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Delaware Triple Threat BBQ – Results & Recap

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The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team kicked off the 2014 competition season in Harrington, Delaware this past weekend at the first annual Delaware State Fair’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival. With 109 teams competing, Triple Threat became the largest inaugural competition in Kansas City Barbeque Society history. Congratulations to Sandy Fulton and her team on running such an exceptional first year contest. In addition to the well run contest the weather couldn’t have been any better, the 70 degree temperatures were a nice break from the Mid-Atlantic’s long and cold winter.

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It was good getting back in the swing of things and competing against one of the strongest fields of teams we are likely to face in 2014. Given that this was our first cook of the year we were pleased with our results and figured out a couple of adjustments that we need to make in future contests.

Icehole Cooler

One of the things we were most excited about was getting to break out our new ICEHOLE Coolers. All I can say is wow, the ICEHOLE Coolers did not disappoint. The ICEHOLE M1 Cooler is the perfect size for a KCBS competition. We were able to fit 24 chicken thighs, 4 slabs of ribs, 2 pork butts, 2 briskets, lettuce and parsley with plenty of ice to keep them cool with no problem. 

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We were also very excited to begin our sponsorship with East Coast Smokin’ Woods. They really hooked us up with a nice load of Hickory, White Oak & Cherry. We had a lot of people come up and ask us about our wood thanks to the huge pile we had on site. Somehow we found a way to get all our gear and all this wood into the truck to bring home.

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Chicken

We finished 25th out of 109 teams in Chicken and won our table with a 163.4288. Our chicken was moist, but I think the skin could have used a little more time on the pit to get a slightly better bite through. I’m looking forward to spending some practice time between now and the next contest testing out several new recipes using Butcher BBQ Bird Booster

Ribs

We finished 32nd out of 109 teams in Ribs and took second place on our table with a 159.9772. I honestly thought ribs was our best turn-in of the weekend. They had a nice flavor and a perfect bite. We had one slab that we thought was nice enough to get 8 bones out of. 

Pork

We got our only call and finished 8th out of 109 teams in Pork and took second place on our table with a 168.5828. We slightly modified our pork recipe from last year, but still rubbed the Pork Butts down with our Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce prior to applying any rub, and if first impressions are any indications of things to come it looks like they were good modifications. Thanks to Butcher BBQ for their excellent Pork Injection.

Brisket

We finished 47th out of 109 teams in Brisket and took second place on our table with a 153.6916. If there is one place we can point to not having our Competition BBQ sea legs under us yet in 2014 it was in Brisket. Early Saturday morning I was having a nice conversation with Scottie Johnson of Cancer Sucks Chicago as I was wrapping my briskets. I had apparently unscrewed the lid on the bottle I had my brisket marinade in and as I grabbed it to use I decided I needed to shake it up, completely forgetting that I had unscrewed the lid. The result was very little marinade to use on my briskets and a very well marinaded smoker. Given that we ended up cooking these briskets with a lot less marinade than usually we were pleased with where we finished. We’re also looking forward to the next competition where we get to upgrade our meat and start cooking with Meyer Natural Angus briskets!

Overall

We finished 17th out of 109 teams with a score of 645.6804. Not a bad way to start the season considering the field included teams like Aporkalypse Now, 3 Eyz BBQ, Chix, Swine & Bovine, Cancer Sucks Chicago & Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ.

Congratulations to Aporkalypse Now on being named Grand Champion (thier second GC in two weeks) and Finn’s Finest BBQ on being named Reserve Grand Champion and Delaware State Champions by MABA.

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!

We’ve got some time off between now and our next contest. We’ll see you in Evans, GA on Memorial Day weekend for Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que!

Banjo-B-Que 2014

 

 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Kicks Off 2014 Competition BBQ Season at Delaware Triple Threat BBQ Festival

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The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team will kick off the 2014 competition BBQ season April 11-12 in Harrington, DE at the inaugural Delaware State Fair’s Triple Threat BBQ Festival. With more than 100 teams from more than 15 states this is sure to be one tough competition. If you’re going to be In Harrington please stop by our cook site and say hello.  

A big THANK YOU to all of our sponsors – Reser’s Fine Foods, Butcher BBQ, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, ICEHOLE Coolers and Meyer Natural Angus!

 

2014 DC MEAT WEEK

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Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to be celebrating five years of Eat.Meat.Repeat. with the fine folks at DC Meat Week. This year we’re participating in two Meat Week events.

On Wednesday, January 29, 2014 starting at 7:00pm we’ll be hosting DC Meat Week at Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant at 2312 Mount Vernon Ave. in Alexandria, VA. We’ll be offering a Meat Week BBQ Sampler Platter that includes 1/4 lb of Pulled Pork, 1/4 lb of Brisket, Burnt Ends, 1 Texas Beef Sausage Link, 2 Spare Ribs, Cornbread and the choice of 2 Sides for $23.95 (with a portion of the sales going to Operation BBQ Relief).

In addition to our Meat Week Sampler Platter we’ll be hosting the High on the Hog Eating Challenge. Do you think you have what it takes to eat a Smakin Daddy Oversized Sandwich, 6 Spare Ribs, 2 Texas Beef Sausage Links, a side of Mac & Cheese, a side of Potato Salad, a side of BBQ Beans and Cornbread in 45 minutes? We are looking for 7 contestants that think they can conquer the High on the Hog Eating Challenge. The cost to participate is $25.00 (which will be donated to Operation BBQ Relief). The first person to finish wins a $50.00 Pork Barrel BBQ Gift Card and anyone who can finish in under 45 minutes wins a T-Shirt. The contest starts at 8:00pm on January 29, 2014. If you are interested in participating please email us at porkbarrelbbq@porkbarrelbbq.com

On Friday, January 31, 2014 we’ll be serving as a judge at the 2nd Annual DC Meat Week’s Food Truck Face-Off as well as doing demonstrations on how to make your own home batches of BBQ Sauce. This event is taking place at the Living Social Headquarters at 918 F Street in Washington, DC and starts at 6:00pm. 

So what exactly is Meat Week? Here’s the answer straight from the Meat Week website:

“Meat Week starts the last Sunday in January. For 8 nights straight, we go to a different BBQ restaurant and feast. In every participating city, there is a devoted Captain who creates the schedule of restaurants to be visited throughout the week. Each city develops their own traditions, but Meat Week typically focuses on good ol’ American BBQ: Pork, ribs, brisket, barbecued chicken, and anything else you can smoke and smother in sauce. It was started in 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida by Chris Cantey and Erni Walker.”

We hope to see you on January 29 and 31! Here’s to a great Meat Week in 2014!!

 

 

Insane BBQer/Tailgater Challenge – Win Free Pork Barrel BBQ Products If You’re The Most Hardcore, Extreme & Insane BBQer/Tailgater in America

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How hardcore of a BBQer/Tailgater are you? If you’re out manning the grill or smoker over the next few days in many parts of the country you will certainly enter the ranks of the hardcore and possibly insane. According to weather experts it has been decades since many parts of the country have experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to hit the Midwest and East Coast beginning on Sunday into early next week.  Temperature predictions include -31 in International Falls, MN, -15 in Indianapolis, -10 in St. Louis and -25 in Fargo, ND with wind chills reaching as low as 70 below zero in parts of the country.

Sunday’s Green Bay Packers game against the San Francisco 49ers has a chance to eclipse the Ice Bowl as the coldest NFL game ever played with temperatures expected to fall somewhere between -4 and -15 with wind chills near -30. There is no question you’re a hardcore fan and tailgater if you’re planning to tailgate before this game. You’re probably a little bit insane too! 

This weather pattern is apparently a once a decade or every couple decades event so be safe if you plan to get out and BBQ in it. If you’re insane enough to get outside and fire up the grill or smoker in temps as low as -25 we want to reward you with some free Pork Barrel BBQ Products.

Here’s how it works:

1. Contest runs Saturday, January 4, 2014 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. 

2. Take a photo of yourself BBQing with a thermometer showing how cold it is where you’re BBQing (extra hardcore points for photos of you tailgating at the Packers/49ers game with a thermometer in hand). Post your photo to our Twitter page (@PorkBarrelBBQ) between January 4 and January 8 and use the hashtag #InsaneColdBBQer and tell us how cold it is where you are BBQing. 

3. Prizes will be awarded to the three photos showing the coldest temperature on the thermometer. The coldest temperature will win a free Pork Barrel BBQ Party Pack, the second coldest temperature will win a Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack and the third coldest temperature will win a 19oz Jar of Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub.

Be safe and stay warm if you can. You can get frostbite on exposed skin in just minutes in temperatures this low. Get inside and warm up if you start asking yourself why am I putting my body through this?

Now let’s find out who is the most hardcore, extreme and insane BBQer/Tailgater in America!

 

 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Coming To Costco In Kansas City & Chicago June 8-10!

Friends, family and fans of Pork Barrel BBQ we need your help! We will be doing Road Shows at two Costco’s this weekend in the Kansas City and Chicago areas and if we do we’ll there is a good chance you may see our products on Midwest Costco shelves. How can you help? Show up and buy some BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub at an amazing price of only $7.99 for a mix and match pack of any combination of three of our Original BBQ Sauce, Sweet BBQ Sauce and All-American Spice Rub. We need your help so please pass along to folks in the Kansas City and Chicago areas you may know!! Thanks for your continued support!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact: Jennifer Brand – (202) 731-2114   jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

Pork Barrel BBQ to Debut National Award-Winning Barbecue Sauce and Spice Rub in Select Midwest Costco Stores This Weekend
Professional Pitmasters and “Shark Tank” Reality Show Entrepreneurs to Showcase Their Popular BBQ Products with Fans at Select Stores in Kansas City and Chicago

Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2012) – The co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ will be showcasing their national award-winning barbecue sauces and spice rub at Midwest Costco stores in Overland Park, KS and Chicago, IL this weekend. The founders of the fastest-growing barbecue sauce company in America, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, invite Costco members and barbecue lovers to enjoy samples of their popular Pork Barrel BBQ Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces as well as their All-American Spice Rub.

Costco members can purchase a Mix and Match 3-pack of their national award-winning products for the special price of $7.99. Shoppers can choose any combination of three bottles or jars of barbecue sauce and/or spice rub. The nationally known pitmasters will be making appearances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 8-10) at the following Costco locations:

Costco Warehouse #369 – 12221 Blue Vallye Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66213

Costco Warehouse #380 – 2746 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

Widely recognized as the winning entrepreneurs from ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, Hall and Thompson are known for their creative and innovative approaches to starting and growing a successful barbecue business. With accolades ranging from Food & Wine Magazine naming the competitive pitmasters to its guide of the “Best BBQ: Pit Masters and Grill Geniuses” to Men’s Health Magazine declaring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” and Country Living Magazine naming their sauce to the list of “Best Barbecue Sauce in the Country”, stores across the country are eager to put Pork Barrel BBQ products on their shelves.

In 2011, Pork Barrel BBQ debuted a specialty BBQ-flavored peanut with FERIDIES, added Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce to their expanding line of barbecue sauces, introduced the world’s first barbeque scented fragrance – Que, continued to earn top awards on the professional barbecue circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. In the first quarter of 2012, the company launched Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce, was a featured success story on ABC’s Shark Tank and recently hosted the nation’s first LivingSocial lunchtime pop-up restaurant in Washington, DC.

Since Hall and Thompson founded Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009, they have participated in many of the nation’s most prestigious barbecue competitions across the country including the American Royal Invitational, Memphis in May, Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. The Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters have accumulated multiple awards and top place finishes including being named the reigning Perdue National Chicken Champions and winning the Chinet People’s Choice Award for best BBQ sauce.

For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) 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 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, 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 http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

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Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurateurs Host Chef Will Artley’s “Project 2312”

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurateurs Host Chef Will Artley’s “Project 2312”

Restaurateurs partner on highly anticipated pop-up restaurant.

Washington, D.C. (PRWEB) January 30, 2012

Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson along with their restaurant partners “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn are thrilled to be loaning the currently unoccupied space adjoining their Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria to Del Ray’s favorite chef and one of Washington, D.C.’s top chefs, Will Artley, for the opening of a special pop-up restaurant. Artley’s limited engagement restaurant, dubbed Project 2312 will host 41 guests per seating during its limited run from Monday, January 30 through Monday, February 6.

The highly anticipated Project 2312 pop-up restaurant is a first for Artley and the Del Ray community. Reservations for Project 2312 were sold out within 5 hours of Artley tweeting the RSVP phone number last week.

Chef Artley is planning an a la carte menu that will include a selection of hot and cold appetizers and 5-6 entrée options chosen from his greatest hits, along with craft cocktails, a limited wine selection and Pork City beer. Expect to see items like Salt Roasted Beat “Cannoli” with whipped Citrus and Cobb Terrine with Crispy-Smoked Pork Ears among the menu selection. Artley will also offer customers fare from a pickling bar with a selection of unique and creative pickles including pickled sunchokes, green beans and baby carrots.

“It is a great honor for me to open Del Ray’s first pop-up restaurant and bring my cutting edge cuisine back to the community I call home,” said Artley, chef of Project 2312. “The opportunity to reconnect with my old kitchen crews and cook for the neighborhood that made me the chef I am today is just an amazing feeling!”

Artley, who has been consulting with the Pork Barrel BBQ team on their recently opened barbecue restaurant, is most widely known for his role as chef of the Evening Star Café.

“Chef Artley has become a great friend and culinary mentor of mine and I’m excited Pork Barrel BBQ is able to support his passion for creating distinctive and delicious cuisine by playing a small role in his Project 2312 pop-up restaurant,” said Hall. “His passion for food is contagious and I’m certain diners who have been lucky enough to snag one of the limited seats will leave with a bittersweet feeling satisfied by their meal, but disappointed in the realization it was most likely their first and last meal at Project 2312.”

Hall and a handful of acclaimed DC area chefs will make special appearances during the limited engagement of Project 2312 and cook alongside Artley.

If you weren’t able to secure an RSVP to Project 2312 before reservations were sold out there are still two options. Project 2312 is accepting walk-ins on a first-come, first-served basis for seating at the bar, or you can venture next door to Pork Barrel BBQ and celebrate Meat Week 2012 with a special Meat Week Sampler Patter, which includes 1/4 pound of brisket, 1/4 pound of pulled pork, 1/4 chicken, 3 ribs, 1 Texas brisket sausage link and your choice of 2 sides for $20.12 on Tuesday, January 31.

Find out more about Meat Week and the first tasting of Pork Barrel BBQ’s latest sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce here.

For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) 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 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, 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 www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

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Pork Barrel BBQ To Celebrate Meat Week On January 31st!!

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to announce it will be participating in DC’ Meat Week 2012! What makes Meat Week 2012 so special for us is that we will be able to celebrate Meat Week for the first time in the confines of our first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA! A big thanks to Mango Mike’s in Alexandria, VA for allowing us to host Meat Week events in 2010 and 2011 at their restaurant!

Pork Barrel BBQ will host it’s Meat Week 2012 event on January 31 starting at 7pm. We’ll be serving our regular menu as well as a special Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Sampler Platter. The Meat Week Sampler Platter includes 1/4 pound of brisket, 1/4 pound of pulled pork, 1/4 chicken, 3 ribs, 1 Texas brisket sausage and your choice of 2 sides for $20.12.

If you haven’t had a chance to make it down to Pork Barrel BBQ this is the perfect chance to visit us for the first time and sample all five of our smoked meat selections. Want to know what folks are saying? Check out reviews and photos by Grilling with Rich and Beltway BBQ - DC’s barbecue experts!

For more information on Meat Week and DC Meat Week specifically we’ve attached the DC Meat Week official Media Alert. Hope to see you on January 31 at Pork Barrel!!

MEDIA ALERT:  3rd Annual DC Meat Week

January 29 – February 5, 2012

WHAT: Barbecue lovers from across the Washington region will gather at eight of the area’s top ‘cue establishments for the third annual DC Meat Week. This week-long celebration of smoky, low-and-slow cooking will highlight four of the newest barbecue restaurants in the area, as well as three long-time favorites and one barbecue-focused food truck.

WHERE: See the schedule below for each night’s host venue

WHEN: Sunday, January 29, through Sunday, February 5, 2012

HOW: Anyone is welcome to participate by simply showing up at the host venue and looking for the Meat Week flags.  Participants order and pay for their own food and drinks and then join in the festivities with other Meat Week attendees.  Some host venues will be offering Meat Week specials (to be announced).

Additional details, specials and trivia will be posted during the week via Facebook and Twitter (@meatweek, @babeque) and on the Capital Spice blog (www.capitalspiceblog.com). 

SCHEDULE:

Sunday, January 29                         Urban Bar-B-Que
6:30 PM                                                    
2007 Chapman Avenue
Rockville, MD  20852

Monday, January 30                       Hill Country Barbecue Market
6:30 PM                                                   
410 7th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20004

Tuesday, January 31                       Pork Barrel BBQ
7 PM                                                           
2312 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA  22301 (Del Ray)

Wednesday, February 1                PORC (Purveyors of Rolling Cuisine)
7 PM                                                          
700 V Street, NW – special dinner hosted at Torrie’s @ Wilson’s
Washington, DC  20001

Thursday, February 2                  Smoke & Barrel
7 PM                                                          
2471 18th Street, NW
Washington, DC  20009

Friday, February 3                          Memphis Barbeque
7 PM                                                          
320 23rd Street South
Arlington, VA  22202 (Crystal City)

Saturday, February 4                     Mr. P’s Ribs & Fish
1 PM                                                           
514 Rhode Island Avenue, NE – in Rhode Island Ave Center parking lot
Washington, DC  20002

Sunday, February 5                       Rocklands Barbeque and Grilling
12 PM                                                       
2418 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20017

DC Meat Week 2012 Background Information
Sunday, January 29 – Sunday, February 5

What is Meat Week?

Meat Week (www.meatweekisreal.com) started in 2005 in Tallahassee, Florida.  Chris Cantey and Erni Walker organized an eight-night celebration of local barbecue joints.  Since then, the concept has spread to American cities from New York to Los Angeles and as far abroad as London and the Hague.

In 2009, Tim Carman wrote about Meat Week in the Washington City Paper’s “Young & Hungry” blog, inviting local barbecue enthusiasts to join him at Urban Bar-B-Q in Rockville for a one-night-only gathering.  One year later, in January of 2010, blogger Mike Bober of Capital Spice (www.capitalspiceblog.com) launched the Washington chapter of Meat Week with Carman’s encouragement.  Since then, the annual event has grown to include “First Looks” at upcoming restaurants and food trucks and has drawn as many as 100 attendees per night.  This year’s DC Meat Week Captain is Jenelle Dennis (www.twitter.com/babeque ), a Kansas City Barbecue Society Certified Barbecue Judge.

The focus of Meat Week is barbecue – meats cooked “low and slow” and bathed in wood smoke throughout the cooking process.  Beyond that, we don’t get too specific.  DC Meat Week celebrates all regional ‘cue traditions, from dry-rubbed Texas brisket to vinegar-mopped Carolina pulled pork to sweet and spicy sauced ribs from Kansas City and Memphis.

Meat Week is a loosely organized event – most evenings do not require prior sign-up and participants can attend as many or as few as they prefer.  Groups and individuals are both welcome, and attendees generally order and pay for their own food individually.  In most cases, the restaurants remain open to the public while Meat Weekers gather and enjoy the food and company.  Special events are publicized in advance to alert participants to fixed-price offerings or required reservations.

For the first time in 2012, DC Meat Week will expand to eight nights.  This reflects the recent profusion of new barbecue restaurants in the area as well as a desire to return to some reliable veteran establishments.  The full schedule is included on the previous page.

Who organizes DC Meat Week?

Jenelle Dennis
DC Meat Week Captain
(202) 271-3027
jenelledennis@gmail.com

David Gootzit
DC Meat Week First Mate
(703) 568-1499
david.gootzit@gmail.com

Mike Bober
DC Meat Week Founder
(202) 415-5699
mikebober@gmail.com

Where can people find official DC Meat Week information?

The schedule and Captain’s message can be found on the DC Chapter’s Meat Week page: http://www.meatweek.com/chapters/washingtondc

Regular updates and breaking news can be found on Facebook and Twitter:
http://www.facebook.com/groups/MeatWeekIsRealDC
DC Chapter specific Tweets: http://www.twitter.com/babeque
Nationwide Meat Week Tweets: http://www.twitter.com/meatweek

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Pork Barrel BBQ Announces Opening of the First Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

Inaugural Restaurant Opens Tuesday in Del Ray Neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 29, 2011

Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce it has fired up its smoker and will open the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant to guests tonight for dinner between 5:00pm and 10:00pm. Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson partnered with veteran restaurateurs “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn in 2009 with the goal of turning their dreams of creating a gathering place for the community centered around their national award winning barbecue into a reality.

The attention to detail and quality is ever present in the new restaurant. The owners literally have their hands in every detail from the hand-laid rock walls and columns to the one-of-a-kind beer tower constructed from sprinkler pipe by Blackburn himself. As for the barbecue, Hall and Thompson have climbed to the top of the professional competition barbecue circuit and racked up numerous awards for their ‘que and sauces since the restaurant groundbreaking ceremony in October 2009. Pork Barrel BBQ has earned a reputation for their consistency in producing high quality barbecue and side dishes alongside some of the world’s top pitmasters in the competition barbecue community.

“We are thrilled to be firing up the smoker and opening Pork Barrel BBQ’s doors to customers today,” said Hall. “Barbecue is more than just the food. In many ways it is the story of America with each region adding its flavor to the melting pot. It’s about community and fellowship. We want Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant to be a gathering place for this neighborhood and the entire Washington, DC community.”

Pork Barrel BBQ takes great pride in serving quality barbecue that will please barbecue lovers from the Carolinas to Memphis and Texas to Kansas City. All meats are seasoned with Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning All-American Spice Rub and slow smoked over oak and hickory.

The menu includes Pork Barrel BBQ’s take on traditional barbecue meats and side dishes. Customers can order ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and sausage as a sandwich, platter or by the pound. Side dishes include BBQ baked beans, cole slaw, mac and cheese, smoked Ratatouille, collard greens, Texas caviar, potato salad and corn pudding.

Thompson and Hall are barbecue innovators who are, as Washington Post reporter Jim Shahin noted, on the brink of a new era. Since starting Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009, they’ve become the most recognizable winning entrepreneurs from ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, been featured on numerous television and radio shows, where they share their BBQ tips with the everyday backyard barbecuer, launched the world’s first barbecue-scented fragrance called Que cologne, started BBQ Backyard, a social media site and forum for the barbecue enthusiast, and are selling their award-winning sauces and spice rub in over 1,500 grocery stores across the nation. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Barbecue Team, led by pitmasters Hall and Thompson, has accumulated numerous notable awards including trophies for winning Grand Champion at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, becoming the Perdue National Chicken Champion, and having been named the nation’s best BBQ sauce and one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Heath Magazine.

For more information about the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) 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 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, 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 http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

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Washington, D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ Heads to Lynchburg, Tennessee to Compete at 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Washington, D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ Heads to Lynchburg, Tennessee to Compete at 23rd Annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue

Local grand champion team to represent best of Washington, D.C.’s barbecue in quest for world champion title at the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue Contest.

 

Washington, DC - Pork Barrel BBQ’s competition barbecue team, Washington, D.C.’ s current Grand Champion, is headed to Lynchburg, Tennessee to compete in the 23rd annual Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue this weekend. Nearly 90 teams from across the country and around the world are competing for cash, prizes, and ultimately the most prestigious championship title in competition barbecue.

During the invite-only barbecue competition, Pork Barrel BBQ will compete against the world’s most accomplished barbecue pitmasters who bring their best meats, sauces, cooking techniques, and barbecue secrets to historic Lynchburg for the two-day barbecue battle and crowning of barbecue’s top pitmaster. Over 25,000 visitors are expected to attend this year’s contest.

Pork Barrel BBQ earned an invitation to compete by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC. To qualify for “The Jack”, teams must either win a competition in which 50 or more teams participated, or win a qualifying state championship and be selected in a blind drawing. Automatic invitations are given to the 2010 Jack Daniel’s Grand Champion and the winner of the 2011 Memphis in May, 2010 American Royal Open and 2011 Houston World’s Championship Bar-B-Que contests.

The Pork Barrel BBQ team has a strong track record of success at barbecue competitions across the country, both through scoring highly with certified barbecue judges and by being selected as crowd favorites with Pork Barrel BBQ’s most popular People’s Choice award-winning sauces. The team, led by pitmasters and Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, is the reigning Purdue National Chicken Champion and has several of their award-winning sauces available in grocery stores across the country, including Schnucks, Whole Foods, Central Market, Safeway, and Costco.

“It is an honor to represent Washington, DC at the most prestigious of all barbecue contests, the Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “No one questions that you can get a high quality crab cake or half-smoke in DC. It’s time to add to that list and prove that you can get barbecue in Washington, DC as good as the barbecue found in Texas, Memphis, the Carolina’s or even Kansas City. We want to show the world that Washington, DC deserves a place on America’s eclectic barbecue canvas and getting the chance to compete for the coveted title of Jack Daniel’s Barbecue World Champion under the DC flag gives us that chance.”

Visit http://bit.ly/Jack71 to see the teams from across the United States and around the world competing in the 23rd annual contest.

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) 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 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, 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 http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).

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USO Fort Riley – Operation Pork Barrel BBQ and Pellet Envy

Top Barbecue Team, Award-winning Barbecue Sauce Company Cook Barbecue Dinner for Troops and Families at USO Fort Riley

Executives Present USO with Major Cash Donation and New Grill

Operation Pork Barrel BBQ and Pellet Envy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 7, 2010

Media Contact:  Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com


 

Fort Riley, Kansas (October 7, 2010) – America’s top competitive barbecue team, Pellet Envy, and Pork Barrel BBQ, a national award-winning barbecue sauce company, fired up their smokers and cooked a free dinner for 250 troops and their family members at USO Fort Riley on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The executives from both companies presented the USO with a large check representing $6,072.21 in donations gathered from around the country to support the USO’s effort to complete its outdoor picnic area and patio. They also included a new Horizon Classic smoker.

“Without the service of the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms we are blessed with as Americans. It is truly an honor to serve the defenders of America with the most American of meals – a barbecue dinner,” said Rod Gray, founder of Pellet Envy.

Pellet Envy, the reigning Kansas City Barbecue Society Team of the Year, is a nationally recognized competitive barbecue team based in Kansas City. Founded in 2001 by Rod and Sheri Gray, the Pellet Envy Team has competed in nearly 300 events across the country since its inception. Pellet Envy has won more than 65 championships and has been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue competition seven times since 2002.

“We wanted to give back to the troops and families stationed at Fort Riley and say ‘thank you’ for all that they have done to serve our country and defend freedom,” said Brett Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We’re glad we can provide the troops with a brand new grill and a great patio to where they can enjoy cooking BBQ with fellow service members and their families.”

Pork Barrel BBQ, a Washington D.C. based barbecue sauce company, was founded by two former U.S. Senate staffers in 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis, proving that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that with a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their national award-winning barbecue sauces and rub one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ sauces and rubs were carried in more than 1,000 stores in 38 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of barbecue, and bring bipartisan flavor to everyone’s next meal.

“We are very excited to have these award-winning barbecuers bring a taste of Kansas City’s legendary barbecue out to Fort Riley,” said USO director April Blackmon. “We are especially grateful to the Kansas City Barbeque Society, Creekstone Farms and Reeser’s Fine Foods for their generous food donations.”

Special thanks to Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Horizon Smoker Company and the Kansas City BBQ Store for donating the new grill, and to Old Hickory Pits and Ashman Manufacturing for contributing to the success of this event.

About Pellet Envy

Pellet Envy, is a championship competition barbecue team based in Kansas City. Founded in 2001 by Rod and Sheri Gray, the Pellet Envy Team has competed in nearly 300 events across the country since its inception. Pellet Envy is the reigning Kansas City Barbecue Society Team of the Year, has won more than 65 Championships and has been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue competition seven times since 2002. In addition to participating in barbecue competitions, Pellet Envy hosts a Competition Cooking School for barbecue enthusiasts several times each year and is sponsored by Greased Lightning and EZ Grill. To learn more about Pellet Envy and its sponsors, visit www.pelletenvy.com or connect with Pellet Envy on Twitter @pelletenvy, Facebook, and the company’s blog, All Things Barbecue.

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. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now 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 “People’s Choice” award for best bbq sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society bbq competition accolades. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

 

About the USO

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at thousands of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen.

 

The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. It relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. The USO is also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit www.uso.org.