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ABC TV’s Shark Tank Winners Team Up to Create “Shark Attack Gift Pack”

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November 11, 2010

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ABC TV’s Shark Tank Winners Team Up to Create “Shark Attack Gift Pack”

Pork Barrel BBQ and Grill Charms Collaborate on the Holiday’s Hottest Grilling Gift Set

Washington, DC (November 11 , 2010) – Five of the most recognized entrepreneurs from ABC’s hit reality television show Shark Tank are teaming up to provide shoppers this seasons hottest grilling gift set. Renowned venture capitalists and “Sharks” Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec, along with Shark Tank entrepreneurs Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ, and Leslie Haywood, founder of Charmed Life Products, are collaborating to make the “Shark Attack Gift Pack” available online exclusively at www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com and www.grillcharms.com.

Included in the exclusive “Shark Attack Gift Pack” are bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ’s award-winning Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces and All American Spice Rub and a box of Grill Charms™, the hottest grilling accessory of the season.

Haywood, a stay-at-home mom turned entrepreneur from South Carolina, created Grill Charms™ and is receiving accolades for the unique meat accessory from business-savvy leaders like Donny Deutsch and top media outlets including the “Everyday with Rachael Ray” Magazine, Women Entrepreneur, Parenting Magazine, and Inc.

“This is the perfect gift for anyone who enjoys outdoor entertaining and grilling,” said Haywood, President of Charmed Life Products. “I am thrilled to be teaming up with two of the most respected entrepreneurs in the BBQ industry to provide this ‘Shark Attack Gift Pack’ to grillers everywhere.”

Pork Barrel BBQ is the fastest-growing barbecue sauce company in America and has quickly become the preferred choice of the backyard BBQ’er. Pork Barrel BBQ has developed a reputation in the food industry as a company that creates award-winning products that repeatedly best competition at barbecue contests across the country. Their Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces are consistently ranked number one, currently holding the prestigious title as the 2010 Chinet People’s Choice winner for Best Sauce and most recently ranked by Men’s Health Magazine as one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” and the nations Best BBQ Sauce.

“Pork Barrel BBQ has experienced tremendous success since diving into the Shark Tank. We’re thrilled to join forces with Leslie and Grill Charms to offer the ‘Shark Attack Gift Pack’, this holiday seasons hottest gift for grilling enthusiasts, tailgaters, and barbecuers across America,” said Heath Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ.

Corcoran, a New York real estate mogul and business expert, invested in Pork Barrel BBQ on Shark Tank. “I knew these guys were on to something big – BBQ is one of the fastest growing segments of the food industry and I like watching my investments grow, and it’s especially nice to know they are teaming up with Leslie of Grill Charms, another great Shark Tank entrepreneur, to provide grillers a great holiday gift pack at a great price,” said Corcoran.

The “Shark Attack Gift Pack” is available for $49.95 exclusively at www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com and www.GrillCharms.com and includes:
• Two 12-ounce bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ’s award-winning Original BBQ Sauce
• Two 12-ounce bottles of Pork Barrel BBQ’s award-winning Sweet BBQ Sauce
• Two 4.5ounce jars of Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub
• 1 box of 6 Grill Charms by Charmed Life

Herjavec, one of the worlds leading Internet security experts, invested in Grill Charms™ on Shark Tank. “Grill Charms and Pork Barrel BBQ are two of Shark Tank’s brightest stars,” said Herjavec. “For the millions of viewers anticipating the new season of Shark Tank, I promise you it is going to be another great season of amazing entrepreneurs and we’ve added businessman and comedian Jeff Foxworthy, and Dallas Mavericks owner and entrepreneur Mark Cuban as Sharks. It’s going to be a great season!”

For more information about the “Shark Attack Gift Pack” and the contributing entrepreneurs, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com and www.GrillCharms.com. For the latest on ABC’s Shark Tank, visit http://abc.go.com/shows/shark-tank/about-the-show.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ products one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub were carried in over 1,000 stores in 38 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the “People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition accolades. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter @PorkBarrelBBQ.

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Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Named One of the 125 Best Foods for Men by Men’s Health Magazine

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Named One of the 125 Best Foods for Men by Men’s Health Magazine

Sauce Beats Thousands of Barbecue Sauce Options for #1 Ranking

Best BBQ Sauce - Pork Barrel BBQ

Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 20, 2010

In recent months Men’s Health (http://www.menshealth.com/bestfoods/at-the-grocery.php#tab387) magazine has been searching grocery store shelves across the country in pursuit of a healthy shopping list comprised of the healthiest and tastiest foods for men. After comparing nutrition labels and conducting head-to-head taste tests among top BBQ sauce brands, Men’s Health selected Pork Barrel BBQ (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com) Original BBQ Sauce as one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men.”

The November 2010 issue of Men’s Health highlights the magazine’s feat of tasting, testing, and ranking thousands of grocery store products to find the healthiest, tastiest foods for men. Of the thousands of commercially available BBQ sauces available, Men’s Health selected Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as an “essential item” for grocery shopping lists.

Earlier this year, taste testers and sauce aficionados with Men’s Health blog (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/pork-barrel-bbq-sauce-tops-men%e2%80%99s-health-magazine-blog-bottled-bbq-sauce-favorites/) selected Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as their number one go-to grilling favorite.

“Our Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce is made of all natural ingredients with no preservatives and is sure to give the food at your next BBQ the perfect smokin’ kick,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “It is a tremendous honor to have Men’s Health name our BBQ sauce the best BBQ sauce for men and recognize our efforts to produce an all natural and nutritional gourmet BBQ sauce at an affordable price.”

According to Men’s Health, with only 35 calories, <1 gram of protein, and 8 grams of carbs, Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce is great slapped, “on chicken just minutes before it comes off the grill for a tangy, smoky flavor.”

Pork Barrel BBQ has quickly become the preferred BBQ sauce for the backyard BBQ’er. Since the company started selling BBQ sauces in 2009, all types of BBQ’ers – from competition smokers to casual grillers – have taken notice of their sensational sauces. Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original and Sweet sauces have taken home numerous top awards from the Kansas City Barbecue Society and Memphis in May competitions, including winning the “People’s Choice” award at the prestigious annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C.

One year after their appearance on the ABC and Mark Burnett reality show Shark Tank, the company has experienced huge growth, and their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in over 1,000 stores in 38 states. The first Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant will open in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia later this fall.

People nationwide can try these award winning sauces for themselves by purchasing them local grocery stores such as Safeway, Whole Foods, Savemart, Schnucks, Wegmans, Harris Teeter, and Bloom. To find stores near you that carry Pork Barrel BBQ products, visit the online store locator and interactive map at http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations).

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe).

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ products one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub were carried in over 1,000 stores in 38 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the “People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition accolades. For more information, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com (http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com)] or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/porkbarrelbbq) and Twitter (http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq).

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Whole Foods Adds Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub to Grocery Shelves

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October 18, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

Whole Foods Adds Pork Barrel BBQ Spice Rub to Grocery Shelves

Washington, DC (October 18, 2010) – Pork Barrel BBQ today announced Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) has now added Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub to join the Award Winning Pork Barrel BBQ Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces to their shelves in their Mid-Atlantic Region. Grocery shoppers and BBQ lovers can now find Pork Barrel BBQ rub in Whole Foods stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia & Washington, D.C.

Just in time for the holiday season, customers can purchase Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub at their local Whole Foods and enjoy both the taste and quality of the award-winning rub and sauce. Whole Foods selected Pork Barrel BBQ because the company and its premium BBQ products align with Whole Food’s commitment to offering the highest quality and least processed foods.  The All American Spice rub can be found in the spice aisle, right next to Old Bay seasoning.

Ways to Use the All American Spice Rub / Dry Rub

Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub / Dry Rub is a special dry rub blend of herbs and spices that is sure to provide a distinctive flavor to all your meals – both on and off the grill. Its an amazing dry rub for ribs – but don’t just reach for our All American Spice Rub when you’re looking for a rib rub; try it with vegetables, dips, sauces, and in drinks. We hope you will experiment with our All American Spice Rub and share with us the ways you have found to enjoy the product.

The following are ways that Pork Barrel BBQ fans have used the rub:

• It is great as a dry rub for meats, poultry and fish. It marries well with beef, pork, lamb and chicken. Bring the meat to room temperature, coat the meat with olive oil, rub on a generous amount of the spice mix and cook as you normally would on your grill, in your smoker, on your stove, or in your oven.

• If you like Bloody Mary’s, then wet the lip of the glass and use our spice mix instead of salt to rim the drink.
• Spice up your nachos by adding our spice mix to your cheese prior to melting.
• Sprinkle the spice mix on a salad and then mix a small amount with olive oil as a bread dip to eat with the salad.
• If you like pumkpin seeds, try using our spice mix instead of the recommended spices.
• For a new taste to your morning eggs, use the spice mix instead of salt and pepper.
• As a popcorn topping, simply sprinkle on top of a fresh bowl of popcorn.
• On sushi (no joke – someone emailed us a note that they LOVE this), mix with soy sauce as an alternative to wasabi.

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe. To find locations where Pork Barrel BBQ products are sold, visit the company’s store locator and online interactive map at: http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place  in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the “People’s Choice” award for best bbq sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society bbq competition accolades. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

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USO Fort Riley – Operation Pork Barrel BBQ and Pellet Envy

Top Barbecue Team, Award-winning Barbecue Sauce Company Cook Barbecue Dinner for Troops and Families at USO Fort Riley

Executives Present USO with Major Cash Donation and New Grill

Operation Pork Barrel BBQ and Pellet Envy

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October 7, 2010

Media Contact:  Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com


 

Fort Riley, Kansas (October 7, 2010) – America’s top competitive barbecue team, Pellet Envy, and Pork Barrel BBQ, a national award-winning barbecue sauce company, fired up their smokers and cooked a free dinner for 250 troops and their family members at USO Fort Riley on Thursday, Oct. 7.

The executives from both companies presented the USO with a large check representing $6,072.21 in donations gathered from around the country to support the USO’s effort to complete its outdoor picnic area and patio. They also included a new Horizon Classic smoker.

“Without the service of the brave men and women of the U.S. armed forces, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy the freedoms we are blessed with as Americans. It is truly an honor to serve the defenders of America with the most American of meals – a barbecue dinner,” said Rod Gray, founder of Pellet Envy.

Pellet Envy, the reigning Kansas City Barbecue Society Team of the Year, is a nationally recognized competitive barbecue team based in Kansas City. Founded in 2001 by Rod and Sheri Gray, the Pellet Envy Team has competed in nearly 300 events across the country since its inception. Pellet Envy has won more than 65 championships and has been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue competition seven times since 2002.

“We wanted to give back to the troops and families stationed at Fort Riley and say ‘thank you’ for all that they have done to serve our country and defend freedom,” said Brett Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We’re glad we can provide the troops with a brand new grill and a great patio to where they can enjoy cooking BBQ with fellow service members and their families.”

Pork Barrel BBQ, a Washington D.C. based barbecue sauce company, was founded by two former U.S. Senate staffers in 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis, proving that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that with a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their national award-winning barbecue sauces and rub one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ sauces and rubs were carried in more than 1,000 stores in 38 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of barbecue, and bring bipartisan flavor to everyone’s next meal.

“We are very excited to have these award-winning barbecuers bring a taste of Kansas City’s legendary barbecue out to Fort Riley,” said USO director April Blackmon. “We are especially grateful to the Kansas City Barbeque Society, Creekstone Farms and Reeser’s Fine Foods for their generous food donations.”

Special thanks to Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue, Horizon Smoker Company and the Kansas City BBQ Store for donating the new grill, and to Old Hickory Pits and Ashman Manufacturing for contributing to the success of this event.

About Pellet Envy

Pellet Envy, is a championship competition barbecue team based in Kansas City. Founded in 2001 by Rod and Sheri Gray, the Pellet Envy Team has competed in nearly 300 events across the country since its inception. Pellet Envy is the reigning Kansas City Barbecue Society Team of the Year, has won more than 65 Championships and has been invited to compete in the prestigious Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue competition seven times since 2002. In addition to participating in barbecue competitions, Pellet Envy hosts a Competition Cooking School for barbecue enthusiasts several times each year and is sponsored by Greased Lightning and EZ Grill. To learn more about Pellet Envy and its sponsors, visit www.pelletenvy.com or connect with Pellet Envy on Twitter @pelletenvy, Facebook, and the company’s blog, All Things Barbecue.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place  in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the “People’s Choice” award for best bbq sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society bbq competition accolades. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

 

About the USO

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at thousands of places worldwide. It provides a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops and their families, wounded warriors and their families, and the families of the fallen.

 

The USO is a private, non-profit organization, not a government agency. It relies on the generosity of volunteers and donors. In addition to individual donors and other corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by Worldwide Strategic Partners American Airlines, AT&T Inc., BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Clear Channel Communications, The Coca-Cola Company, Gallery Furniture, Lockheed Martin, Microsoft Corporation, Northrop Grumman Corporation and TriWest Healthcare Alliance. The USO is also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381). To join this patriotic mission and to learn more about the USO, please visit www.uso.org.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Tops Men’s Health Magazine Blog Bottled BBQ Sauce Favorites

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July 22, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

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jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Tops Men’s Health Magazine Blog Bottled BBQ Favorites

Washington, DC (PRWEB) July 22, 2010

Men’s Health Magazine recently dubbed Pork Barrel BBQ the favorite among bottled barbecue sauces. Taste testers and sauce aficionados picked Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce over several other big name bbq brands currently available on supermarket shelves.

After sorting through a selection of bbq brands of best-selling sauces like Kraft’s Bullseye, Sweet Baby Rays, Annie’s Naturals Organic and Stone Levitation Ale BBQ, the sauce samplers at Men’s Health blog selected Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce as their number one go-to grilling favorite.

The judges were split over preferences for sweet and smoky BBQ, ending in a tie between Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original Sauce for its smoky and “aromatic flavor” and Dinosaur Bar-B-Que’s (http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/)Sensuous Slathering sweet sauce. Men’s Health Magazine Guy Gourmet blogger Paul Kita wrote about Pork Barrel BBQ Original Sauce – “If you like your sauce smoky, go with Pork Barrel … This is your go-to flovor sidekick for chicken off the grill.”

Pork Barrel BBQ is quickly becoming the preferred bbq sauce for the backyard bbq’er. Since the company started selling BBQ sauces in 2009, all types of bbq’ers – from serious smokers to casual grillers – have taken notice of the sensational sauces. Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original and Sweet sauces have taken home several top awards from the Kansas City Barbecue Society and Memphis in May competitions, including winning the “People’s Choice” award at the prestigious annual Safeway National BBQ Battle in Washington, D.C.

In less than one year since their appearance on the ABC and Mark Burnett reality show Shark Tank, the company has experienced huge growth, and their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in 1,000 stores in 40 states. Preparations are underway for opening a restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia this fall.

People nationwide can try these award winning sauces for themselves by purchasing them at their local grocery stores such as Safeway, Whole Foods, Schnucks, Harris Teeter and Cost Plus World Market. To find stores near you that carry Pork Barrel BBQ products, visit the online store locator and interactive map at http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

“We are honored to be voted a favorite bottled bbq sauce by Men’s Health Magazine blog taste testers,” said Brett Thompson, CEO and co-founder Pork Barrel BBQ. “Our Pork Barrel BBQ sauces are available at grocery stores nationwide, and we hope folks will continue to make our award winning sauces a part of their backyard BBQ’s with family and friends.”

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe).

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. In less than one year, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. Since then, the team has won multiple awards, including the “People’s Choice” award for best bbq sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and May and Kansas City Barbecue Society bbq competition accolades. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

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New Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce Voted People’s Choice for Best BBQ Sauce at Safeway’s National BBQ Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ Takes Home Another Big Win at One of Nation’s Largest Food Festivals

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 28, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

 

Pork Barrel BBQ wins Peoples Choice Award for Best BBQ Sauce at National BBQ Battle

Pork Barrel BBQ wins Peoples Choice Award for Best BBQ Sauce at National BBQ Battle

Washington, DC (June 28, 2010) – Pork Barrel BBQ was awarded the People’s Choice Award for Best BBQ Sauce for their new Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet Sauce at the annual Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C.  Thousands of attendees at the 18th annual BBQ competition voted Pork Barrel BBQ’s Sweet Sauce the # 1 BBQ Sauce in the People’s Choice Contest – a blind taste test competition of over 50 world championship BBQ sauces.

This is the second consecutive year Pork Barrel BBQ has won a major award for its sauce at this national competition.  The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team’s first contest was the Safeway National BBQ Battle in 2009 where they walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” for its Original Sauce and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest.

This year, Pork Barrel BBQ’s Sweet Sauce claimed the prestigious People’s Choice Award.  In just one year since their appearance on the ABC and Mark Burnett reality show Shark Tank, the company has experienced huge growth, and their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are now carried in 1,000 stores in 40 states, and preparations are underway for opening a restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia this fall.

Pork Barrel BBQ Team

Pork Barrel BBQ Team

“We are very excited at the reaction to our new sweet bbq sauce and humbled to win the Safeway National Capital BBQ Battle People’s Choice Award for Best BBQ Sauce,” said Brett Thompson, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ.  “It is especially exciting that people nationwide can try this award winning sweet sauce for themselves, including at Safeway, Whole Foods, Schnucks, Harris Teeter and Cost Plus World Market.”

“I worked hard in my kitchen creating the Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet Sauce to be the perfect balance of brown sugar, molasses and honey with the perfect smokin’ kick,” said Heath Hall, President, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ.  “The fact that our Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet was voted by the people as the best BBQ sauce in a blind taste test competition against world champion bbq’ers is a real honor.”

The 2010 National Capital Barbecue Battle and People’s Choice sauce competition included some of the biggest and best bbq’ers in the nation, including bbq celebrities Tuffy Stone with Cool Smoke and Myron Mixon of Jack’s Old South, both of TLC’s BBQ Pittmasters, and Mike Richter of Chix, Swine and Bovine.

Other Pork Barrel BBQ sauces have been awarded prestigious recognitions, including the Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard Sauce, which placed seventh in the Mustard Sauce contest at the Memphis in May contest last month.

The Safeway BBQ Battle included over 60 teams from across the country competing in American’s National BBQ Championship with judges from both the Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) and Memphis in May bbq credentials.

For more information about the Pork Barrel BBQ sauces, or to locate a store near you that offers Pork Barrel BBQ products, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. For more information, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or connect with Pork Barrel BBQ Facebook, Twitter and the company’s blog.

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Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Big In Several Categories at Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

Competition Team Debuts Iberico Pork at Memphis in May BBQ Festival

 

Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Brett Thompson, co-founder Pork Barrel BBQ; Mike Richter, chief cook Chix, Swine & Bovine; Jamie Geer, owner of Jambo Pits; Pat Burke, leader of Tower Rock BBQ's team; Tuffy Stone, owner of Q Barbecue and TLC BBQ Pitmaster of Cool Smoke; Rex Holmes, member of Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team; Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Brett Thompson, co-founder Pork Barrel BBQ; Mike Richter, chief cook Chix, Swine & Bovine; Jamie Geer, owner of Jambo Pits; Pat Burke, leader of Tower Rock BBQ’s team; Tuffy Stone, owner of Q Barbecue and TLC BBQ Pitmaster of Cool Smoke; Rex Holmes, member of Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team; Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ

Washington, DC (Memphis, TN) May 17, 2010 — Pork Barrel BBQ today announced their Competition BBQ Team results in multiple categories at the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

As first-time Memphis in May competitors Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to have been recognized as one of the top teams in the world-renowned BBQ contest. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team participated with over 250 of the world’s best competition BBQ teams during the Memphis in May contest.

Pork Barrel BBQ took fourth place in the Beef contest for their brisket and won over the taste buds of judges with their new Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard Sauce, which placed seventh in the Mustard Sauce contest. The team’s grilled seafood gumbo entry placed 14th in the Seafood contest. All of the team’s entries were prepared using Pork Barrel BBQ products including their All American Spice Rub and Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces. These products are available at stores throughout the nation, including Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Schnucks, Ukrops, Bloom, and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. Folks will soon be able to sample Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning barbeque at the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant, currently under construction in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and scheduled to open later this summer.

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team is the first BBQ competitor to use Iberico de Bellota pork, a premium and unique meat from purebred Spanish heritage swine. Wagshal’s (http://www.wagshals.com/), the exclusive distributor of Iberico in the United States, sponsors the competition team and supplies them with meat and seafood for BBQ contests throughout the year. For the recent Memphis in May competition, the team submitted a venison loin wrapped in Iberico that placed 12th in the Exotic contest.

“It was a tremendous honor to have been selected to participate in Memphis in May, the world championship of BBQ competitions,” said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Placing in the top 15 in four categories at our first Memphis in May is something beyond our wildest dreams. We are thankful to Wagshal’s for sponsoring us and giving us an edge over the competition by providing us with their premium meats and seafoods. It was an incredible experience that we were happy to share with thousands of BBQ enthusiasts, and our friendly competitors like BBQ legend and three time World Champion Pat Burke, pitmaster of the Tower Rock BBQ Team, and Tuffy Stone, of the Cool Smoke Team and BBQ Pitmasters fame.”

During the four-day competition, the team captured several behind-the-scenes videos with several well-known BBQ pitmasters and other seasoned professionals. Those following Pork Barrel BBQ on their social media outlets, including Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Pork-Barrel-Bbq/1084117735), Twitter (http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq) and the company’s blog (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/blog/), can expect a variety of BBQ tips and grilling insights in the coming months.

For more information or to locate a store near you that offers Pork Barrel BBQ products, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010. Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. For more information, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

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Whole Foods Welcomes Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces to Store Shelves

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May 6, 2010

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Whole Foods Welcomes Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces to Store Shelves

 

Washington, DC (May 6, 2010) – Pork Barrel BBQ today announced Whole Foods Market (NASDAQ: WFMI) is now stocking their shelves with its award-winning BBQ sauce in their Mid-Atlantic Region. Grocery shoppers and BBQ lovers can now find Pork Barrel BBQ products in Whole Foods stores in Kentucky, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia & Washington, D.C.

Starting with the 2010 BBQ season, customers can purchase Pork Barrel BBQ Original and Sweet BBQ Sauce at their local Whole Foods and enjoy both the taste and quality of the award-winning sauces. Whole Foods selected Pork Barrel BBQ because the company and its premium BBQ products align with Whole Food’s commitment to offering the highest quality and least processed foods.

“Having the opportunity to sell our Pork Barrel BBQ sauces in Whole Foods less than one year after deciding to distribute our products in retail outlets beyond our website is incredible, “said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We put a lot of time, thought and careful consideration into what ingredients we use in our products and are pleased that Whole Foods shares and appreciates our dedication to high quality food products.”

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe. To find locations where Pork Barrel BBQ products are sold, visit the company’s store locator and online interactive map at: http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place  in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

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Schnucks Shelves Stocked with Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub

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May 5, 2010

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Schnucks Shelves Stocked with Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Rub

Just in Time for BBQ Season, Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Rub Available In Over 100 Schnucks Stores

Washington, DC (May 5, 2010) – Pork Barrel BBQ today announced that all Schnucks Markets are now carrying their award-winning BBQ sauces and spice rub. Grocery shoppers and BBQ lovers can now find Pork Barrel BBQ products in the over 100 Schnucks stores in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

BBQ lovers, home cooks and veteran chefs alike are fond of Pork Barrel BBQ and its founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, who were featured on ABC’s hit television show Shark Tank. This BBQ season, Hall and Thompson are proud to announce their BBQ sauces and spice rub are available in Schnucks Markets, which was recently named 2010 Independent Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters Magazine.

“As a Kirkwood High School and Washington University graduate, nothing makes me more proud than to be carried in Schnucks,” said Brett Thompson, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “It’s a real honor to have our Pork Barrel BBQ All American Spice Rub and premium Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces available in my home town store.”

For recipes and BBQ tips, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/recipe/. To find locations where Pork Barrel BBQ products are sold, visit the company’s store locator and online interactive map at: http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations/.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place  in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

 

Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

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April 15, 2010

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Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team

Pork Barrel BBQ to Use Wagshal’s Premium Meat At Barbecue Contests Across America

Washington, DC (Thursday, April 15, 2010) –  Pork Barrel BBQ today announced The Wagshal’s Group as the meat and seafood sponsor of its Competition BBQ Team. The Wagshal’s Group, which owns Wagshal’s Market and the Bellota Importers, will supply the competition team with the highest quality meats on the market today, including American Wagyu beef and Iberico de Bellota pork, for use at numerous state and national championship barbecue contests across America.

Bellota Importers is the exclusive distributor of Iberico de Bellota, a purebred Spanish heritage pig, in the United States. The legendary purebred black hoof free-range Iberico pigs get their unique flavor and name because they feed on acorns – known as Bellota in Spain. The world-renowned raw Iberico de Bellota chuletero (loin) cuts were first introduced in the U.S. in 2009 and sold out quickly. Wagshal’s has been able to secure a larger supply of Iberico pork for 2010, including cuts that have never been sold in the U.S, such as the Costilla (spare ribs) cut, in addition to new cuts that are exclusive to the Iberico breed: Presa de Paleta (shoulder steak) and the shoulder section of the loin (Pluma).

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team plans to use this premium and unique breed of heritage pork at multiple bbq competitions during the 2010 competition season, including Memphis in May’s World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest hosted May 13-15 in Memphis, Tennessee.

“We couldn’t be more excited to announce that Wagshal’s is sponsoring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Competition BBQ Team by providing us with their unique and premium products during the 2010 competition bbq season,” said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Wagshal’s has a reputation for the finest quality products in the nation and we are thrilled that, with their support, we will be the first competitive bbq team in the U.S. to use their Iberico de Bellota pork.”

“Wagshal’s is delighted to support Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning Competition BBQ Team in its quest to secure multiple championships in 2010 at prestigious bbq competitions across the country,” said Bill Fuchs, President of Wagshal’s. “Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rub and sauces are made with the highest quality ingredients and will tastefully complement the equally high quality of Wagshal’s meats and seafood.”

Wagshal’s carries Pork Barrel BBQ products for retail purchase at their Washington, D.C. location. For more information, visit www.wagshals.com or Pork Barrel BBQ’s store locator, www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in December 2008 during the peak of the economic crisis to prove that a company not owned or operated by the federal government could succeed, and that if you had a good idea, it was still possible to grab a piece of the American Dream. Pork Barrel BBQ founders, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, ran the company out of the basement of their houses, selling their award winning BBQ one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces & Dry Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010.Throughout their journey, they have stayed true to their mission – to unite the nation through the great tradition of BBQ, and bring bipartisan flavor to your next meal. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team entered its first contest, The Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, in June 2009, and walked away with two trophies – Second Place  in the “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and Fourth Place for their pulled pork in the Memphis In May portion of the contest. For more information, visit www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

About The Wagshal’s Group

A Washington tradition for 85 years, The Wagshal’s Group is composed of DC’s premier Delicatessen and Butcher, Spring Valley Catering, and Bellota Importers. Established in 1925, Wagshal’s Delicatessen became known as the “President’s Deli” over the years serving Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford and Herbert Walker Bush among other notable customers. In 1995, Wagshal’s Market opened a few doors away from the original Delicatessen. Bill Fuchs, a food industry veteran and owner of Wagshal’s, wanted to offer customers an old-world approach to high quality meats and seafood. From its prime graded, dry-aged, Kosher designated, carcass beef to its custom hot dogs, homemade sausages, and exotic meats, Wagshal’s Market consistently has earned top marks from the media. Washingtonian Magazine has named it “the best butcher shop in the metropolitan area with the finest meats and seafood.” Bellota Importers is the exclusive U.S. distributor of Iberico de Bellota raw pork from Spain. The Wagshal’s Group is family owned and operated. Bill’s sons, Aaron Fuchs and Brian Fuchs, are executive vice president and vice president of operations respectively. Bill’s sister, Silvia Alexander, oversees Spring Valley Catering. For more information visit: www.wagshals.com, www.springvalleycatering.net or www.bellotaimporters.com.

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