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Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Now Available In Select Target Stores Across America

TargetWe are pleased to announce that our national award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce (Original, & Sweet) & our All-American Spice Rub is now available at select Target locations in the United States. If you happen to be at a location that is selling our BBQ Sauce please help us out by picking up a bottle or two. If we do well in the locations we are currently in we have a great chance of getting our sauce into all Target stores. As always, thanks for your support!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ – Sam’s Club Shark Tank Update

We were once again honored to have ABC film an update on our success for Shark Tank. This was our third update and it highlighted our All-American Spice Rub hitting the shelves at all Sam’s Club stores across America!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack Now Available At The Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store

If you’ve been dying to try our brand new Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky the time has come! Starting today you can purchase a Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack (2 bags of each flavor – Spicy Srirarchi, Old Fashioned Maple and Honey Pepper) for only $48.00.

The Flavors

Spicy Srirachi – We already know you love Bacon and you probably think it is impossible to improve on something as close to perfection as Bacon is. We think we’ve done the impossible with Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky. Our Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky is poised to be the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat.

Bacon Jerky - Srirachi

Old Fashioned Maple – If you’re a fan of pancakes and Bacon for breakfast look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky. Our Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweet and might just replace your daily breakfast routine. 

Bacon Jerky - Maple

Honey Pepper – Cracked Pepper and honey are ingredients that have been taking food to the next level for centuries, so we asked ourselves, why not take Bacon to the next level? The perfect combination of cracked pepper and honey takes our Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky to levels few tastes buds have ever gone! Our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet infused into a perfect meaty slice of Bacon. Are your taste buds ready?

Bacon Jerky - Honey Pepper

Get your bags of Bacon Jerky today on the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Update – Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST

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In September of 2009 we had the honor of presenting our fledgling company to the Shark’s on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank. It is now nearly six years later and we’ve sold millions of dollars in BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub, won numerous honors and opened our very own restaurant. On Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm EST our third Shark Tank update will air on ABC and it will highlight our biggest single order to date and a huge milestone for our company – getting our All-American Spice Rub onto the shelves of all Sam’s Clubs in the United States.

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We hope you’ll tune in to ABC this Friday night, April 24, at 8:00pm EST to see our Shark Tank Update!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub Now Available At Sam’s Club

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Over the past three years we’ve slept in Sam’s Club parking lots from New Jersey to Arkansas competing in the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour. Hours of our conversation during those nights consisted of dreaming about having our products on the shelves at Sam’s Club and figuring out a strategy to make those dreams a reality. We’re very excited to announce that our hard work over the past three years has paid off and you can now purchase our Pork Barrel BBQ-All American Spice Rub in a 19oz chef jar at ALL Sam’s Clubs in the United States!

Our All-American Spice Rub is a versatile all-purpose rub that is great on pork, beef, poultry, seafood and vegetables. Its combination of 14 herbs and spices includes Ancho Chile, Chipotle Chile, Smoked Paprika, Cilantro, Garlic and Cumin which gives the All-American Spice Rub a smoky and savory flavor with slight notes of spice and herbs.

The All-American Spice Rub is great on traditional BBQ dishes like ribs and chicken, but is equally good as a seasoning for pot roast and fried chicken. It’s even great on popcorn! Let your imagination run wild, we haven’t found much it isn’t great on!

Sam's Club BBQ Rub

If you’re at Sam’s Club we’d appreciate your support – pick up a jar or two and stock up for the summer!

 

2015 Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Schedule

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It’s that time of year again to start thinking about the upcoming Competition BBQ Season. Below is a tentative list of our 2015 BBQ Competition Schedule (this is likely to change in the coming months, but it is pretty close). If you happen to be cooking or visiting one of these contests please stop by and say hi!

May 1-2 – Naptown barBAYq – Annapolis, MD

May 29-30 – Beltway BBQ Showdown – Ft. Washington, MD

June 19-20 – Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – Buckhannon, WV

June 27-28 – DC BBQ Battle – Washington, DC

July 31 – August 1 – Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ – Leonardtown, MD

August 28-29 – Sam’s Club BBQ Tour (Local) – Laurel, MD

October 2-3 – American Royal Invitational – Kansas City, MO

October 3-4 – American Royal Invitational – Kansas City, MO

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Rub Now Available at Price Chopper Stores Throughout CT, MA, NH, NY, PA & VT

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We are pleased to announce that our entire line of Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces (Original, Sweet, Mustard & Carolina Vinegar) & our All-American Spice Rub is now available at all Price Chopper Stores located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, & Vermont. 

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Next time your at Price Chopper please pick up a bottle or two of our national award winning BBQ Sauce and Rub! Find your closest Price Chopper HERE!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Kickstarter Campaign

Today we are launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund our newest product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. Please head over to our Pork Barrel BBQ Kickstarter Page and help fund our campaign and receive some great rewards! Here’s a bit more about our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Campaign.

Why BACON JERKY?

We spend a lot of time on the road traveling to food shows, BBQ contests and media appearances teaching the art of BBQ and we were looking for the perfect snack to hold us over between meals and it just happens we LOVE BACON!!!! We don’t always have our favorite cast iron skillet with us or the time to fry up a slab of Bacon so we started thinking how can we turn one of our favorite foods into a convenient snack item that can be taken anywhere and carried in a pocket, a small bag or purse or a glove box and it hit us – BACON JERKY. Besides, who doesn’t love Bacon? We do and we think you are going to love our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!!!

The Flavors

Spicy Srirachi – We already know you love Bacon and you probably think it is impossible to improve on something as close to perfection as Bacon is. We think we’ve done the impossible with Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky. Our Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky is poised to be the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat.

Bacon Jerky - Srirachi

Old Fashioned Maple – If you’re a fan of pancakes and Bacon for breakfast look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky. Our Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweet and might just replace your daily breakfast routine. 

Bacon Jerky - Maple

 

Honey Pepper – Cracked Pepper and honey are ingredients that have been taking food to the next level for centuries, so we asked ourselves, why not take Bacon to the next level? The perfect combination of cracked pepper and honey takes our Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky to levels few tastes buds have ever gone! Our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet infused into a perfect meaty slice of Bacon. Are your taste buds ready?

Bacon Jerky - Honey Pepper

Where will your money go?

Help us bring Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky to the WORLD!  We have spent the better part of the past year perfecting our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky and are now ready to share it with the world. The support we receive from the Kickstarter community will help fund our efforts to take Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky out of our kitchen and into retailers across America. 

Kickstarter funds will be used to:

  • Produce final products for shipments to supporters;
  • Purchase labels and packaging;
  • Develop and produce marketing materials;
  • Fund samples for retail buyers;
  • Gain retail distribution; and
  • Produce inventory.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of Pork Barrel BBQ! Here’s to a year filled with Bacon Jerky!!!

Risks and challenges

Distribution:

We have first hand experience, gained through the development of a distribution chain for our national award-winning line or Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rubs, dealing with the challenges associated with gaining distribution for a new food product. These challenges include gaining shelf space, paying slotting fees, providing retailers free product, conducting numerous food demos and sampling events, and advertising. Overcoming these challenges requires significant capital, a hardworking sales force, and a great product.

Scalability:

It’s fun to create a new product in your kitchen at home and hand out samples to friends and family, but to make it a truly viable business that can meet consumer demand and insure on time delivery you must either invest in a commercial production facility or partner with an outstanding manufacture.

Production:

The USDA requires jerky to be made in an approved facility under the supervision of a USDA inspector. After more than a year of research we have partnered with a production facility that has years of experience manufacturing some of the best jerky available for consumer purchase.

Thank you for your support – Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Kickstarter Campaign

 

DC Meat Week 2015 Is Coming To Pork Barrel BBQ on January 27 from 7-9pm

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DC Meat Week is always one of our favorite events of the year. We hope you’ll stop by our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA on January 27 from 7-9pm to help us celebrate the only week dedicated to all things meat – Meat Week! This year, in addition to our great Meat Week Sampler Plate special, we’ll be hosting DC Meat Week’s only BBQ Relay Eating Challenge. Come out and watch our teams compete and eat mass amounts of BBQ and BBQ sides! It’s sure to be a spectacle you don’t want to miss!

 

2014 Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide – Ten Great Gift Ideas for the BBQer in your Life

With just four weeks remaining until Christmas you might be wondering what to get the BBQer in y our life. Don’t panic, just keep reading! Pork Barrel BBQ is happy to help make your quest to find the perfect gift for the BBQ lover in your life just a little easier this year with our annual Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide. Our gift guide looks at ten of our favorite items for BBQ gift giving in 2014. Here’s to successfully finding the perfect gifts for your BBQ lover and having a smoking hot Christmas!

Best BBQ CookbookSecrets to Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and Other Smokers: An Independent Guide with Master Recipes from a BBQ Champion

 

Bill Cookbook

World Champion Pitmaster, Bill Gillespie’s first book is sure to be a huge hit with both rookie and seasoned pitmasters. Gillespie and his Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ team are the  winners of the 2011 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue and the 2014 American Royal Invitational BBQ, pulls back the curtain and shares the secrets to his world championship pulled pork and brisket recipes along with dozens of other recipes that are sure to make the guests at your next BBQ think you are a world champion pitmaster.

If you cook on a Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM) this is the book for you! Bill shares the techniques and secrets that will turn you into an expert on the WSM.

This book will be published on March 17, 2015 and arrive just in time for the start of the 2015 BBQ season so preorder a copy today as a gift for your BBQ lover on Amazon here

Best BBQ SaucePork Barrel BBQ BBQ Sauce

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You saw it on Shark Tank, now try it on your grill! The Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack is your chance to create your perfect combination of Pork Barrel BBQ products! Mix and match any combination of 5 of our Pork Barrel BBQ products. Choose between the Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce (chosen Supreme Sauce by Cook’s Illustrated!), Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce, and Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ. This pack is guaranteed to make your next BBQ Picnic a big success! The Picnic Pack also makes a great gift for anyone who loves BBQ!

Original BBQ Sauce – Elect to enhance your meal with this delightfully, deliciously, bipartisan American favorite. For pork, beef, poultry and fish, our national award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce is an exceptional way to give your food tasty, tangy flavor with a perfect smokin’ kick!

Sweet BBQ Sauce – Elect to enhance your meal with this delightfully, deliciously, bipartisan American favorite. For pork, beef, poultry and fish, our Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce is an exceptional way to give your food tasty, sweet flavor with a perfect smokin’ kick!

Mustard BBQ Sauce – Looking for “Change” at your next meal? Our Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce packs a sweet and smoky bite that is sure to simulate any recipe that calls for mustard. Try it on pork, chicken, pretzels or slathered on your favorite sandwich.

Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce – With just the right amount of vinegary kick to enhance the flavors of your next meal our Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce is great on pork, vegetables, fish and poultry. Use it in its purist form on a pulled pork sandwich, as a base for a salad dressing or to spice up a bowl of ham and beans.

Order your Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces here

Best InjectionsButcher BBQ Injections & Bird Booster

Butchers Injections

All of Butcher BBQ’s products were developed by David Bouska, who after more than two decades of experience running meat markets and a custom meat processing plant started cooking in BBQ competitions. Since his very first contest he used injections that he had developed for his meat shop and over the years tweaked the ingredients to make them more user friendly for the BBQ competitor. Since the introduction of Butcher BBQ’s original Beef Injection they have expanded their line of products to include Pork Injection, Bird Booster, and a line of award winning sauce and rubs,

Created with the knowledge of a champion pit master, Butcher BBQ injections, rubs and sauces have been used by some of the nations top pit masters to win some of the sports biggest contests. All of Butcher BBQ’s products are made in the USA in USDA inspected plants using only the highest quality ingredients.  

Butcher BBQ injections have been developed and perfected  with more than 30 years of meat knowledge, a claim no other company can match! Take your BBQ to the next level with Butcher’s Injections and Bird Booster. Order your Butcher BBQ products here.

Best Spice RubPork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub

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Perfect for meat, poultry, fish and veggies, Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning All-American Spice Rub 19oz chef shaker of all purpose dry rub is the best spice rub value on the market.

Pork Barrel BBQ’s All-American Spice Rub is the all-purpose rub we use at our restaurant, during competitions and in our backyards. This Gluten Free rub contains No Preservatives or MSG and has a smoky and savory flavor profile inspired by traditional barbecue flavors.

Order your bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub here!

Best WoodEast Coast Smokin’ Wood

East Coast Smokin WoodEast Coast Smokin’ Woods allows you to focus on the quality of your cook without worrying about the quality of the wood you are burning in your pit. East Coast Smokin’ Wood is 100% Organic competition grade smoking wood that has never been treated with Chemicals, Pesticides, Dyes or Additives with no Rot, Pest or Insect Infestation.  

East Coast Smokin’ Wood offers many varieties of wood including Apple, Cherry, Pear, Hickory, Walnut, Pecan, Maple, and Oak in a wide array of sizes including chips, chunks and splits.

Order wood from East Coast Smokin’ Wood here

Best CoolerICEHOLE Coolers

Icehole When Your Ice Is On The LineICEHOLE Coolers are great for all types of outdoor activities including barbecuing, tailgating, concerts, camping, hunting and fishing. They are the new standard in High-Performance Coolers and are guaranteed to keep your ice, food and drinks colder longer! ICEHOLE Coolers feature interlocking non-skid feet, an exclusive freezer seal design, and latches from the M2 Bradley fighting vehicle. Every ICEHOLE Cooler comes with a limited lifetime warranty! Don’t just buy a cooler, by an ICEHOLE Cooler, an investment that’s sure to keep your food and drink cool!    

ICEHOLE Coolers and Pork Barrel BBQ share a common goal in supporting the men and women of our Armed Forces and our Veterans.  ICEHOLE has been providing military equipment for over 35 years and believes in helping those that have made sacrifices for all of us. For that reason, they donate a portion of every sale of an ICEHOLE Cooler to non-profit organizations that benefit our veterans, their families, and their survivors.

Order an ICEHOLE Cooler here

Best GrillThe Big Green Egg

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The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker and was modeled after the ancient clay cooking device known as a kamado. The kamado was a clay vessel with a lid. Today’s Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic cooker with a history of producing amazing results for more than thirty years for the novice cook and the expert pitmaster alike The Big Green Egg is one of the most versatile cooking systems in the world functioning as a grill, an oven and a smoker! You can cook almost anything in it from steaks to pizzas to peach cobbler. Ranging in price from around $400 for the small to $1,200 for the Extra Large there is a price point for every buyer.

To find a Big Green Egg dealer near you click here.

Best SmokerJambo Pit

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There can be no great barbecue without a great pit. If you are a serious BBQ fanatic you need a serious pit! If you are looking for a serious pit look no further than the Jambo Pit! Every Jambo is made one at a time from insulated fire boxes, torque flex axles, chrome wheels, white letter tires, custom coatings and paint to stainless steel hinges, handles and work surfaces – these pits are nothing short of works of art by master pitmaker Jamie Geer!

Take it from us, proud owners of a Jambo Pit – if you’re looking to become a champion, you need a championship caliber pit and Jambo’s are championship caliber pits! 

Find out more about ordering a Jambo Pit here!

Best Grill AccessoryThe Kettle Pizza

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There are a lot of awesome grilling accessories that every BBQ lover should have, like the thermapen, but if you’re looking to really put a smile on your BBQ lover’s face this year get them a Kettle Pizza for their Weber Kettle. The Kettle Pizza turns your Weber Kettle into a pizza oven allowing you to create authentic wood fired pizzas at a fraction of the cost of an authentic wood burning pizza oven!!

If your BBQ lover loves pizza this is the gift for them! Order your Kettle Pizza here!

Best BBQ ClassTRUEBUC BBQ Elite Que’ School

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Whether you BBQ lover is a competition BBQ veteran or looking to break onto the competition circuit in 2015 a seat at the TRUEBUD BBQ Elite Que’ School is sure to be a huge hit. TRUEBUD BBQ has been one of the most successful competition teams on the professional BBQ circuit over the past four years with 34 Grand Championships and 18 Reserve Grand Championships and are the reigning KCBS Team of the Year (2013). 

In this tell-all competition class you will learn TRUEBUD BBQ’s secrets to cooking chicken, ribs, pork and brisket. This class is sure to take years off the learning curve and put you on course to becoming a championship pitmaster.

For more details and to reserve a place in the class email Tim Grant at tgrant@truebudbbq.com

We hope you and your family have an amazing Christmas filled with joy, love and a pile of smoked meat! Merry Christmas!!!