Teams that Do Know Jack: Pork Barrel BBQ

What do you get when you mix American politics and a hunger for that smokey, savory manna from barbecue heaven?  You get Brett Thompson and Heath Hall, the founders of Pork Barrel BBQ and today’s featured team in the “Teams that Do Know Jack” series!

To tell the story of Pork Barrel BBQ is to tell a story of the American dream.  The concept of Pork Barrel BBQ was first conceived in 2006 as Brett and Heath, then working as two fatigued Senate staffers, were wishing for a good barbecue joint in the Washington, D.C. area.  However, the dream was just a dream until two years later.  The dynamic duo set plans in motion to make the dream of Pork Barrel BBQ a reality, and in December 2008, that dream was finally realized.

The official Pork Barrel BBQ competition team was founded in June 2009 and  started off with a bang by taking 2nd place in sauce and 4th place in pork shoulder at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C.

Brett Thompson and Heath Hall -- Founders of Pork Barrel BBQ

Their competitive success carried over into 2010, starting with four Top-15 finishes at Memphis in May, five Top-5 finishes at Picking at the Panhandle in West Virginia, and competing at their first American Royal.  The 2011 year has been very kind to Pork Barrel BBQ as well, with the guys winning their first Grand Championships in back-to-back weeks at the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle in Washington, D.C. and the Wellsville BBQ Cookoff in Wellsville, MO.

Pork Barrel BBQ isn’t just a competition team.  They have diversified themselves by getting into multiple markets.  Some of their ventures include BBQ sauces and rubs, social networking, and yes, cologne.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Pork Barrel BBQ, you can go to their website at  You can also find Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.  Big Wayner’s BBQ Blog wishes Pork Barrel BBQ the best of luck at the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue!!  If you’d like to have your team featured, please contact Wayne at [email protected].

If you haven’t done so already, check out the previous “Teams that Do Know Jack” post spotlighting DivaQ.

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