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Washington, D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ Heads to Lynchburg, Tennessee to Compete at 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Washington, D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ Heads to Lynchburg, Tennessee to Compete at 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Local grand champion team to represent best of Washington, D.C.’s barbecue in quest for world champion title at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Contest.

 

Washington, DC - Pork Barrel BBQ’s competition barbecue team, Washington, D.C.’ s current Grand Champion, is headed to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete in the 23rd annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue this weekend. Nearly 90 teams from across the country and around the world are competing for cash, prizes, and ultimately the most prestigious championship title in competition barbecue.

During the invite-only barbecue competition, Pork Barrel BBQ will compete against the world’s most accomplished barbecue pitmasters who bring their best meats, sauces, cooking techniques, and barbecue secrets to historic Lynchburg for the two-day barbecue battle and crowning of barbecue’s top pitmaster. Over 25,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s contest.

Pork Barrel BBQ earned an invitation to compete by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC. To qualify for “The Jack”, teams must either win a competition in which 50 or more teams participated, or win a qualifying state championship and be selected in a blind drawing. Automatic invitations are given to the 2010 Jack Daniel’s Grand Champion and the winner of the 2011 Memphis in May, 2010 American Royal Open and 2011 Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contests.

The Pork Barrel BBQ team has a strong track record of success at barbecue competitions across the country, both through scoring highly with certified barbecue judges and by being selected as crowd favorites with Pork Barrel BBQ’s most popular People’s Choice award-winning sauces. The team, led by pitmasters and Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, is the reigning Purdue National Chicken Champion and has several of their award-winning sauces available in grocery stores across the country, including Schnucks, Whole Foods, Central Market, Safeway, and Costco.

“It is an honor to represent Washington, DC at the most prestigious of all barbecue contests, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “No one questions that you can get a high quality crab cake or half-smoke in DC. It’s time to add to that list and prove that you can get barbecue in Washington, DC as good as the barbecue found in Texas, Memphis, the Carolina’s or even Kansas City. We want to show the world that Washington, DC deserves a place on America’s eclectic barbecue canvas and getting the chance to compete for the coveted title of Jack Daniel’s Barbecue World Champion under the DC flag gives us that chance.”

Visit http://bit.ly/Jack71 to see the teams from across the United States and around the world competing in the 23rd annual contest.

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website 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 and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

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Pork Barrel BBQ Competes with Barbecue’s Best at 32nd Annual American Royal

Last weekend, Pork Barrel BBQ’sCompetition BBQ Team headed to Kansas City, Missouri to cook against hundreds of the nations top barbecue pitmasters at the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue. Known throughout the world of barbecue as the World Series of Barbecue, the American Royal was first held in 1980 and has grown from humble beginnings into the largest barbecue conteston the planet. There are two contests held during the American Royal. The Invitational, held on Saturday, is an invite only contest made up of teams that have won at least one Grand Championship in the past year. The Open, held on Sunday, is open to anyone wishing to participate and usually attracts upwards of 500 teams.

This marked Pork Barrel BBQ’s second time competing in the American Royal Open and our first time competing in the American Royal Invitational. We earned our invitation to the 32ndannual American Royal Invitational contest by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest barbecue festival.

In Saturday’s American Royal Invitationalwe were ecstatic to finish 26th out of 142 of the best teams in the world of competition BBQ!

Pork Barrel BBQ Takes 10th Place in Brisket in the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue Invitational Contest

Our finishes in each of the categories were:

Chicken – 41st
Ribs- 60th
Pork- 70th
Brisket- 10th

In Sunday’s American Royal Open we continued our strong weekend by finishing 40th out of 483 teams! Finishing in the top 10% of such a large and accomplished number of teams was a thrill for us!

Pork Barrel BBQ Takes Sixth Place in Chicken at the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue Open Contest

Our finishes in each of the categories were:

Chicken- 6th
Ribs- 120th
Pork- 128th
Brisket- 159th

On top of this, Pork Barrel BBQ got it’s first perfect 180 score in the Dessert category in the American Royal Open Dessert contest thanks to the amazing mixed berry cheesecake cooked by Heath’s parent’s Rex & Barbara!!!

It was a huge thrill for us to cook in our home state of Missouri and in one of the BBQ hot spots of America! Beyond the success we had on the smoker, it was an amazing chance for us to hang out with some of our BBQ heroes, mentors andfriends as well as catch up with friends and family who live it Missouri (Thanks for all your help Joe andBob!!). It is always special when we get to hang out with great pitmasters and friends like Rod Gray of Pellet Envy, Pat Burke of Tower Rock, Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill, Dave Raymond (AKA Sweet Baby Ray) BBQ Sauce God and founder of Sweet Baby Ray’s, Neil Strawder of Bigmista’s BBQ, Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q, Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke, Paul Huff of GoneHoggin.com, George Shore of Pitmaker and so many more!!!!

Heath& Brett withBBQ Legends Mike Mills, Dave Raymond (AKA – Sweet Baby Ray) and Pat Burke!

 

With BBQ Pitmasters Neil Strawder, Mike Mills, Tuffy Stone, Pat Burke and Culinary Students

In addition to the main competitions Heath cooked in the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s Grillmaster’s Series against Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q. The battle between the U.S. and Canada was held on the stage of the KCBS Great American BBQ Tour led by Mike and Chris Peters. Last year Pork Barrel came out on top against one of the legends of BBQ, Johnny Trigg. Heath made it back to back wins at the Royal by gaining the stomach’s of the judges in his Steak Battle against Diva Q!

Heath and Diva Q at the KCBS Grillmaster Steak Cookoff

Check out the Kansas City Star’s coverage of the American Royal and Pork Barrel BBQ!

It’s been a long season the BBQ circuit for Pork Barrel BBQ, but it’s not quite over yet. We’ll be loading up our trailer and heading to Lynchburg, Tennessee in a couple weeks to compete in the most prestigious of all the BBQ contests, The Jack Dainel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue!!!

 

Pitmaster Chris Lilly (Big Bob Gibson’s) talks with Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis In May 2011

Heath had a chance to spend some time with Chris Lilly of Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q at Memphis in May 2011. Chris and the Big Bob Gibson team would win the Pork Shoulder catagory at Memphis in May 2011 and be crowned the overall Memphis in May World Champion!

In addition to being BBQ pitmaster to stars Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman, Chris is the chief spokesman and pitmaster for Kingsford.

If you’re looking for an unusal and new BBQ Sauce check out Big Bob Gibson’s White Suace. Wondering how to use the White Suace? Get a copy of Chris’s excellent cookbook – Big Bob Gibson’s BBQ Book.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Invited to Compete in Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Pork Barrel BBQ Invited to Compete in Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue 

71 Competition Barbecue Teams Headed to Tennessee To Compete At 23rd Annual Contest

 

Washington, DC (September 6, 2011) – Jack Daniel’s today announced the official lineup of competition barbecue teams participating in the 2011 Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue contest in Lynchburg, Tennessee. Pork Barrel BBQ along with 70 barbecue teams will be competing the fourth weekend of October in the world’s most prestigious invite-only barbecue competition.

The world’s most accomplished barbecue pitmasters bring their best meats, sauces, smoking techniques, and barbecue secrets to historic Lynchburg for a two-day barbecue battle pitting the best of the best to crown the toppitmaster of barbecue. Over 25,000 visitors are expected to attend.

Pork Barrel BBQ earned an invitation to the prestigious event by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC. The team is the reigning Purdue National Chicken Champion and has several award-winning sauces available in grocery stores across the country, including Schnucks, Whole Foods, Central Market, and Costco.

“It is the greatest honor of our barbecue career to have been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We are living proof that the American Dream still exists. Since starting Pork Barrel BBQ from the basements of our homes in 2008 we’ve been fortunate to create a line of sauces many people now consider their go to favorite, be successful on the competition barbecue circuit and we’ll soon open our first restaurant. It is an honor for us as one of the youngest teams in professional barbecue to get the chance to go head to head with the best pitmasters in the world at the Jack!”

To qualify for “The Jack”, teams must either win a competition in which 50 or more teams participated, or win a qualifying state championship and be selected in a blind drawing. Automatic invitations are given to the 2010 Jack Daniel’s Grand Champion and the winner of the 2011 Memphis in May, 2010 American Royal Open and 2011 Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contests.

Visit http://bit.ly/Jack71 to see the teams from across the United States and around the world competing in the 23rd annual contest.

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

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Jack Daniels 23rd Annual World Championship BBQ Qualifiers

The qualifiers for the 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue were just announced – here’s the list – congrats to all the teams!

If you want to learn all the behind the scenes info on cooking at The Jack – be sure to read the awesome post from World Champion Pitmaster Rod Gray at http://pelletenvy.blogspot.com/2010/09/so-its-your-first-time-to-cook-jack.html

The Draw:

Big Creek BBQ
Redneck Grillers
Sweet Peppers
Master of Disaster
Flyboy BBQ
Big Papa’s Country Kitchen
Barbeque Crew
Tippy Canoe BBQ Crew
Team Dude
Squealers Award Winning Barbeque
Buffalo’s BBQ
The Long Dawgs
Bigbear BBQ
Fatback Joe’s BBQ
Jacks Old South
Feeding Friendz
Motley Que Crew
Lucky’s Q
4 Smokin’ Butts
Kinney’s Kountry Kookers
Two Old Men and a Grill
Hot Grill on Grill Action
Fat Angel BBQ
Mr. BoBos Traveling BBQ All Stars!
Saucehound BBQ
Butcher BBQ
Smokey’s Bar-B-Que
Chix, Swine & Bovine BBQ
Fat Backs BBQ and Rib Shack
PigDawg
Swiggin’ Pig
The Drunken Brisket
R and R BBQ Team
Degüello BBQ
Wine Country “Q”
Brew-B-Q
Burnin Bob’s Butts N Bones
Wild Bunch Butt Burners
Hog Tide Bar-B-Que
Whiskey Ranch BBQ
GoneHoggin.com
Smoke On Wheels
Warren County Pork Choppers
Shiggin & Grinnin
Spitfire
2 Worthless Nuts
Fat Dad’s Barbeque
PA Midnite Smokers
B. S. Pitmeisters
Gerrit Boys Barbeque
2 fat bikers bbq
Here Piggy Piggy BBQ

Automatic Qualifiers:

QUAU
Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Q
Texas Pepper Jelly
Lotta Bull BBQ
IQUE
Southern Exposure
Munchin Hog’s @ the Hilton
Squeal-On-U-BBQ
Up in Smoke
I Smell Smoke!!!
Black Cat BBQ
Rhythm ‘n QUE
Pork Barrel BBQ
Piggy D’s BBQ
Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ
Smoked To The Bone
Mad Dawgz BBQ
Lakeside Smokers
Hambones by the Fire

 


 

Pitmaster Melissa Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q talks with Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May 2011

Pork Barrel BBQ had a chance to catch up with Yazoo’s Delta Q pitmaster Melissa Cookston at Memphis in May 2011 and reflect on Yazoo’s First Place Whole Hog and Grand Championship win at Memphis in May 2010. Yazoo’s Delta Q went on to win the 2011 Memphis in May Whole Hog Catagory and finish in the top 3 overall!

 

Pitmaster Moe Cason talks with Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May 2011

Pork Barrel BBQ had a chance to chat with pitmaster Moe Cason about his call in the Poultry catagory at Memphis in May 2011.

 

The Shed BBQ – Brad and Heath Talk Competition BBQ and Best in Smoke

The Shed BBQ – Brad from The Shed BBQ and Heath from Pork Barrel BBQ talk about the Memphis in May BBQ experience. Brad’s Whole Hog presentation with a running hog earned him a top 10 finish at MiM 2011. Brad and Heath talk about the Food Network’s new show “Best in Smoke” with these great BBQ’ers: Brad & Brooke (The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint); Dave Anderson & Charlie Torgersen (Famous Dave’s); Chris Hart & John Delpha (IQue BBQ); Sara Horowitz & Rudy Valdes (Gourmet BeBe); Matt Lang & David Mawhinney (Fette Sau); Chris Lilly & Ken Hess (Big Bob Gibson) with Host & Judges: Bryan Caswell, Reef, Stella Sola, Little Bigs, El Real; Mitchell Davis, James Beard House; Tim Love, Lonesome Dove & Love Shack and Amy Mills, 17th Street BBQ.

For more, see www.facebook.com/PorkBarrelBBQ

www.TheShedBBQ.com

www.foodnetwork.com/best-in-smoke/video/index.html

www.BBQbackyard.com

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Grand Champion Competition BBQ Team Qualifies To Compete at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational Contest and Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational

Safeway Grand Champion

Washington, DC (June 27, 2011) – The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team has been named the Grand Champion of the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. As winner of the only barbecue championship in Washington, DC sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the team receives an automatic invitation to two of the top prestigious contests on the professional barbecue competition circuit – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational Contest in Kansas City, Missouri and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

“It’s a huge honor to win the Grand Championship at the Safeway Barbecue Battle, said Brett Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ. “This is especially meaningful to win this in our hometown where we founded our barbecue sauce company and will soon be home to our first Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant.”

“It is the thrill of a lifetime to win our first Grand Championship at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, a contest in our hometown and the very first contest Pork Barrel BBQ ever competed in just two years ago, said Heath Hall”, co-founder and President of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Having the chance to compete against the best barbecue teams in the world and walk away with a victory is truly an honor.”

Over 150,000 people attended the 19th annual Safeway National Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC during the two-day competition on June 25th and 26th. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team competed against several current and former world champion barbecue teams in this years contest. In addition to being awarded the Grand Champion title, trophy and prize money, the team also won the Perdue Sizzlin Chicken National Chicken Championship and the Kingsford Points Chase.

This is the third consecutive year the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team has competed in this nationally recognized barbeque event. It is a meaningful competition for Thompson and Hall who entered their favorite homemade barbecue sauce in the 2009 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle’s “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and won Second Place in their first ever barbecue competition. Last year, the team won the event’s “Chinet Peoples Choice” award for best BBQ sauce.

Hall and Thompson, the sauce company’s co-founders, are recognized as two of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds in barbeque. The company recently released Que Cologne – the world’s first Eau de Barbecue. Since their appearance on ABC’s hit reality TV show Shark Tank in 2009, they have expanded their business from creating BBQ sauces and spice rubs in their home kitchens to selling award-winning BBQ products at over 1,300 stores across America including Safeway, Whole Foods, and Costco. Their inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, received praise from food and sports fans across America, and their sauce was recently named Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine.

Entrepreneurs Hall and Thompson recently launched the world’s first social network dedicated exclusively to barbecue, http://www.BBQBackyard.com, and the company will soon open its first restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia this summer. They continue to earn support from avid barbecue fans with their top-ranked Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and as the number one most followed BBQ company on twitter (http://www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq).

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter 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 “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 www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.

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Memphis In May 2011 Scrapebook – WordPress Shares Info on their 3.2 Beta Version

Memphis in May 2011 wasn’t just about BBQ, it was about designing the beta version of WordPress 3.2 for members of one barbecue team!!!

Otto and Andy, two of the masterminds behind WordPress and aspiring Pitmasters, talked with Pork Barrel BBQ about competing in the Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, and how they worked on the WordPress 3.2 beta version from their cooksite at the Memphis fairgrounds while BBQ’ing! Learn more about all the great new features in the upcoming WordPress 3.2 Beta by clicking on the video below: