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Pork Barrel BBQ had the chance to taste perfection the other day – Wagshal’s Prime Smoked Brisket sandwich.  Bill Fuchs has spent the last two years of his life on a quest to perfect this recipe – the brisket cures for 55 days – and get this – he has done over 100 batches to test this recipe.  I’m not even sure if they carry this on the menu (yet) – but be sure to stop by Wagshal’s and ask when you can try this little bit of heaven!


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Looking for Pork Barrel BBQ at a store near you? Visit your local Harris Teeter – and you can find both our Pork Barrel BBQ Sauce and All American Spice Rub in Washington D.C., Virginia and Maryland. Click here for local Harris Teeter locations near you!

We will be visiting Harris Teeter stores throughout the Washington D.C. area over the next few weeks to give samples of our products – be sure to check here on the blog or on Twitter to find out our schedule. A BIG thanks to Harris Teeter for carrying our BBQ sauce and rub!

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Pork Barrel BBQ is now on Foodbuzz!

If you’re not familiar with Foodbuzz it is, in there words:

Foodbuzz: the first-ever community site devoted exclusively to food and dining content—an unparalleled resource for searching, surfing and sharing with fellow foodies everywhere.

From the professional chef to the casual diner and everyone in between, our online community is a one-stop shop for food lovers to find exactly what they are searching for without having to navigate around multiple sites or mull through irrelevant results from general search engine queries. Search results are community-driven and contextually relevant, providing users with the unique opportunity to surf original and user-generated content based on their search criteria. As a community, Foodbuzz enables you to share your thoughts with the rest of us. We’ve created a space where you can not only submit recipes, videos, news, photos, restaurant reviews, blog posts, new restaurants, favorites and forums, but also comment and vote on content submitted by others. Think of it as an exchange of appetites.”

Drop by and become a fan of Pork Barrel BBQ at – www.foodbuzz.com and search for us in the producer section. While your there become my friend – I’m DC BBQ’er – search for me under foodies.

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Hardwood Lump Charcoal
The great thing about grilling is that you don’t need too many tools to be successful. If you have a grill and a fuel source you pretty much have all you need to take a few ingredients and turn them into a delicious meal. We’ve already done a couple posts on grills and smokers so we thought it was time to take a look at charcoal (our preferred fuel source for grilling and smoking). The two main types of charcoal you’ll see at the store are hardwood lump and briquettes and we believe your best bet for a great fuel source is hardwood lump charcoal.

Lump charcoal is the end product of the process of burning chunks of hardwood in the absence of oxygen. It is almost like your sticking a piece of oak or hickory in the grill so it is the most natural and pure form of charcoal you can buy. We think lump charcoal gives food a much better flavor than briquettes and it lights easy (don’t forget to use the charcoal chimney to light your charcoal – if you don’t want your food to taste like lighter fluid don’t use lighter fluid), burns hotter (and is very responsive to the oxygen flow you provide making it easier to control your fire’s temperature), and produces far less ash than briquettes.


Charcoal briquettes are made from sawdust and other wood by-products that are compressed and held together with a binder and other additives (Additives that don’t make your food taste very good like limestone, borax, mineral carbon, sodium nitrate, brown coal, paraffin or petroleum solvents!). Briquettes are cheaper than lump charcoal, but is a few pennies saved worth imparting your meal with a chemical taste and smell?

So next time you head to the store to stock up on charcoal give hardwood lump charcoal a try – we think you’ll be pleased with the results.

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Jammin JoesIf you live in the Washington, D.C. area and travel to Charlottesville, VA on Route 29, then you probably know about on of our favorite roadside BBQ joint’s – Jammin’ Joe’s BBQ!

Jammin’ Joe’s address is: 5282 Lee Highway in New Baltimore, VA (5 miles South of Gainesville on Route 29) – BE CAREFUL– it is easy to miss, but you will be sad for the rest of the day if you miss it (trust me, I know). They operate out of a mobile BBQ trailer that looks like a log cabin. They were one of the inspirations behind us deciding to start Pork Barrel BBQ – it showed us that if you deliver quality product, even if its on the side of a highway, the people will come!

We are a huge fan of their Pulled Pork Sandwich – they provide a very generous portion, with a great sauce. Also, be sure to try their beans, I think they use 7 different beans! Check them out at on the web and in person next time you’re in New Baltimore, VA. They are big BBQ competitors and have recently opened a Florida location – be sure to try them out – you can say you knew about them before they become a household name!
You should also stop by and check out Pork Barrel BBQ on the web before we become a household name!  Stop by and get some of our All American Spice Rub!

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Oklahoma Joe's

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a great lunch inside a gas station? If so, look no further than Oklahoma Joe’s in Kansas City, Kansas. Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue is situated inside of a Shamrock Gas Station – why not fill up your stomach at the same time you fill your car up?

Oklahoma Joe’s was conceived of on the competitive barbecue circuit in the early 1990s. The team that eventually went on to open Oklahoma Joe’s was know as “Slaughterhouse Five” and they won many Grand Championships, including the American Royal. Their first restaurant, Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue and Catering opened its doors in January 1996 in Stillwater, Oklahoma and their Kansas City location opened a few months later in August 1996. The Oklahoma location is now closed, but the Kansas City restaurant is going stronger than ever, in fact a second location has been opened in Olathe, Kansas.

Oklahoma Joe’s has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning, The Food Network and PBS to name a few. Zagat rated Oklahmoa Joe’s as “Excellent” and the hometown Pitch Weekly gave it 3.5 Stars.

I’m a fan of the beef brisket, but can honestly say I’ve never had a meal at Oklahoma Joe’s that I didn’t enjoy and the novelty of the ambiance even makes the food taste better. Next time you are in Kansas City, Kansas stop by and give Oklahoma Joe’s a try. You can check them out on the web here.

Now go fill up your stomach and your car!!!  If you’re not in Kansas City and your looking for great bbq be sure to visit Pork Barrel BBQ on the web!

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