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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.
 

Pork Barrel BBQ Was a Donor at the 2009 Taste of the South Charity Gala Held in Washington, DC on May 16

On Saturday, May 16 Pork Barrel BBQ donated our Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub to the 27th annual Taste of the South charity gala held at the D.C. Armory in Washington, D.C.  (We were very excited to see our name just to the right of one of our favorite BBQ joints – Gates BBQ in Kansas City, MO.)  This year’s featured charity was the Magnolia Speech School of Mississippi, a private, nonprofit, oral education program for children with hearing loss and language disorders.  Additionally, a small portion of the funds raised went to Jubilee Jobs, a Washington, D.C. based charity that provides support for disadvantaged job-seekers in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Taste of the South was a great time for all that attended, even though it felt like it was 100 degrees inside the D.C. Armory. We are already looking forward to next years Taste of the South and the chance to help some worthy charities.

In addition to giving back to the community Pork Barrel BBQ used this opportunity to unveil our new label on the sample bags of our All American Spice Rub. Here’s what they look like up close. Let us know what you think of the new look and don’t forget to visit us www.porkbarrelbbq.com!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Competion Team – Pork Barrel BBQ To Compete in the 17th Annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to announce that we will be participating in 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 in which we will be preparing brisket and pulled pork.

Sunday, June 28 is the Memphis in May Barbecue Event in which 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.

 

Special Thanks to Yared Photography for Pork Barrel BBQ Photo

We were honored when a good friend of Pork Barrel BBQ – Mr. Yared Tseggai – shared his talent with Pork Barrel BBQ and sent photos he took of our All American Spice Rub.  Please visit Yared Photography on the web and check them out on Flickr.  Yared is an incredibly talented portrait and wedding photographer – he gets our Pork Barrel BBQ Seal of Approval.  Here is one of his great pictures of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All Ameirican Spice Rub!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Becomes Most Follwed BBQ Site On Twitter!!!

We admit it, we have become addicted to Twitter.  Our goal 30 days ago was to become the largest BBQ twitterer (as ranked on WeFollow.com).  Drumroll Please…  Today, we have achieved our spot in Twitter fame by reaching the top spot on the Twitter BBQ ladder!  A big thank you to all of our followers – feel free to check us out at www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq and ask all of your friends to follow us.  See our ranking below or check it out at www.wefollow.com/tag/bbq.

We know that BBQ’ers are a very competitive bunch, so we know we’ll have to fight hard to keep the top spot!  But we say to all who seek the top spot – BRING IT ON!
 

Pork Barrel BBQ to attend National Harbor Food and Wine Festival – June 6-7, 2009 (National Harbor, MD)

Pork Barrel BBQ will be selling its All American Spice Rub at the Food and Wine Festival at National Harbor on June 6 and 7, 2009.

We will be sharing some of our favorite recipes and raffling off some of our favorite BBQ products!  There are a number of celebrity chefs (including several from the TV show Top Chef) who will be on had along with all of the amazing food and wine – and of course Pork Barrel BBQ!  Please stop by our booth and try our All American Spice Rub on some 14 hour smoked pulled pork!

 

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. 

  

Heath and Bobby Flay

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.