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McRib Millionaire – Man Craves McRib – wins $1 million

We are outspoken critics of McDonald’s McRib, but this is a pretty cool story.  An out of work construction worker, living at home with his parents, gets a craving for a McRib and ends up winning $1 million in the McDonald’s Monopoly game – check out the cool story here:

 

The McRib – It’s Back For Better Or Worse

 

Life is nothing more than a bunch of memories – past, present or waiting to happen? Over the course of our lives we’ll have thousands, if not tens of thousands of them. Some will be good and others will be bad. Although they will all illicit different emotions and reactions, they all will illicit emotions and reactions and contribute to the making of new memories. Sometimes our memories mislead us – in those rare moments when we get to relive a memory we often realize it wasn’t as great as we had remembered. Case in point – the McRib sandwich.

Today, McDonald’s is banking on the fact that hundreds of thousands of us will dust off old memories of happier times – times when we believed barbecue could come in the form of a rib sandwich, or better said, a rib sandwich that contained no ribs. That’s right, McDonald’s will answer the call of countless McRib loving fans across the country by once again offering its McRib sandwich at all of its U.S. stores. The fact that the McRib is once again for sale from coast to coast and boarder to boarder is the bad news. The silver lining, if one can be found, is that this smoke and mirrors “rib” sandwich will only be offered for the next six weeks.

I can understand as well as anyone the emotions that can be brought about by food, especially food that I once enjoyed on frequent occasions that can’t be had at the drop of hat today. Over the course of my 36 years on this planet there have been more times than I can count where I craved a certain food so much that the pain in my stomach wasn’t solely caused by the hunger of an empty stomach. Be it Wheel Inn’s Goober Burger that I ate as a kid growing up in Sedalia, Missouri, or my Mom’s homemade fried chicken – I can relate to a food need so bad that if I had to wait 16 years (this is the first time in 16 years that the McRib has been available at all McDonald’s in the U.S.) I too would have stood in line like I was trying to get one of the two $15 50-inch HD TV’s on Black Friday. But those were good memories of good food. How can anyone feel this way about a piece of mystery meat that is formed into a patty that is a sorry excuse for an attempt to look like ribs?

As a kid I grew up in a barbecue family – my Dad would grill or smoke meats in the winter, spring, summer and fall in the sun, wind, rain, or snow – too me, he is the Post Office of Barbecue, no matter the time of year or weather he’d delivery great barbecue to our dinner plates! I suppose my early exposure to real barbecue allowed me to never venture down the path towards fake barbecue – namely, the McRib. Knowing that so many folks didn’t have the luxury of growing up in a rich tradition of barbecue I still have to ask myself how anyone could find themselves lost on the McRib path? There are so many amazing barbecue joints in this country in every nook and cranny of the 50 states that sever authentic barbecue – ribs, brisket, chicken, pork, sausages…you name it they serve it and its all real!!!

There is a time and place for fast food – thankfully we don’t have to settle for fast and fake!!! We can walk into the thousands of barbecue joints across this country and make ourselves a memory that we won’t regret reliving down the road. A memory that will leave pains in our stomachs because we want nothing more than a real slab of ribs from our favorite barbecue shack!!! Do yourself and barbecue a faovr over the next six weeks. If you get the craving for a McRib over the next six weeks, get in your car and drive to the closest barbecue joint in your area and support “real barbecue” by buying a slab of ribs.

You’ve got to ask yourself one final question – can anything really be that good if a giant in the food industry like McDonald’s keeps it off of its national menu for 16 years? Now go out and support real barbecue and get a great meal at the same time!!!

 

Lady Gaga Meat Dress for Halloween?

Lady Gaga Meat Dress Costume for Halloween? Are you really reading this on the Pork Barrel BBQ blog? Absolutely. We take ourselves very seriously (ok, maybe not so much), and always feel the need to comment when huge superstars wear meat costumes – but especially when folks across the nation are trying to dress like the Lady Gaga meat dress costume for Halloween! For those of you who missed it, Lady Gaga wore the outrageous dress to the VMAs (one of her 5 different outfits). Apparently, it was too late in the costume design season for any costumes to be created, so some folks are actually calling their local butchers asking for their help to recreate the costume for Halloween. We’d call our friends Steve Gatward at Let’s Meat on the Avenue in Del Ray, or Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs from Wagshals in Washington, D.C. for their advice (after all, Heath did wear a pig costume for Barbara Corcoran) – but they would laugh at us.  Thanks to an enterprising reporter in New Jersey – we have some amazing guidance.  Check out the video below, that includes funny video of the reporter asking butchers for their thoughts on creating Lady Gaga meat dress costume.  The best part?  How seriously they take the questions – you will learn a lot about why NOT to try to dress like Lady Gaga for Halloween!  Enjoy!

Gaga meat

Lady Gagas VMA Meat Dress

 

Storm Weather Damage in Alexandria Virginia Del Ray Neighborhood

Huge storms hit Alexandria, Virginia and the Del Ray neighborhood last night, knocking out power, toppling trees and crushing several cars.  I have lived in Del Ray Virginia for 7 years, and I’ve never seen the area so damaged.  Mayor Bill Eulillestated that winds with gusts of 75 miles per hour struck the Del Ray and Old Town Alexandria area, causing more significant storm and weather damage that we received during Hurricane Isabelle and the massive snow storms from this winter.  It was actually very somber driving around the Del Ray neighborhood, which boasts some great places like the Dairy Godmother, Evening Star, Cheestique, St. Elmos (and soon Pork Barrel BBQ’s first restaurant), and surveying the damage from the thunderstorms that made Alexandria the epicenter of its wrath.  I took some photos and videos to show some of the storm damage, but they can’t capture how widespread it really is.  SEND US YOUR PHOTOS TO porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com and we will add them to this post with photo credits.

Storm Wind Weather Damage Alexandria Del Ray

 Sever Storm Weather Alexandria Del Ray

Weather Storm Severe Washington D.C.

 Crushed Car in Alexandria from Storms Weather

weather crash tree

Storm Wind Weather Damage Alexandria Del Ray

 

Tree Weather Storm Damage

Tree Crashes Near Monroe Avenue

 Weather Damage Washington DC

Powerline Down on Monroe

 Major Damage to House

 

The Most Awesome Snowman – Pork Barrel BBQ GRILLMAN by Jasper Saunders and Family

Jasper Saunders and his family are officially the coolest BBQ’ers ever – check out the most awesome Snowman ever constructed – a Pork Barrel BBQ Grillman!  We are sending Jasper a free Pork Barrel BBQ t-shirt for taking the photos of BBQ Grills in Snow idea to such amazing extremes!  Tell your friends about the Pork Barrel BBQ Grillman – this is how legends are created – GO SAUNDERS FAMILY!

Pork Barrel BBQ Grillman by Jasper Saunders

Pork Barrel BBQ Grillman by Jasper Saunders (Note his Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce!)

Having finished their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce - Jasper and Grillman Move on to Frosty Beverages

Having finished their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce – Jasper and Grillman Move on to Frosty Beverages

 

Hot BBQ Photos of BBQ Grills in Snow – Send Us Your Photos of BBQ Grills and BBQ Smokers in Snow!

Congrats to Sean Buzzard for being the 3rd person to respond to our tweet – he wins a free bottle of Pork Barrel BBQ sauce for his awesome PIG GRILL!  See new photos below! BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND for the Great Washington D.C Blizzard of 2010 – BBQ Grills and BBQ Smokers in the snow – there is nothing more beautiful than a good BBQ grill in the winter! Please send us your photos of BBQ grills in the snow to porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com and we will add to our post at http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com with links to your site!

Sean Buzzard Pig Grill

Sean Buzzard Pig Grill

Jasper Saunders Where's the BBQ Grill

Jasper Saunders Where’s the BBQ Grill

James Wilkerson 2 Webers and a Gas Grill

James Wilkerson 2 Webers and a Gas Grill

Leslie Staples' Cap n' Cook in Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria

Leslie Staples’ Cap’n’ Cook in Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria

Heath's Weber BBQ Grills and BBQ Smoker

Heath’s Weber BBQ Grills and BBQ Smoker

BBQ Grills and Smokers from Kit Rudd at http://deguellobbq.wordpress.com

BBQ Grills and Smokers from Kit Rudd at http://deguellobbq.wordpress.com

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker in Snow! #SnOMG

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker in Snow! #SnOMG

BBQ Gas Grill in Washington D.C. - #SnOMG

BBQ Gas Grill in Washington D.C. – #SnOMG

Beautiful BBQ Grill in Snow!

Beautiful BBQ Grill in Snow!

Please send us BBQ Grills and BBQ Smokers in the Snow – #BBQSnOMG and @SnOMG!

 

 

The Great Washington D.C. Blizzard Panic of 2010 is ON – Washington D.C. Running Out of Food

The Great Washington D.C. Blizzard Panic of 2010 is ON – Washington D.C. is officially running out of food during this winter weather! Of course, because Whole Foods is so awesome, they will have to shelves loaded up by morning! Everyone was having a fun time stocking up for the Washington D.C. blizzard – people were very patient and we are fully stocked with great beef and pork for some snow grilling! Check out some awesome photos of the great Washington D.C. Blizzard of 2010!

Washington D.C. Blizzard - No More Milk @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – No More Milk @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - No Pasta Sauce @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – No Pasta Sauce @SnOMG

Washington, D.C. Blizzard - Yes, We Have No Bananas @SnoMG

Washington, D.C. Blizzard – Yes, We Have No Bananas @SnoMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - Chicken Wings - YUM! @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – Chicken Wings – YUM! @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - The Rush in On @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – The Rush in On @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - No Chips? @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – No Chips? @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - Checkout?  @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – Checkout @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard - A Few Hungry People! @SnOMG

Washington D.C. Blizzard – A Few Hungry People! @SnOMG

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Brings You – BBQ Grills in Snow – The Video Slideshow!

Thanks to all the folks who sent in photos of BBQ Grills in snow – please visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/hot-bbq-photos-of-bbq-grills-and-bbq-smokers-in-snow-send-us-your-photos/ for credits of the individual photos. Please be sure to send us more at porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com!

 

Hot BBQ Photos of BBQ Grills and BBQ Smokers in Snow – Send Us Your Photos!

Thanks for all the amazing comments on our photos of BBQ Grills and BBQ Smokers in the snow – there is nothing more beautiful than a good BBQ grill in the winter! Please send us your photos of BBQ grills in the snow to porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com and we will add to our post at http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.comwith links to your site!

Wow!  Look at this amazing photo from Lisa De Pasquale at @CPACnews in Alexandria, Virginia:

Beautiful BBQ Grill in Snow!

Beautiful BBQ Grill in Snow!

Here’s a great photo from Dave Bass in Sterling, Virginia – I think he likes the Dallas Cowboys!

Weber Genesis BBQ Grill with Washington Redskins Cover

Weber Genesis BBQ Grill with Washington Redskins Cover

Look at this wonderful photo from Kelli & Jeff DiPietro in Bowie, Maryland!

Grill in Snowfall from Kelli & Jeff DiPietro in Bowie, MD

Grill in Snowfall from Kelli & Jeff DiPietro in Bowie, MD

Thanks to Kit Rudd, for sending photos of his THREE BBQ grills in the snow!!

Weber Genesis, WSM and Santa Maria Style Grill in the Snow

Weber Genesis, WSM and Santa Maria Style Grill in the Snow!

Look at this amazing photo from The Marcums in Amagansett, New York!

Wow! That's a lot of snow!!!

Wow! That’s a lot of snow!!!

Check out this great photo from Joe Paschal in Maryland – but wait, where is the BBQ grill (HINT: under the snow its a Char Griller Combo Charcoal Gas Grill with smoker attachment!)?

Dude Where's the Grill?

Dude, Where’s the Grill?

Here’s a great shot from @NOVAFoodandWine – can you see the BBQ grill in the photo?  It’s the big lump of snow!!

A Lump of Snow That Used to Be a BBQ Grill!

A Lump of Snow That Used to Be a BBQ Grill!

Thanks to Cyndi Allison at  www.yesyoucangrill.comwww.yesyoucancook.com and barbequemaster.blogspot.com/ for sending this funny photo of a Weber Smokey Joe – Cyndi said this is what a “blizzard” looks like in North Carolina!

Weber Smokey Joe in North Carolina "Blizzard"

Weber Smokey Joe in North Carolina “Blizzard”

We also received the photo below from @aaronthegiant at http://www.musicfog.com – thanks for sending!!

Brinkman Four Burner with Smoker from @aaronthegiant

Brinkman Four Burner with Smoker from @aaronthegiant

Weber Bullet in Snow

Weber Bullet in Snow

Weber Large Kettle BBQ Grill in Snow

Weber Large Kettle BBQ Grill in Snow

Char Griller BBQ Grill and Smoker in Snow

Char Griller BBQ Grill and Smoker in Snow

Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

Weber Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

Weber Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker in Snow

Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker in Snow

More Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

More Gas BBQ Grill in Snow

 

Beautiful Photo of Pork Barrel BBQ Smoker and Grill in D.C. Blizzard!

There is something very special about BBQ Smokers and Grills with a fresh coat of snow on them!  We wanted to share our holiday greetings with a beautiful photo of the Pork Barrel BBQ Smoker and Grill in the D.C. Blizzard of 2009!

Pork Barrel BBQ Smoker and Grill in D.C. Blizzard!

Pork Barrel BBQ Smoker and Grill in D.C. Blizzard!