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Pork Barrel BBQ on CNBC Power Lunch (Tuesday, February 4)

Power Lunch

Tune in to CNBC’s Power Lunch on Tuesday, February 4 between 1:00pm and 2:00pm Eastern for a live interview with Pork Barrel BBQ on the Shark Tank effect in promotion of CNBC’s Shark Tank Tuesdays!


2014 Winter Fancy Food Show – Pork Barrel BBQ Will Be In Booth 282


If you are going to be in San Francisco this weekend (January 19-21, 2014) and coming to the Winter Fancy Food Show be sure to stop by booth 282 and visit with Pork Barrel BBQ. If you’re a retailer looking for a great new line of BBQ products for this summer look no further than Pork Barrel BBQ!


Insane BBQer/Tailgater Challenge – Win Free Pork Barrel BBQ Products If You’re The Most Hardcore, Extreme & Insane BBQer/Tailgater in America


How hardcore of a BBQer/Tailgater are you? If you’re out manning the grill or smoker over the next few days in many parts of the country you will certainly enter the ranks of the hardcore and possibly insane. According to weather experts it has been decades since many parts of the country have experienced a deep freeze like the one expected to hit the Midwest and East Coast beginning on Sunday into early next week.  Temperature predictions include -31 in International Falls, MN, -15 in Indianapolis, -10 in St. Louis and -25 in Fargo, ND with wind chills reaching as low as 70 below zero in parts of the country.

Sunday’s Green Bay Packers game against the San Francisco 49ers has a chance to eclipse the Ice Bowl as the coldest NFL game ever played with temperatures expected to fall somewhere between -4 and -15 with wind chills near -30. There is no question you’re a hardcore fan and tailgater if you’re planning to tailgate before this game. You’re probably a little bit insane too! 

This weather pattern is apparently a once a decade or every couple decades event so be safe if you plan to get out and BBQ in it. If you’re insane enough to get outside and fire up the grill or smoker in temps as low as -25 we want to reward you with some free Pork Barrel BBQ Products.

Here’s how it works:

1. Contest runs Saturday, January 4, 2014 through Wednesday, January 8, 2014. 

2. Take a photo of yourself BBQing with a thermometer showing how cold it is where you’re BBQing (extra hardcore points for photos of you tailgating at the Packers/49ers game with a thermometer in hand). Post your photo to our Twitter page (@PorkBarrelBBQ) between January 4 and January 8 and use the hashtag #InsaneColdBBQer and tell us how cold it is where you are BBQing. 

3. Prizes will be awarded to the three photos showing the coldest temperature on the thermometer. The coldest temperature will win a free Pork Barrel BBQ Party Pack, the second coldest temperature will win a Pork Barrel BBQ Picnic Pack and the third coldest temperature will win a 19oz Jar of Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub.

Be safe and stay warm if you can. You can get frostbite on exposed skin in just minutes in temperatures this low. Get inside and warm up if you start asking yourself why am I putting my body through this?

Now let’s find out who is the most hardcore, extreme and insane BBQer/Tailgater in America!


Pork Barrel BBQ on The BBQ Central Radio Show – Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM EST


Heath will be on the BBQ Central Radio Show Tuesday, January 7, 2014 at 10:35 PM EST to discuss Pork Barrel BBQ’s list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ.

A big thanks to Greg Rempe for having us on the show!!  Tune in here at 10:35 PM Tuesday!

Here is the 2013 Pork Barrel BBQ list of the 25 Most Influential People in BBQ:

1st – The Backyard BBQer, You the Backyard BBQer

2nd – Bobby Flay, Food Network, Restaurateur & Cookbook Author 

3rd – John Markus, TV Producer 

4th – Dave Anderson, Famous Dave’s & Cookbook Author

5th – Myron Mixon, Jack’s Old South & BBQ Pitmasters

6th – Carolyn Wells, KCBS

7th – Tuffy Stone, Q Barbeque, Cool Smoke & BBQ Pitmasters

8th – Competition BBQ Pitmaster

9th – Mike Mills, 17th Street Bar & Grill & Apple City BBQ

10th – Stan Hays, Operation BBQ Relief

11th – Steven Raichlen, Cookbook Author & TV Host

12th – Jamie Geer, Jambo Pits

13th – Dave Raymond, Sweet Baby Ray’s

14th – Aaron Franklin, Franklin BBQ

15th – Chris Lilly, Big Bob Gibson BBQ

16th – Sterling Ball, Big Poppa Smokers

17th – Rod Gray, Pellet Envy & Eat Barbecue

18th – Brad Orrison, The Shed

19th – Johnny Trigg, Smokin’ Triggers

20th – Danielle Dimovski, BBQ Crawl & Diva Q

21st – Bill Arnold, Blues Hog Barbecue Company

22nd – Competition BBQ Judge

23rd – Melissa Cookston, Memphis Barbecue Co. & Yazoo’s Delta Q

24th – Adam Perry Lang, Daisy May’s BBQ, Barbecoa & Cookbook Author

25th – Ronnie Cates, Smoke on the Water Productions



Come Ring in the New Year at Pork Barrel BBQ!

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Skip the cover charge and start 2014 of right at Pork Barrel BBQ. The party starts at 9:oo PM, featuring a Resolution Wall, DJ, party favors and a free snack buffet, topped of with a toast at midnight with the Champagne of Beers, Miller High Life. Be sure to bring your sweetie for the midnight kiss.

We’ll see you on December 31 at Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA!

Happy New Year!!


Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store Christmas Sale – Save 25% Off All Orders Through December 15 With Coupon Code – Christmas2013

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Are you looking for that perfect gift for the BBQ lover in your life? Look no further than our line of national award winning Pork Barrel BBQ sauces and spice rub. If you’re looking for something a bit off the wall check out Que Cologne, the world’s first cologne that smells like BBQ!


All orders placed through Sunday, December 15 will receive 25% off with coupon code – Christmas2013 – what are you waiting for head over to the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store and start shopping!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with BBQ!


Cook’s Illustrated Magazine Names Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce The “Supreme Sauce”

We are thrilled to announce that Cook’s Illustrated magazine has named our Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce the Supreme BBQ Sauce in their August 2013 issue!

Here’s what Cook’s Illustrated had to say about our Original BBQ Sauce:

“…Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce, delivered. With generous additions of vinegar, salt, and chili paste along with liquid smoke, it was tart, spicy, and more savory than sweet. It also had enough body to cling to the chicken.”

“This “big, bold” winner boasted a “robust,” “Vinegary” kick.

Check out the article here or find it on newsstands now!

Cook's Illustrated Best BBQ Sauce

Cook’s Illustrated Supreme Sauce



It is hard to believe that we are only three weeks away from Thanksgiving – our favorite holiday! Is there anything better than getting together with your friends and family over an amazing meal (Smoked Turkey anyone?) while watching Football?

To celebrate our favorite holiday we are thrilled to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ is partnering with Reser’s Fine Foods to provide you with the chance to win an amazing Thanksgiving Prize Pack. The Reser’s/Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Prize Pack is sure to take your Thanksgiving celebration to the next level this year!!

The Reser’s/Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Prize Pack includes:

Reser’s Spiced Apples
Reser’s Green Bean Casserole
Reser’s Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Reser’s Homestyle Stuffing
Reser’s Cranberry Orange Relish
Reser’s Pumpkin Mousse



Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
Pork Barrel BBQ Peanuts

And if that isn’t enough to interest you we’re throwing in a Thermapen!!!

Entering for a chance to win this amazing Thanksgiving Prize Pack is easy. To enter simply LIKE both the Pork Barrel BBQ and Reser’s fan pages on Facebook, and comment on one of our Thanksgiving Status Updates between November 1 and November 11. We’ll choose our favorite comment from the person who has liked both fan pages and send them this exclusive Thanksgiving Prize Pack! Have fun and be creative with your comments and let us know how you and your family celebrates Thanksgiving!!!

Like both Pork Barrel BBQ’s and Reser’s fan pages on Facebook and comment on at least one of Pork Barrel BBQ’s and Reser’s Thanksgiving posts by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 11 to be eligible to win! We’ll announce our winner on Tuesday, November 13!!

Looking for some great Thanksgiving recipes? Check out the Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Day Feast Recipe Sheet!


Reser’s & Pork Barrel BBQ Team Up To Offer Tailgaters A Chance To Win Tailgate Prize Pack


Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Reser’s Fine Foods to provide tailgaters across America with the chance to win a fully stocked Tailgate Prize Pack this weekend. The Tailgate Prize Pack will include 2 Reser’s stadium chairs, Reser’s Umbrella, Reser’s Fleece Blanket, Reser’s Beverage Koozies, Reser’s salads & dips and an assortment of Pork Barrel BBQ sauces, rubs & peanuts!!

Entering for a chance to win this amazing Tailgate Prize Pack is easy. To enter simply follow Pork Barrel BBQ (@PorkBarrelBBQ) and Reser’s (@Resers) on Twitter and Tweet us both a photo from your tailgate party at a high school, college or NFL game this weekend. We’ll choose our favorite picture we receive from a follower of both of us and send them this exclusive Tailgating prize pack!! We’re not looking for just a photo of your average tailgate party, we’re looking for a photo of your extreme tailgating party! Snap a shot of your tailgate crew dressed up in your favorite team colors and costumes. Snap a shop of a truly unique tailgate food. Snap a shot of your over the top tailgate setup! Let’s have some fun with this!

Tweet your photo to @PorkBarrelBBQ and @Resers by 10:00pm EST on Monday, October 22 to be eligible to win! We’ll announce our favorite on


The Secret Sauce of Teamwork

Pork Barrel BBQ was recently asked by the Harvard Business Review to share our thoughts on how teamwork impacts our efforts on the competitive barbecue circuit. To read the article please click here. Please leave a comment and let us know what you think!