Meet Grill Girl – Robyn Medlin Lindars

One of the perks associated with traveling around the country cooking barbecue with the Pork Barrel BBQ competition team is getting to meet a lot of very cool and talented folks who share our passion for food, and barbeque in particular. One such person is our good friend Robyn Medlin Lindars, aka Grill Girl, who lives in South Florida. Robyn has made it her charge to “encourage women to learn to grill as it’s a great way to create healthy, flavorful dishes without all the fuss and clean up in the kitchen.” A major component of her efforts to bring grilling to more women are the “Women’s Grilling Clinics” she holds which encourage women to not be intimidated by the grill.

Robyn is a trained Florida BBQ Association Judge and competes on the “Too Sauced To Pork” competition BBQ team at the Memphis in May World Barbecue Cooking Competition in Memphis, TN each year.

You can follow Robyn and her adventures on her website and on Kingsford Charcoal’s where she serves as a “VIP blogger”. You can also check out her videos on her YouTube channel for video recipes and creative and healthy grilling ideas.

Check out one of our favorite Grill Girl recipes – Cilantro Lime Beef Satay served with Naan and a Cilantro Lime Sour Cream Dipping Sauce!


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!!!

If you’ve got a few extra minutes and your looking for a great food site surf on over to our friends at Cook Man Food from Durango, Colorado at The guys were kind enough to post several blog posts featuring our All American Spice Rub. Check out post 1 and post 2while you’re checking out their excellent food blog.

Here is the Mission Statement of Cook Man Food –

Mission Statement – Good food, good friends, a good drunken story, that is how we want everyone to live. It could be the guys getting together for a football game and enjoying the latest twist on a Turducken, it could be climbing a few 14,000 foot peaks over a weekend and eating bacon wrapped elk bundles stuffed with cheese and mushrooms. There are many trips and places where the man food philosophy comes into play. This site will help you learn better ways of cooking other than your noodles with ketchup or your fast food no flavor crap. We all eat three meals a day (sometimes five) we might as well enjoy them all to the fullest. This site will help teach the trade and craft to do that with ease

We made a lot of new friends at this years Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor and one of those new friends was Rex who runs a food blog at  If you don’t go check out his blog you are going to miss some great food reviews.

Make sure you check out his post on the Food & Wine Festival!  Thanks for the mention Rex!!


Music Fog – Go Check These Guys Out!!!

When you have ghosts in your house you call Ghostbusters.  When you need tips on BBQ you call Pork Barrel BBQ.  When you have only a couple days to write, film and produce a 5 minute video that could have huge implications on the future of your business you call MUSIC FOG!!!!!

A million thanks to our friends at MUSIC FOG for doing us a solid favor by filming and producing a video for us on such short notice and with such professionalism.  I’m pretty sure a couple of smoked briskets will be forthcoming as a token of our appreciation!!

If you like music and your looking for some great new artists to add to your iPod, check out the Music Fog website at and go follow them on Twitter.  I promise you that you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks Ben!!!  Your friends at Pork Barrel BBQ!


Links – BBQ & Spice Rub

We spend entirely too much time searching the web for information on BBQ, Barbecue, Barbeque and Spice Rubs!  We thought we would create a page that has some of our favorite BBQ and Spice Rub links – we will add to this page over the coming days and months – if you have a favorite BBQ or Spice Rub link, or own your own Barbeque or Spice Rub company and want to be included on this page – please send us an email to  Also, if all this reading makes you hungry – please visit our favorite BBQ and Spice Rub site and be sure to order some of our All American Spice Rub!

Best BBQ Joints in America

BBQ Joints Around the World
  • Bodean’s in London – Next time you’re in London and you’re craving a little bit of home why not drop into one of Bodean’s locations in Soho, Tower Hill, Clapham, Fulham, or Westbourne Grove?  Read Our Review
BBQ Recipes
Food Shows and Sites
Local Organic Butchers and Grocery Stores
Our Favorite BBQ Twitters

The Tools of the BBQ Trade

Grills and Smokers
  • Chimney Smoker – An essential tool – your coals are ready in 15 minutes, and you never have to use lighter fluid!
  • Hardwood Lump Charcoal – The best way to cook – burns hot and true, and contains no additives to ruin the taste of your barbeque or spice rub.
  • Meat Thermometer – The only way to know that its done and safe – nothing is worse than undercooked BBQ!
Other Great BBQ Sites
  • The Salt Lick – BBQ joint outside Austin, Texas – if we ever get to Austin, this one looks like it will make it on our Best BBQ Joints in America list.

Links – Capital Cooking with Lauren DeSantis

One of the goals of the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog is to provide you, our readers, with resources that help make each of your meals a new adventure in food.  We believe there are few things that define who we are as individuals, families, and cultures more than food.  We also believe that one of the best aspects of food is its ability to expand our knowledge and interest in it through these very same individuals, families, and cultures who hold their food traditions high and with great pride.  In order to do this we begin a new regular blog feature today called Websites and Blogs About Food That You Should Bookmark.  We think these sites are some of the best resources as you begin or continue your life long trek through the culinary world.

Today we highlight our good friend Lauren DeSantis’s Capital Cooking website and blog.


During the week Lauren is an attorney, but on the weekends she is host of public television’s Capitol Cooking with Lauren DeSantis.  According to Lauren’s website, “Capital Cooking is a series exploring the culinary and cultural riches of Washington, DC…Capital Cooking highlights cooking traditions of regional cuisine from all areas of the country as well as international dishes.”

In less than a year (Capital Cooking made its TV debut on May 2, 2008) Lauren’s show has grown in exposure and now reaches 25 cities in the United States and was just picked up in New Zealand!!!  Check out her blog for stations near you that carry Capital Cooking.

In addition to her TV show, Lauren offers cooking classes – if you are interested in hosting a private event drop her an email at

Keep an eye on the Capital Cooking and Pork Barrel BBQ websites and blogs for information on an upcoming episode of Capital Cooking that will focus on BBQ and feature Pork Barrel BBQ!


Links – Penzeys Spices

Penzeys Spice

Heath is the real culinary genius of Pork Barrel BBQ – a true master of the BBQ grill and kitchen.  We have a special process for each spice rub we create.  It all starts with a trip to Penzeys Spices – be sure to visit them on the Internet.  We are convinced they have every spice known to man!

For our All-American Spice Rub, Heath purchased over $120 worth of spices and created five different spice rub batches.  We then hosted a meeting of the Pork Barrel BBQ Kitchen Cabinet, a group of 10 of our friends (really an excuse to eat and drink) that test each of our products and gives them the green light before we head to production.  At the end of the evening, we took their comments and Heath made a final spice rub combining the most popular elements of the five spice rub batches!

Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub contains Heath’s secret blend of 14 herbs and spices.  I was really amazed to see the final list – you’ll never be able to guess all the ingredients, but you’ll no doubt agree that they sure do taste great together!!!