Pork Barrel BBQ – News


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 or our awesome Meat Week 2010 sponsor Capital Spice at

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week

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


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


Pork Barrel BBQ Founders Join Shark Tank Venture Capitalists to Ring Closing Bell at NASDAQ

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 the founders of Pork Barrel BBQ will join the Sharks from ABC’s hit TV show, “Shark Tank”, to ring the NASDAQ closing bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, founders of the BBQ sauce and rub company, will accompany the five Sharks – real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “infomercial” industry pioneer Kevin Harrington; fashion icon Daymond John; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; and financial expert Kevin O’Leary – in presiding over the NASDAQ closing bell at 3:45 pm eastern.

The former U.S. Senate staffers were aggressively interviewed by the five business tycoons on the show before negotiating a deal with Barbara Corcoran that led her to invest in their start-up BBQ sauce and rub company. Since appearing on “Shark Tank”, the entrepreneurs have capitalized on their national recognition and boosted sales for their Washington, DC based start-up. In addition to accepting orders online, Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rubs are now sold in 130 grocery and specialty stores in 5 states and the District of Columbia, including Harris Teeter, Ukrop’s, Balducci’s Food Lovers Market, Bloom, Hy-Vee, and other retail outlets across the nation.

Hall and Thompson recently announced a partnership with Mango Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn to open the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Mike Anderson, founder of Mango Mike’s, and Bill Blackburn currently operate restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia and Bethany Beach, Delaware.

“We’ve always believed that it is the small business that powers America’s economic engine. Having the opportunity to ring in the New Year by ringing the NASDAQ Closing Bell with the Sharks from Shark Tank gives us the honor to represent all of America’s small businesses in front of the NASDAQ,” said Heath Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ.

“We created Pork Barrel BBQ to bring our monumental flavor to the entire nation and prove that the free market system still worked. The chance to help the Sharks ring the NASDAQ closing bell is a chance of a lifetime, and another amazing opportunity that has come as a result of our partnership with Barbara Corcoran and our appearance on Shark Tank,” said Brett Thompson, CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was created by two former U.S. Senate staffers during a late night budget debate where the conversation on the Senate floor had turned to Pork Barrel spending and Heath and Brett were talking about their favorite subject of BBQ – and Pork Barrel BBQ was born. Since December 2008, Pork Barrel BBQ has been thrilling the taste buds of an increasing number of fans and critics with their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub. Pork Barrel BBQ has won numerous awards, including taking second place in the Best Sauce in the Nation contest at the 2009 National Capital Barbecue Battle and receiving the People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Taste of Del Ray. For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit the company’s website at and Twitter site at

Contact: Jennifer Brand
(202) 731-2114

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Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Making Progress!

It’s a big day for the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant – the first steel beam was attached this morning! We can’t wait to start serving our award winning BBQ in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia!

The first steel beam at the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

The first steel beam at the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant


Pork Barrel BBQ Gets Visit from National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru

This past weekend Pork Barrel BBQ was sampling our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce at the local Harris Teeter and we were honored to get a visit from National Review’s Senior Editor Ramesh Ponnuru.  Ramesh used to live in Kansas City and knows his BBQ – so we hope he enjoyed his taste of Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce!

Pork Barrel BBQ Gets Visit from National Review's Ramesh Ponnuru

Pork Barrel BBQ Gets Visit from National Review’s Ramesh Ponnuru


Customer Testimonials – Thanks for All the Kind Words About Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub!

Taste of Del Ray

The greatest honor for us is when our customers send us an email, or call to tell us that they like our Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce or Dry Rub.  It’s been a great year, and our bar b que sauce and dry rub has been used on countless pulled pork, bbq ribs, chicken and veggie recipes this summer.  We are so thankful for your support and wanted to share what some of our customers are saying:

“We happened to see your stint on Shark Tank – shortly after, our neighborhood store had your goods on display.  We tried it, and LOVED it!!  My husband is currently eating some sauce on his chicken and stated that it is his favorite sauce on the planet.” – email from Jill, Ft. Mill, South Carolina

“I spent my life trying to create the perfect gourmet bbq sauce, and was given a jar of your Pork Barrel BBQ sauce.  I used it on chicken and couldn’t believe that such an amazing taste could come from a bottle – I immediately went to my refrigerator and threw out all the BBQ sauce in it – yours will be the only BBQ sauce I ever use  – its the most amazing sauce I’ve ever tasted” phone call from University City, Missouri.

“Pork Barrel BBQ makes cooking a flavorful dinner on a time crunch easy. When I get home from work and want to throw dinner together I can take any piece of chicken, fish or beef, throw on some rub and cook it up. It is delicious, easy, and a staple in my cupboard.” – Krista, Washington, D.C.

“I used the All American Spice Rub to grill chicken for my teenage daughters – they said it was the best chicken I have ever made – I’m a customer for life!” – Jim, St. Louis, Missouri

“I was given a tin of the rub and have used it exclusively on salmon…….fabulous!!!!! I have yet to use it on anything else as I have run out and is time to reorder. You have a winner.” – Dian, St. Louis, Missouri

Not only does our All American Spice Rub taste great – but it is all natural and contains no preservatives and no MSG. The rub is manufactured locally in Virginia to reduce its carbon footprint. Now whats more bipartisan than that?


Happy Halloween! Check Out the Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin!

Happy Halloween from Pork Barrel BBQ – be sure to fire up those grills!  Check out this amazing Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall!

Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall

Pork Barrel BBQ Pumpkin carved by Rex Hall


Pork Barrel BBQ at a Harris Teeter Near You!

Looking to try some Pork Barrel BBQ? We’re coming to a local Harris Teeter near you! Harris Teeter has been a huge supporter of our business and has given us the chance to sample our products in their stores in Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Its an amazing experience to walk into a Harris Teeter and get to see our products on their shelves, and even more fun when we get to sample our products for their customers. We are going to be in four Virginia stores this weekend, and many more to come in coming weeks! Here are some photos from our product demos over the past few weeks – thanks to Harris Teeter for this tremendous opportunity!

Brett, Bill Blackburn and Ali in Alexandria store!

Heath at our first demo in the Tysons Corner store

Heath getting our award winning products cooking!
Always have fun to have friends read our Tweets and come visit us in DC!
Everyone likes to see the cool pig trophy!

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins the Taste of Del Ray 2009 Peoples Choice Award

We are proud to announce that last night Pork Barrel BBQ won the Del Ray Business Association’s Taste of Del Ray People’s Choice Award. The Taste of Del Ray brings restaurants throughout the Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, together to provide samples of their food – we gave out over 400 servings of our award winning pulled pork sandwiches and Mango Mike’s bourbon bread pudding. The Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant is currently under construction and will open next spring on Mt. Vernon Avenue next to St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and The Dairy Godmother.

We’d like to give special thanks to the Del Ray Business Association and Gayle Reuter for hosting such a great evening, Mary Abraham and Eric Reid of Del Merei Grill for organizing the event, Christie Hart and Executive Chef Will Artley from the Evening Star Cafe for showing us the ropes (this was their 11th year!), and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne for keeping us all safe (see below)!

Mango Mike Anderson and Heath Hall survey the line outside the Pork Barrel BBQ booth!


Pork Barrel BBQ to Appear on ABC’s Shark Tank – Sunday, September 13th at 9pm EST/8pm CST

Be sure to watch Pork Barrel BBQ’s Heath Hall and Brett Thompson battle with the Sharks on Shark Tank on ABC Sunday, September 13th at 9pm EST/8pm CST! To learn more about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit

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Be sure to check back often for updates about Pork Barrel BBQ’s Shark Tank experience!!