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Pork Barrel BBQ Is Now Just A Tweet Away!

twitterPork Barrel BBQ is now on Twitter and we’re twittering away!  If you are on Twitter join our Twitter feed to stay up to date with all the latest in Pork Barrel BBQ news!!! Go to Twitter now and start following us on Twitter!!!  We will update you with tweets regarding our favorite BBQ recipes and information on the top BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs and BBQ sauces.

Don’t forget to visit us on the Internet and check out Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub.

 

Product Review – The Weber Kettle

Weber Kettle GrillToday marks the first Product Review on the blog. Today we review one of the most iconic grills in BBQ, the Weber Kettle.

The most important tool in any BBQ’ers arsenal is their BBQ grill.  You can go fancy and spend thousands of dollars on a professional grade smoker that will allow you to cook for half the town or you can go simple and inexpensive and get the grill that will be as loyal to you as your dog – that grill is the Weber Kettle Grill.

In the early 1950’s backyard griller George Stephen, Sr. was determined to build a grill that would enable him to cook year around in all kinds of weather.  He was part owner of Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago who made among other products, sheet metal buoys for use on Lake Michigan.  Stephen cut one of these buoys in half and created a dome shaped grill with a round lid and the Weber Kettle was born.  His grill became such a hit that he formed a barbecue division of the Weber Brothers Metal Works and eventual bought the Weber Brothers factory and focused the company on producing and selling the Weber Kettle.

As a proud owner of several Weber Kettles I fully endorse the product and encourage you to look into one for your next grill.  It is simple to use and diverse in its functionality.  Whether you are simply grilling hot dogs and burgers or smoking a brisket or turkey the Weber Kettle won’t let you down.  It comes in several sizes, but even the most common 18.5 and 22.5 inch surface area sized Weber Kettle’s can accommodate a meal for a small dinner party. The best part is all this versatility can be yours for under $100 and will last the most avid BBQ’ers 10 good years.  10 bucks a year isn’t bad for such an essential BBQ tool!

We give the Weber Kettle a score of 95 out of 100 thanks to its affordability, mobility and versatility. It’s only draw back is that you might need several to cook for a large crowd.

Check out Weber on the Internet for more information on their legendary products.

In future blog posts we’ll give you some tips and hints on how to get the most out of your Weber Kettle Grill.  One tip that will make all of the meals coming off your Weber Kettle taste great is to be sure to try out our Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub on all your meats and vegetables!
 

We Want To Hear From You BBQ Fans – What Do You Think Of Pork Barrel BBQ???

question-markOver the past few months we have received many comments and some great feedback from fans of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Rub on what they think of the spice rub and how they are using it.  We love hearing from you and want to hear more!!!  This feedback is the best way for us to continue to improve our products and service so our customers have the best BBQ experience each and every time you head for the grill.

We also want to make this blog the best resource on the Internet for BBQ news and information.  We love all things BBQ – BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs, BBQ sauces, BBQ recipes and BBQ restaurants.  Tell us what you want to read about on the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and we’ll get to posting.

We love BBQ, BBQ grills and BBQ smokers, dry rubs, spices – you name it – and we need your help to be the best we can be!  Don’t just let us know what we are doing right, we also want to know what we are doing wrong!!!

Tell us how you are using the All American Spice Rub in your kitchens and backyards!!!  We know that our customers are some of the most creative cooks around and we want to share your creations and ideas with all of our customers and fans so they can bring your ideas to their own plates – send us your Pork Barrel BBQ recipes.

This is also your opportunity to send us your ideas on what kinds of spice rubs and BBQ sauces you would like to see us offer in the future.  Don’t forget to cast your vote in our poll that asks which variety of spice rub you would like to be the second in the Pork Barrel BBQ family of spice rubs.

Over the past few months we have received many comments and some great feedback from fans of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Rub on what they think of the spice rub and how they are using it.  We love hearing from you and want to hear more!!!  This feedback is the best way for us to continue to improve our products and service so our customers have the best BBQ experience each and every time you head for the grill.

We also want to make this blog the best resource on the Internet for BBQ news and information.  We love all things BBQ – BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs, BBQ sauces, BBQ recipes and BBQ restaurants.  Tell us what you want to read about on the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and we’ll get to posting.

We love BBQ, BBQ grills and BBQ smokers, dry rubs, spices – you name it – and we need your help to be the best we can be!  Don’t just let us know what we are doing right, we also want to know what we are doing wrong!!!

Tell us how you are using the All American Spice Rub in your kitchens and backyards!!!  We know that our customers are some of the most creative cooks around and we want to share your creations and ideas with all of our customers and fans so they can bring your ideas to their own plates – send us your Pork Barrel BBQ recipes.

This is also your opportunity to send us your ideas on what kinds of spice rubs and BBQ sauces you would like to see us offer in the future.  Don’t forget to cast your vote in our poll that asks which variety of spice rub you would like to be the second in the Pork Barrel BBQ family of spice rubs.

And of course, leave us any other comments you would like us to see.

To leave a comment simply click on “Comment” at the bottom of this blog posting or email us at porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from all of you soon!!!

 

Restaruant Review – Gates Bar-B-Q (Kansas City, Missouri)

Gates BBQToday we begin a regular feature where we review restaurants we’ve eaten at, and in particular highlight many of America’s top BBQ Joints.

Our first restaurant review, and one of our favorite BBQ Joints in America is Gates Bar-B-Q in Kansas City, Missouri.  Having lived in Kansas City for a number of years I am confident that I put a few members of the Gates family through college with the amount of money that left my wallet in exchange for a Mixed Plate, Beef on Bun, or Burnt End Sandwich.

Gates began providing great BBQ and some of the best BBQ sauce in the world to Kansas City in 1946.  Since its inception it has grown from a single restaurant in the early days to six restaurants throughout the Kansas City Metropolitan area today.

Since 1975 BBQ enthusiasts have been able to purchase Gates Bar-B-Q sauces in retail stores as well as in their restaurants.  My advice to you is this, if you see Gates sauce in your local store buy a few bottles – you won’t be disappointed.  I personally like the Extra-Hot, but all of their sauces will put a smile on your face.

If you’re lucky enough to be in the Kansas City area find a Gates Bar-B-Q and go have lunch or dinner.  In fact, if it weren’t for the other amazing BBQ Joints in Kansas City you might want to have lunch and dinner at Gates Bar-B-Q.  Once your foot is in the door you’ll be greeted by the familiar greeting of “Hi, may I help you?”  By all means let them help you to one of the best BBQ meals you’ll have in your life.

My advice to first timers is to go for the Mixed Plate – on the menu it comes with brisket, ham, ribs, fries, white bread and pickles, but you can ask them to substitute the two meats with any of their meats.  My personal favorite is double brisket, but you can also get turkey or pork.  If you’re not quite that hungry go for a sandwich – you won’t be disappointed.  As for sides I recommend the beans and thick cut fries.  With all this being said, don’t worry about what you order because everything is great!!!

For more information about Gates check out their website.

If you’ve had the fortune to eat at Gates Bar-B-Q let us know your thoughts on this Kansas City legend.  Why do you love Gates Bar-B-Q?  What is your favorite item on their menu?  What is your favorite memory of eating at Gates Bar-B-Q?  Any advice for a Gates Bar-B-Q rookie as they approach the menu?

Don’t forget to check out our Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub – it will make you as happy as Gates BBQ!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes a Member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society

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Today, Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that we have officially joined the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  It seems fitting that our first official association with a BBQ organization would be KCBS since our products are inspired by the history and tradition of Kansas City BBQ!

KCBS was started in 1985 and now has more than 8,000 members worldwide and sanctions almost 300 BBQ contests and events each year.  The Mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form and they want barbecue to be recognized as America’s Cuisine.  For more information about KCBS check out their website.

In the coming weeks look for several announcements regarding Pork Barrel BBQ’s participation in upcoming KCBS BBQ events. We are still not sure if we will use our Weber Kettle, our Char-Griller, or make a purchase of a new smoker or grill for the competitons – but we promise to keep you posted.  Don’t forget to try our All American Spice Rub the next time you fire up the grill or smoker!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Announces Launch Of Pork Barrel BBQ Blog

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Pork Barrel BBQ has only been around for several months, but it has already started to develop a loyal following.  We thought it was time to provide our loyal fans with more information on our products so we decided to move into the 21st century with our very own blog – the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog.

The Pork Barrel BBQ Blog is where you’ll be able to get all the latest news on Pork Barrel BBQ.  Look for blog posts on the following and much more in the near future:

  • What our next dry rub will be and when it will be available.
  • Announcements of new locations where Pork Barrel BBQ can be purchased.
  • A listing of the local festivals and BBQ contests Pork Barrel BBQ will be participating in this year.
  • A list of the farmers markets you’ll be able to get Pork Barrel BBQ at this summer.
  • Ideas of how fellow Pork Barrel BBQ rub enthusiasts are using the rub – complete with recipes.
  • General BBQ and cooking information.
  • Guest posts from Pork Barrel BBQ supporters, local BBQ’ers and chefs, political officials and commentators, food bloggers, and many others.

We hope you enjoy the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and welcome your comments and contributions and always remember whatever your political party, we can all agree on the value of great barbecue. We hope our products bring bipartisan flavor to your meals!