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The Twelve Day’s of BBQ Christmas – Day Twelve – A Jambo Pit

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This is the twelfth 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
Jambo Pit!

There can be no great barbecue without a great pit. In previous weeks we have given you some great recommendations for smaller pits, but if you are a serious BBQ fanatic you need a serious pit! If you are looking for a serious pit look no further than the Jambo Pit! 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!
Jamie, a highly decorated competition pitmaster knows what makes a great pit and how to make them look like a sports car! From the patio model ($375) to the Corvette of barbecue pits, the J-5 ($12,000), every Jambo Pit is guarenteed to perform. So if you truly love your pitmaster at home get them a Jambo Pit and be ready for some tremendous BBQ.
At Memphis in May 2010 we were lucky enough to get a tour of one of Tuffy Stones Jambo Pits from pitmaker Jamie Geer. WARNING – you are likely to start drooling during this video!

We hope you have enjoyed Pork Barrel BBQ’s 12 days of Christmas. May you and your family have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my true BBQ love gave to me A Pellet Envy Cooking Class.

Pork Barrel BBQ Competes with Barbecue’s Best at 32nd Annual American Royal

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Last weekend, Pork Barrel BBQ’sCompetition BBQ Team headed to Kansas City, Missouri to cook against hundreds of the nations top barbecue pitmasters at the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue. Known throughout the world of barbecue as the World Series of Barbecue, the American Royal was first held in 1980 and has grown from humble beginnings into the largest barbecue conteston the planet. There are two contests held during the American Royal. The Invitational, held on Saturday, is an invite only contest made up of teams that have won at least one Grand Championship in the past year. The Open, held on Sunday, is open to anyone wishing to participate and usually attracts upwards of 500 teams.

This marked Pork Barrel BBQ’s second time competing in the American Royal Open and our first time competing in the American Royal Invitational. We earned our invitation to the 32ndannual American Royal Invitational contest by winning the Grand Championship at the 2011 Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, DC, the nation’s largest barbecue festival.

In Saturday’s American Royal Invitationalwe were ecstatic to finish 26th out of 142 of the best teams in the world of competition BBQ!

Pork Barrel BBQ Takes 10th Place in Brisket in the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue Invitational Contest

Our finishes in each of the categories were:

Chicken – 41st
Ribs- 60th
Pork- 70th
Brisket- 10th

In Sunday’s American Royal Open we continued our strong weekend by finishing 40th out of 483 teams! Finishing in the top 10% of such a large and accomplished number of teams was a thrill for us!

Pork Barrel BBQ Takes Sixth Place in Chicken at the 32nd Annual American Royal Barbecue Open Contest

Our finishes in each of the categories were:

Chicken- 6th
Ribs- 120th
Pork- 128th
Brisket- 159th

On top of this, Pork Barrel BBQ got it’s first perfect 180 score in the Dessert category in the American Royal Open Dessert contest thanks to the amazing mixed berry cheesecake cooked by Heath’s parent’s Rex & Barbara!!!

It was a huge thrill for us to cook in our home state of Missouri and in one of the BBQ hot spots of America! Beyond the success we had on the smoker, it was an amazing chance for us to hang out with some of our BBQ heroes, mentors andfriends as well as catch up with friends and family who live it Missouri (Thanks for all your help Joe andBob!!). It is always special when we get to hang out with great pitmasters and friends like Rod Gray of Pellet Envy, Pat Burke of Tower Rock, Mike Mills of 17th Street Bar & Grill, Dave Raymond (AKA Sweet Baby Ray) BBQ Sauce God and founder of Sweet Baby Ray’s, Neil Strawder of Bigmista’s BBQ, Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q, Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke, Paul Huff of GoneHoggin.com, George Shore of Pitmaker and so many more!!!!

Heath& Brett withBBQ Legends Mike Mills, Dave Raymond (AKA – Sweet Baby Ray) and Pat Burke!


With BBQ Pitmasters Neil Strawder, Mike Mills, Tuffy Stone, Pat Burke and Culinary Students

In addition to the main competitions Heath cooked in the Kansas City Barbecue Society’s Grillmaster’s Series against Danielle Dimovski of Diva Q. The battle between the U.S. and Canada was held on the stage of the KCBS Great American BBQ Tour led by Mike and Chris Peters. Last year Pork Barrel came out on top against one of the legends of BBQ, Johnny Trigg. Heath made it back to back wins at the Royal by gaining the stomach’s of the judges in his Steak Battle against Diva Q!

Heath and Diva Q at the KCBS Grillmaster Steak Cookoff

Check out the Kansas City Star’s coverage of the American Royal and Pork Barrel BBQ!

It’s been a long season the BBQ circuit for Pork Barrel BBQ, but it’s not quite over yet. We’ll be loading up our trailer and heading to Lynchburg, Tennessee in a couple weeks to compete in the most prestigious of all the BBQ contests, The Jack Dainel’s World Championship Invitational Barbecue!!!

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 TXJGEER@aol.com and let him know that Pork Barrel BBQ sent you!  You won’t be sorry you called!

MIM Scrapbook Entry #1 – BBQ Hints from TLC BBQ Pitmaster and Memphis in May BBQ World Champion Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke & Q Barbeque

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This is the first in a series of blog posts on our adventures at the 2010 Memphis in May World Barbecue Championships. Over the course of 4 days we racked up 4 top 15 finishes (we even managed to place 4th in the World Championship’s beef catagory with our brisket) and several hours of amazing videos from some of the most interesting and influential folks in BBQ. We thought we’d kick off our series with a bang – our first entry into our 2010 Memphis in May scrapbook is an interview with TLC BBQ Pitmaster and down right nice guy Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke and Q Barbeque fame.

Over the course of the past year we’ve had the chance to get to know some of the great legends of BBQ, including guys like Pat Burke and Mike Mills – the founders of the Legends of BBQ Club. Tuffy, a friend and fellow Virginian, is a guy who has made a name for himself and risen to “Legend” status in short order. Tuffy is pitmaster of the Cool Smoke competition BBQ team and owner of Q Barbeque (two locations in Midlothian, VA and Hampton, VA). If the name Tuffy Stone is ringing a bell in your head but you just can’t quite place where you’ve heard it before it is probably because you saw him on TLC’s hit show BBQ Pitmasters.

For a guy with celebrity status and the ability to make anything placed on a smoker taste like a five star meal you might think he’d be working in the distance and shadows of his Jambo Pit built by legendary smoker builder and artisan Jamie Geer (Tuffy’s pit looks more like a cherry red Corvette than a smoker – it performs more like one too!), but he isn’t. Tuffy is as approachable as they come and loves to talk BBQ with fellow competitors, customers and fans.

The best part of the Competition BBQ circuit isn’t the great barbecue found around every corner, it is the chance to meet and become friends with some of the best folk around – like Tuffy. BBQ teams from around the country compete in contests sanctioned by a number of barbecue societies including KCBS, MIM, and MBN. These teams use everything from Weber Grills to Jambo Pits to homemade smokers to compete for prizes and tropies in catagories like chicken, beef brisket, pork shoulder, pork ribs, and whole hog.  If you love to grill find a contest near your home and sign up – you’ll have a blast and meet some great folks!

Now sit back and enjoy our interview with BBQ Pitmaster Tuffy Stone of Cool Smoke.

For more information on Pork Barrel BBQ and to follow our adventures at Memphis in May 2010 stay tuned to our blog and Twitter pages.

Pork Barrel BBQ Wins Big In Several Categories at Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest

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Competition Team Debuts Iberico Pork at Memphis in May BBQ Festival


Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Brett Thompson, co-founder Pork Barrel BBQ; Mike Richter, chief cook Chix, Swine & Bovine; Jamie Geer, owner of Jambo Pits; Pat Burke, leader of Tower Rock BBQ's team; Tuffy Stone, owner of Q Barbecue and TLC BBQ Pitmaster of Cool Smoke; Rex Holmes, member of Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team; Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ

Pork Barrel BBQ at Memphis in May World Championship BBQ Cooking Contest: Brett Thompson, co-founder Pork Barrel BBQ; Mike Richter, chief cook Chix, Swine & Bovine; Jamie Geer, owner of Jambo Pits; Pat Burke, leader of Tower Rock BBQ’s team; Tuffy Stone, owner of Q Barbecue and TLC BBQ Pitmaster of Cool Smoke; Rex Holmes, member of Pork Barrel BBQ Competition BBQ Team; Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ

Washington, DC (Memphis, TN) May 17, 2010 — Pork Barrel BBQ today announced their Competition BBQ Team results in multiple categories at the 2010 Memphis in May World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest.

As first-time Memphis in May competitors Pork Barrel BBQ is proud to have been recognized as one of the top teams in the world-renowned BBQ contest. The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team participated with over 250 of the world’s best competition BBQ teams during the Memphis in May contest.

Pork Barrel BBQ took fourth place in the Beef contest for their brisket and won over the taste buds of judges with their new Pork Barrel BBQ Mustard Sauce, which placed seventh in the Mustard Sauce contest. The team’s grilled seafood gumbo entry placed 14th in the Seafood contest. All of the team’s entries were prepared using Pork Barrel BBQ products including their All American Spice Rub and Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces. These products are available at stores throughout the nation, including Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, Schnucks, Ukrops, Bloom, and Balducci’s Food Lover’s Market. Folks will soon be able to sample Pork Barrel BBQ’s award winning barbeque at the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant, currently under construction in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, Virginia and scheduled to open later this summer.

The Pork Barrel BBQ Competition Team is the first BBQ competitor to use Iberico de Bellota pork, a premium and unique meat from purebred Spanish heritage swine. Wagshal’s (http://www.wagshals.com/), the exclusive distributor of Iberico in the United States, sponsors the competition team and supplies them with meat and seafood for BBQ contests throughout the year. For the recent Memphis in May competition, the team submitted a venison loin wrapped in Iberico that placed 12th in the Exotic contest.

“It was a tremendous honor to have been selected to participate in Memphis in May, the world championship of BBQ competitions,” said Heath Hall, co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “Placing in the top 15 in four categories at our first Memphis in May is something beyond our wildest dreams. We are thankful to Wagshal’s for sponsoring us and giving us an edge over the competition by providing us with their premium meats and seafoods. It was an incredible experience that we were happy to share with thousands of BBQ enthusiasts, and our friendly competitors like BBQ legend and three time World Champion Pat Burke, pitmaster of the Tower Rock BBQ Team, and Tuffy Stone, of the Cool Smoke Team and BBQ Pitmasters fame.”

During the four-day competition, the team captured several behind-the-scenes videos with several well-known BBQ pitmasters and other seasoned professionals. Those following Pork Barrel BBQ on their social media outlets, including Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/people/Pork-Barrel-Bbq/1084117735), Twitter (http://twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq) and the company’s blog (http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com/blog/), can expect a variety of BBQ tips and grilling insights in the coming months.

For more information or to locate a store near you that offers Pork Barrel BBQ products, visit http://www.porkbarrelbbq.com.

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 one bottle at a time. One year later, their Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rub are on pace to be carried in over 1,000 stores in 40 states by summer 2010. 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 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. For more information, visit http://www.PorkBarrelBBQ.com.

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