We are very excited to release the 2016 Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Schedule. There is always a chance we could add to this list, but for now here’s were you’ll find us during the 2016 Competition BBQ Season!
If you haven’t been stranded on a desert island you know that BBQ and grilling are SMOKING HOT in America right now! If BBQ were in line to have an IPO on the DOW or NASDAQ it would be met with a buzz similar to that enjoyed by Facebook or Shack Shack as they made their way into our financial lexicon and the portfolios of millions of investors. Simply put, betting on BBQ is a safer bet than doubling down in blackjack when you’ve been dealt two aces. BBQ is a sure bet, at least as sure of a bet as exists, and there are many gamblers going all in when it comes to BBQ!
If you turned on your TV in 2015, you probably came face to face with the reality that TV producers and networks are among those placing the largest wager on the popularity of BBQ in America. BBQ on TV isn’t new, it’s just hotter than it has ever been. From Food Network to Destination America and Cooking Channel to PBS and Travel Channel to the networks, BBQ and grilling shows are popping up everywhere. 2015 also became the year when BBQ broke even further into the world of commercials, with BBQ themed commercials from GEICO, Bank of America, Nexium, and Burlington Coat Factory to name a few. We were even lucky enough to break into the world of commercials this year filming BBQ themed commercials for Choice Hotels and Dunn & Brandstreet.
More BBQ on TV is a good thing for the health and growth of BBQ in America. It introduces the cuisine, lifestyle and sport that we all love so much to countless potential new BBQ lovers. That means more people eating at BBQ restaurants, purchasing BBQ sauce and spice rub, buying new grills and smokers, adding BBQ cookbooks to their bookshelves and/or competing in their first BBQ contests. That also means more opportunities for BBQ pitmasters, BBQ businesses, and BBQ restaurants to increase their stature and diversify potential revenue streams.
More BBQ TV = Good For BBQ in general and the BBQ pitmasters/BBQ businesses and BBQ restaurants who make a living from BBQ
Our Top 5 BBQ TV Shows in 2015 are:
#5 – BBQ Pit Wars – As BBQ competitors it is always great to see a show based on the competition world. You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family.
The second season of BBQ Pit Wars was, in our opinion, a stronger season than the first. If it gets a third season it would be great to see a bit more diversity in contest locations and a refresh of the teams who participate on the show. We like the idea of the team who wins the season securing a slot in the next season while the three losing teams are replaced by three new teams. This would raise the stakes of the show and give at least three new teams the chance to participate every year.
#4 – Chopped Grillmasters – After a several year hiatus it was good to see the Food Network bring Chopped Grillmasters back. If there is one downfall in the world of competition BBQ it is that it doesn’t reward risk taking and creativity. Like it or not, we all know if we want a chance to hear our name called at awards there is a narrow line the judges are looking for and we must not cross it if we hope to be successful. The reality is BBQ is filled with talented cooks and chefs who, when given the opportunity, can do some pretty remarkable things over a live fire. We loved seeing so many of our friends forced to step outside of their comfort zone of ribs, chicken, brisket and pork and be forced to think outside the box with some odd ball ingredients in very short windows of time. The results were for the most part very impressive!
#3 -BBQ Pitmasters – BBQ Pitmasters set the tone for the influx of BBQ related shows and has changed formats several times over the course of its history. We still don’t find the show as satisfying as the first season, but it remains a favorite can’t miss show. In its current format, it is a hybrid mix of BBQ Pit Wars and Chopped Grillmasters. It isn’t the pure competition format of Pit Wars and it isn’t the adrenaline rush format of being told you have 15 minutes to create a world class dish using squash blossoms, beaten biscuits, durian, crickets and lobster over an open fire. It sets somewhere comfortably in between.
Where the show has improved upon itself in recent seasons is its current iteration of judges. The mix of personality, chemistry and acumen is perfect between Myron Mixon, Tuffy Stone & Moe Cason, all very accomplished pitmasters in their own right. Where the show has faltered in our opinion is in two areas: 1) It often tries to get too cute with a quick challenge filled with “Made For TV Drama” that just doesn’t work. We want to see the show focus on the main event, seasoned pitmasters doing what they do best, not determining if they can turn rattlesnake into an Amuse Bouche in 15 minutes, and 2) It is as if the same pitmasters are asked to return to the show year after year. While there certainly should be opportunity for pitmasters to return, there should also be opportunity for fresh casting each year, which would help keep the show fresh and provide additional accomplished pitmasters the opportunity to introduce themselves and share their talents with viewers. There are dozens, if not hundreds, of qualified pitmasters cooking from coast-to-coast who we’d like to see on the show. Simply put, let’s see some new pitmasters next season!
#2 – BBQ Crawl – BBQ Crawl is Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on steroids for the BBQ lover. There are so many amazing BBQ joints across the country and most of us aren’t lucky enough to travel from coast-to-coast to try them all, but we’re able to live vicariously through Diva Q as she does just that. When we’re lucky enough to find ourselves traveling around the country we’ve followed Diva’s advice and visited a few of her favorite stops. The thing that really takes this show to the next level are the episodes that find Diva Q competing in a local BBQ contest. We love this aspect of the show for many of the same reasons we listed above under BBQ Pit Wars (You get a chance to see your friends on TV, you might even see yourself on TV if you were cooking the right competition at the right time, get a secret or two for the low price of watching the show, confirm if you are doing something right or wrong based on the success or failure of the shows participants and share a little bit of your weekend life with friends and family.) Additionally, we love that she shares the spotlight with her BBQ friends on each episode, inviting them to visit BBQ joints and cook BBQ competitions with her!
#1 – BBQ with Franklin – BBQ with Franklin is hands down our favorite BBQ show of 2015. What could be bad about one of the greatest minds in BBQ giving us, the viewer, an in depth and often scientific understanding of wood, meat, seasoning, pits and even a failed attempt at competing (again proving that BBQ judges often cause us to scratch our heads as we’re sure that the Que Aaron turned in, which was surly outside the box of traditional competition BBQ, was way preferable to many of the entries turned in – we know we’d rather eat Aaron’s BBQ than what we turn in on just about every Saturday we compete). We can’t wait to see what Aaron has in store for viewers next season!
2015 was indeed a great year for BBQ on TV and we have no doubt the airwaves will be filled with even more great BBQ TV in 2016, which is only good for BBQ!
Come back tomorrow and we’ll announce the #9 BBQ Story of 2015.
We are very excited to announce the release of a new commercial Pork Barrel BBQ filmed with Dunn & Bradstreet Credibility Corp. With the help of Dunn & Bradstreet’s Credibility Concierge service, we’ve been able to get our BBQ Sauces, Spice Rubs & Bacon Jerky on the shelves of some of the nation’s largest retailers!
Check out the commercial and let us know what you think in the comments! We hope you like it as much as we do!
We are very excited that we are adding two new flavors to our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!! Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Bacon Jerky and Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Bacon Jerky will be joining Spicy Sriracha, Old Fashioned Maple and Honey Pepper in our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky’s. Stay tuned for more details!!
Over the weekend we headed to California to visit Boyd Specialties LLC to get a first hand look at the production process of our brand new product, Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. If you love Bacon, you’re going to love our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky. Boyd’s, just like Pork Barrel BBQ, is a family owned and operated company. It has been a great experience working with them on this very fun new product. While at the Boyd’s facility we got to see the entire process of our Bacon Jerky going from Bacon to Bacon Jerky!
Here is the first step – Bacon getting ready to be flavored with one of our five amazing flavors (Spicy Sriracha, Honey Pepper, Old Fashioned Maple, Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ, and Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ).
The bacon is placed on drying racks to head into Boyd’s very special ovens.
A batch of our Spicy Sriracha is ready to be bagged.
The day we visited was the first day our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky was being packaged in our brand new bags – here’s a sample of what the new bags look like (this bag is for our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky).
Nothing better than seeing bags filled with Bacon Jerky running down the line ready to be packed for shipping to our customers around the country!
A big thank you to the entire team at Boyd’s! Thank you for your partnership with Pork Barrel BBQ! Here’s to much mutual success in the coming months and years as we work to put Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky on retail shelves across America!
We are honored to appear in a new commercial for Choice Hotels brands Comfort Inn & Comfort Suites. When we hit the road for a sales call, food show or BBQ contest we have a lot of choices in where to stay and we always know when we choose Comfort Inn or Comfort Suites we’ll get a clean room, free internet and a good breakfast all for a reasonable price!
Do you love BACON? Have you been dying to try Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky? If you are in the Washington, DC area come out to Bed Bath & Beyond in Vienna, Virginia, this Saturday, June 6 from 12:00pm to 4:00pm to sample all three of our Bacon Jerky Flavors (Spicy Srirachi, Old Fashioned Maple, and Honey Pepper).
What – Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampling
When – Saturday, June 6, 2015 between 12:00pm and 4:00pm
Where – Bed Bath & Beyond, 2051 Chain Bridge Rd, Vienna, VA 22182
Can’t make it to Vienna, VA this Saturday? Fear not, get your Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack HERE!
The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team had an excellent cook at it’s second contest of the 2015 competition season in Ft. Washington, MD this past weekend at the Beltway BBQ Showdown. This was our fifth time cooking this contest and it remains one of our favorites. Johnathan Jones, the contest organizer, does a great job creating a very cooker friendly contest. I also love it because I can be home and in the shower less than 30 minutes after awards! After a brief period where it looked like we could be in for some heavy rain none came and the weather couldn’t have been nicer for the remainder of the contest.
After shaking the winter rust off in Annapolis, MD a few weeks ago we had a very solid cook hat ended in us being named Grand Champions!! Before I talk in more detail about the cook I want to give a big thank you to our sponsors, ICEHOLE Coolers for keeping our meats nice and fresh and our drinks nice and cool, East Coast Smokin’ Woods for providing us with an awesome supply of Hickory, Oak & Cherry to fuel the Jambo, and Butcher BBQ for supply us with amazing injections and Bird Booster!
Here’s how we did:
We continued our hot streak with Chicken, finishing in 5th place out of 38 teams with a 171.9884. I felt like we had a very good chance of hearing our name called after I took the first bite of chicken right after taking it off the smoker. It had great color, good bite through skin and was very moist. I’ve said it a hundred times and will probably say it a hundred more, if you aren’t using Butcher BBQ Bird Booster products you probably aren’t hearing your name called for chicken as often as you’d like to.
After Annapolis where our ribs had very little flavor I spent a lot of time reconsidering my rib recipe and had several phone calls with rib master Rod Gray of Pellet Envy. After Rod’s council I revamped my recipe and made some tweeks to my cooking technique and was very pleased with the improvement. I still have some work to do, but in the end these four racks of ribs failed to do what so many racks have done to us in the past – cost us a chance at the Grand Championship. Our ribs had great flavor and did enough to keep us in the fight for Grand. We finished 13th out of 38 teams with a score of 163.9656.
After a middle of the pack finish in Annapolis I did some tweeking on my Pork recipe and it paid off big time. This was one of the best pork boxes I’ve turned in in quite some time – it was juicy, had great flavor and a killer money muscle. We finished in 3rd place out of 36 teams with a score of 173.1428.
Brisket was a mixed bag for us – it had great, really great, flavor, but it was slightly overcooked which made cutting slices somewhat difficult. If this brisket had come off the smoker 10-15 minutes earlier this could have been a brisket with a chance at a top finish. We ended up in 9th place out of 36 teams with a score of 165.6800.
Thanks to a very consistent cook with all above average turn-ins we finished 1st out of 39 teams with an overall score of 674.7768 and were named Grand Champions of the 2015 Beltway BBQ Battle, helping us score some good points in the Kansas City Barbeque Society and MABBA Team of the Year races. It was great sharing our first GC of the year with my five week old son Hudson (Hope he doesn’t get to used to GC’s!). Congratulations to Michael Fay and his Aporkalypse Now team on being named Reserve Grand Champions.
Again, a huge thank you to our sponsors – ICEHOLE Coolers, East Coast Smokin’ Wood, & Butcher BBQ – without your support we couldn’t be doing what we love to do so many weekends each year! Thank you for your support and for making such remarkable products! Be sure to support those who support BBQ by visiting our sponsors websites and ordering from them!
We’ve got a couple weeks off before our next contest. We’ll see you in Buckhannon, WV the weekend of June 19-20 for the Almost Heaven BBQ Bash – winner gets an auto to the Jack!
We are pleased to announce that all three flavors of our new line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky – Spicy Srirachi, Old Fashioned Maple & Honey Pepper – are available at Stone BBQ Supply! Next time your in Lancaster, PA swing by and say hi and pick up some of our very addicting Bacon Jerky!
Stone BBQ Supply – 1920 Lincoln Hwy E, Lancaster, PA 17602
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For most of us, Memorial Day Weekend is the official start of summer and the summer BBQ season! Longer days, warmer nights, family vacations, fireflies, trips to the beach, and baseball can only mean one thing – more BBQ is in your immediate future!
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