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!
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!
Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to reveal our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide to a BBQ Christmas which highlights our twelve favorite gift ideas of 2012 for the barbecue lover in your life!
On the First Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Tea Party Gift Pack or a Pork Barrel BBQ Holiday Loyal Liberal Gift Pack. They’ll know if you’re a conservative or liberal griller and assure you’ll get the votes for best BBQ’er on the block with this assortment of Pork Barrel BBQ’s national award winning BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub (each gift pack also comes with a certificate of authenticity (Tea Party Certificate & Loyal Liberal Certificate).
On the Second Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a copy of Wicked Good Barbecue by Chris Hart and Andy Husbands. Wicked Good Barbecue is without question one of the best BBQ cookbooks to come out in a number of years. It is packed with great recipes (including some of Chris’s recipes that won his competition BBQ team, IQUE, the coveted title of Grand Champion of The Jack! If you’re BBQ lover really loves you they’ll also put in a preorder for the follow up to Wicked Good Barbecue, Wicked Good Burgers.
On the Third Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a Thermapen. Perhaps the most important tool in your BBQ arsenal other than your smoker is an accurate and dependable thermometer, and that is just what the Thermpaen is – accurate and dependable! The Thermpaen yields accuracies better than plus or minus 0.7 degrees Fahrenheit and provides temperature readings in 3 seconds!
On the Fourth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a few boxes of smoking wood from Fruita Wood Chunks! One of the key components to great tasting BBQ is smoke and in order to get a good smoke flavor you need good wood. There is no place that provides better wood than Fruita Wood Chunks. Choose from an amazing variety of woods including oak, hickory, cherry, peach and apple just to name a few!
On the Fifth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a membership in the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS). KCBS is the premier BBQ organizations in America and sponsors hundreds of barbecue related events and competitions throughout the year in America and a number of foreign countries. The mission of KCBS is to celebrate, teach, preserve and promote barbeque as a culinary technique, sport and art form. By becoming a member your BBQ lover will have put you on the fast track to becoming the sports next great pitmaster.
On the Sixth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives to you a Wusthof Grand Brisket Slicer from the Mid Atlantic Barbecue Association! This amazing slicing knife was designed by Michael Fay pitmaster of the Aporkalypse Now competition BBQ team which assures it has the cut and feel every pitmaster is looking for!
On the Seventh Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker (simply known as the WSM in the world of competitive BBQ). The WSM comes in two sizes, the 18.5″ (which sales for around $300) and the 22.5 “ (which sales for around $400). The name Weber is as synonymous in the world of BBQ as Schwinn is in the world of cycling. The first things that come to mind when Weber is brought up in conversation is affordable and quality. For the money, you can’t find a better smoker for the pitmaster in your life than the WSM.
On the Eighth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a paid enrollment to a Corn Fed Cookin’ class taught by two of the hottest teams in competition BBQ, TippyCanoe BBQ Crew and Big T’z Q Cru. We attended Joe and Ryan’s class earlier this year and can attest to the quality of this class first hand. You won’t find a better class being taught today in a tell all format from two of the sports greatest pitmasters! There are two classes to choose from in 2013 – St. Ansgar, Iowa on January 11-12 and West Des Moines, Iowa on March 16-17.
On the Ninth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a Weber Kettle Rotisserie. If you’re looking to do whole chickens or leg of lamb on the Weber Kettle the Weber Kettle Rotisserie is a must have accessory.
On the Tenth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a 20cc Auto Fill Meat Injector. This is the tool every BBQ’er needs if they plan to inject briskets, pork butts, whole hogs, and other large cuts of meat with an injection.
On the Eleventh Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a Kettle Pizza for your Weber Kettle. The Kettle Pizza turns your Weber Kettle into a pizza oven allowing you to create authentic wood fired pizzas!!
On the Twelfth Day of BBQ Christmas we hope your true BBQ Lover gives you a Jambo Pit. There can be no great barbecue without a great pit and there is no better pit on the market than the Jambo. 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!
We hope you were good this year and your BBQ True Love brings you some Christmas joy in the form of one or more of the above gifts! May you and your family have a safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Twinkie Turkey? Yes – we created the world’s first – and last – Twinkie Turkey. Check out the Twinkie Turkey video recipe below:
It is hard to believe that we are only three weeks away from Thanksgiving – our favorite holiday! Is there anything better than getting together with your friends and family over an amazing meal (Smoked Turkey anyone?) while watching Football?
To celebrate our favorite holiday we are thrilled to announce that Pork Barrel BBQ is partnering with Reser’s Fine Foods to provide you with the chance to win an amazing Thanksgiving Prize Pack. The Reser’s/Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Prize Pack is sure to take your Thanksgiving celebration to the next level this year!!
The Reser’s/Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Prize Pack includes:
Reser’s Spiced Apples
Reser’s Green Bean Casserole
Reser’s Sweet Mashed Potatoes
Reser’s Homestyle Stuffing
Reser’s Cranberry Orange Relish
Reser’s Pumpkin Mousse
Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Sweet BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce
Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
Pork Barrel BBQ Peanuts
And if that isn’t enough to interest you we’re throwing in a Thermapen!!!
Entering for a chance to win this amazing Thanksgiving Prize Pack is easy. To enter simply LIKE both the Pork Barrel BBQ and Reser’s fan pages on Facebook, and comment on one of our Thanksgiving Status Updates between November 1 and November 11. We’ll choose our favorite comment from the person who has liked both fan pages and send them this exclusive Thanksgiving Prize Pack! Have fun and be creative with your comments and let us know how you and your family celebrates Thanksgiving!!!
Like both Pork Barrel BBQ’s and Reser’s fan pages on Facebook and comment on at least one of Pork Barrel BBQ’s and Reser’s Thanksgiving posts by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, November 11 to be eligible to win! We’ll announce our winner on Tuesday, November 13!!
Looking for some great Thanksgiving recipes? Check out the Pork Barrel BBQ Thanksgiving Day Feast Recipe Sheet!
Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to announce that we’ve teamed up with our good friends at Reser’s Fine Foods to provide tailgaters across America with the chance to win a fully stocked Tailgate Prize Pack this weekend. The Tailgate Prize Pack will include 2 Reser’s stadium chairs, Reser’s Umbrella, Reser’s Fleece Blanket, Reser’s Beverage Koozies, Reser’s salads & dips and an assortment of Pork Barrel BBQ sauces, rubs & peanuts!!
Entering for a chance to win this amazing Tailgate Prize Pack is easy. To enter simply follow Pork Barrel BBQ (@PorkBarrelBBQ) and Reser’s (@Resers) on Twitter and Tweet us both a photo from your tailgate party at a high school, college or NFL game this weekend. We’ll choose our favorite picture we receive from a follower of both of us and send them this exclusive Tailgating prize pack!! We’re not looking for just a photo of your average tailgate party, we’re looking for a photo of your extreme tailgating party! Snap a shot of your tailgate crew dressed up in your favorite team colors and costumes. Snap a shop of a truly unique tailgate food. Snap a shot of your over the top tailgate setup! Let’s have some fun with this!
Tweet your photo to @PorkBarrelBBQ and @Resers by 10:00pm EST on Monday, October 22 to be eligible to win! We’ll announce our favorite on
Key Remaining Undecided Group Will Decide the Outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election at www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com/PickThePrez
Washington, DC (PRWEB) September 27, 2012 – Washington, D.C.’s Pork Barrel BBQ today announced America’s first of its kind, and indisputably accurate, straw poll that experts believe will predict the outcome of the 2012 Presidential Election. As the campaign’s battle over the remaining undecided voters, political pundits have given a new name to this critical remaining swing voter – The BBQ Voter.
“The BBQ Voter is the key remaining undecided vote in critical swing states like Virginia, Ohio, Florida and North Carolina, and the candidates would be wise to target the BBQ Voter in the remaining days of the election,” said Heath Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ, a bipartisan BBQ company.
BBQ’ers across America are encouraged to participate in what could be 2012’s most definitive Presidential Straw Poll that is sure to have both candidates hoping the results show them smoking their competition. Voters will cast their votes through the purchase of BBQ’ers for Obama and BBQ’ers for Romney t-shirts and bumper stickers being sold online at www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com/PickThePrez. Each t-shirt or bumper sticker purchase equals one vote for the candidate. Votes cast in Pork Barrel BBQ’s official BBQ’ers Presidential Straw Poll will be calculated weekly and posted at here.
Political pundits, pollsters and BBQ lovers agree that the 2012 Presidential Election and battle for the Oval Office will be determined by the slimmest of margins. Both President Obama and Governor Romney are either painfully aware that this year’s election is likely to be decided by the undecided American BBQ voter or their numerous stops at barbecue joints across America is just an admission that they love barbecue more than any other American cuisine.
The candidates are encouraged to publically release their favorite barbecue recipes to the voters and eat more barbecue over the final weeks of the Presidential campaign in an attempt to sway the remaining BBQ Voters.
Barbecue has been a common unifier between the American people and politicians since the founding of America. Our first president, George Washington, once noted in his diary that he “went up to Alexandria to a barbecue”. One can only wonder if he was the first person in line for the nation’s first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant that opened near his homestead in Alexandria in 2011. President Andrew Jackson was known to smoke meats behind his Hermitage in Nashville, Tennessee and President Lyndon Johnson served barbecue at his first formal State Dinner and continued to practice “barbecue diplomacy’ throughout his political career.
BBQ’ers who wish to show support for President Obama or Governor Romney are encouraged to purchase BBQ’ers for Obama and BBQ’ers for Romney t-shirts and bumper stickers at www.porkbarrelbbq.com/PickThePrez.
About Pork Barrel BBQ
Since founding Pork Barrel BBQ in 2008, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson have become the barbecue industry’s most watched entrepreneurs and continue to earn support from avid barbecue fans with their top-ranked Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and as the number one most followed BBQ company on twitter.
Hall and Thompson have expanded their business from creating BBQ sauces and spice rubs in their home kitchens to selling award-winning BBQ products in over 4,000 stores across America including Harris Teeter, Whole Foods, Safeway, The Fresh Market and Costco. Their inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, received praise from food and sports fans across America, and their sauces have won numerous awards and was recently named to the list of Best BBQ Sauces in America by Country Living Magazine and one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine.
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 barbecue circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. In 2012, the company has debuted Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce, made an appearance on a follow-up segment of ABC’s Shark Tank, became Grand Champions on the Sam’s Club National BBQ Tour, and were recently profiled in Inc. Magazine.
Friends, family and fans of Pork Barrel BBQ we need your help! We will be doing Road Shows at two Costco’s this weekend in the Kansas City and Chicago areas and if we do we’ll there is a good chance you may see our products on Midwest Costco shelves. How can you help? Show up and buy some BBQ Sauce and Spice Rub at an amazing price of only $7.99 for a mix and match pack of any combination of three of our Original BBQ Sauce, Sweet BBQ Sauce and All-American Spice Rub. We need your help so please pass along to folks in the Kansas City and Chicago areas you may know!! Thanks for your continued support!
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Pork Barrel BBQ to Debut National Award-Winning Barbecue Sauce and Spice Rub in Select Midwest Costco Stores This Weekend
Professional Pitmasters and “Shark Tank” Reality Show Entrepreneurs to Showcase Their Popular BBQ Products with Fans at Select Stores in Kansas City and Chicago
Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2012) – The co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ will be showcasing their national award-winning barbecue sauces and spice rub at Midwest Costco stores in Overland Park, KS and Chicago, IL this weekend. The founders of the fastest-growing barbecue sauce company in America, Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, invite Costco members and barbecue lovers to enjoy samples of their popular Pork Barrel BBQ Original and Sweet BBQ Sauces as well as their All-American Spice Rub.
Costco members can purchase a Mix and Match 3-pack of their national award-winning products for the special price of $7.99. Shoppers can choose any combination of three bottles or jars of barbecue sauce and/or spice rub. The nationally known pitmasters will be making appearances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday (June 8-10) at the following Costco locations:
Costco Warehouse #369 – 12221 Blue Vallye Parkway, Overland Park, KS 66213
Costco Warehouse #380 – 2746 North Clybourn Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614
Widely recognized as the winning entrepreneurs from ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, Hall and Thompson are known for their creative and innovative approaches to starting and growing a successful barbecue business. With accolades ranging from Food & Wine Magazine naming the competitive pitmasters to its guide of the “Best BBQ: Pit Masters and Grill Geniuses” to Men’s Health Magazine declaring Pork Barrel BBQ’s Original BBQ Sauce as one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” and Country Living Magazine naming their sauce to the list of “Best Barbecue Sauce in the Country”, stores across the country are eager to put Pork Barrel BBQ products on their shelves.
In 2011, Pork Barrel BBQ debuted a specialty BBQ-flavored peanut with FERIDIES, added Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard BBQ Sauce to their expanding line of barbecue sauces, introduced the world’s first barbeque scented fragrance – Que, continued to earn top awards on the professional barbecue circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia. In the first quarter of 2012, the company launched Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar Sauce, was a featured success story on ABC’s Shark Tank and recently hosted the nation’s first LivingSocial lunchtime pop-up restaurant in Washington, DC.
Since Hall and Thompson founded Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009, they have participated in many of the nation’s most prestigious barbecue competitions across the country including the American Royal Invitational, Memphis in May, Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue, and the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. The Pork Barrel BBQ pitmasters have accumulated multiple awards and top place finishes including being named the reigning Perdue National Chicken Champions and winning the Chinet People’s Choice Award for best BBQ sauce.
For more information about Pork Barrel BBQ, visit www.porkbarrelbbq.com and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, 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 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in 2011, 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, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter (@porkbarrelbbq).