Pork Barrel BBQ Blog


Pork Barrel BBQ CEO’s Mom Gets a Weber Genesis 300 Series Gas BBQ Grill

While on vacation at his parents house in Florida, Pork Barrel BBQ CEO’s Mom asked for a new grill. We picked her up a Weber Genesis 300 Series Gas Grill – here’s a video on the easy set-up of this cool gas grill. Want more on bbq grills and bbq smokers?
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Pork Barrel BBQ’s Secret Hamburger Soup Recipe with Video


Here is an updated post of a family favorite – Pork Barrel BBQ’s Secret Hamburger Soup Recipe – the entire family will love it – recipe below and a video on how to cook it!


1 Yellow Onion
1 lb Carrots
1 Stalk Celery
2 Cloves Garlic
1 lb Ground GRASSFED Meat or Lamb
3 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Stock
1 Cup Short Grain Brown Rice
1 tablespoon Dried Ground Thyme
1 tablespoon Dried Organic
3 tablespoon Olive Oil
1 teaspoon Salt
2 teaspoon Pepper
Chop onion into small pieces, peel and cut carrots (small pieces), and peel and cut celery (small pieces) and dice garlic.
Heat Olive Oil in large stock pot. Add onions, carrots, celery and garlic to pot. Add salt and pepper. Cook at medium heat for 10 minutes until soft. Add ground Beef or Lamb and cook until brown. Add 1/2 of Thyme and Oregano and stir. Add rice and chicken stock. Bring to boil, reduce heat to low and cook covered for 45 minutes to 1 hour – until rice is tender. Once rice is tender, add remainder of Thyme and Oregano and stir.. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Enjoy – and best of all – only one pot to clean up!

Pork Barrel BBQ Now Available in Washington D.C. at Wagshal’s Market and Deli

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to announce that Wagshal’s, the premiere Washington D.C. butcher, market, deli and caterer now carries our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub. We are very grateful and humbled that Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs, the owners of Wagshals, would carry our products. We are pretty crazy about BBQ, but I can honestly say that I’ve never ‘met people so committed to unique, high quality foods as the folks at Wagshal’s. They gave us a great tour, fed us smoked prime brisket sandwich (more on that in a future post), and sent us home with Iberico Pork to cook (they are the only place in the United States to offer Iberico pork). Here’s a shot of their deli managed by Brian Fuchs and his team:

Another shot of the deli:
Heath and Brian Fuchs looking at their special line of ready to eat gourmet foods:

They also have a huge catering operation, and are especially great at catering upscale weddings:

Here’s a shot inside their catering kitchen – be sure to note Bill Fuchs’ modified smoker in the corner (I was CRAZY jealous of it):

Oh, did I mention that they have some of the highest quality, unique cuts of meat in all of Washington D.C.? Here’s Heath and Aaron Fuchs with some great dry aged beef:

What is happiness? Having a great meal at Wagshal’s with Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs – be sure to visit them in Washington D.C. and learn all about them at or visit them on twitter at

The Making of Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce!

How do you make BBQ sauce for thousands of people? Get to know Tim Ashman and Ashman Manufacturing in Virginia Beach, Virginia! Here’s a video of Pork Barrel BBQ’s trip down to take their award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and bottle it so you can have it in your home! Order your Pork Barrel BBQ sauce here!

Award Winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Now Available – Buy Yours Today!


We are proud to announce that the Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce – recently voted one of the best BBQ sauces in the nation at the 2009 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle – is now available for purchase for just $5.49 a bottle at our website! For pork, beef, poultry and fish, our Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce is the perfect way to give your food a tangy, tasty flavor with a perfect smokin’ kick! Hungry yet? Click here to be one of the first to try our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce.

We are also proud to announce the updated packaging of our All American Spice Rub – and our updated price – only $5.99 a jar! It’s the same great rub, you just get more of it at a price all Americans can afford! Now is the perfect time to stock up – click here to order.
 Really Hungry for Pork Barrel BBQ??

If you want to try both the Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub – click here to get the Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack – a bottle of sauce and jar of rub for ONLY $10!

If you are really hungry – or just want to share Pork Barrel BBQ with your friends – order a case of the Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce or All American Spice Rub (that’s 12 bottles or jars) and get 50 cents off per bottle or jar at checkout – that’s like getting a free bottle or jar per case!


Pork Barrel BBQ Passes 15,000 Followers on Twitter

We’re proud of many of our accomplishments at Pork Barrel BBQ, but one that sticks out to us is the success we’ve had on Twitter. In the 5 months we’ve been on Twitter we’ve been able to build a loyal following and are proud to announce that we’ve passed 15,000 followers and are well on our way to 16,000. If you’re not following us on Twitter please go to and follow us. We post a lot of our breaking news on Twitter first and frequent coupons for discounts on our products.


Heath, how did you get into BBQ?

Since Brett and I started Pork Barrel BBQ I’ve been asked dozens of times by friends, family and customers how I got into BBQ and why I decided to turn my love for it into a business venture. Although there are a number of reasons that influenced my decision, none was as big of an influence as my dad, Rex Hall.

The picture above was the first BBQ contest I ever participated in (and I was lucky enough to be working with my dad) – it was held in Jefferson City, Missouri at the Jefferson City Public Library in the mid-1990’s. We’ve come a long way since then and when I say “we’ve” I mean my dad and I and our quest to always provide the best BBQ to our friends and family that we are capable of providing. Thanks again dad!

I’ve posted before on how important his love of the grill was and how much it has influenced me and helped get me to where I am today. Growing up my dad was like the postal delivery man of the grill – rain, sleet, snow, hail, sun, fog, hot, cold it didn’t matter, winter, spring, summer and fall he was outside grilling up chicken, ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, quail, corn, potatoes and just about anything else that can be grilled for our family meal.

So the most complete answer to how I got into BBQ and decided to turn my love for it into a business is because of my dad, a great teacher of many lessons to me. He taught me how to BBQ – from lighting a fire to seasoning meat. He, along with my mom, taught me that no star was out of my reach if I wanted to hold it in my hand – all I had to do was reach for it and work hard. They taught me the importance of doing whatever you are doing to the best of your ability – no one can ask more if you do your best. They also taught me about the importance of integrity, honesty and good communication – all traits we promise to bring to Pork Barrel BBQ on a daily basis.

Dad, thanks for sharing one of your passions with me because without your guidance and lessons there would be no Pork Barrel BBQ today.


Greatest Compliment Ever – Customer Says Pork Barrel BBQ is better than Kansas City BBQ Giants Arthur Bryant’s & Gates

I was following Pork Barrel BBQ on Twitter the other night when Pork Barrel BBQ received the greatest Barbecue compliment ever from in a tweet:

@claffee Had a bbq rub taste test on the Iberico pork ribs the other night – @porkbarrelbbq beat Arthur Bryant’s and Gates in my opinion!”

We’ve never met @claffee (but he clearly has great wisdom and should be followed on Twitter) – but he clearly has some great taste – because he is 1) using Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub, and 2) is eating Iberico pork ribs.

For those of you who don’t follow meat – Iberico ribs just recently became available in the Washington D.C. market thanks to the amazing folks at Wagshals and Jose Andres. We did a post on heritage breeds of pigs earlier this year – so if you want to learn more about the topic, read Heath’s post here.

We are incredibly humbled that someone would compare our products to Kansas City BBQ greats like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates BBQ. We will keep working hard to deliver great BBQ at prices all Americans can afford. As two guys from Kansas City, we hope Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rubs and sauces someday have the reputation of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ and Gates BBQ.

Just Attended a Great Block Party with BBQ – Affirmed Why We Started Pork Barrel BBQ

My family just attended a great block party – of course, I was attracted to the BBQ grills. I took a photo of the three BBQ grills that had been rolled out of several backyards to create the temporary kitchen on the lawn. The food (burgers, hotdogs and bratwurst) was excellent (I had three brats and didn’t have to cook at all!), and the entire experience just affirmed why we founded Pork Barrel BBQ. There is something uniquely American about a great BBQ that lets people forget their worries and come together as a community. Particularly in these economic times, where there just seems to be an extra pressure surrounding everything, it was truly amazing to watch how 75 people celebrated the good things in life. If you want to bring this celebration to your backyard – be sure to try our All American Spice Rub!

If you’ve got a few extra minutes and your looking for a great food site surf on over to our friends at Cook Man Food from Durango, Colorado at The guys were kind enough to post several blog posts featuring our All American Spice Rub. Check out post 1 and post 2while you’re checking out their excellent food blog.

Here is the Mission Statement of Cook Man Food –

Mission Statement – Good food, good friends, a good drunken story, that is how we want everyone to live. It could be the guys getting together for a football game and enjoying the latest twist on a Turducken, it could be climbing a few 14,000 foot peaks over a weekend and eating bacon wrapped elk bundles stuffed with cheese and mushrooms. There are many trips and places where the man food philosophy comes into play. This site will help you learn better ways of cooking other than your noodles with ketchup or your fast food no flavor crap. We all eat three meals a day (sometimes five) we might as well enjoy them all to the fullest. This site will help teach the trade and craft to do that with ease