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Memphis in May Barbeque Cooking Contest – Day 2 Update – Pork Barrel BBQ Meets Miss Memphis Ashlee Reed

You never know who you are going to meet at the Memphis in May Barbecue Cooking Contest – today we had the great honor of meeting Miss Memphis 2010 Ashlee Reed!  Ashlee is preparing to compete in the 2010 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant on June 16-19th and spent the day at the Memphis in May Barbecue Cooking Contest as a great ambassador for her city and state.  Learn more about the Miss Memphis Scholarship Organization at http://www.missmemphispageant.com/ For you history buffs, the Miss Memphis Scholarship Pageant is the longest running pageant in the state with sixty-four years of tradition and history.  Good Luck Ashlee!

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Miss Memphis Ashlee Reed and Heath Hall Shooting an Interview About Memphis in May

 

Memphis in May Barbecue Contest – Day 2 – Special Thanks to Our Team Sponsor Wagshals

Good morning from Memphis and the Memphis in May BBQ Cooking Contest!  The Pork Barrel BBQ team arrived yesterday in Memphis after Mango Mike, Heath and Jen Brand drove Pork Barrel One 16 hours from Washington D.C.  Brett and Rex Holmes of http://www.savorysights.com, were totally lazy and flew down, and Heath’s parents Rex and Barbara Hall drove down from Jefferson City, Missouri – so the Pork Barrel BBQ competition team is all here!

We are so excited to be here – its our first time at the Memphis in May Barbecue Cooking Contest – and it is GREAT!  We are at site S216, and surrounded by World Champions of BBQ on all sides!  We’ve been hanging out with Pat from Tower Rock BBQ Team (3 world championships), Wayne from Red Hot Smokers (Grand Champion last year), Tuffy Stone from Cool Smoke and Al from Gwatney BBQ team.  We’ll be updating our blog throughout the competition – so please check back often.  If you are in Memphis – please stop by!

We are very grateful for our friends, and especially thankful to Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs from Wagshals for their sponsorship of the Pork Barrel BBQ team.  If you haven’t visited Wagshals before, you are in for a real treat – we have never met folks so passionate and knowledgeable about quality meat – and its a huge honor to be in Memphis at the Memphis in May BBQ Cooking Contest and be competiting with Wagshals products – more on that in future posts – but we hope you’ll stop by Wagshals and thank them for their support!

Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May with Wagshals Sign

Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May with Wagshals Sign

 

Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

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April 15, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

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Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

Pork Barrel BBQ to Use Wagshal’s Premium Meat At Barbecue Contests Across America

Washington, DC (Thursday, April 15, 2010) –  Pork Barrel BBQ today announced The Wagshal’s Group as the meat and seafood sponsor of its Competition BBQ Team. The Wagshal’s Group, which owns Wagshal’s Market and the Bellota Importers, will supply the competition team with the highest quality meats on the market today, including American Wagyu beef and Iberico de Bellota pork, for use at numerous state and national championship barbecue contests across America.

Bellota Importers is the exclusive distributor of Iberico de Bellota, a purebred Spanish heritage pig, in the United States. The legendary purebred black hoof free-range Iberico pigs get their unique flavor and name because they feed on acorns – known as Bellota in Spain. The world-renowned raw Iberico de Bellota chuletero (loin) cuts were first introduced in the U.S. in 2009 and sold out quickly. Wagshal’s has been able to secure a larger supply of Iberico pork for 2010, including cuts that have never been sold in the U.S, such as the Costilla (spare ribs) cut, in addition to new cuts that are exclusive to the Iberico breed: Presa de Paleta (shoulder steak) and the shoulder section of the loin (Pluma).

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team plans to use this premium and unique breed of heritage pork at multiple bbq competitions during the 2010 competition season, including Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest hosted May 13-15 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Wagshal’s is sponsoring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition BBQ Team by providing us with their unique and premium products during the 2010 competition bbq season,” said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Wagshal’s has a reputation for the finest quality products in the nation and we are thrilled that, with their support, we will be the first competitive bbq team in the U.S. to use their Iberico de Bellota pork.”

“Wagshal’s is delighted to support Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning Competition BBQ Team in its quest to secure multiple championships in 2010 at prestigious bbq competitions across the country,” said Bill Fuchs, President of Wagshal’s. “Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rub and sauces are made with the highest quality ingredients and will tastefully complement the equally high quality of Wagshal’s meats and seafood.”

Wagshal’s carries Pork Barrel BBQ products for retail purchase at their Washington, D.C. location. For more information, visit www.wagshals.com or Pork Barrel BBQ’s store locator, www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

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 one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces & Dry Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.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. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

About The Wagshal’s Group

A Washington tradition for 85 years, The Wagshal’s Group is composed of DC’s premier Delicatessen and Butcher, Spring Valley Catering, and Bellota Importers. Established in 1925, Wagshal’s Delicatessen became known as the “President’s Deli” over the years serving Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Herbert Walker Bush among other notable customers. In 1995, Wagshal’s Market opened a few doors away from the original Delicatessen. Bill Fuchs, a food industry veteran and owner of Wagshal’s, wanted to offer customers an old-world approach to high quality meats and seafood. From its prime graded, dry-aged, Kosher designated, carcass beef to its custom hot dogs, homemade sausages, and exotic meats, Wagshal’s Market consistently has earned top marks from the media. Washingtonian Magazine has named it “the best butcher shop in the metropolitan area with the finest meats and seafood.” Bellota Importers is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Iberico de Bellota raw pork from Spain. The Wagshal’s Group is family owned and operated. Bill’s sons, Aaron Fuchs and Brian Fuchs, are executive vice president and vice president of operations respectively. Bill’s sister, Silvia Alexander, oversees Spring Valley Catering. For more information visit: www.wagshals.com, www.springvalleycatering.net or www.bellotaimporters.com.

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Pork Barrel BBQ To Compete In Pork In The Park (Salisbury, MD)

Pork In The Park

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team is pleased to announce that Pork in the Park in Salisbury, MD will be our first contest of the 2010 season.

Pork in the Parkis sure to be a great time with over 100 competition teams expected to participate April 16-17 at Winterplace Park in Salisbury, MD.  Pork in the Park is the largest KCBS event on the East Coast and will see some of the best teams in the nation compete.  If you’re in the neighborhood stop by the Pork Barrel BBQ site and say hi.  While there you’ll also be able to visit Cool Smoke of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters Fame.  It should be a great time for the whole family!!!

More contest announcements coming soon!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins the Taste of Del Ray 2009 Peoples Choice Award

We are proud to announce that last night Pork Barrel BBQ won the Del Ray Business Association’s Taste of Del Ray People’s Choice Award. The Taste of Del Ray brings restaurants throughout the Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, together to provide samples of their food – we gave out over 400 servings of our award winning pulled pork sandwiches and Mango Mike’s bourbon bread pudding. The Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant is currently under construction and will open next spring on Mt. Vernon Avenue next to St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and The Dairy Godmother.

We’d like to give special thanks to the Del Ray Business Association and Gayle Reuter for hosting such a great evening, Mary Abraham and Eric Reid of Del Merei Grill for organizing the event, Christie Hart and Executive Chef Will Artley from the Evening Star Cafe for showing us the ropes (this was their 11th year!), and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne for keeping us all safe (see below)!

Mango Mike Anderson and Heath Hall survey the line outside the Pork Barrel BBQ booth!

 

Heath, how did you get into BBQ?

Since Brett and I started Pork Barrel BBQ I’ve been asked dozens of times by friends, family and customers how I got into BBQ and why I decided to turn my love for it into a business venture. Although there are a number of reasons that influenced my decision, none was as big of an influence as my dad, Rex Hall.

 
The picture above was the first BBQ contest I ever participated in (and I was lucky enough to be working with my dad) – it was held in Jefferson City, Missouri at the Jefferson City Public Library in the mid-1990′s. We’ve come a long way since then and when I say “we’ve” I mean my dad and I and our quest to always provide the best BBQ to our friends and family that we are capable of providing. Thanks again dad!

I’ve posted before on how important his love of the grill was and how much it has influenced me and helped get me to where I am today. Growing up my dad was like the postal delivery man of the grill – rain, sleet, snow, hail, sun, fog, hot, cold it didn’t matter, winter, spring, summer and fall he was outside grilling up chicken, ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, quail, corn, potatoes and just about anything else that can be grilled for our family meal.

So the most complete answer to how I got into BBQ and decided to turn my love for it into a business is because of my dad, a great teacher of many lessons to me. He taught me how to BBQ – from lighting a fire to seasoning meat. He, along with my mom, taught me that no star was out of my reach if I wanted to hold it in my hand – all I had to do was reach for it and work hard. They taught me the importance of doing whatever you are doing to the best of your ability – no one can ask more if you do your best. They also taught me about the importance of integrity, honesty and good communication – all traits we promise to bring to Pork Barrel BBQ on a daily basis.

Dad, thanks for sharing one of your passions with me because without your guidance and lessons there would be no Pork Barrel BBQ today.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Big at the Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle

We are proud to report that our mission of bringing championship BBQ into the backyards of all Americans took a big leap forward this weekend! We entered our first ever BBQ competition, and decided to try out our rub and recipes against some of the biggest and best BBQ’ers in the nation at the Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle – out of over 50 teams, we took 2nd place in the Best BBQ Sauce in the Nation competition and 4th Place for our Pork Shoulder covered in our All American Spice Rub:

We want to send special thanks to our family and friends who came to visit us and eat free BBQ. A special shout out goes to Rex with SavoryReviews.com.

And a HUGE thanks to Heath’s parents for travelling from Jefferson City, Missouri and helping us out all weekend:

And here’s the Pork Barrel BBQ family!

We stayed true to our backyard roots and cooked all our food on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cookers and only used our All American Spice Rub:

Here’s our pork shoulder getting going:

And here’s the finished product:

Here’s of shot of Heath and his amazing brisket (look at that smoke ring)!

We had an amazing time and learned a lot from the great BBQ talent that was competing – thanks again to Safeway for hosting such a great event in Washington DC!

 

Come See Pork Barrel BBQ this Weekend at Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

 

 

 

 
Pork Barrel BBQ hopes to see you this weekend at the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, June 27-28 in Washington, D.C. The Barbecue Battle takes place between 9th and 14th Streets, on Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

 Saturday June 27 is the Kansas City Barbecue Society Event and we will be preparing brisket and pulled pork.

Sunday June 28 is the Memphis in May Barbecue Event and we will be preparing ribs and pulled pork.

Come on down and say hi and enjoy the festivities. Admission for the event is just $10 for adults/$5 for kids ages 6-12/Free for kids 5 & under.

In addition to Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition Barbecue Team there will be top competition barbecue teams from around the country vying for over $40,000 in cash and prizes. The Safeway Demonstration Stage will host celebrity chefs who will share their secrets with you through cooking demonstrations. Stop by The Safeway Sampling Pavilion for free food samples and recipes. There will be vendors selling barbecue from around the country (Memphis Ribs – Carolina Chicken-Texas Brisket) for your dining pleasure. In addition to great barbecue, there will be over 30 bands performing on 3 stages all weekend long.

The best thing about the weekend is that it is for charity. Admission to the Barbecue Battle includes a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

For highlights of last years Barbecue Battle check out this page on the 2008 Barbecue Battle.

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Competion Team – Pork Barrel BBQ To Compete in the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to announce that we will be participating in the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, June 27-28 in Washington, D.C.  The Barbecue Battle takes place between 9th and 14th Streets, on Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Saturday, June 27 is the Kansas City Barbecue Society Event in which we will be preparing brisket and pulled pork.

Sunday, June 28 is the Memphis in May Barbecue Event in which we will be preparing ribs and pulled pork.

Come on down and say hi and enjoy the festivities.  Admission for the event is just $10 for adults/$5 for kids ages 6-12/Free for kids 5 & under.

In addition to Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition Barbecue Team there will be top competition barbecue teams from around the country vying for over $40,000 in cash and prizes.  The Safeway Demonstration Stage will host celebrity chefs who will share their secrets with you through cooking demonstrations.  Stop by The Safeway Sampling Pavilion for free food samples and recipes.  There will be vendors selling barbecue from around the country (Memphis Ribs – Carolina Chicken – Texas Brisket) for your dining pleasure.  In addition to great barbecue, there will be over 30 bands performing on 3 stages all weekend long.

The best thing about the weekend is that it is for charity.  Admission to the Barbecue Battle includes a donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

For highlights of last years Barbecue Battle check out this page on the 2008 Barbecue Battle.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes a Member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society

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Today, Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that we have officially joined the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  It seems fitting that our first official association with a BBQ organization would be KCBS since our products are inspired by the history and tradition of Kansas City BBQ!

KCBS was started in 1985 and now has more than 8,000 members worldwide and sanctions almost 300 BBQ contests and events each year.  The Mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form and they want barbecue to be recognized as America’s Cuisine.  For more information about KCBS check out their website.

In the coming weeks look for several announcements regarding Pork Barrel BBQ’s participation in upcoming KCBS BBQ events. We are still not sure if we will use our Weber Kettle, our Char-Griller, or make a purchase of a new smoker or grill for the competitons – but we promise to keep you posted.  Don’t forget to try our All American Spice Rub the next time you fire up the grill or smoker!