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The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 18: Brad Orrison

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 18th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 18th Most Influential Person in BBQ is founder, pitmaster and Head Shedhed of The Shed, Brad Orrison.

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If Rodney Dangerfield and Nikola Tesla were reincarnated into a single funny man/mad scientist of barbecue they would find that they weren’t the first. That honor would go to The Shed’s Brad Orrison, a guy who never seems to be having a bad day and is always looking for ways to use his genius to transform your trash into his barbecue treasure. Orrison could just as easily be listed as the definition of “The American Dream” in any reputable dictionary. 

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Orrison’s journey to barbecue influence began were, most likely, no one else’s began – in the dumpsters and garbage piles surrounding Ole Miss University. Upon graduation Orrison hauled his pile of junk, or treasure, back home to Ocean Springs, MS and decided to build a barbeque joint from the contents of that pile after an epiphany. The Shed’s more than decade run and Orrison’s loyal followers known as “ShedHeds” are just two example of his influence in the world of barbecue. In 2012 when The Shed burned it rose from the ashes as if it were a Phoenix thanks to the efforts of those loyal ShedHeds and their contribution of junk to rebuild the restaurant in record time. 

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The Shed competition team lead by Orrison is a fixture at Memphis in May and other major barbecue contests in the South. This year The Shed won the Memphis in May Whole Hog World Championship with their innovative “Running Hog” presentation.

In 2013 Brad and his crew of Shed Heads debuted The Shed on the Food Network. That wasn’t Orrison’s first Food Network appearance, in 2011 he joined his sister Brooke as contestants on the Food Network’s show Best in Smoke. Orrison is also a respected barbecue judge and has been invited to judge some of the most important barbecue contests including the Kingsford Invitational.

Orrison’s influence on barbecue is fueled by his big personality and wide grin. Be it through his innovative entrepreneurial spirit, successful restaurants, World Championship barbecue team, line of sauces and rubs or presence on national television, Orrison is among a limited few vying to lead the next generation of great pitmasters and barbecue entrepreneurs. His influence will be felt for many years to come as he continues to take his barbecue to new levels. 

On December 15th we’ll unveil the 17th Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 19th through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 19: Johnny Trigg

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 19th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 19th Most Influential Person in BBQ is pitmaster of Smokin’ Triggers, Johnny Trigg.

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Trigg, better known as the Godfather of BBQ, is unquestionably a living legend on the competition barbecue circuit, driving thousands of miles and cooking dozens of contests each year since 1990. Trigg’s competition team, Smokin’ Triggers, comprised of Trigg and wife Trish, hold the distinct honor of being the only team to win the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational in Lynchburg, TN twice, in 2000 and 2003. Trigg is also widely known as one of the best rib cooks in the history of competition barbecue.

Over the past few years Trigg has become a mainstay on barbecue related television shows including his appearance as one of the original cast members of BBQ Pitmasters in 2009. Trigg returned to an updated BBQ Pitmasters format in 2012 and was crowned BBQ Pitmasters Grand Champion. 

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In 2010 Trigg along with well-known pitmasters Myron Mixon, Jamie Geer, & Tuffy Stone traveled to Kuwait to feed U.S. troops serving in the Middle East. This trip has recently been turned into a documentary film, The Kings of BBQ: Barbecue Kuwait, by BBQ Pitmasters producer John Markus.

Trigg’s influence in the world of barbecue was recognized and had an exclamation point added to it in 2012 when he was inducted into the National Barbecue Hall of Fame at the 2012 American Royal. If that isn’t enough to convince you of Trigg’s influence on the world of barbecue spend a few minutes observing his cook site at a barbecue contest and you’ll see Trigg’s countless admirers seeking a picture or a few minutes to chat with one of BBQ’s living legends. 

On December 14th we’ll unveil the 18th Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 20th through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 20: Danielle Dimovski (Diva Q)

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 20th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 20th Most Influential Person in BBQ is the host of BBQ Crawl and pitmaster for Diva Q, Danielle Dimovski.

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If passion for barbecue alone determined influence we can only think of one person that would challenge Dimovski for most influential, and that person would be Famous Dave Anderson. If you’ve ever been at a competition where Dimovski, better known as Diva Q, has received a call (and it doesn’t matter if it was 10th place chicken or Grand Champion) you’ve heard that passion come out in one of her signature exuberant yells of victory (and at the rare contest where she doesn’t hear her name called you’re likely to hear those exuberant yells when one of her many barbecue buddies receives a call).

Dimovski’s influence on BBQ originates from multiple sources including her success on the competition circuit, reputation as the top pitmaster in Canada, frequent domination of side dish and dessert categories, hosting of the very popular television show BBQ Crawl, and eagerness to share her love of barbecue with aspiring pitmasters through her popular Diva Q Competition Cooking Classes.

BBQ Crawl

Dimovski’s hit series, BBQ Crawl (seen in both Canada and the U.S.), is a sort of travel almanac of the barbecue addicted hosts travels to barbecue joints and contests across America. According to her website, Dimovski loves eating barbecue and, “It doesn’t matter if it’s a one man shack serving chicken over a hot charcoal filled barrel on the side of the road or a high end BBQ joint serving Q off the latest in BBQ technology. She wants it all and she wants to know the stories behind those BBQ folks.” Her travels and visits to both well-known and recently established barbecue joints is influencing the dinning destinations of barbecue lovers throughout North America. In 2013 Diva Q continued to grow her brand and influence on television as one of the rotating judges on BBQ Pitmasters.

In addition to being the 2011 Jack Daniels World Pork Champion, Dimovski took home one of the most unique and coveted titles in the bacon crazed world in 2013 when she was named the World Bacon Champion at the Roc City Rib Fest.

Dimovski’s love of BBQ and aspiration to share that love with anyone who will listen is a certain recipe for her to continue to be one of the most important influencers in the world of barbecue for years to come.

On December 13th we’ll unveil the 19th Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 21st through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 21: Bill Arnold

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 21st most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 21st Most Influential Person in BBQ is owner of Blues Hog Barbecue Company, Bill Arnold. 

Bill Arnold

The name Bill Arnold might not be a household name in America, but ask any competition barbecue cook about Arnold and they will either know him by name or through the reputation of his Blues Hog Barbecue brand. You’d be hard pressed to find a person who has competed in a professional barbecue contest that hasn’t included at least one of Arnold’s Blues Hog Barbecue Sauces in their competition arsenal. Blues Hog Barbecue Sauces have become one of the most dominate products in the world of competition barbecue winning hundreds of pitmasters thousands of awards from coast to coast by providing them with one of the winningest flavor profiles on the circuit today.

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Arnold’s influence on barbecue can also be felt on the grocery shelves across America and in many locations throughout the world as his Blues Hog Barbecue Sauces have become one of the most successful BBQ Sauces in America.

In addition to being an influential force in the world of competition barbecue, Arnold and his Blues Hog BBQ Team are a force in their community raising thousands of dollars and donating hundreds of hours to worthwhile charities like the United Way, the American Cancer Society and the Make a Wish Foundation.

It is unlikely that Arnold’s influence will diminish anytime soon with the number of established and up and coming competition barbecue teams using his line of award winning sauces.

On December 12th we’ll unveil the 20th Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 22nd through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

22nd – Competition BBQ Judges

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 22: Competition BBQ Judges

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 22nd Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 22nd Most Influential Person in BBQ is the Competition BBQ Judge.

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Like it or not, an army of barbecue judges stretching from coast to coast, virtually every weekend throughout the year, wield more influence over the world of competition barbecue and impact thousands of pitmasters more than anyone else. If it weren’t for the dedicated volunteers who call themselves Certified BBQ Judges that give their time each weekend for their love of barbecue and a cooler full of leftovers there couldn’t be the sport we love. 

Their influence doesn’t equate to that of a celebrity or product inventor, but for two hours on any given Saturday or Sunday their influence is all that matters as pitmasters put their efforts of the past 24 hours in the hands of 6 individuals – the BBQ Judges. Their influence, also unlike that of a celebrity or product inventor, has the unique quality of being everlasting. As the influence of yesterday’s celebrity or new product inventor wanes their influence of contests past remains on the trophy shelves of the few lucky enough to impress them at a given contest and lingers like an early morning fog at the contests yet to come.

The BBQ Judge, as long as there are BBQ competitions, will wield the most influence in BBQ on Saturday’s and Sunday’s at venues across America. The scores they hand out will influence the cooking styles, cooking gear and flavor profiles of countless pitmasters looking to thrill their tastebuds.

On December 11th we’ll unveil the 21st Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 23rd through 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 23: Melissa Cookston

Today we continue the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 23rd most influential person in BBQ. Coming in as the 23rd Most Influential Person in BBQ is Memphis Barbecue Company Owner and Pitmaster of Yazoo’s Delta Q, Melissa Cookston. 

Melissa Cookston & Trophies

When it comes to cooking whole hog, there is no better whole hog cook on planet Earth than Melissa Cookston. Cookston and her Yazoo’s Delta Q team won the Memphis in May Whole Hog Championship in 2010, 2011 and 2012 and is the only female that can lay claim to being a Memphis in May World BBQ Champion, winning the title in 2010 and 2012. In 2012, Cookston & Yzoo’s Delta Q won the inaugural Kingsford Invitational

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In 2011 Cookston joined forces with John Wheeler of Natural Born Grillers and opened Memphis Barbecue Company in Horn Lake, MS. Memphis Barbecue Company is the only restaurant in America operated by two Memphis in May World Champion Pitmasters. From firsthand experience we can confirm that the food coming out of Memphis Barbecue Company is top notch, especially the ribs!

In recent years Cookston & competition partner and husband, Pete Cookston, have cut back on the number of contests they are cooking because increased demands are pulling them in so many directions with the opening of restaurants, writing a cookbook and an increased presence on TV. In 2013 Cookston served as one of the rotating judges on BBQ Pitmasters. Rumor has it that in 2014 she’ll shed the duties of rotating judge and join Myron Mixon and Tuffy Stone as the third permanent judge on the show.

Cookston continues to climb the charts as one of the most influential people in the world of BBQ from multiple angles.  As one of BBQ’s most influential women her influence on the growing number of females participating in the world of competition barbecue and firing up grills in America’s backyards can’t be underestimated. But her influence goes well beyond being one of the most influential women in BBQ. She has been as successful as anyone participating in Memphis style contests in the history of the sport, is proving to be a force in the world of BBQ restaurants and continues to grow here presence and influence in the expanding world of barbecue on television.

Check out Cookston’s recent interview with Bon Appetite Magazine for some great insight on her thoughts on barbecue.

On December 10th we’ll unveil the 22rd Most Influential Person in BBQ. We’ll unveil a new member of our Most Influential Person in BBQ List each day through the end of the year and we’ll crown The Most Influential Person in BBQ on Tuesday, December 31st.

To date we’ve announced the 24th and 25th Most Influential People in BBQ.

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31 and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ.

 

The 25 Most Influential People in BBQ – Number 25: Ronnie Cates

Today we begin the countdown of the Most Influential People in BBQ with the 25th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Coming in as the 25th Most Influential Person in BBQ is Smoke on the Water Productions President & CEO, Ronnie Cates.

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There can be little argument that the rapid growth of competition barbecue is in large part due to the increased number of competitions popping up throughout the country and the increasing value of the prize purses being offered. No one in the world of barbecue has contributed more to the increase in prize money than Ronnie Cates. His Smoke on the Water Productions is known throughout the sport for promoting premier contests with some of the richest prize purses year after year.

In 2013 Cates’s Smoke on the Water Productions hosted 6 high dollar contests from coast to coast that saw the biggest names in competition barbecue drive hundreds if not thousands of miles for a shot at a life changing payday. These contests included the East Coast’s largest payout at the inaugural Do AC Smokin’ Hot Atlantic City BBQ Championship and the West Coast’s largest payout at the USA Barbecue Championship in Laughlin, NV.

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On his Smoke on the Water Productions website Cates says, “It used to be a handful of contests giving away ribbons and a little bit of prize money. We came in and created events for the true professional to compete against the world’s top teams and increased prize money ten fold. Winning one of our events, especially the prestigious USA Barbecue Championship, now guarantees endorsement opportunities and the notoriety that goes with being the world’s best.”

In addition to attracting the best competition barbecue has to offer, Cates’s events are attracting major sponsors and venues to host them which means more money is coming into the sport of professional barbecue and more of that money is trickling down to teams. It’s possible for Cate’s to attract sponsors and prestigious venues because of the festival atmosphere he creates to attract the general public to grilling demonstrations, celebrity cook-off’s, product sampling, live music, food vendors, and much more.

Ronnie Cates is a major influencer in the world of BBQ today and with a goal to host the world’s first million dollar barbecue contest is likely to continue his influence on the world of competition barbecue for years to come.

On December 8th we’ll unveil the 24th Most Influential Person in BBQ. Each day now through December 31st we’ll reveal a new person on our list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ until we get to Number 1.

Will you make the list? Will someone you find deserving fall short of the top 25? Will you disagree with someone listed in the top 25? Check the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog daily now through December 31  and contribute to the discussion by adding comments to each days post!

Who is the most Influential Person in BBQ? Find out on December 31, 2013 when we reveal the Most Influential Person in BBQ. 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition Team Kicks Off 2012 BBQ Season with Reser’s Sponsorship

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Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition BBQ Team Kicks Off 2012 BBQ Season with Reser’s Sponsorship

Award-Wining BBQ team selected as one of three top-rated competition teams to represent Reser’s during 2012 BBQ season.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 14, 2012

Pork Barrel BBQ, the nation’s fastest-growing barbecue sauce company, announced today that their Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team will be sponsored by Reser’s during the 2012 competition BBQ season. Reser’s, the leading North American provider of deli salads, fresh salads, side dishes and prepared foods, is sponsoring Pork Barrel BBQ and two additional top-rated competition BBQ teams to represent Reser’s at festivals, cook-offs, and barbecue competitions across the country this year.

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition BBQ Team, the reigning Grand Champions of the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle and winners of the 2011 Purdue National Chicken Championship, will serve as one of three national representatives for Reser’s on the professional competition BBQ circuit. Other sponsored teams include Pellet Envy, the 2009 KCBS Team of the Year led by pitmaster Rod Gray, and Meat, Inc., winner of numerous People’s Choice awards.

“Reser’s is proud to sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ for the 2012 competitive season,” said Teresa Carter, deli salad manager. “Just like Reser’s, Pork Barrel BBQ brings families together to enjoy great tasting food. Barbecue and potato salad are a match made in heaven.”

“We are honored to have Reser’s as a sponsor of the Pork Barrel BBQ competition barbecue Team,” said Heath Hall, president and pitmaster of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Whether we are smoking brisket at a contest or grilling steaks in our backyard for friends and family, we’re graded on the quality of our finished product. Reser’s has been receiving high marks for more than 60 years with their line of classic American sides which are made from scratch everyday using only the highest quality ingredients. We look forward to sharing the Reser’s story with barbecue fans around the country this year.”

Reser’s and Pork Barrel BBQ share common origins – both companies were founded by entrepreneurs who started making quality foods from their home kitchens and found a way to turn their passions into brands preferred by millions of households across the country. Today, Reser’s Fine Foods Inc. is recognized as one of the nation’s premier manufacturers of high-quality refrigerated food items sold to both restaurants and supermarkets. Reser’s remains a family owned and operated company that is dedicated to creating delicious, wholesome meals that nourish family ties and sustain family traditions.

Since founding Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009, Hall and Brett Thompson have become the barbecue industry’s most-watched entrepreneurs. Widely recognized as the winning entrepreneurs from ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, Hall and Thompson are known for their creative and innovative approaches to starting and growing a successful barbecue business. With accolades ranging from Men’s Health Magazine declaring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” and the Washington Post’s Jim Shahin proclaiming Hall the winner of the Golden Rib award for his “accomplishments in food, business, and do-goodism,” the company continues to expand its barbecue-related offerings.

In 2011, Pork Barrel BBQ debuted a specialty BBQ-flavored peanut with FERIDIES, added Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce to their line of sauces, introduced the world’s first barbeque scented fragrance – Que, continued to earn top awards on the professional barbecue circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. In the first quarter of 2012, the company launched Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce and had an update on their success on ABC’s Shark Tank.

Reser’s products can be found at Giant, Safeway, Food Lion, Save-A-Lot and Wegman’s in the Washington, DC area.

For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) and the company’s blog.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ products one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub were carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, the “Chinet People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis in May and Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition accolades as well as having their Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce named Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine in November 2010. For more information, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook.com/porkbarrelbbq and Twitter @porkbarrelbbq.

About Reser’s

Oregon-based Reser’s is the leading North American provider of deli salads, fresh salads, side dishes and prepared foods. Founded in 1950 by Earl and Mildred Reser, the company remains privately owned and operated and committed to providing delicious foods for the supermarket and food service industries. Reser’s employs more than 4,000 people in nearly 20 facilities in the U.S. and Canada. For more information, visit http://www.resers.com.

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Reser’s Selects Top-Rated Competition Barbeque Teams to Sponsor During 2012 Barbecue Season

Reser’s Selects Top-Rated Competition Barbeque Teams Pellet Envy, Pork Barrel BBQ, and Meat, Inc. to Sponsor During 2012 Barbecue Season

Reser’s is sponsoring three competitive barbecue teams: Representing the West Coast is Meat, Inc., winner of numerous People’s Choice awards, the Midwest features Pellet Envy, the 2009 KCBS Team of the Year, and serving as the East Coast representative is Pork Barrel BBQ, creator of the barbecue sauce Men’s Health magazine named the best BBQ sauce in America.

Beaverton, OR (PRWEB) March 14, 2012

‘Que season is officially underway and Reser’s, makers of America’s #1 potato salad, announced today it is sponsoring three competitive barbecue teams: Representing the West Coast is Meat, Inc., winner of numerous People’s Choice awards, the Midwest features Pellet Envy, the 2009 KCBS Team of the Year, and serving as the East Coast representative is Pork Barrel BBQ, creator of the barbecue sauce Men’s Health magazine named the best BBQ sauce in America.

“In addition to sponsoring the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s (KCBS) national BBQ tour, we are joining forces with three top barbecue teams across the country,” says Teresa Carter, category manager. “Barbecue lovers will be able to taste our salads and ‘slaw right alongside mouthwatering barbecue.”

Meat, Inc.
Meat, Inc. is a professional BBQ Team competing primarily in Southern California and Arizona. Finishing a successful 2011 season, Meat, Inc. ranked in the top five percent in chicken and pork rib categories and top 10 percent overall – out of more than 9,000 teams in the country. For more information, visit http://meatinc.blogspot.com/.

Aaron Black, pitmaster, states, “BBQ makes you think of family and friends – just like Reser’s famous potato salad and cole slaw. We look forward to sharing the Reser’s story with barbecue fans around the country this year.”

Pellet Envy
It is only natural that one of the country’s top barbecue competitors hails from Kansas City – a city known for its barbecue. Competing since 2001, Rod Gray, pitmaster has participated in more than 350 events from coast to coast. To date, Pellet Envy has won seventy-seven championships and has ended ten straight seasons as a top nationally ranked team. For more information visit http://www.pelletenvy.com.

Rod Gray states, “There is no star without a great supporting cast. For Pellet Envy, great salads and side dishes from Reser’s are the perfect pairing for our award-winning barbecue. “

Pork Barrel BBQ
Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, started the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ sauce one bottle at a time. Today, their barbecue sauces and spice rub is carried in over 3,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. For more information visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com.

“Reser’s Fine Foods is as synonymous to the American Dream as potato salad is to a barbecue,” said Heath Hall, president and pitmaster. “We are honored to have Reser’s as a sponsor of the Pork Barrel BBQ competition barbecue team because they helped pave the road for aspiring entrepreneurs who, like them, started in their home with the hope of attaining a piece of the American Dream.”

About Reser’s

Oregon-based Reser’s is the leading North American provider of deli salads, fresh salads, side dishes and prepared foods. Founded in 1950 by Earl and Mildred Reser, the company remains privately owned and operated and committed to providing delicious foods for the supermarket and food service industries. Reser’s employs more than 4,000 people in nearly 20 facilities in the U.S. and Mexico. For more information, visit

 

Product Review – The Wusthof 14 Inch Grand Slicer

 

Pork Barrel BBQ is thrilled to have a guest post from George Hensler, Pitmaster of the Who Are Those Guys? Competition BBQ Team, that reviews the new Wusthof 14 inch Grand Slicer. To read more of George’s posts check out the Who Are Those Guys? website.

THE BIG MEAT SLICER
A test drive of sorts

by George Hensler

Mike Fay is the President of the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association. He is also the pit master for his own barbecue team Aporkalypse Now. In his spare time, he cooks with Jack’s Old South BBQ Team. When he is not cooking BBQ, he is thinking BBQ. So it is of no surprise to me that when he contacted the folks at Wusthof knifes with an idea he had for developing a knife for use by competition BBQ teams, they were more than receptive.

When Mike asked me to test drive the new knife I was a bit apprehensive as I am a self proclaimed electric knife kind of guy. I will freely admit, anytime I need to slice, if possible the Cuisinart is coming out. So what I am saying here is the test is being conducted by a manual slicer challenged person or MSCP for short. I guess in today’s politically correct world it is still ok to refer to one as slicer challenged, if not, I apologize in advance for any of you who may be offended. For those that are not offended, just give me a minute, I’ll get around to you sooner or later.

First few tidbits from the designer, the knife is “34cm (14inch) long thin bladed slider 54mm deep at the heel with a radius cutting edge hollow ground to reduce drag.  The advantage to the radius is that the whole blade edge isn’t engaging the object to be sliced at the same time allowing for even less drag, yet still making a continuous cut with no saw markings.”

Mike goes on to say, “The other plus to the radius design on the blade is that when you make a draw cut (pull the blade toward you) the physiology of your arm causes your elbow to lift up, causing you to change the angle of attack of the blade. On a straight traditional slicer you either end up cutting with the very tip of the blade or break your wrist to allow the blade to remain flat, reducing your leverage. The radius blade allows you to maintain maximum leverage by not having to break your wrist while the cutting edge still tracks parallel to the food.”

I don’t know about all of that arm tracking and angle of attack on the meat but here is what I do know. I cooked a brisket flat and pork butt to act as test specimens for my scientific experimentation. I first tried my hand with the brisket. Keeping in mind I am self admitted MSCP. I was able to slice the brisket into various thicknesses with one draw of the knife, from very thin to, as contest cuts go, very thick. Mike had told me the knife was designed to cut on the draw, not going forward.

I did find it necessary to hold my thumb in the vicinity of the cut on the side of the meat closest to my body to avoid tearing the bark. I found with a little practice, I was able to produce slices of even thickness, all with just one stroke, just like he said. The same held true when I cut the pork. I first sliced the money muscle, then a few other choice muscles, all with similar results.

Being from Maryland and a proponent of pit beef sandwiches I thought what the heck, why not give the blade a go on a nice hunk of pit cooked top round. Years ago, at the numerous “Bull Roasts” held around the State, the ONLY way to slice the beef was with a blade. Knife skills were needed to get thin slices and those using an electric meat slicer were thought to be serving lesser product. In the past 15-20 years most pit beef cookers have all went to deli slicers. With this move knife skills for most went away as well.

I am happy to report the “Big Meat Slicer” tore through the top round like a champ.  The knife turned out mound after mound of prime sandwich slices. That is, once I got the hang of it. After using the product for a day or two it seemed even I, a known MSCP, could slice meat like the butchers of yesteryear. That is really saying something, about the knife I mean.

Overall, the knife performed as advertised if not better in my humble opinion. With a little practice, even I was able to turn out a decent slice, time after time. My only suggestion would be to include in the accompanying paperwork some instruction noting the knife is designed to cut on the back stroke. If you purchase one, be sure to add an order for a large sized blade cover, chances are, you won’t have anything large enough in your current knife bag, this thing is the Ultimate Big Meat Slicer for sure.

Wusthof Ultimate Big Meat Slicer

$139.000

Available at www.mabbqa.com