue but also the culmination of a lifelong dream come true. At first the shock of this fire was emotionally tough on Kathy and me as this dream was 25 years in the making. This wasn’t just a restaurant that burned down but it was my lifelong dream that kept me going through thick or thin. The Original Famous Dave’s has given so many young people their first start in their careers and helped many summer college kids pay their way through school. We have hosted countless weddings, anniversaries, birthday’s, family reunions, and millions of raving loyal fans that have traveled countless miles to visit The Original Famous Dave’s… that we are anxious to rebuild and get back to making our beloved barbecue fanatics delightfully happy! I have complete faith in the Bible verse Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to his purpose.

So many lifelong customers and friends of Famous Dave’s have reached out to share their support and encouragement through their thoughts and prayers for which we are encouraged, humble, and grateful. In addition, we have heard from so many industry vendors and suppliers have offered their help and support for us to get back up and operating America’s Best Loved BBQ Joint! here in Hayward, Wisconsin.

It is our goal to be up and running by June 21, 2015 on Father’s Day which will give us the necessary time to get back into the swing of things by next year’s 4th of July. We are also looking into the feasibility of taking our Conference Center and turning into a makeshift BBQ Shack to help keep a core of our invaluable “Famous” team members employed and also to continue serving up great tasting barbecue to our loyal fans while we are rebuilding. However, we need to figure out what health and other “official” requirements are needed to make this happen and how fast we can get this done. But we are encouraged because we have gotten word that much of the usual “red tape” will be expedited so that we can get back up and running as this landmark restaurant has meant so much to the local Hayward community.”

Dave beat his own goal of opening a new BBQ joint by more than two months and like the phoenix rising from the ashes opened Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse in Hayward, WI on April 14, 2015.

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As if opening a new restaurant concept in less than 6 months wasn’t enough, Dave has already opened a second Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse in Rice Lake, WI and we have no doubt more are on the way. Dave has always been an inspiration to BBQ entrepreneur’s like ourselves, turning his first concept, Famous Dave’s, into a nationally recognized restaurant powerhouse. His resilience in the face of adversity has done nothing but increase the inspiration he provides and makes us all want to challenge ourselves more when we face common obstacles, let alone life altering ones like losing a restaurant to fire.      

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Prominently inscribed on one of Old Southern BBQ Smokehouses walls is a quote from Dave’s dad, James Anderson, “Generous use of my BBQ sauce could bring world peace.” In a time when the world could use some peace we hope everyone gets a chance to taste Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse’s BBQ sauce!

On December 23rd we’ll unveil the 8th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.

To date we’ve announced the 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. 

#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #8 BBQ Story of 2015. 

Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

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If you haven’t been stranded on a desert island you know that BBQ and grilling are SMOKING HOT in America right now! If BBQ were in line to have an IPO on the DOW or NASDAQ it would be met with a buzz similar to that enjoyed by Facebook or Shack Shack as they made their way into our financial lexicon and the portfolios of millions of investors. Simply put, betting on BBQ is a safer bet than doubling down in blackjack when you’ve been dealt two aces. BBQ is a sure bet, at least as sure of a bet as exists, and there are many gamblers going all in when it comes to BBQ!

If you turned on your TV in 2015, you probably came face to face with the reality that TV producers and networks are among those placing the largest wager on the popularity of BBQ in America. BBQ on TV isn’t new, it’s just hotter than it has ever been. From Food Network to Destination America and Cooking Channel to PBS and Travel Channel to the networks, BBQ and grilling shows are popping up everywhere. 2015 also became the year when BBQ broke even further into the world of commercials, with BBQ themed commercials from GEICOBank of AmericaNexium, and Burlington Coat Factory to name a few. We were even lucky enough to break into the world of commercials this year filming BBQ themed commercials for Choice Hotels and Dunn & Brandstreet.

More BBQ on TV is a good thing for the health and growth of BBQ in America. It introduces the cuisine, lifestyle and sport that we all love so much to countless potential new BBQ lovers. That means more people eating at BBQ restaurants, purchasing BBQ sauce and spice rub, buying new grills and smokers, adding BBQ cookbooks to their bookshelves and/or competing in their first BBQ contests. That also means more opportunities for BBQ pitmasters, BBQ businesses, and BBQ restaurants to increase their stature and diversify potential revenue streams.

More BBQ TV = Good For BBQ in general and the BBQ pitmasters/BBQ businesses and BBQ restaurants who make a living from BBQ

Our Top 5 BBQ TV Shows in 2015 are:

#5 – BBQ Pit Wars – As BBQ competitors it is always great to see a show based on the competition world. You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family. 

The second season of BBQ Pit Wars was, in our opinion, a stronger season than the first. If it gets a third season it would be great to see a bit more diversity in contest locations and a refresh of the teams who participate on the show. We like the idea of the team who wins the season securing a slot in the next season while the three losing teams are replaced by three new teams. This would raise the stakes of the show and give at least three new teams the chance to participate every year. 

#4 – Chopped Grillmasters – After a several year hiatus it was good to see the Food Network bring Chopped Grillmasters back. If there is one downfall in the world of competition BBQ it is that it doesn’t reward risk taking and creativity. Like it or not, we all know if we want a chance to hear our name called at awards there is a narrow line the judges are looking for and we must not cross it if we hope to be successful. The reality is BBQ is filled with talented cooks and chefs who, when given the opportunity, can do some pretty remarkable things over a live fire. We loved seeing so many of our friends forced to step outside of their comfort zone of ribs, chicken, brisket and pork and be forced to think outside the box with some odd ball ingredients in very short windows of time. The results were for the most part very impressive!

#3 -BBQ Pitmasters – BBQ Pitmasters set the tone for the influx of BBQ related shows and has changed formats several times over the course of its history. We still don’t find the show as satisfying as the first season, but it remains a favorite can’t miss show. In its current format, it is a hybrid mix of BBQ Pit Wars and Chopped Grillmasters. It isn’t the pure competition format of Pit Wars and it isn’t the adrenaline rush format of being told you have 15 minutes to create a world class dish using squash blossoms, beaten biscuits, durian, crickets and lobster over an open fire. It sets somewhere comfortably in between. 

Where the show has improved upon itself in recent seasons is its current iteration of judges. The mix of personality, chemistry and acumen is perfect between Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone & Moe Cason, all very accomplished pitmasters in their own right. Where the show has faltered in our opinion is in two areas: 1) It often tries to get too cute with a quick challenge filled with “Made For TV Drama” that just doesn’t work. We want to see the show focus on the main event, seasoned pitmasters doing what they do best, not determining if they can turn rattlesnake into an Amuse Bouche in 15 minutes, and 2) It is as if the same pitmasters are asked to return to the show year after year. While there certainly should be opportunity for pitmasters to return, there should also be opportunity for fresh casting each year, which would help keep the show fresh and provide additional accomplished pitmasters the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their talents with viewers. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of qualified pitmasters cooking from coast-to-coast who we’d like to see on the show. Simply put, let’s see some new pitmasters next season!

#2 – BBQ Crawl – BBQ Crawl is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on steroids for the BBQ lover. There are so many amazing BBQ joints across the country and most of us aren’t lucky enough to travel from coast-to-coast to try them all, but we’re able to live vicariously through Diva Q as she does just that. When we’re lucky enough to find ourselves traveling around the country we’ve followed Diva’s advice and visited a few of her favorite stops. The thing that really takes this show to the next level are the episodes that find Diva Q competing in a local BBQ contest. We love this aspect of the show for many of the same reasons we listed above under BBQ Pit Wars (You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family.) Additionally, we love that she shares the spotlight with her BBQ friends on each episode, inviting them to visit BBQ joints and cook BBQ competitions with her! 

#1 – BBQ with Franklin –  BBQ with Franklin is hands down our favorite BBQ show of 2015. What could be bad about one of the greatest minds in BBQ giving us, the viewer, an in depth and often scientific understanding of wood, meat, seasoning, pits and even a failed attempt at competing (again proving that BBQ judges often cause us to scratch our heads as we’re sure that the Que Aaron turned in, which was surly outside the box of traditional competition BBQ, was way preferable to many of the entries turned in – we know we’d rather eat Aaron’s BBQ than what we turn in on just about every Saturday we compete). We can’t wait to see what Aaron has in store for viewers next season!

2015 was indeed a great year for BBQ on TV and we have no doubt the airwaves will be filled with even more great BBQ TV in 2016, which is only good for BBQ!

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #9 BBQ Story of 2015. 

 

Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 Coming Soon!!

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2015 has been a big year for BBQ. Across America more and more people are making BBQ a part of their life by bringing grills and smokers into their backyards, opening new BBQ restaurants in all 50 states, starting sauce and rub companies and competing on the professional BBQ circuit for the first time. Simply put, BBQ is HOT!

In 2013 we named our list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ to cheers and jeers from the BBQ world. This year, beginning on Monday, December 21, we will unveil our list of the Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015. We want to hear your feedback – did we miss a story that you think should have been on our Top 10 list? Did we list a story on our Top 10 list that just wouldn’t have made the cut on your list? We hope you’ll join in the discussion as we look back on BBQ in 2015! Don’t forget to check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog on Monday, December 21 for the number 10 BBQ story of 2015.

 

2015 Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide – Great Gift Ideas for the BBQer in your Life

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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!

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Code 3 Spices – 5 Pack Combo Gift Box

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!!!
 
 

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes

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Thanksgiving is one of our favorite times of year and one of the best times to fire up the grill and smoker for a sure fire Thanksgiving Day Feast!

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We’ve compiled some o our favorite traditional Thanksgiving Day dishes as well as a few new takes on the classics using, of course, our favorite BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub. Click here for a free sheet of Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Day Feast recipes.

If you want to try something super unique this Thanksgiving give our Twinkie Turkey a try!!

Pork Barrel BBQ Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. Commercial

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We are very excited to announce the release of a new commercial Pork Barrel BBQ filmed with Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. With the help of Dunn & Bradstreet’s Credibility Concierge service, we’ve been able to get our BBQ Sauces, Spice Rubs & Bacon Jerky on the shelves of some of the nation’s largest retailers!

Check out the commercial and let us know what you think in the comments! We hope you like it as much as we do!

It’s Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Weekend – Good Luck To All The Teams Competing

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The JackPork Barrel BBQ would like to wish all the teams competing in the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue this weekend down in the Holler in Lynchburg, TN. We sure wish we were there with you firing up our smoker during one of the best weekends of BBQ each year! Enjoy it while you’re there, you never know when you’ll get back! 

Two New Flavors Of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Coming Soon!!

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We are very excited that we are adding two new flavors to our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!! Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Bacon Jerky and Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Bacon Jerky will be joining Spicy Sriracha, Old Fashioned Maple and Honey Pepper in our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky’s. Stay tuned for more details!!

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Boyd Specialties LLC – A Trip To See Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Production In Action

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Over the weekend we headed to California to visit Boyd Specialties LLC to get a first hand look at the production process of our brand new product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. If you love Bacon, you’re going to love our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. Boyd’s, just like Pork Barrel BBQ, is a family owned and operated company. It has been a great experience working with them on this very fun new product. While at the Boyd’s facility we got to see the entire process of our Bacon Jerky going from Bacon to Bacon Jerky!

Here is the first step – Bacon getting ready to be flavored with one of our five amazing flavors (Spicy Sriracha, Honey Pepper, Old Fashioned Maple, Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ, and Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ).

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The bacon is placed on drying racks to head into Boyd’s very special ovens.

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A batch of our Spicy Sriracha is ready to be bagged.

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The day we visited was the first day our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky was being packaged in our brand new bags – here’s a sample of what the new bags look like (this bag is for our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky).

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Nothing better than seeing bags filled with Bacon Jerky running down the line ready to be packed for shipping to our customers around the country!

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A big thank you to the entire team at Boyd’s! Thank you for your partnership with Pork Barrel BBQ! Here’s to much mutual success in the coming months and years as we work to put Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky on retail shelves across America!

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