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Pork Barrel BBQ founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson to Guest Host Northern Virginia Magazine “Grill Warren” Chat with Warren Rojas

Pork Barrel BBQ founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson have been invited to guest host the Northern Virginia Magazine “Grill Warren” Chat at 11 am on Thursday, May 6, 2010.  We are so grateful to Warren Rojas, Dining Editor of Northern Virginia Magazine, for inviting us to guest host, and we hope to make him proud – so feel free to ask us any question about BBQ, business, Barbara Corcoran and our experience on the ABC Mark Burnett Reality Show Shark Tank – click here!

NOVA Magazine Chat

 

Schnucks Shelves Stocked with Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

May 5, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

 

Schnucks Shelves Stocked with Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub

Just in Time for BBQ Season, Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Rub Available In Over 100 Schnucks Stores

Washington, DC (May 5, 2010) – Pork Barrel BBQ today announced that all Schnucks Markets are now carrying their award-winning BBQ sauces and spice rub. Grocery shoppers and BBQ lovers can now find Pork Barrel BBQ products in the over 100 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

BBQ lovers, home cooks and veteran chefs alike are fond of Pork Barrel BBQ and its founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, who were featured on ABC’s hit television show Shark Tank. This BBQ season, Hall and Thompson are proud to announce their BBQ sauces and spice rub are available in Schnucks Markets, which was recently named 2010 Independent Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters Magazine.

“As a Kirkwood High School and Washington University graduate, nothing makes me more proud than to be carried in Schnucks,” said Brett Thompson, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “It’s a real honor to have our Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub and premium Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces available in my home town store.”

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe/. To find locations where Pork Barrel BBQ products are sold, visit the company’s store locator and online interactive map at: http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations/.

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. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.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. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

 

REMINDER: 8th Annual Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-off – April 25th from Noon-3 pm at the Birchmere

Be sure visit Pork Barrel BBQ today at the 8th Annual Carpenter’s Shelter Cook-off – noon-3 pm at The Birchmere! Pulled Pork and Bread Pudding!

Taste of Del Ray

 

Great Music Fog Video of Chatham County Line Singing “Crop Comes In”

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to be a sponsor of Music Fog– a video blog venture promoting and celebrating the Americana music scene.  Music Fog was at  SXSW last month and packed some Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub in there bags.  Along the way they recorded some great music videos from some of the best musicians Americana music has to offer.

Check out this great video of Chatham County Line singing “Crop Comes In” and notice the Pork Barrel BBQ products!  Thanks to all of our friends at Music Fog!!!

 

Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

April 15, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

Veronica Miller

(703) 249-8018

veronica@bellotaimporters.com

Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

Pork Barrel BBQ to Use Wagshal’s Premium Meat At Barbecue Contests Across America

Washington, DC (Thursday, April 15, 2010) –  Pork Barrel BBQ today announced The Wagshal’s Group as the meat and seafood sponsor of its Competition BBQ Team. The Wagshal’s Group, which owns Wagshal’s Market and the Bellota Importers, will supply the competition team with the highest quality meats on the market today, including American Wagyu beef and Iberico de Bellota pork, for use at numerous state and national championship barbecue contests across America.

Bellota Importers is the exclusive distributor of Iberico de Bellota, a purebred Spanish heritage pig, in the United States. The legendary purebred black hoof free-range Iberico pigs get their unique flavor and name because they feed on acorns – known as Bellota in Spain. The world-renowned raw Iberico de Bellota chuletero (loin) cuts were first introduced in the U.S. in 2009 and sold out quickly. Wagshal’s has been able to secure a larger supply of Iberico pork for 2010, including cuts that have never been sold in the U.S, such as the Costilla (spare ribs) cut, in addition to new cuts that are exclusive to the Iberico breed: Presa de Paleta (shoulder steak) and the shoulder section of the loin (Pluma).

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team plans to use this premium and unique breed of heritage pork at multiple bbq competitions during the 2010 competition season, including Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest hosted May 13-15 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Wagshal’s is sponsoring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition BBQ Team by providing us with their unique and premium products during the 2010 competition bbq season,” said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Wagshal’s has a reputation for the finest quality products in the nation and we are thrilled that, with their support, we will be the first competitive bbq team in the U.S. to use their Iberico de Bellota pork.”

“Wagshal’s is delighted to support Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning Competition BBQ Team in its quest to secure multiple championships in 2010 at prestigious bbq competitions across the country,” said Bill Fuchs, President of Wagshal’s. “Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rub and sauces are made with the highest quality ingredients and will tastefully complement the equally high quality of Wagshal’s meats and seafood.”

Wagshal’s carries Pork Barrel BBQ products for retail purchase at their Washington, D.C. location. For more information, visit www.wagshals.com or Pork Barrel BBQ’s store locator, www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

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. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces & Dry Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.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. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

About The Wagshal’s Group

A Washington tradition for 85 years, The Wagshal’s Group is composed of DC’s premier Delicatessen and Butcher, Spring Valley Catering, and Bellota Importers. Established in 1925, Wagshal’s Delicatessen became known as the “President’s Deli” over the years serving Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Herbert Walker Bush among other notable customers. In 1995, Wagshal’s Market opened a few doors away from the original Delicatessen. Bill Fuchs, a food industry veteran and owner of Wagshal’s, wanted to offer customers an old-world approach to high quality meats and seafood. From its prime graded, dry-aged, Kosher designated, carcass beef to its custom hot dogs, homemade sausages, and exotic meats, Wagshal’s Market consistently has earned top marks from the media. Washingtonian Magazine has named it “the best butcher shop in the metropolitan area with the finest meats and seafood.” Bellota Importers is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Iberico de Bellota raw pork from Spain. The Wagshal’s Group is family owned and operated. Bill’s sons, Aaron Fuchs and Brian Fuchs, are executive vice president and vice president of operations respectively. Bill’s sister, Silvia Alexander, oversees Spring Valley Catering. For more information visit: www.wagshals.com, www.springvalleycatering.net or www.bellotaimporters.com.

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How the 4 year old son of Pork Barrel BBQ’s CEO Views the World

I just told my 4 year old son Sawyer  – “It’s final day at the Masters!” He asked back “It’s the last day of BBQ Pitmasters?”

Now that’s a cool kid.

 

I LOVE Pork Barrel BBQ!

I LOVE Pork Barrel BBQ!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Meets Food and Hospitality Author Barbara Lang

The awesome thing about doing food shows is getting to meet new friends!  We had the great pleasure of meeting renowned author Barbara Lang at the VA Food and Beverage Expo.  Barbara sure knows her stuff – serving 10 years as a culinary director at a Napa Valley winery; a former co-owner of a successful restaurant in Ithaca, NY; 17 years as a lecturer at Cornell’s Hotel School and is the author of From Restaurant to Retail, a Handbook for Food Professionals – check out her website here, or visit http://www.restauranttoretail.com/index.html.  We had a great time hanging out and learning from her experience – we hope we can hang out again soon – thanks Barbara!

Pork Barrel BBQ's Brett Thompson and Heath Hall with Author Barbara Lang

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Brett Thompson and Heath Hall with Author Barbara Lang

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Holds Del Ray Restaurant Open House and Listening Session

We had a great Open House and listening session last evening, and we wanted to express our sincere thanks to those in attendance for their input, and for those who could not attend, share with you one of the major announcements about the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant we made last evening.

We’ve spent the past several months listening to folks in the community seeking their input on the restaurant, and heard concerns expressed about our plans to use a wood smoker.  In response to these concerns, we announced yesterday that we’ve made a major change in the piece of equipment we are using – we will no longer be using a wood smoker, and instead are going with a state of the art gas version, that uses gas as the heat source, and only uses wood to add flavor – using only 1-3 pieces of wood per 12 hour cooking cycle – much less than the average fireplace or backyard grill.

We chose this gas cooker, even though it is significantly more expensive, because it is made specifically to address concerns raised by some in the community.  This cooker is manufactured by Southern Pride, and is in use in all 50 states, and in fact, is used in Times Square, especially made for cooking BBQ in urban high density areas.  The new cooker is both UL listed and UL (Environmental and Public Health) EPH approved.  There are still some concerns about this cooker and we’ll try to address those, so we’re still exploring the best option for this project.  We plan on being on the corner for a long time so we’re going to try to do it right from the start.

We also learned about some other concerns that we weren’t aware of.  We will restrict delivery drivers and any delivery service from using side streets.  Delivery drivers will be made to turn off engines during deliveries.  Delivery schedules will be made with the least amount of impact to traffic and the community.

There was a lot of positive feedback about some later hours in Del Ray to broaden the appeal of the Avenue to a wider audience.  We received a lot of feedback about this from the 30 somethings in the crowd.  We’ll be working with David Fromm from the Del Ray Citizens Association to organize an online survey about the Association’s desire on this matter.

We were very grateful for all the comments and input we received this evening, and we will continue this listening process.  We are excited for the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant to be a part of the Del Ray community and really hope that this will be another family friendly meeting place for Del Ray.

Sincerely,

Mike Anderson

Bill Blackburn

Brett Thompson

Heath Hall

 

Great Music Fog Video of Elliot Brood Singing “West End Sky”

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to be a sponsor of Music Fog – a video blog venture promoting and celebrating the Americana music scene.  Music Fog just returned from SXSW with a ton of great music videos from some of the best Americana music has to offer.  In addition to filming great artists in Austin, Music Fog introduced Pork Barrel BBQ products to a ton of new folks in one of America’s BBQ hot beds!  Thanks guys!!

Check out this great video of Elliot Brood singing “West End Sky” and notice the Pork Barrel BBQ products!  Thanks to all of our friends at Music Fog!!!

 

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!