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The Inspirations Behind Pork Barrel BBQ – Dad, Friends and Bobby Flay

We often get asked why we started Pork Barrel BBQ and how we became so interested in BBQ so we thought we would share a bit of our story with you and a couple pictures that were taken a few years ago when Pork Barrel BBQ was just an idea percolating in our heads as a dream that was a long way from reality. 

  

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Brett and Bobby Flay

Bobby, we look forward to the next time our paths cross and hope you’ll do us the favor of letting us know what you think about Pork Barrel BBQ – after all you are part of the reason we exist.

For more information on Bobby Flay check him out on the web at www.bobbyflay.com.

Thanks again for your inspiration and bring back Boy Meets Grill!!!

The simple fact is we were lucky enough to grow up around great BBQ so we come by our love of it honestly — and we like to eat a bit (this is also a good motivating factor). As we graduated from high school and moved to college a trend was starting around the country – chefs could actually become celebrities and they were bringing new and exciting food ideas to the masses. Folks were cooking things they’d never heard of only months earlier let alone tried to cook. One of these innovators was Bobby Flay – both Brett’s and my culinary and grilling hero.I’ll never forget the first time I crossed paths with Bobby Flay – it was on a fledgling television network known as the Food Network. Right on the screen in front of me was this city slicker named Bobby Flay and a good ol‘ country boy named Jack McDavid. Jack was all about charcoal and wood and Bobby was all about gas. I immediately sided with Jack and felt he was the real authentic BBQ’er on the show because I believed no one in there right mind would use gas to grill (why not stay inside and use your stove and oven if you’re going to use gas was what I was saying to myself). I loved the show, it was a couple of armature TV actors who could cook, but couldn’t act. They went on to win no Academy Awards, but they both ended up winning me over. The show was short lived, but I had warmed to Bobby by the time the show was taken off and intrigued by his cooking.

The rest is history. Bobby has become one of the most recognizable cooks in all of America if not the world (who else has stood on a cutting board in Japan and lived to talk about it?). Bobby has matured into an excellent on air personality, but it has always been about the food for him and you can still see this on his current show Throwdown with Bobby Flay. Win or lose he has fun and enjoys learning the tricks of some of the best cooks in America.

We’d be comfortable in betting that Bobby has inspired many cooks across this country to try a new dish, eat something a bit different at a restaurant, get the grill out in the rain or snow, or in our case, along with our family and friends, get the courage to start a small business dedicated to great BBQ. Thanks for the inspiration Bobby!!!

Several years ago we were lucky enough to get the chance to meet Bobby during a visit of his to Congress where he was lobbying on behalf of technical education and trade schools. He took five minutes out of his busy schedule to stop and talk with us and answer some questions we had. He even had to step aside to get a picture taken with a Member of Congress and told us to hold on because he was going to come back and finish our conversation after he was finished with the picture and he held true to his word.

 

It is true that both Brett and I have loved exploring our culinary talents (at least the two of us think we have culinary talent — thinking is sometimes more dangerous than knowing) on grills and smokers for many years. It is also true that we’ve had our empty plates out in anticipation of what might be coming off a family member or friends grill during those summer BBQ’s and still vivid in my memory is dad grilling and smoking meat on those cold snowy or raining winter nights. I think my dad’s BBQ motto was similar to the Post Office motto and went something like this:

 

Neither rain nor hail nor sleet nor snow nor heat of day nor dark of night shall keep this BBQ’er from the swift completion of his brisket, ribs, chicken, steaks, pork chops, or baked potatoes.

 

 

What Is Better Than BBQ? Friends! We Want To Be Friends With You – Become Our Friend On facebook!!

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Are you on facebook?  We are and we would love to be your friend!  Check out our facebook page and friend us.  What do you have to lose?  After all, this could be the start of something special!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes Top 10 Most Followed BBQ Twitterer!

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Thanks for all your support – Pork Barrel BBQ is now in the Top 10 BBQ Twitterers according to We Follow – check us out at www.wefollow.com/tag/bbq!

Join as as a follower at www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq!
 

Pork Barrel BBQ Retail News – the Organic Butcher of mclean To Carry Pork Barrel Products

We are pleased to announce that the Organic Butcher of mclean became Pork Barrel BBQ’s second retail outlet in February.  We would like to thank Don Roden, owner of the Organic Butcher of mclean, for giving Pork Barrel BBQ products a shot, a little known, but emerging, entity to him at the time he agreed to carry our All-American Spice Rub.

The Organic Butcher is a quaint local butcher on Old Dominion Drive in McClean, VA.  Don carries an extensive selection of common and not so common cuts of meat. If you are looking for the traditional he’s your butcher for some of the best boneless ribeye steaks and Frenched lamb racks in the DC area.  If you are looking to go a bit more exotic with your next meal Don has wild boar, moulard duck, pheasant, buffalo, venison, elk and ostrich among others on his list of wild game.  If you live in or around McLean, make Don and the fine folks at the Organic Butcher of mclean your neighborhood butcher and supplier of Pork Barrel BBQ products!!!!

the Organic Butcher of mclean
6712 Old Dominion Drive
McLean, VA 22101
(703) 790-8300

There is no question that Don is doing what he loves and you can be certain he will take care of all your butcher shop needs!

Next time you are in McLean, stop by the Organic Butcher of mclean and thank Don for carrying Pork Barrel BBQ products and take home some of his organic meats, especially some of his wild game cuts. The Organic Butcher of mclean is open Tuesday-Sunday to serve your butcher shop needs. If you are in Charlottesville, VA stop by their second store, the Organic Butcher of cville. Don’t forget to visit the Organic Butcher of mclean on the Internet.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Retail News – Let’s Meat On The Avenue Becomes First Pork Barrel BBQ Retail Outlet

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We are pleased to announce that Let’s Meat on the Avenue became Pork Barrel BBQ’s first retail outlet in December.  We are especially grateful to Let’s Meat on the Avenue’s owner, Steve Gatward, for taking a chance on Pork Barrel BBQ, an unknown quantity at the time he agreed to carry Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub.
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Let’s Meat on the Avenue is located in the heart of the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, VA.  Steve carries pasture-fed, free range and hormone-free meat and poultry raised locally in Fauquier County among his large selection of fine meats.  Let Steve and the fine folks at Let’s Meat on the Avenue become your neighborhood butcher.
Let’s Meat on the Avenue
2403 Mount Vernon Avenue
Alexandria, VA 22336
(703) 836-6328
www.letsmeatontheavenue.com

Steve can be quite the character and is a lot of fun to talk to (As you can see from the photo!) and has an amazing selection of natural and organic meats – including beef, lamb, pork, chicken and even (coming soon) kangaroo!!  He lived in Australia for almost 20 years and sells hamburgers and hot dogs from Greg Norman, a famous Australian golfer.  As you can imagine, these items are a big hit with local golfers.

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Next time you are in Del Ray, stop by Let’s Meat on the Avenue and thank Steve for carrying Pork Barrel BBQ products and take home some of his natural and organic meats. Let’s Meat on the Avenue is open Tuesday through Sunday and Steve is happy to take your special order and cut your order just the way you want it.  Don’t forget to visit Let’s Meat on the Avenue on the Internet.

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Pork Barrel BBQ Is Now Just A Tweet Away!

twitterPork Barrel BBQ is now on Twitter and we’re twittering away!  If you are on Twitter join our Twitter feed to stay up to date with all the latest in Pork Barrel BBQ news!!! Go to Twitter now and start following us on Twitter!!!  We will update you with tweets regarding our favorite BBQ recipes and information on the top BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs and BBQ sauces.

Don’t forget to visit us on the Internet and check out Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub.

 

We Want To Hear From You BBQ Fans – What Do You Think Of Pork Barrel BBQ???

question-markOver the past few months we have received many comments and some great feedback from fans of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Rub on what they think of the spice rub and how they are using it.  We love hearing from you and want to hear more!!!  This feedback is the best way for us to continue to improve our products and service so our customers have the best BBQ experience each and every time you head for the grill.

We also want to make this blog the best resource on the Internet for BBQ news and information.  We love all things BBQ – BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs, BBQ sauces, BBQ recipes and BBQ restaurants.  Tell us what you want to read about on the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and we’ll get to posting.

We love BBQ, BBQ grills and BBQ smokers, dry rubs, spices – you name it – and we need your help to be the best we can be!  Don’t just let us know what we are doing right, we also want to know what we are doing wrong!!!

Tell us how you are using the All American Spice Rub in your kitchens and backyards!!!  We know that our customers are some of the most creative cooks around and we want to share your creations and ideas with all of our customers and fans so they can bring your ideas to their own plates – send us your Pork Barrel BBQ recipes.

This is also your opportunity to send us your ideas on what kinds of spice rubs and BBQ sauces you would like to see us offer in the future.  Don’t forget to cast your vote in our poll that asks which variety of spice rub you would like to be the second in the Pork Barrel BBQ family of spice rubs.

Over the past few months we have received many comments and some great feedback from fans of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Rub on what they think of the spice rub and how they are using it.  We love hearing from you and want to hear more!!!  This feedback is the best way for us to continue to improve our products and service so our customers have the best BBQ experience each and every time you head for the grill.

We also want to make this blog the best resource on the Internet for BBQ news and information.  We love all things BBQ – BBQ grills, BBQ smokers, dry rubs, BBQ sauces, BBQ recipes and BBQ restaurants.  Tell us what you want to read about on the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and we’ll get to posting.

We love BBQ, BBQ grills and BBQ smokers, dry rubs, spices – you name it – and we need your help to be the best we can be!  Don’t just let us know what we are doing right, we also want to know what we are doing wrong!!!

Tell us how you are using the All American Spice Rub in your kitchens and backyards!!!  We know that our customers are some of the most creative cooks around and we want to share your creations and ideas with all of our customers and fans so they can bring your ideas to their own plates – send us your Pork Barrel BBQ recipes.

This is also your opportunity to send us your ideas on what kinds of spice rubs and BBQ sauces you would like to see us offer in the future.  Don’t forget to cast your vote in our poll that asks which variety of spice rub you would like to be the second in the Pork Barrel BBQ family of spice rubs.

And of course, leave us any other comments you would like us to see.

To leave a comment simply click on “Comment” at the bottom of this blog posting or email us at porkbarrelbbq@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from all of you soon!!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes a Member of the Kansas City Barbeque Society

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Today, Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that we have officially joined the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS).  It seems fitting that our first official association with a BBQ organization would be KCBS since our products are inspired by the history and tradition of Kansas City BBQ!

KCBS was started in 1985 and now has more than 8,000 members worldwide and sanctions almost 300 BBQ contests and events each year.  The Mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve, and promote barbecue as a culinary technique, sport and art form and they want barbecue to be recognized as America’s Cuisine.  For more information about KCBS check out their website.

In the coming weeks look for several announcements regarding Pork Barrel BBQ’s participation in upcoming KCBS BBQ events. We are still not sure if we will use our Weber Kettle, our Char-Griller, or make a purchase of a new smoker or grill for the competitons – but we promise to keep you posted.  Don’t forget to try our All American Spice Rub the next time you fire up the grill or smoker!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Announces Launch Of Pork Barrel BBQ Blog

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Pork Barrel BBQ has only been around for several months, but it has already started to develop a loyal following.  We thought it was time to provide our loyal fans with more information on our products so we decided to move into the 21st century with our very own blog – the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog.

The Pork Barrel BBQ Blog is where you’ll be able to get all the latest news on Pork Barrel BBQ.  Look for blog posts on the following and much more in the near future:

  • What our next dry rub will be and when it will be available.
  • Announcements of new locations where Pork Barrel BBQ can be purchased.
  • A listing of the local festivals and BBQ contests Pork Barrel BBQ will be participating in this year.
  • A list of the farmers markets you’ll be able to get Pork Barrel BBQ at this summer.
  • Ideas of how fellow Pork Barrel BBQ rub enthusiasts are using the rub – complete with recipes.
  • General BBQ and cooking information.
  • Guest posts from Pork Barrel BBQ supporters, local BBQ’ers and chefs, political officials and commentators, food bloggers, and many others.

We hope you enjoy the Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and welcome your comments and contributions and always remember whatever your political party, we can all agree on the value of great barbecue. We hope our products bring bipartisan flavor to your meals!