Pork Barrel BBQ – News


Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky On QVC


On June 20, Pork Barrel BBQ made its debut on QVC. During the show we sold a 4-pack of our hot new product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. The 4-pack consisted of a bag of our Honey Pepper, Old Fashioned Maple, Original BBQ and Sweet BBQ varieties. 

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In 7 minutes we were able to sell nearly 1,200 4-packs and introduce our brand and bacon jerky to hundreds of thousands of potential customers. The reach and impact QVC can have on a brand is remarkable and it was an honor for us to appear on the network. 


It’s still not too late to get order a sampler pack of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky from QVC – order yours today here!



Pork Barrel BBQ To Sale Bacon Jerky On QVC – Monday, June 20 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST

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We are very excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ will be returning making our debut on QVC next week, on June 20 at 6:30pm EST/5:30pm CST. We will be offering a 4-pack of our hot new line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky.

We hope you’ll tune into QVC on June 20th and place an order for Bacon Jerky!



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!


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!


Pork Barrel BBQ to Celebrate National BBQ Month on Fox & Friends on Saturday, May 14

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May is National BBQ Month and we’ll be celebrating with a dozen BBQ Pitmasters from around the country this Saturday, May 14, on Fox News with our good friends at Fox & Friends between 6:00am and 10:00am EST! We’ll be grilling up some killer grilled steak tacos with charred guacamole, charred tomato salsa and BBQ Mexican crema on our PK Grill using Grillgrates. We’ll also be talking about our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky and we’ll wash it all down with BBQ’s Best Friend – Cheerwine!

Tune in Satruday, May 14th to help us celebrate National BBQ Month!


Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Now In Select Target Stores


We are very excited to announce that select Target stores around the country are now carrying our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. If you happen to see the jerky in your local Target we hope you’ll pick up a bag or two to support our efforts for Target to expand our product into all Targets nationwide. 


Please call your local Target to inquire if they are carrying Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky prior to going to a store as we are only in select locations at this time.


Pork Barrel BBQ To Be ON ABC’s Beyond The Tank – Friday, May 20 at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST

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We are very excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ will be returning to ABC’s prime time lineup on Friday, May 20, at 8:00pm EST/7:00pm CST when we appear on the Shark Tank follow up show Beyond The Tank. Find out what we’ve been up to and learn more about a new line of products we are offering!

We hope you’ll tune into ABC on May 20th! 


Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Now In The Fresh Market

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We are very excited to announce that The Fresh Market is  now carrying our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. If you happen to see the jerky in your local Target we hope you’ll pick up a bag or two to support our efforts for Target to expand our product into all Targets nationwide. 



Pork Barrel BBQ Announces Cheerwine Sponsorship

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We are very excited to announce that we have entered into a partnership with BBQ’s Best Friend, Cheerwine, a true “LEGEND” of the soft drink industry. Cheerwine will serve as one of the lead sponsors of the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team. 

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It is an honor to have the opportunity to represent Cheerwine at festivals, cook-offs, and barbecue competitions across the United States as the official soft drink of the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team. Like Pork Barrel BBQ, Cheerwine is a family business. In fact, it is the oldest, continuously operated, family-owned soft drink company in America.

Created in 1917 in Salisbury, North Carolina by a general store owner named L.D. Peeler, this singular soft drink with a hint of wild cherry and a bubbly effervescence became an immediate hit. Folks from all around the country came to LD’s store to give it a try. Soon cold cases all over North Carolina were filled with the “Nectar of North Carolina.” Since its inception, Cheerwine has been known to put a smile on everyone’s lips who gives it a try, and the Legend was born. Today, L.D.’s great grandson Cliff Ritchie leads the company, as Cheerwine officially expands to new parts of the country and continues to win loyal fans with just one sip.

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“We are thrilled to have Cheerwine, our favorite soft drink, as a sponsor of the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team,” said Heath Hall, President and Pitmaster of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Cheerwine was born in the South and is the perfect complement to the juicy, tender, smokey, spice laden cuisine of the South – BBQ. If we’re eating BBQ, we’re drinking Cheerwine!”

“Cheerwine is delighted to sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ because we are a perfect match.” said Dan Martin, Vice President of Sales for Cheerwine. “We love the authenticity. We love the passion, the sense of community, and the diverse offerings. BBQ is America’s cuisine, and Pork Barrel BBQ is a showcase! We had to be a part of that!”

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We’re not the first residence of Washington, DC who love Cheerwine. The story goes, in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower was overcome with excitement at his first taste of Cheerwine and was only able to utter the exclamation, “Ike, likes!” If you’ve never experienced a Cheerwine we think you’ll have a similar revelation to that of President Eisenhower. Click HERE to find out where you can get Cheerwine in your area or order it from the Cheerwine Online Store HERE.

If you’ve got a BBQ restaurant and are looking to add a great product to your offerings, look no farther than Cheerwine, BBQ’s Best Friend.  Don’t believe us, than ask the fine folks at theNational Barbecue Association who named it the official soft drink of the NBBQA. If you want to learn more about Cheerwine and find out how you can carry it in your restaurant click HERE.


2016 Pork Barrel BBQ – BBQ Competition Schedule

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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)


Top 10 BBQ Stories of 2015 – #10 – BBQ Continues To Be A Force On TV

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If you haven’t been stranded on a desert island you know that BBQ and grilling are SMOKING HOT in America right now! If BBQ were in line to have an IPO on the DOW or NASDAQ it would be met with a buzz similar to that enjoyed by Facebook or Shack Shack as they made their way into our financial lexicon and the portfolios of millions of investors. Simply put, betting on BBQ is a safer bet than doubling down in blackjack when you’ve been dealt two aces. BBQ is a sure bet, at least as sure of a bet as exists, and there are many gamblers going all in when it comes to BBQ!

If you turned on your TV in 2015, you probably came face to face with the reality that TV producers and networks are among those placing the largest wager on the popularity of BBQ in America. BBQ on TV isn’t new, it’s just hotter than it has ever been. From Food Network to Destination America and Cooking Channel to PBS and Travel Channel to the networks, BBQ and grilling shows are popping up everywhere. 2015 also became the year when BBQ broke even further into the world of commercials, with BBQ themed commercials from GEICOBank of AmericaNexium, and Burlington Coat Factory to name a few. We were even lucky enough to break into the world of commercials this year filming BBQ themed commercials for Choice Hotels and Dunn & Brandstreet.

More BBQ on TV is a good thing for the health and growth of BBQ in America. It introduces the cuisine, lifestyle and sport that we all love so much to countless potential new BBQ lovers. That means more people eating at BBQ restaurants, purchasing BBQ sauce and spice rub, buying new grills and smokers, adding BBQ cookbooks to their bookshelves and/or competing in their first BBQ contests. That also means more opportunities for BBQ pitmasters, BBQ businesses, and BBQ restaurants to increase their stature and diversify potential revenue streams.

More BBQ TV = Good For BBQ in general and the BBQ pitmasters/BBQ businesses and BBQ restaurants who make a living from BBQ

Our Top 5 BBQ TV Shows in 2015 are:

#5 – BBQ Pit Wars – As BBQ competitors it is always great to see a show based on the competition world. You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family. 

The second season of BBQ Pit Wars was, in our opinion, a stronger season than the first. If it gets a third season it would be great to see a bit more diversity in contest locations and a refresh of the teams who participate on the show. We like the idea of the team who wins the season securing a slot in the next season while the three losing teams are replaced by three new teams. This would raise the stakes of the show and give at least three new teams the chance to participate every year. 

#4 – Chopped Grillmasters – After a several year hiatus it was good to see the Food Network bring Chopped Grillmasters back. If there is one downfall in the world of competition BBQ it is that it doesn’t reward risk taking and creativity. Like it or not, we all know if we want a chance to hear our name called at awards there is a narrow line the judges are looking for and we must not cross it if we hope to be successful. The reality is BBQ is filled with talented cooks and chefs who, when given the opportunity, can do some pretty remarkable things over a live fire. We loved seeing so many of our friends forced to step outside of their comfort zone of ribs, chicken, brisket and pork and be forced to think outside the box with some odd ball ingredients in very short windows of time. The results were for the most part very impressive!

#3 -BBQ Pitmasters – BBQ Pitmasters set the tone for the influx of BBQ related shows and has changed formats several times over the course of its history. We still don’t find the show as satisfying as the first season, but it remains a favorite can’t miss show. In its current format, it is a hybrid mix of BBQ Pit Wars and Chopped Grillmasters. It isn’t the pure competition format of Pit Wars and it isn’t the adrenaline rush format of being told you have 15 minutes to create a world class dish using squash blossoms, beaten biscuits, durian, crickets and lobster over an open fire. It sets somewhere comfortably in between. 

Where the show has improved upon itself in recent seasons is its current iteration of judges. The mix of personality, chemistry and acumen is perfect between Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone & Moe Cason, all very accomplished pitmasters in their own right. Where the show has faltered in our opinion is in two areas: 1) It often tries to get too cute with a quick challenge filled with “Made For TV Drama” that just doesn’t work. We want to see the show focus on the main event, seasoned pitmasters doing what they do best, not determining if they can turn rattlesnake into an Amuse Bouche in 15 minutes, and 2) It is as if the same pitmasters are asked to return to the show year after year. While there certainly should be opportunity for pitmasters to return, there should also be opportunity for fresh casting each year, which would help keep the show fresh and provide additional accomplished pitmasters the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their talents with viewers. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of qualified pitmasters cooking from coast-to-coast who we’d like to see on the show. Simply put, let’s see some new pitmasters next season!

#2 – BBQ Crawl – BBQ Crawl is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on steroids for the BBQ lover. There are so many amazing BBQ joints across the country and most of us aren’t lucky enough to travel from coast-to-coast to try them all, but we’re able to live vicariously through Diva Q as she does just that. When we’re lucky enough to find ourselves traveling around the country we’ve followed Diva’s advice and visited a few of her favorite stops. The thing that really takes this show to the next level are the episodes that find Diva Q competing in a local BBQ contest. We love this aspect of the show for many of the same reasons we listed above under BBQ Pit Wars (You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family.) Additionally, we love that she shares the spotlight with her BBQ friends on each episode, inviting them to visit BBQ joints and cook BBQ competitions with her! 

#1 – BBQ with Franklin –  BBQ with Franklin is hands down our favorite BBQ show of 2015. What could be bad about one of the greatest minds in BBQ giving us, the viewer, an in depth and often scientific understanding of wood, meat, seasoning, pits and even a failed attempt at competing (again proving that BBQ judges often cause us to scratch our heads as we’re sure that the Que Aaron turned in, which was surly outside the box of traditional competition BBQ, was way preferable to many of the entries turned in – we know we’d rather eat Aaron’s BBQ than what we turn in on just about every Saturday we compete). We can’t wait to see what Aaron has in store for viewers next season!

2015 was indeed a great year for BBQ on TV and we have no doubt the airwaves will be filled with even more great BBQ TV in 2016, which is only good for BBQ!

Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #9 BBQ Story of 2015.