Competition BBQ


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.

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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,, 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 (

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website 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 or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.



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:


Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team Announces 2011 BBQ Competition Schedule

It is hard to believe how quickly time flies when you’re having fun. 2011 marks the third season the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team will be competiting in Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), Memphis in May (MIM) and Memphis Barbecue Network (MBN) sanctioned events on the national competition BBQ circuit. We’ll be cooking at some of the most prestigious contests in the country, hitting some first year contests and contests we’ve never cooked at and returning to the site of our first professional contest, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011.

We are proud to announce that Wagshal’s will once again be the official meat sponsor of the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team in 2011!!! A big thanks to Bill, Aaron, and Brian for all their support and for providing the highest quality meats in the nation!! Whether you’re a competition BBQ team or a backyard grillmaster check out Wagshal’s for all your meat supplies and don’t forget to try their Iberico Pork (you won’t regret it)!!!!!

Here is the list of contests we plan to attend in 2011 (more may be added as the year goes on). If you are near any of these contests stop by and say hi!!!  Hope to see you all along the BBQ Trail in 2011!!!!

Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team 2011 Schedule of Contests

April 15-16Capital City Cook-Off (Jefferson City, MO)
April 22-23BBQ Capital Cookoff (Lexington, NC)
May 11-14Memphis in May (Memphis, TN)
May 20-21Middletown BBQ Cook-off (Middletown, DE)
June 3-4Beltway BBQ Showdown (Upper Marlboro, MD)
June 17-18Sedalia Lions MO Blues Cruise & BBQ Fest (Sedalia, MO)
June 25-26Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle (Washington, DC)
July 8-94th Annual Wellsville BBQ Cookoff (Wellsville, MO)
July 29-301st Annual Bluemont BBQ Bash (Bluemont, VA)
August 5-6Laurie Hillbilly BBQ (Laurie, MO)
August 12-1310th Annual Maryland BBQ Bash (Bel Air, MD)
September 2-3Windsor Septemberfest Cookoff (Windsor, MO)
September 9-10Pickin in the Panhandle (Hedgesville, WV)
September 16-17Recovery Fest (Glen Allen, VA)
September 22-24Murphysboro Barbecue Cook-off (Murphysboro, IL)
October 1-2The America Royal (Kansas City, MO)
October 14-15Smoketoberfest BBQ Challenge (Chambersburg, PA)
November 4-5Hog Happnin’ (Shelby, NC)


Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association Annual Meeting & Awards Ceremony

On Saturday, February 26, Pork Barrel BBQ and nearly 100 members of the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association (MABA) gathered at Victory Brewing Company in Downington, PA for the 2011 Annual Meeting and 2010 Team of the Year Awards Ceremony.  Congratulations to everyone elected to serve on the MABA Board in 2011!!

MABA 2011 Officers, & Board of Directors

President – Michael Fay
Vice President – Keith Bailey
Secretary – Andy Sawran
Treasurer – Teri Hall
Board Member at Large – Christy Adams
Board Member at Large – Mark Friedrichs
Board Member at Large – Chris Hall
Board Member at Large – Dale Lucas
Board Member at Large – Dawn Quigley

We’d also like to Congratuate all the teams who finished in the Top 5 for Team of the Year in Chicken, Ribs, Pork, Brisket, Rookie of the Year and Overall!!

2011 Chicken Team of the Year

First Place – Dizzy Pig
Second Place – Chix Swine & Bovine
Third Place – Lo-n-Slo BBQ
Fourth Place – Jacked Up BBQ
Fifth Place – Gone


2011 Ribs Team of the Year

First Place – 3 Eyz
Second Place – Old Dominion BBQ
Third Place – Lo-n-Slo BBQ
Fourth Place – Fat Angel BBQ
Fifth Place – Black Cat BBQ

2011 Pork Team of the Year

First Place – PA Mindnight Smokers
Second Place – 3 Eyz
Third Place – Smokey Bottom Boys
Fourth Place – Jacked Up BBQ
Fifth Place – Hambones by the Fire

2011 Brisket Team of the Year

First Place – PA Midnight Smokers
Second Place – Lo-n-Slo BBQ
Third Place – Hawgs Gone Smokin
Fourth Place – 3 Eyz
Fifth Place – BBQ Guru

2011 Team of the Year and Rookie Team of the Year

First Place – Chix Swine & Bovine
Second Place – Lo-n-Slo BBQ
Third Place -PA Midnight Smokers
Fourth Place – BBQ Guru
Fifth Place – Dizzy Pig

Rookie Team of the Year – Deguello BBQ


Links – Barbecue Blogging – Named Top Five BBQ Blog

We are pleased to announce that the website Guide to Culinary Schools has named one of the 50 Best BBQ Blogs (in fact they named the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog one of their Favorite Five!!). According to the Guide to Culinary Schools, they have,

“[C]ompiled a list of 50 of the most tender, finger-licking, good-to-the-bone barbecue blogs out there. If you love cooking, barbecue, good food, or all of the above, you should definitely check them out. These blogs were chosen because they demonstrate expertise and passion, are updated frequently, and are especially user friendly.”

We are honored to be among their top 50 which is comprised of some of our favorite barbecue blogs.  When we want to find out what is going on in the world of barbecue we head to the internet and check out what some of our favorite folks in the world of barbecue are saying.  This top 50 list contains some of our favorite blogs to check out,  among our favorites are:

We also love these blogs that we think should have been included in the top 50:

If your looking for the latest in BBQ news one of these fine blogs is sure to have what your looking for.  Make sure you check them out!!!


American Royal Scrapbook # 1 – Intro and Johnny Trigg!

Baseball and BBQ — both are favorite American past times with celebrated World Series championships. Pork Barrel BBQ just participated in our first “World Series of BBQ” competition at the American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. This marks the 31st year the best of the best in competition BBQ have made their way to the old stockyards of Kansas City to compete for the title of Grand Champion. Over 500 teams compete in the three-day BBQ competition and this year over 100,000 fans and fellow BBQ lovers came out to show their support, making this the largest and most attended BBQ event of the year!

We caught up with some famous BBQ Pitmasters, like Rod Gray of Pellet Envy and Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke. And we even had a BBQ cookoff showdown starring our very own Heath Hall and the “Godfather of BBQ,” Johnny Trigg. The crowd enjoyed watching the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s All-American Grill Master Series Competition cookoff as Heath Hall and Johnny Trigg battled it out in friendly “iron chef” grilling competition on stage.

You can check out our behind-the-scenes video footage on Pork Barrel BBQ’s YouTube Channel:

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BBQ Secret – We Share Huge BBQ Competition Secret

BBQ Competition Secret – we share huge BBQ competition secret! Check out this video sharing BBQ hint from 2010 Pickin in the Panhandle West Virginia State BBQ Championship!  We had a great time at this event – learn more by visiting our site at


BBQ Competition – West Virginia State BBQ Championship 2010

BBQ competitions are a lot of fun and a chance to hang out with some great friends.  We just returned from Pickin in the Panhandle the West Virginia State Championship.  It was a really great event set in a beautiful spot in the mountains of West Virginia at the Lazy A Campground.  There were 53 teams competing, including some of the best teams like Tuffy Stone’s Cool Smoke, Mike Richter’s Chix, Swine and Bovine, 3 Eyz BBQ, DC Firefighters, Dj Richards of Pig N’ Paradise (coolest tiki smoker you’ve ever seen), Dizzy Pig, and too many more to name!  Pork Barrel BBQ had a great event, finishing 4th Place Chicken Category, 5th Place Pork Category, 10th Place Brisket Category, and 33rd Place Rib Category – winning 5th Place Overall!  We wanted to give a huge thanks to our meat sponsor’s Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs from Wagshals for providing us such amazing product!  Be sure to visit our online store if you want to stock up on our barbecue sauces and rubs for your next BBQ competition or backyard grill!  Here are some fun photos from the Pickin in the Panhandle Championship!

Making BBQ List

Heath checking the list!

Pork Barrel BBQ Pitmasters

Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team!

Wagshals Meat

Huge Thanks to Wagshals!

BBQ Grill Watching

Heath and Bill Minding the Smoker at 3 am!


Thermapen Confirms It Was Cold!

BBQ Cinnamon Rolls

Bill Blackburn Making Breakfast!

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins

A Happy and Tired Pork Barrel BBQ Team

Cool Trophy

Sawyer Wins His First BBQ Trophy!


Sawyer Falls Asleep Talking About His New Trophy!


MIM Scrapbook # 7 – Pork Barrel BBQ talks BBQ with Mike Mills from 17th Street Bar & Grill and Apple City BBQ Competition Team

Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill and Apple City BBQ Competition Team talking BBQ? Doesn’t get much better than that! At Memphis in May, we were next to BBQ legend Pat Burke who introduced us to Mike Mills – his teammate from the Apple City BBQ Competition Team from Murphysboro, Illinois.  Heath talks about several great topics in this wideranging interview – so be sure to watch the whole video to get all your BBQ tips and secrets.  Special thanks to Mike from 17th Street Bar & Grill for taking time to talk with us!  Be sure to check out the amazing book written by Mike and his daughter Amy Mills Tunnicliffe – Peace Love and Barbecue!  “Peace, Love, and Barbecue is an extraordinary behind-the-scenes journey into the world of barbecue with Grand World Champion pitmaster Mike Mills as your guide. Join Mike and his barbecue buddies as they spin a few tales, spill their secrets, and reluctantly part with their prizewinning recipes.  The book is available at most bookstores or on”