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Part 2: 2013 Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide – 10 Great Grill & Smoker Gift Ideas

It is hard to believe that the holiday season is here and families will be unwrapping gifts in just a few short weeks. Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to help make your quest to find the perfect gift for the BBQ lover in your life just a little easier this year. Part 2 of our 2013 Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide takes a look at 10 of our favorite Grills and Smokers that would make great gifts for any BBQer. We hope you have a Merry Christmas and much success in finding the perfect gifts for your BBQ lover!

Weber Smokey Mountain (WSM)

WSMsAt a price point of $299-$399 there is no better smoker on the market than Weber’s Weber Smokey Mountain. Simply known as the WSM in the world of competition BBQ, the WSM comes in two sizes, the 18.5″ (which sales for $299) and the 22.5″ (which sales for $399).  WSM’s are available at all Weber Dealers as well as online at Amazon and Target. These are the very smokers that we started cooking competition BBQ on. We highly recommend them!!

Jambo Pit

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There can be no great barbecue without a great pit. In previous weeks we have given you some great recommendations for smaller pits, but if you are a serious BBQ fanatic you need a serious pit! If you are looking for a serious pit look no further than the Jambo Pit! Every Jambo is made one at a time from insulated fire boxes, torque flex axles, chrome wheels, white letter tires, custom coatings and paint to stainless steel hinges, handles and work surfaces – these pits are nothing short of works of art by master pitmaker Jamie Geer!

Pitmker BBQ Vault

Pitmaker Vault

The team at Pitmaker make some of the most functional and extreme smokers (some with TV’s) in the world of barbecue. The Pitmaker Vault is perfect for competition barbecue or backyard barbecues with enough capacity to cook an entire contest on or feed a hungry mob at next summers backyard barbecue. These pits aren’t cheap, but they won’t break the bank coming in around $3,250.

Weber Kettle

Weber Kettle

Where would the world of barbecue be without the invention of the Weber Kettle? Found in millions of backyards across America, the Weber Kettle is the most iconic American BBQ Grill and if you don’t have one in your backyard this may just be the grill for you this holiday season! As a proud owner of several Weber Kettles I fully endorse the product and encourage you to look into one for your next grill.  It is simple to use and diverse in its functionality.  Whether you are simply grilling hot dogs and burgers or smoking a brisket or turkey the Weber Kettle won’t let you down.  It comes in several sizes, but even the most common 18.5 and 22.5 inch surface area sized Weber Kettle’s can accommodate a meal for a small dinner party. The best part is all this versatility can be yours for under $100 and will last the most avid BBQ’ers 10 good years.  10 bucks a year isn’t bad for such an essential BBQ tool!

Big Green Egg

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The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker and was modeled after the ancient clay cooking device known as a kamado. The kamado was a clay vessel with a lid. Today’s Big Green Egg is a modern ceramic cooker with a history of producing amazing results for more than thirty years for the novice cook and the expert pitmaster alike The Big Green Egg is one of the most versatile cooking systems in the world functioning as a grill, an oven and a smoker! You can cook almost anything in it from steaks to pizzas to peach cobbler. Ranging in price from around $400 for the small to $1,200 for the Extra Large there is a price point for every buyer. To find a Big Green Egg dealer near you click here.

Lang 60

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When we decided to start cooking on an offset stick burner at BBQ competitions we turned to Lang Smokers. Over the years we ended up with two Lang 60’s and a Lang 84. For more than two years on the competition circuit we took home dozens of awards on these relatively inexpensive workhorses. Depending on how you want to outfit your Lang 60 you’ll pay between $2,800 and $4,800. The reverse flow technology on Lang Smokes produces some of the best tasting barbecue around.

Backwoods

Backwoods Party

Backwoods Smokers are about as common at a BBQ contest as chicken thighs and ribs. These are great pits that a lot of great pitmasters are using as they win GC after GC. The Party is the perfect size for backyard cooking or contests. It gives you the size needed to cook a competition and is light enough to move from competition to competition. You’ll be able to pick up a Party for around $1,500.

Traeger

The Texas Grill

If you’re looking for a pellet cooker check out the line of pellet grills Traeger offers. Coming in just South of $1,000, the Traeger Texas Grill has the size to cook for your family while giving the pitmaster a chance to get some sleep while cooking big meats like brisket since there aren’t any logs that need to be added.

La Caja China

La Caja China

The La Caja China is a unique roasting box that can cook all kinds of meat in record time. You can cook a whole pig in the La Caja China in around four hours. Depending on the size you can put a La Caja China under your tree this year for $250 to $350.

Weber Summit

Weber Summit

If you’re looking for a gas grill look no further than the grand daddy of all gas grills, the Weber Summit. Quick and easy to use with an excellent rotisserie attachment that makes delicious rotisserie chicken and leg of lamb. The Summit comes in a number of sizes and ranges in price from $1,500 to $3,000.

We hope 2014 is a very Merry Grilling and Smoking year for you!

 

 

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

 

Product Review – The Wusthof 14 Inch Grand Slicer

 

Pork Barrel BBQ is thrilled to have a guest post from George Hensler, Pitmaster of the Who Are Those Guys? Competition BBQ Team, that reviews the new Wusthof 14 inch Grand Slicer. To read more of George’s posts check out the Who Are Those Guys? website.

THE BIG MEAT SLICER
A test drive of sorts

by George Hensler

Mike Fay is the President of the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association. He is also the pit master for his own barbecue team Aporkalypse Now. In his spare time, he cooks with Jack’s Old South BBQ Team. When he is not cooking BBQ, he is thinking BBQ. So it is of no surprise to me that when he contacted the folks at Wusthof knifes with an idea he had for developing a knife for use by competition BBQ teams, they were more than receptive.

When Mike asked me to test drive the new knife I was a bit apprehensive as I am a self proclaimed electric knife kind of guy. I will freely admit, anytime I need to slice, if possible the Cuisinart is coming out. So what I am saying here is the test is being conducted by a manual slicer challenged person or MSCP for short. I guess in today’s politically correct world it is still ok to refer to one as slicer challenged, if not, I apologize in advance for any of you who may be offended. For those that are not offended, just give me a minute, I’ll get around to you sooner or later.

First few tidbits from the designer, the knife is “34cm (14inch) long thin bladed slider 54mm deep at the heel with a radius cutting edge hollow ground to reduce drag.  The advantage to the radius is that the whole blade edge isn’t engaging the object to be sliced at the same time allowing for even less drag, yet still making a continuous cut with no saw markings.”

Mike goes on to say, “The other plus to the radius design on the blade is that when you make a draw cut (pull the blade toward you) the physiology of your arm causes your elbow to lift up, causing you to change the angle of attack of the blade. On a straight traditional slicer you either end up cutting with the very tip of the blade or break your wrist to allow the blade to remain flat, reducing your leverage. The radius blade allows you to maintain maximum leverage by not having to break your wrist while the cutting edge still tracks parallel to the food.”

I don’t know about all of that arm tracking and angle of attack on the meat but here is what I do know. I cooked a brisket flat and pork butt to act as test specimens for my scientific experimentation. I first tried my hand with the brisket. Keeping in mind I am self admitted MSCP. I was able to slice the brisket into various thicknesses with one draw of the knife, from very thin to, as contest cuts go, very thick. Mike had told me the knife was designed to cut on the draw, not going forward.

I did find it necessary to hold my thumb in the vicinity of the cut on the side of the meat closest to my body to avoid tearing the bark. I found with a little practice, I was able to produce slices of even thickness, all with just one stroke, just like he said. The same held true when I cut the pork. I first sliced the money muscle, then a few other choice muscles, all with similar results.

Being from Maryland and a proponent of pit beef sandwiches I thought what the heck, why not give the blade a go on a nice hunk of pit cooked top round. Years ago, at the numerous “Bull Roasts” held around the State, the ONLY way to slice the beef was with a blade. Knife skills were needed to get thin slices and those using an electric meat slicer were thought to be serving lesser product. In the past 15-20 years most pit beef cookers have all went to deli slicers. With this move knife skills for most went away as well.

I am happy to report the “Big Meat Slicer” tore through the top round like a champ.  The knife turned out mound after mound of prime sandwich slices. That is, once I got the hang of it. After using the product for a day or two it seemed even I, a known MSCP, could slice meat like the butchers of yesteryear. That is really saying something, about the knife I mean.

Overall, the knife performed as advertised if not better in my humble opinion. With a little practice, even I was able to turn out a decent slice, time after time. My only suggestion would be to include in the accompanying paperwork some instruction noting the knife is designed to cut on the back stroke. If you purchase one, be sure to add an order for a large sized blade cover, chances are, you won’t have anything large enough in your current knife bag, this thing is the Ultimate Big Meat Slicer for sure.

Wusthof Ultimate Big Meat Slicer

$139.000

Available at www.mabbqa.com

 

Country Living Magazine Names Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce to List of “Best Barbecue Sauce in the Country”

Best BBQ Sauce – Taste Test Results Reveal Top Barbecue Sauces in the Nation

Washington, DC, July 14, 2011

After months of tasting and testing samples of barbecue sauces from across the nation, Country Living magazine has named Pork Barrel BBQ’s Sweet BBQ Sauce as one of the “Best Barbecue Sauces in the Country.”

In its search from coast to coast to find the best barbecue sauces that everyone can enjoy, including its 11 million readers, the Country Living critics sampled a variety of barbecue sauces – everything from bottled sauces found in smokehouses and restaurants to those on grocery store shelves.

In the end, Pork Barrel BBQ’s Sweet BBQ Sauce was one of the chosen few Country Living is recommending to its readers and featured in their “Best Barbecue Sauces in the Country.”

In naming Pork Barrel BBQ’s Sweet BBQ Sauce the Best Barbecue Sauce in the Country, the magazine praised the use of nearly 40 ingredients to make the sauce including chipotle, ginger and cayenne.

Barbecuing with family and friends is a mainstay of American pastimes, from weekend grilling, to family reunions, to tailgating. According to Country Living, “Food delivers more than mere sustenance; it strengthens our bond with family and friends.” The co-founders of Pork Barrel Barbecue said they could not agree more.

“It is a tremendous honor to have Country Living name our BBQ sauce one of the best BBQ sauces in the country,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We take pride in making our Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce from all natural ingredients with no preservatives and hope Country Living readers enjoy its award winning flavor.”

“As the fastest growing BBQ sauce company in the nation, being chosen by Country Living as one of the best BBQ sauces in America is a huge deal for our company,” said Brett Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “This is the same sauce we use to win BBQ competitions and we are especially excited that folks across the nation can pick up a bottle of our Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce at their local grocery store, including Whole Foods, Safeway, Schnucks, Kings, Harris Teeter, Gelson’s Markets, Cost Plus World Market, and many others.”

Pork Barrel BBQ, the nation’s fastest growing BBQ sauce company, has expanded from creating BBQ sauces and spice rubs in the home kitchens of co-founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson to selling their national award-winning BBQ products at over 1,300 stores across America including Whole Foods, Safeway and Costco. In addition to their inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, which is receiving praise from food and sports fans across America, their Original BBQ Sauce was recently named Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine.

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on FacebookTwitter and the company’s blog.

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 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 2011 Perdue National Chicken Championship, the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, the “Chinet People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis in May and Kansas City Barbecue Society BBQ competition accolades as well as having their Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce named Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine in November 2010. For more information, visithttp://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.

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

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July 22, 2010

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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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Customer Testimonials – Thanks for All the Kind Words About Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and Dry Rub!

Taste of Del Ray

The greatest honor for us is when our customers send us an email, or call to tell us that they like our Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce or Dry Rub.  It’s been a great year, and our bar b que sauce and dry rub has been used on countless pulled pork, bbq ribs, chicken and veggie recipes this summer.  We are so thankful for your support and wanted to share what some of our customers are saying:

“We happened to see your stint on Shark Tank – shortly after, our neighborhood store had your goods on display.  We tried it, and LOVED it!!  My husband is currently eating some sauce on his chicken and stated that it is his favorite sauce on the planet.” – email from Jill, Ft. Mill, South Carolina

“I spent my life trying to create the perfect gourmet bbq sauce, and was given a jar of your Pork Barrel BBQ sauce.  I used it on chicken and couldn’t believe that such an amazing taste could come from a bottle – I immediately went to my refrigerator and threw out all the BBQ sauce in it – yours will be the only BBQ sauce I ever use  – its the most amazing sauce I’ve ever tasted” phone call from University City, Missouri.

“Pork Barrel BBQ makes cooking a flavorful dinner on a time crunch easy. When I get home from work and want to throw dinner together I can take any piece of chicken, fish or beef, throw on some rub and cook it up. It is delicious, easy, and a staple in my cupboard.” – Krista, Washington, D.C.

“I used the All American Spice Rub to grill chicken for my teenage daughters – they said it was the best chicken I have ever made – I’m a customer for life!” – Jim, St. Louis, Missouri

“I was given a tin of the rub and have used it exclusively on salmon…….fabulous!!!!! I have yet to use it on anything else as I have run out and is time to reorder. You have a winner.” – Dian, St. Louis, Missouri

Not only does our All American Spice Rub taste great – but it is all natural and contains no preservatives and no MSG. The rub is manufactured locally in Virginia to reduce its carbon footprint. Now whats more bipartisan than that?

 

Greatest Compliment Ever – Customer Says Pork Barrel BBQ is better than Kansas City BBQ Giants Arthur Bryant’s & Gates

I was following Pork Barrel BBQ on Twitter the other night when Pork Barrel BBQ received the greatest Barbecue compliment ever from http://www.twitter.com/claffee in a tweet:

@claffee Had a bbq rub taste test on the Iberico pork ribs the other night – @porkbarrelbbq beat Arthur Bryant’s and Gates in my opinion!”

We’ve never met @claffee (but he clearly has great wisdom and should be followed on Twitter) – but he clearly has some great taste – because he is 1) using Pork Barrel BBQ’s All American Spice Rub, and 2) is eating Iberico pork ribs.

For those of you who don’t follow meat – Iberico ribs just recently became available in the Washington D.C. market thanks to the amazing folks at Wagshals and Jose Andres. We did a post on heritage breeds of pigs earlier this year – so if you want to learn more about the topic, read Heath’s post here.

We are incredibly humbled that someone would compare our products to Kansas City BBQ greats like Arthur Bryant’s and Gates BBQ. We will keep working hard to deliver great BBQ at prices all Americans can afford. As two guys from Kansas City, we hope Pork Barrel BBQ’s dry rubs and sauces someday have the reputation of Arthur Bryant’s BBQ and Gates BBQ.
 

Product Review – The Weber Kettle

Weber Kettle GrillToday marks the first Product Review on the blog. Today we review one of the most iconic grills in BBQ, the Weber Kettle.

The most important tool in any BBQ’ers arsenal is their BBQ grill.  You can go fancy and spend thousands of dollars on a professional grade smoker that will allow you to cook for half the town or you can go simple and inexpensive and get the grill that will be as loyal to you as your dog – that grill is the Weber Kettle Grill.

In the early 1950’s backyard griller George Stephen, Sr. was determined to build a grill that would enable him to cook year around in all kinds of weather.  He was part owner of Weber Brothers Metal Works in Chicago who made among other products, sheet metal buoys for use on Lake Michigan.  Stephen cut one of these buoys in half and created a dome shaped grill with a round lid and the Weber Kettle was born.  His grill became such a hit that he formed a barbecue division of the Weber Brothers Metal Works and eventual bought the Weber Brothers factory and focused the company on producing and selling the Weber Kettle.

As a proud owner of several Weber Kettles I fully endorse the product and encourage you to look into one for your next grill.  It is simple to use and diverse in its functionality.  Whether you are simply grilling hot dogs and burgers or smoking a brisket or turkey the Weber Kettle won’t let you down.  It comes in several sizes, but even the most common 18.5 and 22.5 inch surface area sized Weber Kettle’s can accommodate a meal for a small dinner party. The best part is all this versatility can be yours for under $100 and will last the most avid BBQ’ers 10 good years.  10 bucks a year isn’t bad for such an essential BBQ tool!

We give the Weber Kettle a score of 95 out of 100 thanks to its affordability, mobility and versatility. It’s only draw back is that you might need several to cook for a large crowd.

Check out Weber on the Internet for more information on their legendary products.

In future blog posts we’ll give you some tips and hints on how to get the most out of your Weber Kettle Grill.  One tip that will make all of the meals coming off your Weber Kettle taste great is to be sure to try out our Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub on all your meats and vegetables!