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2015 Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide – Great Gift Ideas for the BBQer in your Life

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It is hard to believe, but today is December 1 and that means you have just over three weeks to wrap up your Christmas shopping. If you’ve got a BBQ’er in your life, we at we are pleased to bring you our 2015 Pork Barre BBQ Christmas Gift Guide, which should make your quest to find the perfect gift for your BBQ lover just a little bit easier. This years Pork Barrel BBQ Christmas Gift Guide lists our favorite cookbooks, spice rubs, meats, cooking classes, grill gadgets and pits that any BBQ’er would love to find under the tree on Christmas day. Merry Christmas and happy shopping – may you find the perfect gift this year for all the BBQ lovers in your life!

Top BBQ Cookbooks

Diva Q’s Barbecue: 195 Recipes for Cooking with Family, Friends & Fire by Diva Q

Diva Q

You probably know Danielle Bennett or”Diva Q” best from her wildly popular Travel Channel Show BBQ Crawl, but we know her as one of the most accomplished pitmasters in the world of barbecue and there is no question you’ll want to pre-order a copy of her first cookbook for everyone in your family who loves to BBQ. 

In her inaugural cookbook Diva Q has written recipe packed chapters on appetizers, pork, bacon, beef, fowl, seafood, sides, salads, slaws, breads and desserts. You might even find a recipe inspired by one of our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant menu items!! As Diva Q always says, “Life’s too short for bad barbecue!”, so go out and get a copy of her book to avoid cooking bad barbecue in the future!

The Smoking Bacon & Hog Cookbook: The Whole Pig & Nothing But the Pig BBQ Recipes by Bill Gillespie

Bill G

This is world barbecue champion Bill Gillespie’s second book. Last year you may recall we suggested his first book, Secrets to Smoking on the Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and Other Smokers: An Independent Guide with Master Recipes from a BBQ Champion (which is still a great gift option if your BBQ lover doesn’t have it yet).

Bill, pitmaster of the Smokin’ Hoggz BBQ Team and winner of both the American Royal Invitational and The Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championships, focuses on the almighty hog in his second cookbook. From ribs, to pork butt, hams, to sausage and of course bacon (35 different bacon recipes), Bill shows you how to cook the whole hog, from snout to tail!

Spice Rubs

Code 3 Spices – 5 Pack Combo Gift Box

Code 3

We’ve met a lot of great people through BBQ doing some amazing things around the country and in their local communities, but we can’t think of anyone doing as much as our good friends over at Code 3 Spices. They donate $0.50 of each bottle of Code 3 Spice Rub they sell to organizations that support Police, Fire, Medical and Military personnel, including The BackStoppers, Safe Call Now, and Operation Homefront.  

Order one of their gift boxes and try each of their five rubs (Sea Dog Rub, Grunt Rub, Rescue Rub, 5-0 Rub & Backdraft Rub) and help support the men and women who put their lives on the line to protect and keep us safe each and every day! Parade Magazine just listed them to their Ultimate Gift Guide That Gives Back!

Meats & Bacon Jerky

Pork Barrel BBQ Meat Locker – Steaks

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What BBQ lover wouldn’t love some nice juicy steaks? We are thrilled to now offer steaks and burgers on the Pork Barrel BBQ Online Store in our brand new Meat Locker!

Your steaks are hand selected from the finest corn fed, Midwestern beef. Properly controlled wet aging assures natural tenderness and enhances the rich, hearty flavor of our steaks. Aged steak has a darker color than the red meat you may see at your grocery meat counter. This color change is the natural result of the aging and freezing process. Steak connoisseurs identify a fine cut of meat by its rich reddish-maroon color. Steaks are individually vacuum packaged. All products should be placed in the freezer immediately upon receipt. They may be stored in the freezer without any loss of flavor for 6 to 9 months.

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky

Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Snack

If you have a bacon lover you’re buying for then look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky Sampler Pack. Each gift pack contains 2 bags of each of our Bacon Jerky flavors (Spicy Sriracha, Old Fashioned Maple, and Honey Pepper).

Spicy Sriracha – Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Sriracha Bacon Jerky is the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat. This jerky packs a balanced punch with the heat coming from genuine Sriracha Hot Sauce and the sweetness from naturally smoky bacon.

Old Fashioned Maple – Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweetness. This jerky incorporates the sweet taste of maple and brown sugar with the smoky perfection of thick cut, slow cooked strips of bacon.

Honey Pepper – Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky takes taste buds where they’ve never gone before. This jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet with the perfect kick of cracked pepper and the sweet taste of honey.

These also make great stocking stuffers and hostess gifts!

Competition BBQ Cooking Classes

Cool Smoke Masters Competition BBQ School

Tuffy Stone

If the BBQ lover you are buying for has been really nice this year then look no further than the Cool Smoke Masters Competition BBQ School as the ultimate BBQ gift. You aren’t going to learn BBQ from a more decorated competition pitmaster. In the past few years Tuffy has won the American Royal Open, The American Royal Invitational, The Kingsford Invitational and The Jack Daniels World Barbecue Championships (twice)!

According to Tuffy, “This school will teach the same basic techniques and recipes as the Competition BBQ School but with an additional 5.5 hours dedicated to explaining Tuffy’s techniques in greater detail and expanding on his philosophy about the competition BBQ circuit. Tuffy will teach the class his personal approach to every possible situation on the competition, including how to make adjustments for weather, and give a behind the scenes look at some of the biggest events in the U.S.”

BBQ Gadgets

ThermoWorks Thermapen MK4


The brand new Thermapen MK4 is the world’s best thermometer in terms of speed and accuracy. The new MK4 is even more intuitive than previous Thermapen models. Hold it in any direction and the display will automatically rotate right-side-up allowing you to read it from any position. The MK4 also knows when it is dark and turns on a backlight to make reading in dark conditions easy. There are three BBQ equipment must haves (1) a good pit/grill/smoker, (2) a good set of knives and (3) a quality, accurate and reliable thermometer, and the Thermapen MK4 is such a thermometer! 

BBQ Pits

The PK Grill & Smoker

PK Grill

The PK (Portable Kitchen) Grill has been made for over 60 years and is a rust-proof, durable and highly portable grill and smoker and has been called one of the best charcoal cookers available by barbeque professionals and food enthusiasts around the nation. 

The cast aluminum construction provides rust-proof durability and allows the pit to hold a steady temp for long periods of time. It is very portable and a great grill for tailgating, camping and other outdoor activities. It’s also made right here in the USA!!

Organizational Memberships

National Barbecue Association Membership


The National Barbecue Association has been the voice of the barbecue industry since 1991, helping people become successful in the business of barbecue; turning vision into fruition and passion into profit. The NBBQA’s core membership is comprised of leaders in the BBQ industry, the thought leaders who are successful in the business of barbecue full-time. They are motivated by enhancing and advancing TASTE, CULTURE, and the human EXPERIENCE. They are real people sharing their deep passion with others; always supporting and inspiring the next generation of barbecue experts. These core members include restaurateurs, franchise operators, vendors, caterers, competitors, and suppliers to the industry.
The NBBQA also includes emerging or fledgling businesses or people who make their living part-time in barbecue. Historically, this member group has been the mainspring of the Association – actively networking, developing educational content, and generating energy within the membership. Most often, they have made significant investments already and are looking for connection, ideas, and experience-led input in connecting their passion to customers and greater market share.
With education as the NBBQA’s cornerstone, the NBBQA is also loaded with aspiring barbecue professionals that have a desire to learn what it takes to transition their avocation to vocation. Friends and family have encouraged them to take the next step, whether it’s with a great recipe, a tried-and-true method for smoking ribs or possibly, a new product idea or invention. From how to bottle your sauces and rubs to how to create a business plan, the NBBQA can provide numerous business and barbecue related resources that can accelerate the process.
If the BBQ lover in your life is looking to take their love of BBQ to the next level there is no better gift than a membership to the NBBQA. You might package it with a trip to the NBBQA’s 2016 Annual Conference & Exhibition in Jacksonville, FL from March 9-12, 2016!
We hope you and your family have an Merry Christmas filled with joy, love and lots and lots of Smoked Meat! Merry Christmas!!!

Join Pork Barrel BBQ For The Filming Of The Travel Channel’s BBQ Crawl on September 25 between 11:30am & 2:30pm!

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Pork Barrel BBQ And Diva Q

Invite You To Join Us For A Taping Of

The Travel Channel’s Hit Show

BBQ Crawl

On Thursday September 25!

What:     Filming of The Travel Channel’s Hit Show BBQ Crawl

Where:  Pork Barrel BBQ – 2312 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA

When:    Thursday, September 25, 2014. We will be filming between 11:30am and 2:30pm (come on down when you can)!

Why:       You’ve got to eat lunch anyway, so you might as well come and enjoy our BBQ Crawl Lunch Specials at Pork Barrel BBQ! Help us pack the restaurant and show America you don’t have to be in Kansas City, Memphis, North Carolina or Texas to get great BBQ and meet Danielle Dimovski (AKA – Diva Q) star of BBQ Crawl and Canada’s top Pitmaster!

Pork Barrel BBQ’s 2012 BBQ Holiday Gift Guide

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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!

The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Eleven– A Pellet Envy Cooking Class

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This is the eleventh in a twelve week series where we are unveiling the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas, which highlights our twelve favorite Christmas gift ideas for the barbecue lover in your life!

On the tenth day of BBQ Christmas,
My true BBQ love sent to me
Pellet Envy Cooking Classes!

So the pitmaster in your life thinks they forgot more about smoking meats than anyone else knows – if they take the Pellet Envy Cooking Class that will no longer be a piece of fiction as they will have the chance to learn from one of the most accomplished pitmaster in the sport of competition barbecue. I hope they are good note takers!!

The Pellet Envy competition team hails from the BBQ meca of Kansas City and is comprised of Pitmaster Rod Gray and “The Closer” Sherri Gray. Rod and Sherri have been competing as Pellet Envy since 2001 and have won just about every contest you’ve heard of and just about everyone you haven’t heard of.

In 2009 Pellet Envy was crowned the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s Team of the Year. Between 2008 and 2009 they won seventeen Grand Championships and placed first in twenty-eight catagories. They are perineal competitions at The Jack and American Royal Invitational and Open contests. Simply put, they are good at what they do!

Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach you their secrets over a weekend. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to reach the point in years to come where you have forgotten more about barbecue than most ever knew.

Don’t take it from us, take it from alumni of the Pellet Envy class:

“We have cooked 3 times since your class, got first place pork twice…You guys made more than a little difference. I can’t tell you how much better I am doing. Turn in time used to be when I was a wreck, not coordinated at all. Watching you in real time made me see how it could be done…the best thing is I am so excited to cook again. I cut my schedule way back this year, and now I am ready to fill it back up!” – Susan in Texas

“Just wanted to pass along some good news. By using your techniques, we just got our first Grand Champion today. Not only did we get a GC, we were 1st in chicken, 1st in ribs, 1st in brisket and 5th in pork. So just a note of thanks. This was our first comp since the class. It worked.” – Danielle in Canada

Check back next week when we unveil what our true BBQ love is giving on the twelfth day of BBQ Christmas!! Here is a hint – It’s the biggest head turning in the world of BBQ!

Don’t forget what we recommended in previous posts on the Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to a BBQ Christmas:

On the first day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter.

On the second day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Thermapen.

On the third day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A PIGTAIL Food Flipper.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A KCBS Membership.

On the fifth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me some Fruita Wood Chunks.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker.

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A copy of BBQ Makes Everything Better.

On the eight day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Pork Barrel BBQ Party Pack.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Big Green Egg.

On the tenth day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Victorinox Granton Edge Slicing Knife.

Pitmaster Melissa Cookston of Yazoo’s Delta Q talks with Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May 2011

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Pork Barrel BBQ had a chance to catch up with Yazoo’s Delta Q pitmaster Melissa Cookston at Memphis in May 2011 and reflect on Yazoo’s First Place Whole Hog and Grand Championship win at Memphis in May 2010. Yazoo’s Delta Q went on to win the 2011 Memphis in May Whole Hog Catagory and finish in the top 3 overall!

Pitmaster Moe Cason talks with Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May 2011

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Pork Barrel BBQ had a chance to chat with pitmaster Moe Cason about his call in the Poultry catagory at Memphis in May 2011.

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

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Pork Barrel BBQ Wins 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle

Grand Champion Competition BBQ Team Qualifies To Compete at the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational Contest and Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational

Safeway Grand Champion

Washington, DC (June 27, 2011) – The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team has been named the Grand Champion of the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. As winner of the only barbecue championship in Washington, DC sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the team receives an automatic invitation to two of the top prestigious contests on the professional barbecue competition circuit – the American Royal World Series of Barbecue Invitational Contest in Kansas City, Missouri and the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

“It’s a huge honor to win the Grand Championship at the Safeway Barbecue Battle, said Brett Thompson, co-founder and CEO of Pork Barrel BBQ. “This is especially meaningful to win this in our hometown where we founded our barbecue sauce company and will soon be home to our first Pork Barrel BBQ restaurant.”

“It is the thrill of a lifetime to win our first Grand Championship at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle, a contest in our hometown and the very first contest Pork Barrel BBQ ever competed in just two years ago, said Heath Hall”, co-founder and President of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Having the chance to compete against the best barbecue teams in the world and walk away with a victory is truly an honor.”

Over 150,000 people attended the 19th annual Safeway National Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC during the two-day competition on June 25th and 26th. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team competed against several current and former world champion barbecue teams in this years contest. In addition to being awarded the Grand Champion title, trophy and prize money, the team also won the Perdue Sizzlin Chicken National Chicken Championship and the Kingsford Points Chase.

This is the third consecutive year the Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team has competed in this nationally recognized barbeque event. It is a meaningful competition for Thompson and Hall who entered their favorite homemade barbecue sauce in the 2009 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle’s “Nations Best BBQ Sauce Contest” and won Second Place in their first ever barbecue competition. Last year, the team won the event’s “Chinet Peoples Choice” award for best BBQ sauce.

Hall and Thompson, the sauce company’s co-founders, are recognized as two of the most creative and entrepreneurial minds in barbeque. The company recently released Que Cologne – the world’s first Eau de Barbecue. Since their appearance on ABC’s hit reality TV show Shark Tank in 2009, they have expanded their business from creating BBQ sauces and spice rubs in their home kitchens to selling award-winning BBQ products at over 1,300 stores across America including Safeway, Whole Foods, and Costco. Their inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, received praise from food and sports fans across America, and their sauce was recently named Best Sauce in America and one of “The 125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine.

Entrepreneurs Hall and Thompson recently launched the world’s first social network dedicated exclusively to barbecue,, and the company will soon open its first restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia this summer. They 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 (

For more information, visit the Pork Barrel BBQ website and read about their latest updates and adventures on Facebook, Twitter 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 “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 or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.


BBQ Competition – West Virginia State BBQ Championship 2010

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BBQ competitions are a lot of fun and a chance to hang out with some great friends.  We just returned from Pickin in the Panhandle the West Virginia State Championship.  It was a really great event set in a beautiful spot in the mountains of West Virginia at the Lazy A Campground.  There were 53 teams competing, including some of the best teams like Tuffy Stone’s Cool Smoke, Mike Richter’s Chix, Swine and Bovine, 3 Eyz BBQ, DC Firefighters, Dj Richards of Pig N’ Paradise (coolest tiki smoker you’ve ever seen), Dizzy Pig, and too many more to name!  Pork Barrel BBQ had a great event, finishing 4th Place Chicken Category, 5th Place Pork Category, 10th Place Brisket Category, and 33rd Place Rib Category – winning 5th Place Overall!  We wanted to give a huge thanks to our meat sponsor’s Bill, Brian and Aaron Fuchs from Wagshals for providing us such amazing product!  Be sure to visit our online store if you want to stock up on our barbecue sauces and rubs for your next BBQ competition or backyard grill!  Here are some fun photos from the Pickin in the Panhandle Championship!

Making BBQ List

Heath checking the list!

Pork Barrel BBQ Pitmasters

Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team!

Wagshals Meat

Huge Thanks to Wagshals!

BBQ Grill Watching

Heath and Bill Minding the Smoker at 3 am!


Thermapen Confirms It Was Cold!

BBQ Cinnamon Rolls

Bill Blackburn Making Breakfast!

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins

A Happy and Tired Pork Barrel BBQ Team

Cool Trophy

Sawyer Wins His First BBQ Trophy!


Sawyer Falls Asleep Talking About His New Trophy!

MIM Scrapbook Entry #2 – Jamie Geer Gives Pork Barrel BBQ a Tour of a Jambo Pit at the Memphis in May BBQ World Championship

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Dreaming of a Jambo Pit by Jamie Geer?  Me too.  Since the day I turned 16 and got my drivers license I’ve had visions of a 1958 Corvette dancing in my head. From the distinguishing four headlights and immense chrome in the front to the beauty of the Roman Red paint job that covers the exterior you’re sure to turn heads at every stop and then strain the very neck that head is attached to as you excelerate away. The 1958 Corvette wasn’t just a car, it was a work of art – a museum quality piece with its optional 290 horsepower fuel injected V8 engine that made everybody else with a car jealous at first blush.

Today, some 20 years later, I still have the vision of owning that 58 Vette, but it no longer dances alone in the wish list of my mind. It now shares that void with a vision of owning, what can only be called the equivalent of the Corvette on the competition BBQ circuit, a Jambo Pit.

Jambo Pits have been called by many on the competition BBQ circuit, “The best smokers money can buy.”  Pitmasters aren’t just saying that in passing as many of today’s top competitive BBQ teams are putting their money where their mouth is and using these pits hand crafted by Jamie Geer, owner of the Fort Worth, TX based company, all across America. Among the users of Jambo Pits are our friends Tuffy Stone of the Cool Smoke competition BBQ team (who’s pit Jamie is about to give you a tour of) and Mike Richter of Chix, Swine & Bovine competition BBQ team– both of these teams have been enjoy immense success on the competition BBQ circuit.

Jamie has been building quality smokers that offer consistent results since 1989.  One of the unique things about Jamie Geer is that he didn’t start out as a pit builder – he started out as a serious competitor on the competition BBQ circuit and has the trophies to prove it. (You might remember him from TLC’s BBQ Pitmastersshow.)  He knows what series BBQ’ers are looking for in a smoker and he delivers big time!

If you’d like a Jambo Pit you’ll have to get in line with the rest of us – Jamie is backordered through October and that list grows by the day. Why the demand?  These aren’t just functional BBQ pits, they are literally works of art that are handcrafted from top quality materials with an attention to detail that only Jamie can provide as he builds each pit one at a time. Some of the features you’ll find on these beauties include insulated fire boxes, torque flex axles, chrome wheels, white letter tires, custom coatings and paint, stainless steel hinges, and spacious work surfaces.  The downside is you’ll no longer be able to blame your smoker if your meats don’t turn out well.

On Jamie’s website he says, “Pull into a competition or your neighborhood with a Geer pit in tow and forget about going unnoticed. These pits will turn heads wherever you go.” We couldn’t agree more!  Pull into a BBQ contest with a Jambo Pit and you’re sure to turn and strain a few necks, just like that 1958 Corvette.

While we were at Memphis in May, Pork Barrel BBQ was lucky enough to get a few minutes of Jamie’s time (he was cooking with Tuffy Stone’s Cool Smoke team and about to make the walk with Tuffy to collect their Memphis in May World Championship BBQ trophy for their pork shoulder when we filmed this clip).  We asked Jamie to take us on a tour of Tuffy’s new Jambo Pit. Sit back and enjoy our interview with BBQ Pit builder extraordinaire and all around good guy Jamie Geer of Jambo Pits.

If you’re still using a Weber or some other smokers, but would like to ride or Que in the Corvette of smokers give Jamie a call at 817-223-3918 or email him at and let him know that Pork Barrel BBQ sent you!  You won’t be sorry you called!

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