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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.

 

Invitation for Pork Barrel BBQ Open House, Wed, March 31st at 7:00 pm – Mt. Vernon Rec Center

Pork Barrel BBQ invites the neighborhood to an Open House this Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm to share some exciting updates about the Del Ray BBQ company, discuss plans for the upcoming Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant, The Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion restaurant, and hold a listening and answer session.
The Open House will be held at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 and we invite anyone in the community interested to attend!

Pork Barrel BBQ invites the neighborhood to an Open House this Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm to share some exciting updates about the Del Ray BBQ company, discuss plans for the upcoming Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant, The Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion restaurant, and hold a listening and answer session.

The Open House will be held at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 and we invite anyone in the community interested to attend!

 

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

Pork In The Park

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

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

More contest announcements coming soon!!

 

Meat Week Update – Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Event a Big Success – Thanks to Capital Spice Blog for Organizing!

Pork Barrel BBQhad an awesome time hosting Meat Week at Mango Mike’s restaurant last night – special thanks to Mike at Capital Spice Blog for organizing such a great Meat Week 2010 in Washington DC!  We had over 150 folks try our Pork Barrel BBQ pulled pork and brisket – thanks to everyone who ventured out for a fun Meat Week!

Meat Week - Welcome to Meat Week!

Meat Week – Welcome to Meat Week!

Meat Week - Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Buffet O' Meat

Meat Week – Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Buffet O’ Meat

Meat Week - Pork Barrel BBQ More Meat Week Buffet

Meat Week – Pork Barrel BBQ More Meat Week Buffet

Mike from Capital Spice Doing Interview for CBS

Mike from Capital Spice Doing Interview for CBS

Heath Hall and Bill Blackburn Strike a Pose

Heath Hall and Bill Blackburn Strike a Pose

 

Meat Week 2010 – Pork Barrel BBQ Participating in Washington D.C. Meat Week 2010

In celebration of Meat Week, The Del Ray Boys of BBQ (Heath Hall and Brett Thompson of Pork Barrel BBQ & Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn of Mango Mike’s) are giving folks a taste (or two, or three) of the new Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant as part of the Washington D.C. Meat Week!

So what is Meat Week? Born in Tallahassee, Meat Week is a festival of smoked meats. For eight days, participants pay homage to that most original culinary combination – meat and fire. BBQ lovers have the opportunity to get together at a different barbecue establishment each night for a week as part of the Washington, D.C. Meat Week. At the end of the week (Meat Week That Is!), after lips have been licked and belts loosened, stories are swapped, awards are given, and plans are made to do it all again the next year as part of Meat Week 2011.

Learn more at http://www.meatweekisreal.com/chapters/washingtondc or our awesome Meat Week 2010 sponsor Capital Spice at http://capitalspice.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/dc-meat-week-all-the-juicy-details/

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week

Here are some great links to recent coverage on Meat Week!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/around-town/food-drink/Carnivore-Heaven-83149602.html

http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/gut-check/2010/01/28/carnivores-unite-for-meat-week-2010/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/Go-meat_-_Meat-Week_-an-excuse-to-eat_-socialize-and-get-saucy-82955412.html

http://www.urbandaddy.com/dc/food/8688/Meat_Week_Your_Weeklong_BBQ_Extravaganza_DC_DC_Event

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/01/28/meat-week-in-dc/

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2010/01/29/ladies-and-gentlemen-start-your-appetite-meat-week-begins-sunday/

 

Pork Barrel BBQ joins Ashman Manufacturing at NASFT Fancy Food Show

Pork Barrel BBQ had a great morning setting up for the @NASFT Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, CA – be sure to visit us at the Ashman Manufacturing and Distributing Company Booth 4947 – we’ll have samples of our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub and you can meet our awesome distributor Tim Ashman and his wife Natalie!  Check us out on Twitter at @porkbarrelbbq and @ashmanmfg!

Tim and Natalie Ashman from Ashman Manufacturing and Distributing Company

Tim and Natalie Ashman from Ashman Manufacturing and Distributing Company

 

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ to Participate in Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at the National Harbor

Pork Barrel BBQ will be participating in Beer, Bourbon & BBQ next Saturday, June 20, at the National Harbor just outside of Washington, DC from Noon to 6:00p.m.  The event promises 60 beers, 40 bourbons & lots of BBQ so we can’t think of a reason you shouldn’t head down and enjoy the day with us.
The website for the event says:

“Join us at the festival for a great day of beer sippin’, bourbon tastin’, music listenin’, cigar smokin’, and barbeque eatin’. Your admission buys you a sampling glass so you can enjoy an ALL-YOU-CARE-TO-TASTE sampling of beer and bourbon. Some of the best barbeque vendors are on-site (that would be us) if you get hungry all while enjoying seminars in the tasting theater and LIVE music all day.”

In addition to beer, bourbon, BBQ and live music there will be a mechanical bull at the show, a demonstration stage, the Ms. Bar-B-Q-Babe Contest and the World BBQ Bean Eating Championship – who wouldn’t want to see that?

Admission is $50 for VIP Tasting Glasses valid from Noon to 6:00pm; $30 for Regular Tasting Glasses valid from 2:00pm to 6:00pm; Designated Driver Tickets are $20 and kids 12 and under are FREE.

Come on down and see Pork Barrel BBQ at this years Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival at National Harbor!!

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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