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Exclusive Shark Tank Videos

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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.

Pork Barrel BBQ to Appear on ABC’s Shark Tank on Friday, March 9th

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Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant to Host Shark Tank Watch Party

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).

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Pork Barrel BBQ to Debut New Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce at NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show at Booth 739

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Pork Barrel BBQ is excited to return to the NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show for the third consective year this weekend in San Francisco. We will be launching our newest sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce, as well as sampling our entire line of barbecue products. If you are at the show please stop by Booth 739 and say hi!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE              Media Contact: Jennifer Brand  (202) 731-2114 – jbrand@brandsolutionsgroup.com

 Nation’s Fastest Growing Barbecue Sauce Company to Debut New Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce at NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show

Reigning 2011 National “BBQ Battle” Grand Champions and Pork Barrel BBQ Co-Founders Bring National Award Winning BBQ to San Francisco

** To Sample Pork Barrel BBQ’s New Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce — Visit Booth 739 **

 Washington, D.C. (January 13, 2012) – Pork Barrel BBQ, the nation’s fastest-growing barbecue sauce company, is debuting its new Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce at the 2012 National Association for the Specialty Food Trades (NASFT) Winter Fancy Food Show January 15-17, 2012, in San Francisco, California.

Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, the co-founders and award winning pitmasters of Pork Barrel BBQ, and reigning Perdue National Chicken Champions, will be at the Winter Fancy Food Show to sample their national award winning and best-selling line of barbecue products. Hall and Thompson will debut their Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce, the latest creation in their lineup of national award winning barbecue sauces. Barbecue enthusiasts from coast to coast can now feel as if they are eating a pulled pork sandwich in the Carolinas with this new sauces combination of just the right amount of vinegary kick, crushed red peppers, spices and sugar.

To taste all of Pork Barrel BBQ’s products, visit BOOTH 739.

Since founding Pork Barrel BBQ in 2009, Hall and Thompson have become the specialty food and barbecue industry’s most-watched entrepreneurs. 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 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 barbecue circuit, and opened the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia.

“We’re extremely excited to be launching our newest BBQ sauce, Pork Barrel BBQ Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce, at the 2012 NASFT Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco,” said Hall, President of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Barbecue is the one true American cuisine, and like America it is comprised of communities of people living in regions characterized by unique circumstances and tastes that lead to an exciting diversity in styles of sauce. Our new sauce recognizes one such barbecue region, the Carolinas.”

Pork Barrel BBQ sauces and products are currently distributed to over 2,000 stores nationwide and online.

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.

TO SCHEDULE MEDIA APPEARANCES WITH HEATH HALL & BRETT THOMPSON DURING THE NASFT WINTER FANCY FOOD SHOW:

Contact (202) 321-3226 or (202) 253-1480

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). 

About the NASFT
The NASFT is a not-for-profit trade association established in 1952 to foster trade, commerce and interest in the specialty food industry. Today there are more than 2,900 members in the U.S. and abroad. The NASFT’s website for consumers,
foodspring.com, provides an insider’s look at specialty foods and the companies, entrepreneurs and artisans behind them. For information on the NASFT, go to http://www.foodspring.com/about/nasft. For information on the NASFT’s Fancy Food Shows, go to http://www.fancyfoodshows.com.

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Restaurant Review – Review Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant

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Review Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant – we’re collecting them here!  We love to read feedback our our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant on Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare, Food Blogs – also, please feel free to share your thoughts by emailing us at porkbarrelbbq AT gmail.com.  Our BBQ restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia has only been open a short time, but here are some of the early reviews from folks on social media!  Hungry?  Download our Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Menu

Kate O’Hare (@KateOH)
12/5/11 10:55 PM
Had an awesome dinner at @porkbarrelbbq … Stuffed with yumm in Alexandria, VA!DIY Del Ray (@DIYDelRay)

12/7/11 11:09 AM
Only thing getting me through this rainy day is thinking about @porkbarrelbbq for dinner tonight. #yum

JB (@unbreakstride)
12/7/11 3:39 PM
@NicoleAlon go go go, it’s great and pretty kid friendly, and my kids r nuts luv the brisket, baked beans & mac & cheese@porkbarrelbbq
Justin Herman (@JustinHerman)
12/7/11 1:07 AM
It was awesome: sorry I snatched a booth from the mayor RT @porkbarrelbbq @JustinHerman @dan_munz @yuda @cjoh hope#BBQSummit is going well!

Nat Vegel (@Nat_225)
12/3/11 7:34 PM
Went to the new @porkbarrelbbq in del ray. Holy #brisket it was delicious (and I have high Texas BBQ standards)!!

Lanier Swann (@mlswann)
12/4/11 6:55 PM
I come from the BBQ capital of Lex, NC so I don’t say this lightly. @porkbarrelbbq is AWESOME. Run don’t walk to Del Ray! #stillfull #soyum

WASHINGTONIAN.COM – Best Bites Blog – An Early Look At Pork Barrel BBQ – A Peek Inside Del Ray’s Newest Smoked Meats Palace

jhatt (@jhatt)
12/1/11 9:36 PM
@PBBBQDelRay great pulled pork sandwich and the mac and cheese was #awesome can’t wait for my next visit. #yum

mdphunk (@mdphunk)
11/30/11 9:21 PM
So @PBBBQDelRay was totally worth the wait! Amazing food and Stu the bartender was great. This will be an awesome neighborhood hangout

babylonia (@babylonia)
12/2/11 9:27 AM
@joebondi @PBBBQDelRay aaaand have just emerged from food coma. magical. illegal substance-good. get the macNcheese. did I detect jalapeños?

AnnaSpiegs (@AnnaSpiegs)

12/2/11 4:50 PM
We have some juicy BBQ pics from our time @PBBBQDelRay. Can’t wait to go back and give it a try!t.co/YMYG9zT4

pbyrnett (@pbyrnett)
12/2/11 6:10 PM
Well, hello, @PBBBQDelRayt.co/jUFxQJbb @ymsp82, y’all have got to come down here! Kid friendly!

ZAGAT.COM – Fork & Tell Blog – Our First Impressions and a Restaurant Review

scheuster (@scheuster)
12/2/11 9:33 PM
Turns out that even babies like the brisket @PBBBQDelRay#tasty #fbt.co/bY6Vhihy

DCEmpanadas (@DCEmpanadas)
12/3/11 9:25 PM
Had dinner @PBBBQDelRay ribs, chicken & sausage were AMAZING! Sides:Loved baked beans & potato salad cant wait to go back with @bbqbusdc

DJMonnett (@DJMonnett)
11/30/11 3:48 PM
Pork Barrel BBQ – Our First Impressions and a Restaurant Review …: I mean, not only is the All-American Pork B…t.co/wN8LJPVl

MattDeLuca (@MattDeLuca)
11/30/11 10:51 PM
I did last night – damn good RT @jmartpolitico: Has anyone hit pork barrel bbq in del ray yet?

mrspodguski (@mrspodguski)
12/1/11 7:05 PM
Great dinner! (@ Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant w/ 4 others)t.co/SbQQt87G

BeltwayBBQ (@BeltwayBBQ)
11/29/11 8:12 PM
Love the bar area, cozy and great ambiance @porkbarrelbbqpic.twitter.com/quFAy8qm

Len Panek (@LenPanek)
11/30/11 12:53 PM
still thinking about the brisket I had at @porkbarrelbbq. Everything I had was fantastic…I will definitely be a regular…Great job!

Scott Kraft (@ScottGKraft)
11/30/11 7:15 PM
Made it over to the @porkbarrelbbq new restaurant in Del Ray. Awesome meal…great new neighbor

ann m thompson (@AnnMT)

12/3/11 6:20 PM
Early dinner tonight at @porkbarrelbbq – delicious! And a delightful surprise to run into @dowrongright!pic.twitter.com/CZ4b4k3

 

 

 

Welcome Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant Visitors!

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Thanks for stopping by to learn about the new Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant!

 

While you’re here, feel free to visit our Pork Barrel BBQ Blog, or become our friend on Facebook and Twitter.  Thanks for visiting!

-Heath and Brett

Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Now Available in Mid-Atlantic Costco Wholesale Stores

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Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce Now Available in Mid-Atlantic Costco Wholesale Stores

Costco Welcomes Fastest Growing BBQ Sauce Company in America to Shelves In Time For BBQ Season

Pork Barrel BBQ today announced Costco Wholesale Corporation will carry Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce in 15 stores across the Mid-Atlantic region.

Costco stores will be selling twin packs (2-24 ounce bottles) of Pork Barrel BBQ’s national award-winning Original BBQ Sauce. Customers at stores across Virginia and Maryland can now enjoy the BBQ sauce Men’s Health Magazine named as an “essential item” for grocery shopping lists and the Best BBQ Sauce in America.

The stocking of Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce on the shelves is a significant achievement for the Alexandria, VA based company that began in December 2008 with two entrepreneurs selling BBQ sauce and spice rub one bottle at a time out of their basements. Since then, the company has quickly become a national brand with its products available in over 1,300 grocery stores in 40 states.

“The support and encouragement Costco provides small businesses like Pork Barrel BBQ is almost unheard of in the grocery industry,” said Brett Thompson, CEO and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Thanks to Costco we’ve been able to move from a regional BBQ sauce brand to the fastest growing BBQ sauce brand in America.”

After discovering Pork Barrel BBQ on ABC’s Shark Tank, Costco became one of the earliest retail supporters to give Pork Barrel BBQ the opportunity to introduce its line of gourmet BBQ products to a national consumer audience through its Road Show program.

“Having our BBQ sauce on the shelves of Costco stores is a dream come true,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “A little over 2 years ago we were a two-man operation with a vision to create a great tasting and healthy BBQ sauce that everyone from the backyard BBQ’er to the veteran pitmaster could enjoy and afford. Thanks to Costco, hundreds of thousands of consumers will have the opportunity to make this summers BBQ season even better with Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce!”

A complete list of store locations in the Mid-Atlantic region that are selling Pork Barrel BBQ sauce is below. To find locations where Pork Barrel BBQ products are sold, visit the company’s store locator and online interactive map at: http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/store-locations/.

Locations Carrying Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce

Costco 204 (Fairfax) – 4725 W. Ox Rd. – Fairfax, VA 22030
Costco 214 (Beltsville) – 10925 Baltimore Ave. – Beltsville, MD 20705
Costco 218 (Sterling) – 21398 Price Cascades Plaza – Sterling, VA 20164
Costco 225 (Manassas) – 10701 Sudley Manor Dr. – Manassas, VA 20109
Costco 227 (Newington-Springfield) – 7373 Boston Blvd. – Springfield, VA 22153
Costco 233 (Pentagon City) – 1200 South Fern St. – Arlington, VA 22202
Costco 239 (Winchester) – 251 Front Royal Pike – Winchester, VA 22602
Costco 330 (Frederick) – 10 Monocacy Blvd. – Frederick, MD 21701
Costco 334 (Chantilly) – 14390 Chantilly Crossing Ln. – Chantilly, VA 20151
Costco 337 (Leesburg) – 1300 Edwards Ferry Rd. – Leesburg, VA 20176
Costco 340 (Fredericksburg) – 3102 Plank Rd. #600 – Fredericksburg, VA 22407
Costco 626 (Potomac Mills) – 2700 Potomac Mills Cir. Ste 200 – Woodbridge, VA 22192
Costco 1039 (Brandywine) – 16006 Crain Highway SE – Brandywine, MD 20613
Costco 1078 (Woodmore Town Center) – 2400 Five Lees Lane – Lanham, MD 20706
Costco 1089 (Chesterfield Relocation) – 1401 Mall Dr. – Richmond, VA 23235

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 1,300 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 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.

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Shark Bait – How To Reel In One Of ABC’s Shark Tank Sharks

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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!!

ABC TV’s Shark Tank Winners Team Up to Create “Shark Attack Gift Pack”

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 11, 2010

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

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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Shark Tank – ABC Shark Tank Experience

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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:

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/

Great KCBS Blog Update On Their Great American BBQ Tour Stop At Memphis In May

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Check out this great blog post from our friends Mike and Chris Peters who are traveling the country this summer with the KCBS Great American BBQ Tour.  Mike was kind enough to ask us to participate in the KCBS Grillmaster contest at Memphis in May where Heath grilled up some Grilled Bloody Mary Chicken Taco (with a lettuce taco shell) and mini grilled Bloody Marys.

Where looking forward to seeing Mike and Chris at the Safeway National Barbecue Battle in DC June 26-27.  For more info on the Great American BBQ Tour visit the KCBS website and if you’re not a member of KCBS make sure you join!

2010 Great American BBQ Tour Stop #5 – Memphis in May

May 19, 2010

Tunisia is the northernmost country in Africa and was the inspiration for the month-long 2010 Memphis in May festival. As Chris and I loaded into Tom Lee Park in Memphis, you could see the Mediterranean influence with some of the two and three story scaffold structures towering above the over 200 BBQ teams cooking pork shoulder, pork ribs and whole hogs for over $100,000 in prize money.

The Memphis downtown area is convenient to navigate with trolleys, shuttles, and horse drawn carriages, and even had a van that was decorated as a pig pulling two smaller piggies through the streets. Upon closer examination of the pigs, it was not promoting the BBQ event but a local strip club. Since we were staying in a hotel downtown about a mile and a half from the park, Chris and I decided it would be nice to walk to the event. We forgot that the event is a mile long and the trailer location was smack dab in the middle so we ended up with a two mile walk on Thursday morning. The morning walk wasn’t too bad but after thirteen hours on our feet, the two mile walk back to the hotel that first evening felt much longer.

Don with Big Bob Gibson stopped by early in the week and invited Chris and I for pie Friday night. Since we stopped by the restaurant in Decatur last year, Chris has been “jonesing” for more of their fabulous pies so we fought the crowds and hit the Big Bob Gibson party hoping that Don would remember inviting us. Chris had the coconut cream and I had the peanut butter pie while visiting with Amy Mills of “Peace, Love and Barbecue” fame. It was neat to look in the back of the booth and see the legend Mike Mills visiting with Chris Lilly. I could only imagine the conversation that these two BBQ powerhouses were having.

Even though we were in not so familiar territory, we had plenty of KCBS representation around including Chris with the “Let’s All Get Drunk and Que” team that had a booth right across from the trailer. Clint with “Smoke in Da Eye” BBQ stopped by with his media badge and the KCBS team “Ribbed For Your Pleasure” was right behind the trailer. Heath and Brett with “Pork Barrel BBQ” of ABC’s Shark Tank fame competed and stopped by the trailer to say hello. I invited Heath back to compete in Saturday’s GrillMaster contest. Since they are opening a restaurant in the DC area, I wanted to test his prowess and he didn’t disappoint with his lettuce-wrapped chicken tacos with a side of Master of Mixes mini-Bloody Mary’s.  Famous Dave Anderson even stopped by after judging and spent some time visiting.

On Thursday, we kept seeing people walking by wearing good-looking Kingsford polos and found out later that Kingsford had meetings with some of their leadership team the week of the BBQ contest in addition to being one of the main sponsors. Chris was wearing a Kingsford T-shirt and as we were on the long walk back to the hotel, we ran into more Kingsford folks who were so excited to see her representing Kingsford that they pulled out a free charcoal coupon and gave it to her. As excited as they were, we didn’t have the heart to tell them that we promote Kingsford on the BBQ tour.

We were told that it wouldn’t be Memphis in May unless there was rain and this year was no exception as the skies opened up on Friday afternoon. Since some of the MMA Creative folks came down to help us man the sampling tent, the trailer was full of people so Chris broke out the cards for a marathon game of “Go Fish”.

Since we were close to the awards stage, you could hear the whoops and hollers going on Saturday evening as awards were handed out. The weatherman was calling for more rain so we were busy packing things away and missed Tuffy getting the call as Memphis in May World Champion in the shoulder category.  We had a wonderful time in Memphis and appreciated all the southern hospitality that we were shown.

Mike (& Chris) Peters

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