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Shark Tank – ABC Shark Tank Experience

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:

http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/photos-of-pork-barrel-bbq-with-abc-shark-tank/

http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/pork-barrel-bbq-on-fox-and-friends-on-fox-news-network/

 

Grill Charms

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!

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Visits Sharks from ABCs Shark Tank

Pork Barrel BBQ Founder Heath Hall asks the Sharks from ABC’s Shark Tank 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.

 

Photos of Pork Barrel BBQ with ABC Shark Tank Sharks

Below are some cool photos with Barbara Corcoran and Daymond John and the rest of the Sharks from ABC Shark Tank ringing the NASDAQ closing bell.

Pork Barrel BBQ with Barbara Corcoran at NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ with Barbara Corcoran at NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ with ABC Shark Tank Closing NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ with ABC Shark Tank Closing NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ with Daymond John at NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ with Daymond John at NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ and Barbara Corcoran at NASDAQ

Pork Barrel BBQ and Barbara Corcoran at NASDAQ

 

Behind the Scenes Shark Tank Video – Pork Barrel BBQ Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell with Shark Tank Venture Capitalists

Check out this cool behind the scenes footage as Pork Barrel BBQ Founders Heath Hall and Brett Thompson join the Sharks – real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran; infomercial industry pioneer Kevin Harrington; fashion icon Daymond John; technology innovator Robert Herjavec; and financial expert Kevin OLeary – from ABCs hit TV show, Shark Tank, to ring the NASDAQ closing bell at the NASDAQ MarketSite in Times Square.

 

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 www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com and Twitter site at www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq.

Contact: Jennifer Brand
(202) 731-2114
jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

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Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Audition Video

The video that started it all!  Watch Pork Barrel BBQ’s Heath Hall and Brett Thompson on their Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Audition Video. Includes special guests former Sen. Jim Talent, Rep. Max Sandlin, Rep. Ernest Istook, Media Personality Tucker Carlson and Top Chef contestants Carla Hall and Ariane Duarte.

 

Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Follow-up

Pork Barrel BBQ was featured on ABC’s Shark Tank – click on the video below to watch the clip!
 

Welcome Shark Tank Visitors!

Welcome Shark Tank visitors to the Pork Barrel BBQ blog! Looking to buy our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub? Visit our online store at http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com! Be sure sign up for our mailing list or check back often for updates on our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant coming Spring 2010! Also, please follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq. Thanks for your support!
 

Welcome Shark Tank Visitors!

Welcome Shark Tank visitors to the Pork Barrel BBQ blog! Looking to buy our award winning Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub? Visit our online store at http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com! Be sure sign up for our mailing list or check back often for updates on our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant coming Spring 2010! Also, please follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq. Thanks for your support!