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Pork Barrel BBQ offers Perfect Conservative Christmas Gift and Liberal Christmas Gift

Just in time for Christmas – the perfect political christmas gift for your favorite conservative or liberal. The No Bailout BBQ Party Pack and The Spread the Wealth BBQ Party Pack are a perfect conservative Christmas gift or liberal Christmas gift. Your search for the perfect holiday gift has ended here – click on the links below for great holiday conservative merchandise and liberal gifts!

Great holiday gift for conservatives! Pork Barrel BBQ No Bailout BBQ Holiday Party Pack

Great holiday gift for conservatives! Pork Barrel BBQ No Bailout BBQ Holiday Party Pack

Perfect liberal holiday gift! Pork Barrel BBQ Spread the Wealth BBQ Holiday Party Pack - perfect liberal Christmas gift!

Perfect liberal holiday gift! Pork Barrel BBQ Spread the Wealth BBQ Holiday Party Pack – perfect liberal Christmas gift!

Be sure to tell your friends about this great Conservative Christmas Gift and Liberal Christmas Gift!


Customer Testimonials – Thanks for All the Kind Words About Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub!

Taste of Del Ray

The greatest honor for us is when our customers send us an email, or call to tell us that they like our Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce or Dry Rub.  It’s been a great year, and our bar b que sauce and dry rub has been used on countless pulled pork, bbq ribs, chicken and veggie recipes this summer.  We are so thankful for your support and wanted to share what some of our customers are saying:

“We happened to see your stint on Shark Tank – shortly after, our neighborhood store had your goods on display.  We tried it, and LOVED it!!  My husband is currently eating some sauce on his chicken and stated that it is his favorite sauce on the planet.” – email from Jill, Ft. Mill, South Carolina

“I spent my life trying to create the perfect gourmet bbq sauce, and was given a jar of your Pork Barrel BBQ sauce.  I used it on chicken and couldn’t believe that such an amazing taste could come from a bottle – I immediately went to my refrigerator and threw out all the BBQ sauce in it – yours will be the only BBQ sauce I ever use  – its the most amazing sauce I’ve ever tasted” phone call from University City, Missouri.

“Pork Barrel BBQ makes cooking a flavorful dinner on a time crunch easy. When I get home from work and want to throw dinner together I can take any piece of chicken, fish or beef, throw on some rub and cook it up. It is delicious, easy, and a staple in my cupboard.” – Krista, Washington, D.C.

“I used the All American Spice Rub to grill chicken for my teenage daughters – they said it was the best chicken I have ever made – I’m a customer for life!” – Jim, St. Louis, Missouri

“I was given a tin of the rub and have used it exclusively on salmon…….fabulous!!!!! I have yet to use it on anything else as I have run out and is time to reorder. You have a winner.” – Dian, St. Louis, Missouri

Not only does our All American Spice Rub taste great – but it is all natural and contains no preservatives and no MSG. The rub is manufactured locally in Virginia to reduce its carbon footprint. Now whats more bipartisan than that?


Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Audition Video

The video that started it all!  Watch Pork Barrel BBQ’s Heath Hall and Brett Thompson on their Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Audition Video. Includes special guests former Sen. Jim Talent, Rep. Max Sandlin, Rep. Ernest Istook, Media Personality Tucker Carlson and Top Chef contestants Carla Hall and Ariane Duarte.


Pork Barrel BBQ at the Little Lights Ignite the Light Banquet

Pork Barrel BBQ was proud to sponsor the Little Lights Ignite the Light Banquet.  Thanks to our friend Izzy Ortega for introducing us to this great organization – to learn more visit  Here are some cool photos from the evening!


Happy Halloween! Check Out the Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin!

Happy Halloween from Pork Barrel BBQ – be sure to fire up those grills!  Check out this amazing Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall!

Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall

Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall


Pork Barrel BBQ Participates in Taste for Giving Event

Pork Barrel BBQ was honored to take part in the 2009 Taste for Giving event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Alexandria.  The event was at the Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria.  It was an evening of fine food and community spirit to benefit many charities in our community.  The Alexandria Commission for the Arts is partnering in this event to present the ALEX Awards, which recognizes individuals, organizations, schools, and businesses that have made exceptional contributions to the cultural life in the City of Alexandria.

Mango Mike and Heath at Taste for Giving

Mango Mike and Heath at Taste for Giving


Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Follow-up

Pork Barrel BBQ was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank – click on the video below to watch the clip!

Welcome Shark Tank Visitors!

Welcome Shark Tank visitors to the Pork Barrel BBQ blog! Looking to buy our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub? Visit our online store at! Be sure sign up for our mailing list or check back often for updates on our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant coming Spring 2010! Also, please follow us on Twitter at Thanks for your support!

Pork Barrel BBQ at a Harris Teeter Near You!

Looking to try some Pork Barrel BBQ? We’re coming to a local Harris Teeter near you! Harris Teeter has been a huge supporter of our business and has given us the chance to sample our products in their stores in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Its an amazing experience to walk into a Harris Teeter and get to see our products on their shelves, and even more fun when we get to sample our products for their customers. We are going to be in four Virginia stores this weekend, and many more to come in coming weeks! Here are some photos from our product demos over the past few weeks – thanks to Harris Teeter for this tremendous opportunity!

Brett, Bill Blackburn and Ali in Alexandria store!

Heath at our first demo in the Tysons Corner store

Heath getting our award winning products cooking!
Always have fun to have friends read our Tweets and come visit us in DC!
Everyone likes to see the cool pig trophy!

The Del Ray BBQ Boys Celebrate Their New Restaurant (and a food writer inadvertently becomes part of the story)


Here’s an amazing post by Jordan Wright over at!

The Del Ray BBQ Boys Celebrate Their New Restaurant (and a food writer inadvertently becomes part of the story)

 Jordan Wright

Whisk and Quill –

October 20

I arrived early on Mount Vernon Avenue in Del Ray last week. Brett Thompson and Heath Hall, creators and owners of Pork Barrel BBQ were setting up the tables, pitching the tent and catching up with old friends and supporters in anticipation of the day’s groundbreaking ceremony for their new restaurant venture. In July I wrote about the “Del Ray BBQ Boys”, as I had nicknamed them, for after meeting them and sampling their delicious wares at National Harbor’s Food and Wine Festival. NBC News Washington had picked up my story and it had skyrocketed to tens of thousands more “eyes” on it.

Thompson walked over and said, “This restaurant is all because of you and your story about us. We want to thank you.”

Stunned, I stammered, “What are you talking about?”

“Well, “Mango” Mike read your story on us,” he revealed. (“Mango” Mike, of the eponymous restaurant on Duke Street.) “He googled it up and that’s how he found out about us and offered to back us in this restaurant.”

Of course it was also because back in September they had appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank series and considerably more people had come to know them and their story as former Hill staffers and Virginia-based entrepreneurs.

I looked around at their dream come true. On hand were Alexandria’s Mayor, Bill Euille, Vice Mayor, Kerry Donnelly, Councilman Frank Fannon and Linda and Steve Hubbard, dressed in their UPS chocolate brown and gold uniforms, who own the fulfillment center, where over 1,000 bottles and jars of Pork Barrel BBQ’s fabulous sauce and rub are shipped to eager customers around the country. Everyone came ready to cheer on the boys. Restaurant backers “Mango” Mike and Bill Blackburn, arriving in their massive gold touring bus, were doing the meet-and-greet, while pork smokers wafted waves of heavenly barbecue aroma over the crowd of supporters who milled around with neighborhood business owners and Del Ray’s artsy crowd.

Breaking ground in Del Ray with ABC's Shark Hunt film crew  - photo by Jordan Wright

A couple of local newspaper publishers doing their own event coverage added to the eclectic local crowd along with a “P-O-R-K” fan club made up of four skinny half-naked pig-snouted students from Bishop Ireton High School, all eager to be in on the celebration and tasting. It was the usual set up for a groundbreaking. Golden shovels and giant scissors gleamed in the warm September sun.

But one thing was different…stunningly noticeably different…from any other ribbon cutting in any other town in North America, or the world for that matter.

Because, for this small groundbreaking ceremony for two nice guys in business for less than a year, taking place in a small suburb of Alexandria, Virginia across from the local farmers market held on Saturday mornings in a dentist’s parking lot, Hollywood was on site to cover it. Big time!

ABC’s Shark Tank film crew had shown up full tilt with cameraman, soundman and microphones to record the event for a later show in the boys continuing success saga; and invitees, who knew about the planned coverage in advance, were checking out the action…playing it cool for the cameras.