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Heath, how did you get into BBQ?

Since Brett and I started Pork Barrel BBQ I’ve been asked dozens of times by friends, family and customers how I got into BBQ and why I decided to turn my love for it into a business venture. Although there are a number of reasons that influenced my decision, none was as big of an influence as my dad, Rex Hall.

 
The picture above was the first BBQ contest I ever participated in (and I was lucky enough to be working with my dad) – it was held in Jefferson City, Missouri at the Jefferson City Public Library in the mid-1990′s. We’ve come a long way since then and when I say “we’ve” I mean my dad and I and our quest to always provide the best BBQ to our friends and family that we are capable of providing. Thanks again dad!

I’ve posted before on how important his love of the grill was and how much it has influenced me and helped get me to where I am today. Growing up my dad was like the postal delivery man of the grill – rain, sleet, snow, hail, sun, fog, hot, cold it didn’t matter, winter, spring, summer and fall he was outside grilling up chicken, ribs, brisket, pork shoulder, quail, corn, potatoes and just about anything else that can be grilled for our family meal.

So the most complete answer to how I got into BBQ and decided to turn my love for it into a business is because of my dad, a great teacher of many lessons to me. He taught me how to BBQ – from lighting a fire to seasoning meat. He, along with my mom, taught me that no star was out of my reach if I wanted to hold it in my hand – all I had to do was reach for it and work hard. They taught me the importance of doing whatever you are doing to the best of your ability – no one can ask more if you do your best. They also taught me about the importance of integrity, honesty and good communication – all traits we promise to bring to Pork Barrel BBQ on a daily basis.

Dad, thanks for sharing one of your passions with me because without your guidance and lessons there would be no Pork Barrel BBQ today.

 

Greatest Compliment Ever – Customer Says Pork Barrel BBQ is better than Kansas City BBQ Giants Arthur Bryant’s & Gates

I was following Pork Barrel BBQ on Twitter the other night when Pork Barrel BBQ received the greatest Barbecue compliment ever from http://www.twitter.com/claffee in a tweet:

@claffee Had a bbq rub taste test on the Iberico pork ribs the other night – @porkbarrelbbq beat Arthur Bryant’s and Gates in my opinion!”

We’ve never met @claffee (but he clearly has great wisdom and should be followed on Twitter) – but he clearly has some great taste – because he is 1) using Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub, and 2) is eating Iberico pork ribs.

For those of you who don’t follow meat – Iberico ribs just recently became available in the Washington D.C. market thanks to the amazing folks at Wagshals and Jose Andres. We did a post on heritage breeds of pigs earlier this year – so if you want to learn more about the topic, read Heath’s post here.

We are incredibly humbled that someone would compare our products to Kansas City BBQ greats like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates BBQ. We will keep working hard to deliver great BBQ at prices all Americans can afford. As two guys from Kansas City, we hope Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rubs and sauces someday have the reputation of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ and Gates BBQ.
 

Just Attended a Great Block Party with BBQ – Affirmed Why We Started Pork Barrel BBQ

My family just attended a great block party – of course, I was attracted to the BBQ grills. I took a photo of the three BBQ grills that had been rolled out of several backyards to create the temporary kitchen on the lawn. The food (burgers, hotdogs and bratwurst) was excellent (I had three brats and didn’t have to cook at all!), and the entire experience just affirmed why we founded Pork Barrel BBQ. There is something uniquely American about a great BBQ that lets people forget their worries and come together as a community. Particularly in these economic times, where there just seems to be an extra pressure surrounding everything, it was truly amazing to watch how 75 people celebrated the good things in life. If you want to bring this celebration to your backyard – be sure to try our All American Spice Rub!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Crosses 13,500 Followers on Twitter!

We at Pork Barrel BBQ spend way too much time on the computer – but have found Twitter to be a great tool for connecting with BBQ lovers around the world! We are pround that Pork Barrel BBQ is the largest BBQ Twitterer and hope that you’ll continue to follow and support us by visiting us at http://www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Big at the Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle

We are proud to report that our mission of bringing championship BBQ into the backyards of all Americans took a big leap forward this weekend! We entered our first ever BBQ competition, and decided to try out our rub and recipes against some of the biggest and best BBQ’ers in the nation at the Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle – out of over 50 teams, we took 2nd place in the Best BBQ Sauce in the Nation competition and 4th Place for our Pork Shoulder covered in our All American Spice Rub:

We want to send special thanks to our family and friends who came to visit us and eat free BBQ. A special shout out goes to Rex with SavoryReviews.com.

And a HUGE thanks to Heath’s parents for travelling from Jefferson City, Missouri and helping us out all weekend:

And here’s the Pork Barrel BBQ family!

We stayed true to our backyard roots and cooked all our food on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cookers and only used our All American Spice Rub:

Here’s our pork shoulder getting going:

And here’s the finished product:

Here’s of shot of Heath and his amazing brisket (look at that smoke ring)!

We had an amazing time and learned a lot from the great BBQ talent that was competing – thanks again to Safeway for hosting such a great event in Washington DC!

 

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 Launch Party – Video

On Sunday, May 31, more than 100 Pork Barrel BBQ fans and supporters showed up at Fort Ward Park in Alexandria, Virginia to celebrate the official launch of Pork Barrel BBQ. Over 150 pounds of pork shoulder, beef brisket and vegetables were smoked and grilled with Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub. A big Pork Barrel BBQ thank you to everyone who came to show their support – we couldn’t be doing what we are doing without your support and advice.
At the end of the picnic we were able to donate several trays of pork shoulder, pickles, potato chips and several watermelons to the Carpenters Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia.
 

Pork Barrel BBQ Crosses 10,000 Followers on Twitter

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Thanks to all our friends and supporters who have followed us on Twitter- we appreciate the chance to update you on all that is going on in the world of Pork Barrel BBQ!

We hope your having as much fun following us on Twitter as we are following you.  We think it is pretty cool that under the “Food” listing on Wefollow – http://wefollow.com/tag/food – that we have just passed Tyler Florence and are on the heels of the LA Times as one of the most followed food sites on Twitter.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Meets Top Chefs at the Food & Wine Festival at National Harbor

Pork Barrel BBQ made its debut at the National Harbor Food & Wine Festival this weekend at the National Harbor just outside of Washington, D.C.  One of the highlights for us was getting to hang out with Season 5 Top Chefs Carla and Ariane.  What a thrill it was for us.  We can’t even begin to tell you how cool they were!!  They rock!!!!!

Thanks so much for all the tips and pointers on making it in this business.  Your encouragement meant a ton to us and best of all the fact that you liked our All American Spice Rub and our pulled pork made our day!!!

Best of luck to you guys in your future endeavors!  We look forward to crossing paths in the future!  Be on the lookout for video of our encounter with Carla and Ariane!  And don’t forget to visit us on our website.