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
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 7, 2010
Media Contact: Jennifer Brand
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.