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Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #4 – We’ve Moved, The American Royal Moves to Arrowhead Stadium

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The biggest news in the world of competition BBQ in 2015 had nothing to do with the winner of a particular contest, the rise of the table of death or the angel table, or even the race for Team of the Year. In 2015, competition BBQ’s biggest story was the American Royal moving from the West Bottoms to Arrowhead Stadium.

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The American Royal, the largest competition in the world of competitive BBQ and one of its most prestigious contests, began 36 years ago in the parking lot of the Golden Ox Restaurant in the West Bottoms. “We’ve enjoyed many great years in the West Bottoms. However, to continue to enhance the American Royal’s World Series of Barbecue for all competitors and patrons, we must go,” said John Mitchell, Jr., chairman, American Royal. “We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Arrowhead Stadium at the Truman Sports Complex.”

 “The American Royal is the crown jewel of the KCBS Sanctioned Contest Network. Kansas City has earned its reputation at the epicenter of the BBQ universe, and this union will only reinforce that reputation,” said Carolyn Wells, co-founder and executive director, Kansas City Barbeque Society. This years contest had 618 teams from 39 states and three countries, a sizable increase over the 562 teams hat competed in 2014. It is clear from the numbers that the move did nothing to hurt the contest, and may have helped to enhance it. In addition to the increased space, teams and attendees were provided with increased entertainment opportunities, including a concert by country starts Big & Rich, additional food options from the likes of KC’s own Plowboys’s Barbeque and Zarda Bar-B-Q, and a carnival with a ride and gigantic Jenga and Beer Pong games. 

I’ve got to include my favorite picture from this years American Royal – here’s my son Hudson (5 month’s old at the Royal) and I inside Arrowhead Stadium getting ready for awards.

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2016 is likely to be another interesting year of change for the American Royal as it is likely the event will have to move from its traditional first weekend in October dates due to the World Champion Kansas City Royals playing home games that weekend across the parking lot at Kaufman Stadium. 

Leave a comment on this post and let us know how you liked the Royal’s new home at Arrowhead.

On December 28th we’ll unveil the 3rd biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.

To date we’ve announced the 5th through 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. 

#5 – You Don’t Know Jack, But Tuffy Stone Does – Cool Smoke Wins Second Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

#6 – Merry Christmas Year Round, BBQ Gives Back

#7 – On Top of the World, BBQ Wins World Food Championships

#8 – Fire Up The Grill, Steak Cookoff Popularity Sizzles

#9 – Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #3 BBQ Story of 2015. 

 

Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #5 – You Don’t Know Jack, But Tuffy Stone Does – Cool Smoke Wins Second Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue

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All sports have their pinnacle event, that one event that can define your career if you’re lucky enough to win it. In baseball it’s the World Series. In football it’s the Super Bowl. In track & field and swimming it’s the Olympics. In BBQ it’s the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue hosted every fall in the quaint Tennessee town of Lynchburg, a small town that packs a huge punch as the home of Jack Daniel’s. Just getting an invitation to cook the Jack is considered an often unattainable honor, but to win it is nearly the equivalent of getting a clear picture of the Loch Ness Monster or Bigfoot. It’s that hard to do. Winning it twice in three years, that would be like hitting .700 with 200 HR’s over the course of a baseball season or passing for 100 touchdowns over a football season. It could never been done, right? Wrong!

At the 2015 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, BBQ’s Babe Ruth, Tuffy Stone, and his Cool Smoke team won their second Jack in three years. A feet as amazing as hitting two hole in ones, in not a round of gold, but over three consecutive holes. Certainly not new to winning the big games, Stone has previously won the equally prestigious American Royal Invitational, American Royal Open and the Kingsford Invitational. Three is no better “Big Game” pitmaster on the competition circuit today. If you’re betting your friends on who will win one of the big contests in 2016 we hope you’re money is on Cool Smoke, if it isn’t, their is a good chance you’ll be paying out winnings to your buddies. 

A huge congratulations to Tuffy and George Stone and the entire Cool Smoke team on another very successful and impressive BBQ campaign during the 2015 season.

On December 27th we’ll unveil the 4th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.

To date we’ve announced the 6th through 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. 

#6 – Merry Christmas Year Round, BBQ Gives Back

#7 – On Top of the World, BBQ Wins World Food Championships

#8 – Fire Up The Grill, Steak Cookoff Popularity Sizzles

#9 – Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #4 BBQ Story of 2015. 

 

Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #7 – On Top of the World, BBQ Wins World Food Championships

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The World Food Championships is the largest competition in the food sports world, where champions from nine categories (BBQ, Bacon, Burger, Desert, Recipe, Pasta, Seafood, Sandwich & Chili) compete for a share of a $350,000 prize purse. 2015’s Championships, the fourth annual, invited champions from the largest and most prestigious food competitions around the world were invited to Kissimmee, FL in November to compete for a chance at the $100,000 grand prize. This years World Food Champion, The Smoking Hills, came from the BBQ category, making BBQ the supreme cuisine in the all the land!   

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 What a year 2015 turned out to be for The Smoking Hills. In addition to winning the World Food Championships, they were the winners of the 2015 American Royal Invitational. Congratulations to The Smoking Hills on their World Championship and shinning the light even brighter on BBQ.

On December 25th we’ll unveil the 6th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. The biggest BBQ Story of 2015 will be announced on December 30th.

To date we’ve announced the 8th through 10th biggest BBQ Story of 2015. 

#8 – Fire Up The Grill, Steak Cookoff Popularity Sizzles

#9 – Out of the Ashes Dave Anderson Rises With Old Southern BBQ Smokehouse

#10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #6 BBQ Story of 2015. 

 

It’s Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Weekend – Good Luck To All The Teams Competing

 

The JackPork Barrel BBQ would like to wish all the teams competing in the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue this weekend down in the Holler in Lynchburg, TN. We sure wish we were there with you firing up our smoker during one of the best weekends of BBQ each year! Enjoy it while you’re there, you never know when you’ll get back! 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wants To Help You Save 30% Off Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle Tickets

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We’re only a few weeks away from one of our favorite BBQ contests of the year, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. This was the first contest we every cooked back in 2009 and we are the defending Grand Champions!! We’ve teamed up with the folks at the Barbecue Battle to offer you a chance to save 30% off the gate price of $15 per ticket by using COUPON CODE – BBQVIP – when you purchase tickets at www.bbqdc.com. Head on over and get your tickets today!! Proceeds go to a great cause and we want to see you downtown during the Barbecue Battle June 27-28!!

Here’s more about the Barbecue Battle:

Contact:

Melanie Hosch, PR Director

202.488.6990

Melanie@BBQinDC.com

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23rd Annual Safeway Barbecue Battle

“America’s national BBQ Championship in our Nation’s Capital”

Washington, D.C. (April, 2015) – For more than two decades, The Safeway Barbecue Battle has been cooking up lots of great food, music & fun on America’s Main Street, Pennsylvania Avenue.

One of our nation’s largest and most popular Annual food and music festivals, the Safeway Barbecue Battle, officially kicks off the 2015 summer season on June 27 and 28. This exciting nationally recognized event offers Washington D.C. area residents and visitors alike, a two-day line-up of everything from tempting BBQ & Grilled food samples to cooking demonstrations, interactive exhibits and non-stop live entertainment on three music stages.

Now celebrating its 23rd year, the Safeway Barbecue Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food & music festivals in the country. Celebrating the art of cooking and the joy of eating, the Barbecue Battle offers residents of the Greater Washington area and throughout the east coast, the chance to enjoy America’s favorite pastime right in our Nation’s Capital. The event has received numerous awards such as being named “One of Five Can’t Miss Summer Festivals in the Country” by CNN, a “Top 10 BBQ Event” by The Travel Channel, “One of America’s Best BBQ Competitions” by Saveur Magazine and “An Event Worth Traveling To” by the American Bus Association, just to name a few.

Pennsylvania Avenue will be smoking with lots of great BBQ cooked up by America’s Top Chefs from across the country, like 2014 Grand Champion Heath Hall of Pork Barrel BBQ. This two-day festival features teams competing for their share of over $40,000 in Cash & Prizes in contests throughout the weekend. Contests include the National Pork Board’s National Pork BBQ Championship and The Military Chef Cook-Off benefiting the USO. Other Contests include the USDA Choice Beef Contest, Open Nature Lamb Contest, Safeway Select Rib Contest & America’s Best BBQ Chicken Contest, all sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.

There are interactive activities for kids of all ages to enjoy like Johnsonville’s World’s Largest Grill, Oscar Mayer Wiener Mobile, Spamerica Tour, Les Paul’s Big Sound Tour, Celebrate Alabama Tour, The Big Bite Tour, Colgate Bright Smiles Tour, Amstel Light Beverage Gardens, Wine Sampling area and more. 

The 300’ long Safeway Sampling Pavilion offers a line-up of delicious and tempting free BBQ & Grilled food samples, while Cookbook Authors and Celebrity Chef’s like Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone

Destination America’s popular “BBQ Pitmasters” entertain and educate with cooking demonstrations on the Safeway Demonstration Stage.

There’s something for everyone’s musical taste with an eclectic mix of 30 bands on three stages performing Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Blues, Country, R&B and Go Go. This year’s line-up includes artists such as EU featuring Sugar Bear, Be’la Dona, Trouble Funk and The Chuck Brown Band on the Pepsi-Lay’s Sound Stage and The Morrison Brothers, Paul Pfau from the Voice and Kelly Bell on the Famous Dave’s Stage.

The Safeway Barbecue Battle has raised over $1.6 million dollars for DC Children’s Charities and donated tons of food to area Food Banks. In 2015 the event will also raise funds for the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore with a Military Chef cook-off in which attendees will be given the opportunity to taste and vote for their favorite Military Chef representing the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.

For more information about this unique annual Washington Food & Music Celebration,

Please call 202-488-6990 or EMAIL Melanie Hosch, PR Director. You can visit our website at www.BBQinDC.com or explore our Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @bbqindc for more information.

Photos available by going to www.BBQinDC.com.

We’ll See You, at the B-B-Q!

 

 

BBQ Competition – Beltway BBQ Showdown – Ft. Washington, MD – Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Grand Championship

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team had an excellent cook at it’s second contest of the 2015 competition season in Ft. Washington, MD this past weekend at the Beltway BBQ Showdown. This was our fifth time cooking this contest and it remains one of our favorites. Johnathan Jones, the contest organizer, does a great job creating a very cooker friendly contest. I also love it because I can be home and in the shower less than 30 minutes after awards! After a brief period where it looked like we could be in for some heavy rain none came and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for the remainder of the contest.

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After shaking the winter rust off in Annapolis, MD a few weeks ago we had a very solid cook hat ended in us being named Grand Champions!!  Before I talk in more detail about the cook I want to give a big thank you to our sponsors, ICEHOLE Coolers for keeping our meats nice and fresh and our drinks nice and cool, East Coast Smokin’ Woods for providing us with an awesome supply of Hickory, Oak & Cherry to fuel the Jambo, and Butcher BBQ for supply us with amazing injections and Bird Booster!

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Here’s how we did:

Chicken

We continued our hot streak with Chicken, finishing in 5th place out of 38 teams with a 171.9884. I felt like we had a very good chance of hearing our name called after I took the first bite of chicken right after taking it off the smoker. It had great color, good bite through skin and was very moist. I’ve said it a hundred times and will probably say it a hundred more, if you aren’t using Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products you probably aren’t hearing your name called for chicken as often as you’d like to. 

Ribs

After Annapolis where our ribs had very little flavor I spent a lot of time reconsidering my rib recipe and had several phone calls with rib master Rod Gray of Pellet Envy. After Rod’s council I revamped my recipe and made some tweeks to my cooking technique and was very pleased with the improvement. I still have some work to do, but in the end these four racks of ribs failed to do what so many racks have done to us in the past – cost us a chance at the Grand Championship. Our ribs had great flavor and did enough to keep us in the fight for Grand. We finished 13th out of 38 teams with a score of 163.9656. 

Pork

After a middle of the pack finish in Annapolis I did some tweeking on my Pork recipe and it paid off big time. This was one of the best pork boxes I’ve turned in in quite some time – it was juicy, had great flavor and a killer money muscle. We finished in 3rd place out of 36 teams with a score of 173.1428.

Brisket

Brisket was a mixed bag for us – it had great, really great, flavor, but it was slightly overcooked which made cutting slices somewhat difficult. If this brisket had come off the smoker 10-15 minutes earlier this could have been a brisket with a chance at a top finish. We ended up in 9th place out of 36 teams with a score of 165.6800. 

Overall

Thanks to a very consistent cook with all above average turn-ins we finished 1st out of 39 teams with an overall score of 674.7768 and were named Grand Champions of the 2015 Beltway BBQ Battle, helping us score some good points in the Kansas City Barbeque Society and MABBA Team of the Year races. It was great sharing our first GC of the year with my five week old son Hudson (Hope he doesn’t get to used to GC’s!). Congratulations to Michael Fay and his Aporkalypse Now team on being named Reserve Grand Champions. 

Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors – ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, & Butcher BBQ – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

We’ve got a couple weeks off before our next contest. We’ll see you in Buckhannon, WV the weekend of June 19-20 for the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – winner gets an auto to the Jack!

 

BBQ Competition – 2015 Naptown barBAYq – Annapolis, MD

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team kicked off the 2015 competition season in Annapolis, MD this past weekend at the Naptown barBAYq. With 64 teams competing, the Naptown barBAYq competition is one of the largest Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions on the East Coast. Congratulations to Dan Hixon and the 3 Eyz BBQ team on their very decisive Grand Championship (and scoring the first ever 700+ score in he Mid-Atlantic Region) and Chix, Swine & Bovine on their Reserved Grand Championship. As always, it was a very well run contest with great weather – a bit cool and damp at Friday night, but sunny and warm on Saturday! 

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It was good to shake the winter rust off and get back in he swing of competing – it had been more than six months since we cooked our last competition, The Jack. A big thank you to our sponsors, ICEHOLE Coolers for keeping our meats nice and fresh and our drinks nice and cool, East Coast Smokin’ Woods for providing us with an awesome supply of Hickory, Oak & Cherry to fuel the Jambo, and Butcher BBQ for supply us with amazing injections and Bird Booster!

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Here’s how we did:

Chicken

We ended the 2014 season on a hot streak with Chicken and were lucky enough to keep it going to start the 2015 season. We finished in 1st place out of 64 teams in Chicken with a 175.440. I  could tell we had a chance at a call when I took my first bit before preparing our box. The chicken had a great color, perfect sweet and heat flavor and a perfect bite through skin. A huge thanks to Butcher’s for the assist with their great  Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products!

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Ribs

Ribs continue to be a mystery to us. Our ribs weren’t bad, but I didn’t think they were particularly good either – in all honesty they really lacked any kind of flavor, good or bad. Although I did get one comment card that thanked me for the great ribs and their amazing flavor, not sure who’s ribs that judge had, but it wasn’t anything like the ones I tasted. We ended up in the middle of the pack finishing in 28th out of 64 teams with a 161-6456.

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Pork

We finished 29th out of 64 teams with a 161.6456 in Pork. I thought we turned in a real flavorful and nice looking pork box, but again we ended up right in the middle of the pack. I’m not sure I’d make any changes as I feel the same pork on a different day could do much better.

Brisket

Brisket was our most frustrating result. I thought we had a very solid brisket box and felt like it had a really good chance at getting a call. We ended up in 26th place out of 64 teams with a score of 163.9772. We used the same recipe and had a very similar result as we did for the last competition brisket we turned in which finished in 6th place at The Jack. We’ll just try it again at the next contest!

Overall

Thanks to a first place and 3 middle of the road results we finished 13th out of 64 teams overall with a score of 662.7084. Not a bad way to start the season considering the field included many of the top teams on the East Coast.

Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors – ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, & Butcher BBQ – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

It was great seeing our friends Mike & Chris Peters with the Great American BBQ Tour. Mike, as always, had the crowd mesmerized by BBQ!

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We’ve got some time off between now and our next contest. We’ll see you in Ft. Washington, MD the weekend of May 30-31 for the Beltway BBQ Showdown!

 

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

 

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The first weekend in October is always one of our favorite weekends of the year – it means we get to head to Kansas City for the American Royal, largest BBQ Contest in the world, catch up with lots of friends and eat at some of our favorite BBQ joints like Oklahoma Joe’s and Gates!

We had a very busy Friday at the Royal this year getting all of our meats trimmed and ready for two cooks and we cooked several hundred pounds of pork butts for a catering event for our sponsors Reser’s Fine Foods NASCAR Team and driver Matt Kenseth during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

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We were lucky enough to qualify to cook both the Invitational and Open contests at this years American Royal. Here’s how we did:

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We finished 50th out of 165 teams with a score of 171.4288 in chicken. I was very happy with the chicken we turned in and finishing in the top third of this group of championship teams is nothing to be ashamed of.

Ribs

As always, we proved once again that our ribs sometimes score well and sometimes don’t. We finished 96th out of 165 teams with a score of 166.2856. Someday we will get this thing called ribs figured out!

Pork

We finished 81st out of 165 teams in Pork with a score of 167.9656. We really liked our pork, but it looks like the judges didn’t share our view.

Brisket

We didn’t have a very good day on brisket. I think it could have used a bit more time on the smoker as it wasn’t as tender as I would have liked it and it just didn’t have the flavor our brisket usually has. We finished 119th out of 165 with a score of 163.3828.

Overall

We ended up placing 90th out of 165 teams with a score of 669.0628 in the Invitational, not the result we were looking for. A big congratulations to our good friends at Smokin Hogz BBQ on their GC! Way to go guys! I’m going to want to start getting paid as your videographer if I film any more of your big GC’s!!

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2014 American Royal Invitational Champs

Chicken

We came back with a very strong chicken box on Sunday for the Open and finished 11th out of 548 teams with a score of 178.2972. The whole team felt like we had a good chance at a chicken call when we tasted what we had. A huge thanks to Butcher’s for the assist with their great  Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products!

2014 American Royal 11th Place Chicken

Ribs

Another middle of the road rib cook that placed us in 353rd place out of 551 teams with a score of 160.0000. We could be dangerous at this competition BBQ thing if we could just have some consistency in ribs. 

Pork

I’m not sure what happened to us in Pork, but it wasn’t good. We finished 466th out of 549 teams with a score of 153.6456. We were very excited when David Bouska from Butcher BBQ stopped by to give us a bag of his newest product – Open-Pit Pork Injection! We are certain this will help improve our pork scores!

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Brisket

We finished 186th out of 546 teams with a score of 166.2400. We thought we had a much stronger brisket entry for the Open and it finished a bit better, but not where we’d like.

Overall

We finished 243rd out of 552 teams, right in the middle, with a score of 658.1828. 

A huge thank you to our sponsors – Reser’s Fine Foods, ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, Butcher BBQ & Meyer Natural Angus – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

It was great to see a couple of our good BBQ friends enter into the BBQ Hall of Fame. A well deserved honor for both!

There is no better person in the sport of competition BBQ than Pat Burke. We had the honor to cook next to Pat and his Tower Rock BBQ Team at our first Memphis in May. Pat has become both a friend and a mentor to us and much of our success is a direct result of his guidance and support. A BBQ Hall of Fame without Pat Burke would be like a Baseball Hall of Fame without Babe Ruth. When people thing of competition BBQ, Pat is one of the first names that come to their minds. Congrats Pat, well deserved!!!!

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Ray Lampe, AKA Dr. BBQ, is one of the most visible people in BBQ with numerous cookbooks and TV appearance to his name.  Who know how many miles Ray pus on each year traveling from coast to coast preaching the gospel of BBQ to the masses and being a large factor in the continued growth of our industry! I first had the chance to meet Ray at Memphis in May in 2011 and have been lucky enough to get to know him over the years and call him a friend. Congrats Ray, well deserved!!!

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2014 BBQ Hall of Fame

A big congratulations to both Pat and Ray!!

I’ve been a Royals fan since I could walk growing up with hero’s like George Brett, Frank White, U.L. Washington, Dan Quisenberry, Bo Jackson, and so many more. I was 11 years old the last time the Royals made it to the playoffs and I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to catch a playoff game while I was in Kansas City. On Sunday after we turned in our last entry we cleaned up and headed to Kaufman Stadium for Game 3 of the AL Divisional Series vs. the Anaheim Angels. It caused us to miss awards and hearing our name called for chicken, but it was so worth it! I’ve probably seen close to 250 games at Kaufman Stadium over the years, but I’d never seen it in this much glory with so much energy (it was way better than when I saw the All-Star Game at Kaufman Stadium in 2012). The Royals went on to crush the Angels and will now play the Baltimore Orioles for the American League Championship (I see more games in my future in Baltimore!!) Go Royals!!!!

 

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Congratulations To Our Very Own Heath Hall – Winner of The Travel Channel’s American Grilled in Annapolis, MD

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A special shout out to Pork Barrel BBQ’s own Heath Hall on winning the Annapolis, MD episode of The Travel Channel’s American Grilled. On the episode Heath grilled against three other opponents over three rounds, with one griller getting eliminated after each round.

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In the first round the secret ingredients were beaten biscuits and sausage. Heath made a beaten biscuit pesto, heirloom cherry tomato chutney and crumbled sausage bruschetta. In the second round the secret ingredients were oysters, fresh chicken and artichokes. Although Heath choked a bit on his artichokes his BBQ Chicken with burnt orange vinaigrette and grilled scampi oysters with bacon crumble helped him overcome under cooked grilled artichokes and move him into the final round. In the final round the secret ingriedents were some of the most amazing looking tomahawk steaks ever seen by man, Maryland blue crab, muskmellon and canned sardines. Heath made a wet coffee sardine rub for the steak and grilled it to a perfect medium-rare, and accompanied it with a blue crab and muskmellon salsa and a loaded mashed potato.

 If you get a chance to watch the show let us know what you think in the comments and tell us what you would have created with each rounds secret ingredients.