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Pork Barrel BBQ Meets Food and Hospitality Author Barbara Lang

The awesome thing about doing food shows is getting to meet new friends!  We had the great pleasure of meeting renowned author Barbara Lang at the VA Food and Beverage Expo.  Barbara sure knows her stuff – serving 10 years as a culinary director at a Napa Valley winery; a former co-owner of a successful restaurant in Ithaca, NY; 17 years as a lecturer at Cornell’s Hotel School and is the author of From Restaurant to Retail, a Handbook for Food Professionals – check out her website here, or visit http://www.restauranttoretail.com/index.html.  We had a great time hanging out and learning from her experience – we hope we can hang out again soon – thanks Barbara!

Pork Barrel BBQ's Brett Thompson and Heath Hall with Author Barbara Lang

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Brett Thompson and Heath Hall with Author Barbara Lang

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Holds Del Ray Restaurant Open House and Listening Session

We had a great Open House and listening session last evening, and we wanted to express our sincere thanks to those in attendance for their input, and for those who could not attend, share with you one of the major announcements about the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant we made last evening.

We’ve spent the past several months listening to folks in the community seeking their input on the restaurant, and heard concerns expressed about our plans to use a wood smoker.  In response to these concerns, we announced yesterday that we’ve made a major change in the piece of equipment we are using – we will no longer be using a wood smoker, and instead are going with a state of the art gas version, that uses gas as the heat source, and only uses wood to add flavor – using only 1-3 pieces of wood per 12 hour cooking cycle – much less than the average fireplace or backyard grill.

We chose this gas cooker, even though it is significantly more expensive, because it is made specifically to address concerns raised by some in the community.  This cooker is manufactured by Southern Pride, and is in use in all 50 states, and in fact, is used in Times Square, especially made for cooking BBQ in urban high density areas.  The new cooker is both UL listed and UL (Environmental and Public Health) EPH approved.  There are still some concerns about this cooker and we’ll try to address those, so we’re still exploring the best option for this project.  We plan on being on the corner for a long time so we’re going to try to do it right from the start.

We also learned about some other concerns that we weren’t aware of.  We will restrict delivery drivers and any delivery service from using side streets.  Delivery drivers will be made to turn off engines during deliveries.  Delivery schedules will be made with the least amount of impact to traffic and the community.

There was a lot of positive feedback about some later hours in Del Ray to broaden the appeal of the Avenue to a wider audience.  We received a lot of feedback about this from the 30 somethings in the crowd.  We’ll be working with David Fromm from the Del Ray Citizens Association to organize an online survey about the Association’s desire on this matter.

We were very grateful for all the comments and input we received this evening, and we will continue this listening process.  We are excited for the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant to be a part of the Del Ray community and really hope that this will be another family friendly meeting place for Del Ray.

Sincerely,

Mike Anderson

Bill Blackburn

Brett Thompson

Heath Hall

 

Great Music Fog Video of Elliot Brood Singing “West End Sky”

Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to be a sponsor of Music Fog – a video blog venture promoting and celebrating the Americana music scene.  Music Fog just returned from SXSW with a ton of great music videos from some of the best Americana music has to offer.  In addition to filming great artists in Austin, Music Fog introduced Pork Barrel BBQ products to a ton of new folks in one of America’s BBQ hot beds!  Thanks guys!!

Check out this great video of Elliot Brood singing “West End Sky” and notice the Pork Barrel BBQ products!  Thanks to all of our friends at Music Fog!!!

 

Invitation for Pork Barrel BBQ Open House, Wed, March 31st at 7:00 pm – Mt. Vernon Rec Center

Pork Barrel BBQ invites the neighborhood to an Open House this Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm to share some exciting updates about the Del Ray BBQ company, discuss plans for the upcoming Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant, The Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion restaurant, and hold a listening and answer session.
The Open House will be held at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 and we invite anyone in the community interested to attend!

Pork Barrel BBQ invites the neighborhood to an Open House this Wednesday, March 31st at 7:00 pm to share some exciting updates about the Del Ray BBQ company, discuss plans for the upcoming Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant, The Sushi Bar & Asian Fusion restaurant, and hold a listening and answer session.

The Open House will be held at the Mt. Vernon Recreation Center at 2701 Commonwealth Avenue, Alexandria, VA 22301 and we invite anyone in the community interested to attend!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub Available in Kansas City, Missouri at Halls Kansas City

Halls Hallmark Logo

Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub is now available in Kansas City, Missouri at Halls Plaza and Halls Crown Center.  “Created by Hallmark founder Joyce C. Hall in 1913, Halls Kansas City today is a unique shopping experience dedicated to the expression of personal style, the art of living well” and award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub!  Check out the Halls Facebook Page by clicking here!  Please stop by both Halls locations and pick up your bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ:

Halls Plaza

211 Nichols Road

Kansas City, MO 64112

(816) 274-3222

Halls Crown Center

200 East 25th Street

Kansas City, MO 64108

(816) 274-8111

Created by Hallmark founder Joyce C. Hall in 1913, Halls today is a unique shopping experience dedicated to the expression of personal style and the art of living well.
Halls Plaza
211 Nichols Road
Kansas City, MO 64112
(816) 274-3222
Halls Crown Center
200 East 25th Street
Kansas City, MO 64108
(816) 274-8111
 

Pork Barrel BBQ Now Available In Missouri at Hy-Vee In Jefferson City

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Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that we’ve finally arrived in our home state of Missouri.  Hy-Vee in Jefferson City, Missouribecame our first Missouri retail outlet in January.  This was particularly exciting for Pork Barrel BBQ President Heath Hall who worked at Hy-Vee in Jefferson City, Missouri when he was in high school and college.

Hy-Vee in Jefferson City is carrying Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce and Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub!  If you’re in Jefferson City make sure you stop in and thank them for carrying our products and pick up some sauce and rub while you’re there.

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The Jefferson City, Missouri Hy-Vee is located at:
3721 West Truman Boulevard
Jefferson City, MO 65109-0536
(573) 893-3720

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Special thanks to Rex and Barbara Hall for doing a recent food demo at the Jefferson City Hy-Vee!!

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If your local Hy-Vee isn’t carrying Pork Barrel BBQ products and you want them to make sure you ask them to and let them know they are carrying them in their Jefferson City, Missouri store here.

Thank you in advance to all of our loyal Mid-Missouri fans!!!  You’re our roots and the ones that taught us what great BBQ is!!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Featured on Good Morning America GMA Job Club with Tory Johnson

Pork Barrel BBQ founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson were honored to be featured on Good Morning America’s (GMA) Job Club with Tory Johnson to discuss Pork Barrel BBQ’s appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank and their award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Dry Rub.  To learn more about Good Morning America’s (GMA) Job Club with Tory Johnson’s – be sure to visit http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/JobClub/.  Also stop by http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store/ to order your Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub – it’s perfect on whatever you are cooking or grilling!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ To Compete In Pork In The Park (Salisbury, MD)

Pork In The Park

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team is pleased to announce that Pork in the Park in Salisbury, MD will be our first contest of the 2010 season.

Pork in the Parkis sure to be a great time with over 100 competition teams expected to participate April 16-17 at Winterplace Park in Salisbury, MD.  Pork in the Park is the largest KCBS event on the East Coast and will see some of the best teams in the nation compete.  If you’re in the neighborhood stop by the Pork Barrel BBQ site and say hi.  While there you’ll also be able to visit Cool Smoke of TLC’s BBQ Pitmasters Fame.  It should be a great time for the whole family!!!

More contest announcements coming soon!!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub Now Available in Tennessee at Oak Park Grocery at the Market

We are excited to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub is now available in Tennessee at The Oak Park Grocery at the Market!  Be sure to stop by Oak Park Grocery at the Market (146 S. Ruth St. in Maryville, TN) and thank owner John Hinkle for carrying our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub.  Here are some cool photos John sent us:

Oak Park Grocery at The Market

Oak Park Grocery at The Market

Pork Barrel Sauce and Rub Hits the Shelves!

Pork Barrel Sauce and Rub Hits the Shelves!

The Market

The Market

Great Inside Photo of The Market

Great Inside Photo of The Market

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Making Progress in Del Ray!

In August of last year we announced that we had teamed with “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn, two of the area’s top restaurateurs, to bring the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant to the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.  After a slow start on the restaurants construction that has been further hampered by all of the snow, we are pleased to announce that the future home of the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant is starting to look like a building.

 

 

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Taking Shape!

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Taking Shape!

 

 

The first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant will be located in the heart of Del Ray on the corner of Mount Vernon Ave. and Oxford St. near The Dairy Godmother and Let’s Meat on the Avenue (where you can buy Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Rubs).

We are looking forward to a late spring/early summer opening and can’t wait to welcome you through our doors in the near future.  In the meantime be sure to stop by Mango Mike’s for a great meal and let us know if we can meet any of your catering needs!!