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Pork Barrel BBQ’s Heath Hall to Teach Hill Center Class on Tailgating on September 10, 2016

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We are excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ co-founder and pitmaster Heath Hall will be teaching a BBQ Boot Camp class at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital in Washington, DC on Saturday, September 10 from 11:00am to 2:00pm. Heath will be demonstrating and cooking some of his favorite tailgating recipes as we get ready for the kickoff of the college and NFL football seasons. 
 
The menu includes:
 
Charred Guacamole 
Smoked Tomato Salsa
Grilled Corn Salad
Grilled Italian Pork Sandwiches
Grilled Rosemary Lemonade
Smoked Apple-Pear Crisp with Bacon, Brown Sugar Crumble
 
The cost of the class is $85, which includes food and beer. The class is limited to 16 students. If you’re interested you can sign up here.
 
 

Pork Barrel BBQ to Appear on ABC’s Beyond The Tank Tonight!!

 

We will be on ABC’s hit show Beyond the Tank tonight at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST. Tune in to find out what we’ve been up to since our last appearance on Shark Tank! We’ve got a brand new product that has lots of potential, but we’ve got a major obstacle we have to overcome to move forward with the new product line!

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After you watch the show make sure you stock up on all of our Pork Barrel BBQ products in the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store and save 20% off your order when you use Coupon Code – BeyondTheTank – now through June 6.

Thanks for watching and let us know what you think after the show on Twitter and Facebook!

 

2016 Pork Barrel BBQ – BBQ Competition Schedule

Naptwon Jambo

We are very excited to release the 2016 Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Schedule. There is always a chance we could add to this list, but for now here’s were you’ll find us during the 2016 Competition BBQ Season! 

April 8-9                               Delaware Triple Threat BBQ (Harrington, DE)

May 6-7                                Naptwon barBAYq (Annapolis, MD)

June 3-4                               Beltway BBQ Showdown (Ft. Washington, MD)

June 17-18                           Almost Heaven BBQ Bash (Buchannon, WV)

June 25-26                          Giant National Capital BBQ Battle (Washington, DC)

August 5-6                           Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour (Local) (Laurel, MD)

September 16-17                 Tilly Harley-Davidson BBQ (Salisbury, NC)

October 7-8                          Eastern Carolina BBQ Throw Down (Rocky Mount, NC)

October 28-30                      The American Royal BBQ (Kansas City, MO)

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Demo – This Saturday At Bed Bath & Beyond in Vienna, VA

Bed Bath & Beyond

Do you love BACON? Have you been dying to try Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky? If you are in the Washington, DC area come out to Bed Bath & Beyond in Vienna, Virginia, this Saturday, June 6 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to sample all three of our Bacon Jerky Flavors (Spicy Srirachi, Old Fashioned Maple, and Honey Pepper).

What – Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampling

When – Saturday, June 6, 2015 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm

Where – Bed Bath & Beyond, 2051 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna, VA 22182

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Snack

Can’t make it to Vienna, VA this Saturday? Fear not, get your Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack HERE!

 

BBQ Competition – Beltway BBQ Showdown – Ft. Washington, MD – Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Grand Championship

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team had an excellent cook at it’s second contest of the 2015 competition season in Ft. Washington, MD this past weekend at the Beltway BBQ Showdown. This was our fifth time cooking this contest and it remains one of our favorites. Johnathan Jones, the contest organizer, does a great job creating a very cooker friendly contest. I also love it because I can be home and in the shower less than 30 minutes after awards! After a brief period where it looked like we could be in for some heavy rain none came and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for the remainder of the contest.

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After shaking the winter rust off in Annapolis, MD a few weeks ago we had a very solid cook hat ended in us being named Grand Champions!!  Before I talk in more detail about the cook I want to give a big thank you to our sponsors, ICEHOLE Coolers for keeping our meats nice and fresh and our drinks nice and cool, East Coast Smokin’ Woods for providing us with an awesome supply of Hickory, Oak & Cherry to fuel the Jambo, and Butcher BBQ for supply us with amazing injections and Bird Booster!

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Here’s how we did:

Chicken

We continued our hot streak with Chicken, finishing in 5th place out of 38 teams with a 171.9884. I felt like we had a very good chance of hearing our name called after I took the first bite of chicken right after taking it off the smoker. It had great color, good bite through skin and was very moist. I’ve said it a hundred times and will probably say it a hundred more, if you aren’t using Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products you probably aren’t hearing your name called for chicken as often as you’d like to. 

Ribs

After Annapolis where our ribs had very little flavor I spent a lot of time reconsidering my rib recipe and had several phone calls with rib master Rod Gray of Pellet Envy. After Rod’s council I revamped my recipe and made some tweeks to my cooking technique and was very pleased with the improvement. I still have some work to do, but in the end these four racks of ribs failed to do what so many racks have done to us in the past – cost us a chance at the Grand Championship. Our ribs had great flavor and did enough to keep us in the fight for Grand. We finished 13th out of 38 teams with a score of 163.9656. 

Pork

After a middle of the pack finish in Annapolis I did some tweeking on my Pork recipe and it paid off big time. This was one of the best pork boxes I’ve turned in in quite some time – it was juicy, had great flavor and a killer money muscle. We finished in 3rd place out of 36 teams with a score of 173.1428.

Brisket

Brisket was a mixed bag for us – it had great, really great, flavor, but it was slightly overcooked which made cutting slices somewhat difficult. If this brisket had come off the smoker 10-15 minutes earlier this could have been a brisket with a chance at a top finish. We ended up in 9th place out of 36 teams with a score of 165.6800. 

Overall

Thanks to a very consistent cook with all above average turn-ins we finished 1st out of 39 teams with an overall score of 674.7768 and were named Grand Champions of the 2015 Beltway BBQ Battle, helping us score some good points in the Kansas City Barbeque Society and MABBA Team of the Year races. It was great sharing our first GC of the year with my five week old son Hudson (Hope he doesn’t get to used to GC’s!). Congratulations to Michael Fay and his Aporkalypse Now team on being named Reserve Grand Champions. 

Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors – ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, & Butcher BBQ – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

We’ve got a couple weeks off before our next contest. We’ll see you in Buckhannon, WV the weekend of June 19-20 for the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – winner gets an auto to the Jack!

 

BBQ Competition – 2015 Naptown barBAYq – Annapolis, MD

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team kicked off the 2015 competition season in Annapolis, MD this past weekend at the Naptown barBAYq. With 64 teams competing, the Naptown barBAYq competition is one of the largest Kansas City Barbeque Society competitions on the East Coast. Congratulations to Dan Hixon and the 3 Eyz BBQ team on their very decisive Grand Championship (and scoring the first ever 700+ score in he Mid-Atlantic Region) and Chix, Swine & Bovine on their Reserved Grand Championship. As always, it was a very well run contest with great weather – a bit cool and damp at Friday night, but sunny and warm on Saturday! 

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It was good to shake the winter rust off and get back in he swing of competing – it had been more than six months since we cooked our last competition, The Jack. A big thank you to our sponsors, ICEHOLE Coolers for keeping our meats nice and fresh and our drinks nice and cool, East Coast Smokin’ Woods for providing us with an awesome supply of Hickory, Oak & Cherry to fuel the Jambo, and Butcher BBQ for supply us with amazing injections and Bird Booster!

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Here’s how we did:

Chicken

We ended the 2014 season on a hot streak with Chicken and were lucky enough to keep it going to start the 2015 season. We finished in 1st place out of 64 teams in Chicken with a 175.440. I  could tell we had a chance at a call when I took my first bit before preparing our box. The chicken had a great color, perfect sweet and heat flavor and a perfect bite through skin. A huge thanks to Butcher’s for the assist with their great  Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products!

2015 Naptown barBAYq Chicken

Ribs

Ribs continue to be a mystery to us. Our ribs weren’t bad, but I didn’t think they were particularly good either – in all honesty they really lacked any kind of flavor, good or bad. Although I did get one comment card that thanked me for the great ribs and their amazing flavor, not sure who’s ribs that judge had, but it wasn’t anything like the ones I tasted. We ended up in the middle of the pack finishing in 28th out of 64 teams with a 161-6456.

Ribs

Pork

We finished 29th out of 64 teams with a 161.6456 in Pork. I thought we turned in a real flavorful and nice looking pork box, but again we ended up right in the middle of the pack. I’m not sure I’d make any changes as I feel the same pork on a different day could do much better.

Brisket

Brisket was our most frustrating result. I thought we had a very solid brisket box and felt like it had a really good chance at getting a call. We ended up in 26th place out of 64 teams with a score of 163.9772. We used the same recipe and had a very similar result as we did for the last competition brisket we turned in which finished in 6th place at The Jack. We’ll just try it again at the next contest!

Overall

Thanks to a first place and 3 middle of the road results we finished 13th out of 64 teams overall with a score of 662.7084. Not a bad way to start the season considering the field included many of the top teams on the East Coast.

Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors – ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, & Butcher BBQ – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

It was great seeing our friends Mike & Chris Peters with the Great American BBQ Tour. Mike, as always, had the crowd mesmerized by BBQ!

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We’ve got some time off between now and our next contest. We’ll see you in Ft. Washington, MD the weekend of May 30-31 for the Beltway BBQ Showdown!

 

2015 Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Schedule

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It’s that time of year again to start thinking about the upcoming Competition BBQ Season. Below is a tentative list of our 2015 BBQ Competition Schedule (this is likely to change in the coming months, but it is pretty close). If you happen to be cooking or visiting one of these contests please stop by and say hi!

May 1-2 – Naptown barBAYq – Annapolis, MD

May 29-30 – Beltway BBQ Showdown – Ft. Washington, MD

June 19-20 – Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – Buckhannon, WV

June 27-28 – DC BBQ Battle – Washington, DC

July 31 – August 1 – Southern Maryland Brew & BBQ – Leonardtown, MD

August 28-29 – Sam’s Club BBQ Tour (Local) – Laurel, MD

October 2-3 – American Royal Invitational – Kansas City, MO

October 3-4 – American Royal Invitational – Kansas City, MO

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Kickstarter Campaign

Today we are launching a Kickstarter Campaign to help fund our newest product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. Please head over to our Pork Barrel BBQ Kickstarter Page and help fund our campaign and receive some great rewards! Here’s a bit more about our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Campaign.

Why BACON JERKY?

We spend a lot of time on the road traveling to food shows, BBQ contests and media appearances teaching the art of BBQ and we were looking for the perfect snack to hold us over between meals and it just happens we LOVE BACON!!!! We don’t always have our favorite cast iron skillet with us or the time to fry up a slab of Bacon so we started thinking how can we turn one of our favorite foods into a convenient snack item that can be taken anywhere and carried in a pocket, a small bag or purse or a glove box and it hit us – BACON JERKY. Besides, who doesn’t love Bacon? We do and we think you are going to love our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!!!

The Flavors

Spicy Srirachi – We already know you love Bacon and you probably think it is impossible to improve on something as close to perfection as Bacon is. We think we’ve done the impossible with Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky. Our Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky is poised to be the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat.

Bacon Jerky - Srirachi

Old Fashioned Maple – If you’re a fan of pancakes and Bacon for breakfast look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky. Our Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweet and might just replace your daily breakfast routine. 

Bacon Jerky - Maple

 

Honey Pepper – Cracked Pepper and honey are ingredients that have been taking food to the next level for centuries, so we asked ourselves, why not take Bacon to the next level? The perfect combination of cracked pepper and honey takes our Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky to levels few tastes buds have ever gone! Our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet infused into a perfect meaty slice of Bacon. Are your taste buds ready?

Bacon Jerky - Honey Pepper

Where will your money go?

Help us bring Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky to the WORLD!  We have spent the better part of the past year perfecting our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky and are now ready to share it with the world. The support we receive from the Kickstarter community will help fund our efforts to take Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky out of our kitchen and into retailers across America. 

Kickstarter funds will be used to:

  • Produce final products for shipments to supporters;
  • Purchase labels and packaging;
  • Develop and produce marketing materials;
  • Fund samples for retail buyers;
  • Gain retail distribution; and
  • Produce inventory.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of Pork Barrel BBQ! Here’s to a year filled with Bacon Jerky!!!

Risks and challenges

Distribution:

We have first hand experience, gained through the development of a distribution chain for our national award-winning line or Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rubs, dealing with the challenges associated with gaining distribution for a new food product. These challenges include gaining shelf space, paying slotting fees, providing retailers free product, conducting numerous food demos and sampling events, and advertising. Overcoming these challenges requires significant capital, a hardworking sales force, and a great product.

Scalability:

It’s fun to create a new product in your kitchen at home and hand out samples to friends and family, but to make it a truly viable business that can meet consumer demand and insure on time delivery you must either invest in a commercial production facility or partner with an outstanding manufacture.

Production:

The USDA requires jerky to be made in an approved facility under the supervision of a USDA inspector. After more than a year of research we have partnered with a production facility that has years of experience manufacturing some of the best jerky available for consumer purchase.

Thank you for your support – Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Kickstarter Campaign

 

DC Meat Week 2015 Is Coming To Pork Barrel BBQ on January 27 from 7-9pm

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DC Meat Week is always one of our favorite events of the year. We hope you’ll stop by our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA on January 27 from 7-9pm to help us celebrate the only week dedicated to all things meat – Meat Week! This year, in addition to our great Meat Week Sampler Plate special, we’ll be hosting DC Meat Week’s only BBQ Relay Eating Challenge. Come out and watch our teams compete and eat mass amounts of BBQ and BBQ sides! It’s sure to be a spectacle you don’t want to miss!

 

2014 American Royal Invitational & Open

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The first weekend in October is always one of our favorite weekends of the year – it means we get to head to Kansas City for the American Royal, largest BBQ Contest in the world, catch up with lots of friends and eat at some of our favorite BBQ joints like Oklahoma Joe’s and Gates!

We had a very busy Friday at the Royal this year getting all of our meats trimmed and ready for two cooks and we cooked several hundred pounds of pork butts for a catering event for our sponsors Reser’s Fine Foods NASCAR Team and driver Matt Kenseth during the Hollywood Casino 400 at Kansas Speedway.

2014 American Royal Site

We were lucky enough to qualify to cook both the Invitational and Open contests at this years American Royal. Here’s how we did:

Chicken

We finished 50th out of 165 teams with a score of 171.4288 in chicken. I was very happy with the chicken we turned in and finishing in the top third of this group of championship teams is nothing to be ashamed of.

Ribs

As always, we proved once again that our ribs sometimes score well and sometimes don’t. We finished 96th out of 165 teams with a score of 166.2856. Someday we will get this thing called ribs figured out!

Pork

We finished 81st out of 165 teams in Pork with a score of 167.9656. We really liked our pork, but it looks like the judges didn’t share our view.

Brisket

We didn’t have a very good day on brisket. I think it could have used a bit more time on the smoker as it wasn’t as tender as I would have liked it and it just didn’t have the flavor our brisket usually has. We finished 119th out of 165 with a score of 163.3828.

Overall

We ended up placing 90th out of 165 teams with a score of 669.0628 in the Invitational, not the result we were looking for. A big congratulations to our good friends at Smokin Hogz BBQ on their GC! Way to go guys! I’m going to want to start getting paid as your videographer if I film any more of your big GC’s!!

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2014 American Royal Invitational Champs

Chicken

We came back with a very strong chicken box on Sunday for the Open and finished 11th out of 548 teams with a score of 178.2972. The whole team felt like we had a good chance at a chicken call when we tasted what we had. A huge thanks to Butcher’s for the assist with their great  Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products!

2014 American Royal 11th Place Chicken

Ribs

Another middle of the road rib cook that placed us in 353rd place out of 551 teams with a score of 160.0000. We could be dangerous at this competition BBQ thing if we could just have some consistency in ribs. 

Pork

I’m not sure what happened to us in Pork, but it wasn’t good. We finished 466th out of 549 teams with a score of 153.6456. We were very excited when David Bouska from Butcher BBQ stopped by to give us a bag of his newest product – Open-Pit Pork Injection! We are certain this will help improve our pork scores!

Butcher Pork Injection

Brisket

We finished 186th out of 546 teams with a score of 166.2400. We thought we had a much stronger brisket entry for the Open and it finished a bit better, but not where we’d like.

Overall

We finished 243rd out of 552 teams, right in the middle, with a score of 658.1828. 

A huge thank you to our sponsors – Reser’s Fine Foods, ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, Butcher BBQ & Meyer Natural Angus – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!

It was great to see a couple of our good BBQ friends enter into the BBQ Hall of Fame. A well deserved honor for both!

There is no better person in the sport of competition BBQ than Pat Burke. We had the honor to cook next to Pat and his Tower Rock BBQ Team at our first Memphis in May. Pat has become both a friend and a mentor to us and much of our success is a direct result of his guidance and support. A BBQ Hall of Fame without Pat Burke would be like a Baseball Hall of Fame without Babe Ruth. When people thing of competition BBQ, Pat is one of the first names that come to their minds. Congrats Pat, well deserved!!!!

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Ray Lampe, AKA Dr. BBQ, is one of the most visible people in BBQ with numerous cookbooks and TV appearance to his name.  Who know how many miles Ray pus on each year traveling from coast to coast preaching the gospel of BBQ to the masses and being a large factor in the continued growth of our industry! I first had the chance to meet Ray at Memphis in May in 2011 and have been lucky enough to get to know him over the years and call him a friend. Congrats Ray, well deserved!!!

Heath & Ray Lampe - AR 2014

2014 BBQ Hall of Fame

A big congratulations to both Pat and Ray!!

I’ve been a Royals fan since I could walk growing up with hero’s like George Brett, Frank White, U.L. Washington, Dan Quisenberry, Bo Jackson, and so many more. I was 11 years old the last time the Royals made it to the playoffs and I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to catch a playoff game while I was in Kansas City. On Sunday after we turned in our last entry we cleaned up and headed to Kaufman Stadium for Game 3 of the AL Divisional Series vs. the Anaheim Angels. It caused us to miss awards and hearing our name called for chicken, but it was so worth it! I’ve probably seen close to 250 games at Kaufman Stadium over the years, but I’d never seen it in this much glory with so much energy (it was way better than when I saw the All-Star Game at Kaufman Stadium in 2012). The Royals went on to crush the Angels and will now play the Baltimore Orioles for the American League Championship (I see more games in my future in Baltimore!!) Go Royals!!!!

 

Royals Playoffs vs. Angels