Pork Barrel BBQ Blog


Links – BBQ & Spice Rub

We spend entirely too much time searching the web for information on BBQ, Barbecue, Barbeque and Spice Rubs!  We thought we would create a page that has some of our favorite BBQ and Spice Rub links – we will add to this page over the coming days and months – if you have a favorite BBQ or Spice Rub link, or own your own Barbeque or Spice Rub company and want to be included on this page – please send us an email to  Also, if all this reading makes you hungry – please visit our favorite BBQ and Spice Rub site and be sure to order some of our All American Spice Rub!

Best BBQ Joints in America

BBQ Joints Around the World
  • Bodean’s in London – Next time you’re in London and you’re craving a little bit of home why not drop into one of Bodean’s locations in Soho, Tower Hill, Clapham, Fulham, or Westbourne Grove?  Read Our Review
BBQ Recipes
Food Shows and Sites
Local Organic Butchers and Grocery Stores
Our Favorite BBQ Twitters

The Tools of the BBQ Trade

Grills and Smokers
  • Chimney Smoker – An essential tool – your coals are ready in 15 minutes, and you never have to use lighter fluid!
  • Hardwood Lump Charcoal – The best way to cook – burns hot and true, and contains no additives to ruin the taste of your barbeque or spice rub.
  • Meat Thermometer – The only way to know that its done and safe – nothing is worse than undercooked BBQ!
Other Great BBQ Sites
  • The Salt Lick – BBQ joint outside Austin, Texas – if we ever get to Austin, this one looks like it will make it on our Best BBQ Joints in America list.

Pork Barrel BBQ Competion Team – Pork Barrel BBQ To Compete in the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, June 27-28 in Washington, D.C.  The Barbecue Battle takes place between 9th and 14th Streets, on Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Saturday, June 27 is the Kansas City Barbecue Society Event in which we will be preparing brisket and pulled pork.

Sunday, June 28 is the Memphis in May Barbecue Event in which we will be preparing ribs and pulled pork.

Come on down and say hi and enjoy the festivities.  Admission for the event is just $10 for adults/$5 for kids ages 6-12/Free for kids 5 & under.

In addition to Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition Barbecue Team there will be top competition barbecue teams from around the country vying for over $40,000 in cash and prizes.  The Safeway Demonstration Stage will host celebrity chefs who will share their secrets with you through cooking demonstrations.  Stop by The Safeway Sampling Pavilion for free food samples and recipes.  There will be vendors selling barbecue from around the country (Memphis Ribs – Carolina Chicken – Texas Brisket) for your dining pleasure.  In addition to great barbecue, there will be over 30 bands performing on 3 stages all weekend long.

The best thing about the weekend is that it is for charity.  Admission to the Barbecue Battle includes a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

For highlights of last years Barbecue Battle check out this page on the 2008 Barbecue Battle.


Where In The World Is Pork Barrel BBQ? – WMZQ Fest 2009 at Nissan Pavilion

Last weekend I joined a few friends at WMZQ Fest at Nissan Pavilion to hear Keith Anderson, Jason Michael Carrol, Joe Nichols, Little Big Town and Rodney Atkins.  Pork Barrel BBQ came along for the show!

A nice spring evening, a pair of cowboy boots, a concert pavilion and the prospects of a great concert made me realize that it is tailgating season and that’s Where In The World You’ll Find (or at least you should find) Pork Barrel BBQ!

WMZQ Fest was the official kickoff of the summer outdoor concert season here in Washington, D.C. and probably in a lot of other places across our great country.  If you plan to hit a concert or two this summer (or ballgame for that matter) don’t forget to get there a couple hours early with a grill, your favorite meats and vegetables, a few cold drinks and Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub – the only rub that is guaranteed to bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal!!

To order Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Rub visit our website.


Special Thanks to Yared Photography for Pork Barrel BBQ Photo

We were honored when a good friend of Pork Barrel BBQ – Mr. Yared Tseggai – shared his talent with Pork Barrel BBQ and sent photos he took of our All American Spice Rub.  Please visit Yared Photography on the web and check them out on Flickr.  Yared is an incredibly talented portrait and wedding photographer – he gets our Pork Barrel BBQ Seal of Approval.  Here is one of his great pictures of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All Ameirican Spice Rub!!


Pork Barrel BBQ Makes Donation To The 2009 Taste of the South Charity Gala

At Pork Barrel BBQ we believe it is important to be involved in and give back to the local community and we are pleased to announce that we will be a donor at the 27th annual Taste of the South to be held at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Saturday, May 16, 2009.  Pork Barrel BBQ will be providing sample bags of our All American Spice Rub to those who visit the Missouri booth at this years gala.

The first Taste of the South was held in 1983 in an effort to share the rich tradition of the South with the residents of the Washington, D.C. region.  States participating in Taste of the South include Arkansas, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia.

All proceeds raised by the event go to a southern based charity.  This year’s featured charity is the Magnolia Speech School of Mississippi.  For more than 50 years, the Magnolia Speech School, a private, nonprofit, oral education program for children with hearing loss and language disorders, has provided children with life-changing curricula that has enabled each student to reach their potential.  A small portion of the funds raised this year will go to Jubilee Jobs, a Washington, D.C. based charity that provides support for disadvantaged job-seekers throughout the DC metropolitan area.

For more information on Taste of the South check out their website.  If you have a charity event and think Pork Barrel BBQ should participate please contact us at


The Tools of the BBQ Trade – Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker

It’s a big day for Pork Barrel BBQ – we just acquired two Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker Smokers! Check it out!

We have a number of events and BBQ competitions coming up this summer and needed to increase our capacity to cook a lot of great BBQ!  What is really amazing about the Smokey Mountain Cooker (we got two of the 22.5 inch models) is that it can hold 12 slabs of ribs, 4-8 pork shoulders, 3-6 briskets, and even 4 turkeys!  I smoke a lot of BBQ on my Chargriller, but to be honest it takes a lot of work keeping it fired at the correct temperature.  With the Smokey Mountain Cooker I can fire up a pile of lump charcoal and wood chunks in the bottom and come back 10-12 hours later and to a well maintained and perfect temperature – you can’t beat that.

We came to the decision to buy this particular smoker thanks to The Virtual Weber Bullet website.  What a great website it is too –  it’s really one of the best BBQ sites I have found. Thanks to the folks at The Virtual Weber Bullet site for helping us make a great decision – we’ll keep you posted on our smoking success!  Be sure to follow the Pork Barrel BBQ website for more information on our products.


Where in the World is Pork Barrel BBQ – The National Cherry Blossom Festival – Washington, DC

Thousands and Thousands of people flock to Washington, DC each March and April in hopes that the Cherry trees will be filled with Cherry Blossoms in full bloom when they arrive – some leave happy and others leave a little less happy.  You can’t always time your trip right to see the Tidal Basin bathed in the pink of the Cherry trees, but you can always find Pork Barrel BBQ in Washington, DC.

Here are several pictures of Pork Barrel BBQ taking in the sites of this years Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, DC.

Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub with the Washington Monument and the Cherry trees in full bloom in the background.

Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub with the Jefferson Memorial and the Cherry trees in full bloom in the background.

Are you going on a trip or attending a unique event?  Take Pork Barrel BBQ with you and let us know where you have been?  Send your photos to us at and we’ll post them on our blog – don’t forget to provide a brief description of where Pork Barrel BBQ is or what Pork Barrel BBQ is doing.


Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes Most Follwed BBQ Site On Twitter!!!

We admit it, we have become addicted to Twitter.  Our goal 30 days ago was to become the largest BBQ twitterer (as ranked on  Drumroll Please…  Today, we have achieved our spot in Twitter fame by reaching the top spot on the Twitter BBQ ladder!  A big thank you to all of our followers – feel free to check us out at and ask all of your friends to follow us.  See our ranking below or check it out at

We know that BBQ’ers are a very competitive bunch, so we know we’ll have to fight hard to keep the top spot!  But we say to all who seek the top spot – BRING IT ON!

Pork Barrel BBQ to attend National Harbor Food and Wine Festival – June 6-7, 2009 (National Harbor, MD)

Pork Barrel BBQ will be selling its All American Spice Rub at the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 6 and 7, 2009.

We will be sharing some of our favorite recipes and raffling off some of our favorite BBQ products!  There are a number of celebrity chefs (including several from the TV show Top Chef) who will be on had along with all of the amazing food and wine – and of course Pork Barrel BBQ!  Please stop by our booth and try our All American Spice Rub on some 14 hour smoked pulled pork!


Restaurant Review – Bodean’s (London, UK)

I recently went to the United Kingdom and couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into some of the UK’s finest cuisine – fish & chips, bangers & mash, and Guinness Pie. The one thing I never planned on eating while there was barbecue – and good barbecue at that. But that is exactly what I ended up doing thanks to a couple good friends who call London home. We planned to get together for dinner and wanted to find a location where we could watch the NCAA Basketball Tournament (this is fairly difficult to do in London). My friends knew I loved barbecue and they knew that the games would be on at Bodean’s – London’s Original BBQ Smoke House.

I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical at first – barbecue in London? Yea, right?!?! When we arrived I have to say it looked legit – not too fancy, lots of TV’s with sports on, cold beer flowing, lots of people, and to my surprise a wall of famous American barbecue sauces on display behind the counter including some of my Kansas City favorites like Gates and Arthur Bryant’s. Then they gained a bit more of my respect as I noticed the framed photo’s around the restaurant of the one and only Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City!!!
They at least showed me right off the bat that they at least knew what great barbecue is. The next thing they had to do was prove to me that they knew how to produce their own great barbecue. We started with an order of their Hot Buffalo Chicken Wings and were very happy with the first taste of home we would experience that night. I followed up the wings with a slab of Baby Back Ribs, Fries & Coleslaw and they were top notch ribs. I’ve had better here at home, but I’ve also had much worse. I’d give Bodean’s a 7 on a scale of 10 – which is at least 4 or 5 points higher than I could have ever imagined giving a London based barbecue restaurant.

Next time you’re in London and you’re craving a little bit of home why not drop into one of Bodean’s locations in Soho, Tower Hill, Clapham, Fulham, or Westbourne Grove? Check out Bodean’s on the web at