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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

 

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 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!!

 

Meat Week Update – Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Event a Big Success – Thanks to Capital Spice Blog for Organizing!

Pork Barrel BBQhad an awesome time hosting Meat Week at Mango Mike’s restaurant last night – special thanks to Mike at Capital Spice Blog for organizing such a great Meat Week 2010 in Washington DC!  We had over 150 folks try our Pork Barrel BBQ pulled pork and brisket – thanks to everyone who ventured out for a fun Meat Week!

Meat Week - Welcome to Meat Week!

Meat Week – Welcome to Meat Week!

Meat Week - Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Buffet O' Meat

Meat Week – Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week Buffet O’ Meat

Meat Week - Pork Barrel BBQ More Meat Week Buffet

Meat Week – Pork Barrel BBQ More Meat Week Buffet

Mike from Capital Spice Doing Interview for CBS

Mike from Capital Spice Doing Interview for CBS

Heath Hall and Bill Blackburn Strike a Pose

Heath Hall and Bill Blackburn Strike a Pose

 

Meat Week 2010 – Pork Barrel BBQ Participating in Washington D.C. Meat Week 2010

In celebration of Meat Week, The Del Ray Boys of BBQ (Heath Hall and Brett Thompson of Pork Barrel BBQ & Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn of Mango Mike’s) are giving folks a taste (or two, or three) of the new Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant as part of the Washington D.C. Meat Week!

So what is Meat Week? Born in Tallahassee, Meat Week is a festival of smoked meats. For eight days, participants pay homage to that most original culinary combination – meat and fire. BBQ lovers have the opportunity to get together at a different barbecue establishment each night for a week as part of the Washington, D.C. Meat Week. At the end of the week (Meat Week That Is!), after lips have been licked and belts loosened, stories are swapped, awards are given, and plans are made to do it all again the next year as part of Meat Week 2011.

Learn more at http://www.meatweekisreal.com/chapters/washingtondc or our awesome Meat Week 2010 sponsor Capital Spice at http://capitalspice.wordpress.com/2010/01/28/dc-meat-week-all-the-juicy-details/

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Week

Here are some great links to recent coverage on Meat Week!

http://www.nbcwashington.com/around-town/food-drink/Carnivore-Heaven-83149602.html

http://www.northernvirginiamag.com/gut-check/2010/01/28/carnivores-unite-for-meat-week-2010/

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/entertainment/Go-meat_-_Meat-Week_-an-excuse-to-eat_-socialize-and-get-saucy-82955412.html

http://www.urbandaddy.com/dc/food/8688/Meat_Week_Your_Weeklong_BBQ_Extravaganza_DC_DC_Event

http://www.welovedc.com/2010/01/28/meat-week-in-dc/

http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/blogs/youngandhungry/2010/01/29/ladies-and-gentlemen-start-your-appetite-meat-week-begins-sunday/

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Making Progress!

It’s a big day for the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant – the first steel beam was attached this morning! We can’t wait to start serving our award winning BBQ in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia!

The first steel beam at the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

The first steel beam at the Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Keeps Folks Warm at Del Ray Tree Lighting Ceremony

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Mango Mike, Brett, Susan and Sawyer Thompson served up hot cups of apple cider outside the Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant currently under construction in the Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia – we had a great time catching up with friends and making new ones!

Pork Barrel BBQ's Biggest Fans!

Pork Barrel BBQ’s Biggest Fans!

Del Ray Christmas Tree Lighting

Del Ray Christmas Tree Lighting

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins the Taste of Del Ray 2009 Peoples Choice Award

We are proud to announce that last night Pork Barrel BBQ won the Del Ray Business Association’s Taste of Del Ray People’s Choice Award. The Taste of Del Ray brings restaurants throughout the Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia, together to provide samples of their food – we gave out over 400 servings of our award winning pulled pork sandwiches and Mango Mike’s bourbon bread pudding. The Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant is currently under construction and will open next spring on Mt. Vernon Avenue next to St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and The Dairy Godmother.

We’d like to give special thanks to the Del Ray Business Association and Gayle Reuter for hosting such a great evening, Mary Abraham and Eric Reid of Del Merei Grill for organizing the event, Christie Hart and Executive Chef Will Artley from the Evening Star Cafe for showing us the ropes (this was their 11th year!), and Sheriff Dana Lawhorne for keeping us all safe (see below)!

Mango Mike Anderson and Heath Hall survey the line outside the Pork Barrel BBQ booth!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Coming to Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia

Pork Barrel BBQ Teams with Mango Mike’s Mike Anderson, and Bill Blackburn to Bring Award Winning BBQ to Washington, D.C. Region

Pork Barrel BBQ is pleased to announce that we have teamed with Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn, two of the area’s top restaurateurs, to bring a Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant to the Del Ray Neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia. The restaurant, which is currently under construction, will be in the heart of Del Ray on Mt. Vernon Avenue near St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub and The Dairy Godmother.

“We are honored to team with Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn who have decades of success running restaurants and are leaders in the Alexandria community,” said Brett Thompson, CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ, and a Del Ray resident.

Heath Hall, Mike Anderson, Bill Blackburn and Brett Thompson at the site of the new Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

“Heath and Brett know award winning BBQ, and Bill and I know how to run great restaurants – this is a perfect combination and we can’t wait for our Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant to open its doors next spring,” said Mike Anderson, founder of Mango Mike’s, which has been operating in Alexandria since 1996. “Del Ray has been waiting a long time for great BBQ, and we are excited to team with the Del Ray BBQ Boys in bringing Pork Barrel BBQ to the neighborhood,” said Bill Blackburn.

“Brett and I are excited about the opportunity to bring Pork Barrel BBQ to Del Ray and we can’t imagine better partners to do it with than Mike and Bill,” said Heath Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ.