Pork Barrel BBQ – Press Releases


Wagshal’s to Sponsor Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team


April 15, 2010

Media Contacts:

Jennifer Brand

(202) 731-2114

Veronica Miller

(703) 249-8018

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 or Pork Barrel BBQ’s store locator,

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

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:, or

# # #


Pork Barrel BBQ Founders Join Shark Tank Venture Capitalists to Ring Closing Bell at NASDAQ

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, January 5, 2010 the founders of Pork Barrel BBQ will join the Sharks from ABC’s hit TV show, “Shark Tank”, to ring the NASDAQ closing bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, founders of the BBQ sauce and rub company, will accompany the five Sharks – real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; “infomercial” industry pioneer Kevin Harrington; fashion icon Daymond John; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; and financial expert Kevin O’Leary – in presiding over the NASDAQ closing bell at 3:45 pm eastern.

The former U.S. Senate staffers were aggressively interviewed by the five business tycoons on the show before negotiating a deal with Barbara Corcoran that led her to invest in their start-up BBQ sauce and rub company. Since appearing on “Shark Tank”, the entrepreneurs have capitalized on their national recognition and boosted sales for their Washington, DC based start-up. In addition to accepting orders online, Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rubs are now sold in 130 grocery and specialty stores in 5 states and the District of Columbia, including Harris Teeter, Ukrop’s, Balducci’s Food Lovers Market, Bloom, Hy-Vee, and other retail outlets across the nation.

Hall and Thompson recently announced a partnership with Mango Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn to open the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Mike Anderson, founder of Mango Mike’s, and Bill Blackburn currently operate restaurants in Alexandria, Virginia and Bethany Beach, Delaware.

“We’ve always believed that it is the small business that powers America’s economic engine. Having the opportunity to ring in the New Year by ringing the NASDAQ Closing Bell with the Sharks from Shark Tank gives us the honor to represent all of America’s small businesses in front of the NASDAQ,” said Heath Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ.

“We created Pork Barrel BBQ to bring our monumental flavor to the entire nation and prove that the free market system still worked. The chance to help the Sharks ring the NASDAQ closing bell is a chance of a lifetime, and another amazing opportunity that has come as a result of our partnership with Barbara Corcoran and our appearance on Shark Tank,” said Brett Thompson, CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ.

About Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ was created by two former U.S. Senate staffers during a late night budget debate where the conversation on the Senate floor had turned to Pork Barrel spending and Heath and Brett were talking about their favorite subject of BBQ – and Pork Barrel BBQ was born. Since December 2008, Pork Barrel BBQ has been thrilling the taste buds of an increasing number of fans and critics with their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub. Pork Barrel BBQ has won numerous awards, including taking second place in the Best Sauce in the Nation contest at the 2009 National Capital Barbecue Battle and receiving the People’s Choice Award at the 2009 Taste of Del Ray. For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit the company’s website at and Twitter site at

Contact: Jennifer Brand
(202) 731-2114

# # #