In September of 2009 we had the honor of presenting our fledgling company to the Shark’s on ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank. It is now nearly six years later and we’ve sold millions of dollars in BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub, won numerous honors and opened our very own restaurant. On Friday, April 24 at 8:00pm EST our third Shark Tank update will air on ABC and it will highlight our biggest single order to date and a huge milestone for our company – getting our All-American Spice Rub onto the shelves of all Sam’s Clubs in the United States.
We hope you’ll tune in to ABC this Friday night, April 24, at 8:00pm EST to see our Shark Tank Update!
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Heath and Brett
Yesterday we revealed our 2012 Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Gift Guide to a BBQ Christmas. Today we are excited to reveal our 2012 Shark Tank Holiday Gift Guide which highlights our favorite products from Shark Tank that are sure to make amazing Christmas gifts for the ones you love!
Qubits – if you’re looking for a great toy for the children on your holiday list look no further than Qubits! Qubits were invented by an architect and are modeled after the hexagonal building blocks of nature, allowing them to be bent into an endless array of shapes and geometric structures! Buy Qubits HERE!
Grill Charms – if you’ve got a griller on your holiday list look no further than Grill Charms! Grill Charms were invented to solve the problem of figuring out whose meat was whose after it was moved off the grill. If you like your steak medium and your husband or wife likes their steak medium well Grill Charms is the answer to the right steak landing on the right plate! Buy Grill Charms HERE!
A Perfect Pear – if you’ve got a gourmet food lover on your holiday list look no further than A Perfect Pear! Find everything from jam to mustard to olive oil and vinegar! We recommend the Pear Chipotle Grill Sauce! Buy A Perfect Pear products HERE!
Ava The Elephant – if you’ve got a new mom or dad on your holiday list look no further than Ava The Elephant as the perfect stocking stuffer! Ava The Elephant is a fun way to get your kids to take medicine without all the fuse. Buy Ava The Elephant HERE!
Ride On Carry On – now that you’ve got the stocking stuffer for the mom or dad on your list why not get them the perfect gift for the traveling mom and dad, the Ride On Carry On! The Ride On Carry On turns your luggage into the perfect baby stroller when you’re on the go! Buy the Ride On Carry On HERE!
Daisy Cakes – if you’ve got a sweet tooth on your holiday list or are looking for the perfect holiday party desert look no further than Daisy Cakes! These are the best tasting cakes we’ve ever tasted – we really love the lemon and coconut cakes. Buy Daisy Cakes HERE!
Villy Custom Cruisers – if you’ve got a bike on your holiday list look no further than the ultra cool Villy Custom cruisers! These are definitely the coolest beach cruisers we’ve ever seen and their ride is super smooth! The coolest feature is that you get to design your own bike making it a one of a kind cruiser! Buy Villy Custom cruisers HERE!
Talbott Teas – for the tea lover on your holiday list look no further than Talbott Teas! This is the best tea we’ve ever drank! We love the Blueberry Peach Passion and the Orange Crème Dreams. Buy Talbott Tea HERE!
Cousins Maine Lobster – for the seafood lover on your list look no further than Cousins Maine Lobster! There is no ne need to be in Maine to enjoy Maine Lobster anymore. Cousins Maine Lobster will ship the freshest and sweetest Maine Lobster to your front door. Buy Cousins Maine Lobster HERE!
Pork Barrel BBQ – for the BBQ lover on your list look no further than our national award winning BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub! Give the BBQ’er on your list a Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Tea Party Gift Pack or a Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Loyal Liberal Gift Pack. Get an assortment of our national award winning BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub and a certificate of authenticity – Tea Party Certificate & Loyal Liberal Certificate.
We hope you’ll support these small business while giving those on your 2012 holiday list some of the most sought after gifts of 2012! May you and your family have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
It has been a world wind journey for Pork Barrel BBQ since we first appeared on ABC’s hit showh Shark Tank in September of 2009. At the time we were in just over 100 stores in the DC area, today we are in over 3,000 stores nationwide and growing! We entered the Shark Tank with two products, our Original BBQ Sauce and our All-American Spice Rub. Today we have three additional sauces (Sweet, Mustard and coming soon Carolina Vinegar), BBQ Peanuts and of course Que, the world’s first barbeque scented fragrance. The combined power of our appearance on Shark Tank and the fierce loyalty of our fans and customers have truly allowed us to achieve the American Dream, something we never take for granted and strive to grow everyday.
As a way of saying thank you on the eve of our third appearance on Shark Tank we’d like to share some exclusive behind the scenes video of several of our exeriences with the Sharks as well as our Shark Tank audition video.
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 05, 2012
Entrepreneurs Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ, America’s fastest growing barbecue company, will appear on the March 9th episode of ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, which airs from 8:00pm to 9:00pm Eastern Standard Time.
To celebrate their success, Hall and Thompson are inviting guests to attend a Shark Tank watch party this Friday night, March 9th, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm, at their Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant at 2312 Mount Vernon Avenue in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. Guests are invited to gather for dinner and watch Pork Barrel BBQ’s most recent Shark Tank episode, which will be broadcasting on several high-definition TV’s throughout the restaurant.
Friday’s episode will include an update on the nationwide success of Pork Barrel BBQ and the opening of their first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant. Since Hall and Thompson entered the Shark Tank and pitched their company to the “Sharks” and landed an investment deal with New York Real Estate Mogul Barbara Corcoran on season one, Pork Barrel BBQ has become America’s fastest growing barbecue company.
Hall and Thompson are considered the most recognizable winning contestants of the Shark Tank series. Since their appearance on season one of Shark Tank in late 2009, the Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders have become known for their creative and innovative approaches to starting and growing a successful business. With accolades ranging from Men’s Health Magazine declaring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” and the Washington Post’s Jim Shahin proclaiming Hall the winner of the Golden Rib award for his “accomplishments in food, business, and do-goodism,” the company continues to expand its barbecue-related offerings.
In 2011, Pork Barrel BBQ debuted a specialty BBQ-flavored peanut with FERIDIES, added Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce to their line of sauces, introduced the world’s first barbeque scented fragrance – Que, continued to earn top awards on the professional BBQ circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. This year, the company debuted another new sauce, the Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce, and is representing the nation on the competitive barbecue circuit as the reigning Grand Champions of the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle.
“Other entrepreneurs dream about putting their product in every store in America, but only my partners Heath Hall & Brett Thompson of Pork Barrel BBQ actually do it,” said Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC’s Shark Tank. “The genius of these unconventional guys is that they not only have the ability to cook-up a new idea a minute, they are willing to hustle and stay the course until it’s done.”
“Appearing on Shark Tank and receiving an investment from Barbara Corcoran were two key events in the success of Pork Barrel BBQ,” said Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We are most excited that these economically difficult times we’ve been able to turn an idea into a successful business that employs over 40 people. Hopefully other entrepreneurs will be inspired and encouraged by our success and attempt to grab their piece of the American Dream.”
Hall, Thompson, and their restaurant partners “Mango” Mike Anderson and Bill Blackburn will be offering a specialty cocktail in honor of Barbara Corcoran and their Shark Tank experience during their Shark Tank watch party on Friday. Restaurant patrons attending the Shark Tank watch party can sip on a commemorative “Bourbon Shark Bite” cocktail, which will contain a souvenir shark floating in its depths.
For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook.com/PorkBarrelBBQ, Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq) 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 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, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).
Pork Barrel BBQ’s Shark Tank adventure began with a questionable email and a deal struck with a Shark who said one of us looked like a PIG on national television. Our adventure continues with new chapters being written each and every day. Just how did we come up with the right bait to real in one of ABC’s Shark Tank Sharks?
When we received that email on a warm May evening in 2009 we were certain it was one of our friends playing with our emotions and dreams of turning our start-up barbecue company into a national brand that could be found on picnic tables across America. It turned out that the email was legit; it was from a producer at Mark Burnett Productions that had been following our rapid accent in the world of social media. Less than six weeks later we were walking out of a studio on the Sony Lot in Hollywood with a golden ticket that was about to launch our growing regional company into the national spotlight and turn us into the fastest growing barbecue sauce company in the world!!
The first piece of that bait was an audition tape that was hard hitting and outside the box. The forms we received from the Shark Tank producers made it very clear of what was expected from the video – sit in a chair, have someone film you while they ask you the following questions and answer the questions. Wow, we thought to ourselves, that is pretty boring. We took a risk and didn’t know if it would pay off or not, but we knew we wanted to do something that was different and would stand out among the piles and piles of videos some poor intern was bound to be putting in piles marked “Trash” and “Show The People Who Make The Decisions”. We were either going to hit a home run or strike out. We connected with the decision makers and set ourselves apart from the other tapes in those piles and were asked to come to Hollywood. Here is the application video we submitted to ABC.
In our minds we had just climbed the most difficult hurdle – being selected from thousands of potential applicants. With our odds of getting a deal greatly improved we now only had 5 people to worry about – Robert Herjavec, Daymond John, Kevin O’Leary, Barbara Corcoran and Kevin Harrington, the Sharks! How would we reel one of them in and accelerate Pork Barrel BBQ’s path to success? Here are 10 Tips on How You Can Catch A Shark:
Tip 1 – Always Look A Shark In It’s Eyes! Look each Shark in the eye to let them know you enter their tank on equal footing and that you aren’t intimidated by their potential bite.
Tip 2 – Believe In Your Product If You Want A Shark To Believe In It! If you have any doubts about your product or idea the Shark can smell it from a mile away! Enter their tank with the knowledge and belief that it would be a mistake for the Sharks to not share your confidence in your product or idea.
Tip 3 – The Prepared Angler Catches The Biggest Sharks! If you fail to enter the tank prepared for the battle that is sure to ensue there is little doubt that you’ll be sinking instead of swimming. While there may be such a thing as being over rehearsed, there is no such thing as being over prepared – know ever detail about your product or idea. No detail is too small or large to know and you can be certain if you don’t know a detail about something you will be asked about that detail – Sharks feed on lack of knowledge and ill preparedness.
Tip 4 – Shark’s Can’t Breath Outside Their Tank! Take the Shark’s breath away from the begging. Hit them fast and hard with something that lets them know you mean business and that your business means business! Bait the hook for a quick catch with a one two punch that leaves them wanting more! Tell them about your great sales, awards, and notoriety.
Tip 5 – Shark’s Like Chum So Get Chummy With Them! Shark’s aren’t quite human, but they, like humans, love to laugh. Break the ice covering the tank with some humor! Nothing connects people with Sharks as quick as a good laugh – it really doesn’t matter if it is something at your expense or theirs – just make them laugh!
Tip 6 – Answer The Sharks Questions Before They Can Ask Them Through Their Sharp Teeth! The bite of an unexpected questions hurts more than just about anything in the tank so beat the Sharks to the punch and anticipate their questions. Do this and you’ve got them on your ground listen to the answer under the context you want to present it in!
Tip 7 – Don’t Take The Bait! Ask any good lawyer and they will tell you there are times to answer the judges question and there are times to answer the judges question with an answer to a question you wish he had asked you. There are times you’d rather not answer something so why not answer it with a fact that is so powerful it will distract the Shark and make them forget about their original question.
Tip 8 – Don’t Let The Shark’s Bite Get The Best Of You! There are times to pull back on your reel and fight the Shark and then there are times to roll with the punches – sometimes this approach will catch them off guard and put them close enough to land them in your net. Just because a Shark calls you a PIG is no reason to fight back, in fact it is the perfect time to shock them with a positive statement instead of a defensive one. Being secure in yourself is a great way to attract a Shark.
Tip 9 – Sharks Love Numbers! When you’re preparing don’t forget the numbers! Sharks are attracted to numbers like bees are attracted to flowers and ants to picnics. Know your sells figures, price points, production costs, and all other relevant numbers! Numbers make Sharks dizzy and easier to reel in!
Tip 10 – Bring Home A Shark For Your Wall! Remember that fishing for Shark’s is fun so have fun!!! There are a lot of Shark’s in the water so if you don’t catch the first one throw the line back in the tank and go fishing again!!
If you’re inspired get your application in and maybe you’ll be the next to have the right bait to real in one of Shark Tank’s Sharks!
Catch a special Shark Tank Sneak Peak on Sunday, March 20 on ABC at 9pm Eastern/8pm Central and then starting Friday, March 25 at its regularly scheduled time on ABC at 8pm Eastern/7pm Central!!
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November 11, 2010
Media Contact: Jennifer Brand
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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ABC’s Shark Tank was an amazing experience. The recent news that the Mark Burnett ABC reality show Shark Tank has been renewed for a 2nd season has the Internet buzzing. We’ve been getting questions from all across the nation asking what the Shark Tank Effect has been like for our small company. When Pork Barrel BBQ appeared we were only in a few stores – now we are in over 1,000 stores in 38 states, and our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant will be opening this November 2010. We can’t understate the impact the show and Barbara Corcoran investing in Pork Barrel BBQ had over the past year. If you haven’t watched the show, there is a panel of Sharks, made up of Barbara Corcoran, Kevin Harrington, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, Kevin O’Leary, and for Season 2 guest Jeff Foxworthy. Upstarts like Pork Barrel BBQ are given the opportunity to pitch their company to this collection of impressive business men and women. We had the honor of getting an investment from the Real Estate Mogul Barbara Corcoran, but not before she implied that Pork Barrel BBQ’s President Heath Hall looked like our pig logo – all on national television. Check out the video of our experience here:
We also had the opportunity for a follow-up that featured Pork Barrel BBQ getting into Costco and the ground-breaking of our Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant.
Here was the video that started it all, the Pork Barrel BBQ audition video:
Late in 2009, we traveled with the Sharks to ring the closing bell on NASDAQ. Pork Barrel BBQ Founder Heath Hall asks the Sharks if they wish they had joined Barbara Corcoran and invested in Pork Barrel BBQ – funny candid clips of Sharks Barbara Corcoran, Kevin Harrington, Daymond John, Robert Herjavec, and Kevin O’Leary.
Pork Barrel BBQ on Good Morning America Jobs Club with Tory Johnson talking about their experience on the show and what it is like to work with someone as energetic as Barbara Corcoran.
To see more of our experience, visit our Facebook page with exclusive Behind the Scenes photos.
Also, check out the following fun posts:
Our good friend Leslie Haywood and fellow Shark Tank alumni has a great grilling accessory called Grill Charms. Think wine charms, but for the grill!!!
Leslie came up with the idea for Grill Charms at a dinner party she was hosting when her husband served her an extra hot Jamaican Jerk piece of chicken instead of the mild one she had requested – he had forgotten which piece was which on the grill. Since this event goal has been to “insure every American gets what they want – how they want it – hot off the grill.”
How do you use Grill Charms? Grill Charms can be used prior to grilling by placing the charm in the meat or vegetable to indicate temperature, level of food seasoning and spice or to address health or allergy concerns. Leslie likes to say that, “Your food is personalized before, during and after it’s cooked.”
Grilling season is just around the corner – make sure you check out Grill Charms. Pork Barrel BBQ and Grill Charms are a perfect combination for any great BBQ!!! Check out Leslie’s appearance on Shark Tank!