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Thanksgiving - It is the time of year when families gather around the table to celebrate the Holiday's and each other. We hope you and your family have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving filled with many things for which you are thankful. 

Thanksgiving has always been one of our favorite holidays - family, football, Black Friday & of course Turkey!  

THANKSGIVING DAY FEAST Heath's Secret Thanksgiving Recipes Smoked Turkey Recipe

Clean turkey and pat dry with a paper towel. Rub olive oil onto the
turkey and then rub Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub into
the turkey (make sure you get rub on the entire turkey). Let turkey
set for 30 minutes while you get your smoker ready.

Light your fire and get the smoker ready to cook. Place a drip pan
under the location the turkey will sit on your grill and pour the beer
into it. Once your smoker reaches a temperature range of 225 to
240° place the turkey in your smoker breast side up. Once the turkey
is in the smoker load your smoker up with a 70/30 combination of
hickory and oak.

Cooking time will vary on the size of your bird, but plan on 30-
45 minutes per pound. Make certain that your smoker remains in
the 225-240° range for the duration of smoking. After the fourth
hour there is no need to add additional wood unless that is your
temperature source. We recommend using hardwood lump
charcoal.

The turkey is done when its internal temperature reaches 165°. Let
the turkey rest for 15 minutes and then carve.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour & 15 minutes
Yields 4 to 6 servings


Smoked Gouda Mashed Potatoes Recipe
  • 3 pounds Idaho potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¾ cup heavy cream, plus more if needed
  • ¾ pound shredded smoked Gouda
  • 1 teaspoon Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
  • Salt

Place potatoes and 1 teaspoon of salt in a saucepan and cover with
cold water. Bring to a boil and cook over medium heat until fork
tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain.

Return the potatoes to the saucepan and add the butter, cream, and
cheese. Mash the potatoes, stirring to incorporate the seasonings.
Season potatoes with Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Yields 6 servings


Cranberry-Pomegranate Chutney Recipe
  • 1 ½ pounds fresh cranberries (6 cups)
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 cups fresh pomegranate seeds

Zest the orange and in a medium saucepan, combine the cranberries
with the sugar, pomegranate juice, orange zest and juice from the
orange. Bring to a simmer and cook over moderate heat, stirring
occasionally, until most of the cranberries have burst, about 10
minutes. Scrape the cranberry sauce into a medium bowl and let
stand until cool, about 2 hours. Fold in the pomegranate seeds and
serve the sauce chilled or at room temperature.

The cranberry sauce can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.


Chipotle Chile Scalloped Sweet Potatoes Recipe
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Chipotle Pepper Puree
  • 3 medium Sweet Potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced 1/8-inch thick
  • Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub

Preheat oven to 375°.

Whisk together cream and chipotle puree until smooth.

In a 9 by 9-inch casserole dish, arrange the potatoes in even layers.
Drizzle with 3 tablespoons of the cream mixture and season with
Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub. Repeat with the remaining
potatoes, cream, and Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub to
form 10 layers.

Cover and bake for 30 minutes, remove cover and continue baking
for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until the cream has been absorbed and
the potatoes are cooked through and the top is browned.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour & 15 minutes
Yields 4 to 6 servings


Pumpkin Pie
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 can Pumpkin
  • 2 cups Milk
  • 4 Eggs slightly beaten
  • 2 Deep Dish Ready-Made Pie Crusts

Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl. Pour into 2 deep dish
ready-made pie crusts. Bake at 425° for 15 minutes and then turn
the oven down to 325° and bake until done. It is done when you can
stick a knife in the middle and it comes out clean.

It takes about 45 minutes to an hour.


Cornbread and Andouille Dressing Recipe
  • 2 teaspoons Unsalted Butter
  • ½ pound Andouille Sausage, cut into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 ½ cups chopped Yellow Onions
  • 1 cup chopped Celery
  • 1 cup chopped Green Bell Peppers
  • 1 tablespoon minced Garlic
  • Cornbread
  • 3 slices white or whole wheat Bread, torn into ½-inch pieces
  • ½ cup chopped Green Onions
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh Parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh Thyme
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub
  • 2 large Eggs, beaten
  • 1 to 2 cups Chicken Stock, as needed

Prepare the cornbread the day before and let bread sit out over
night.

Preheat the oven to 350°. Generously butter a 13 by 9-inch baking
dish and set aside.

In a large skillet, cook the sausage until brown and the fat is
rendered, about 5 minutes. Add onions, celery, bell peppers, and
garlic, and cook for 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and transfer
to a large bowl to cool.

With your fingers, crumble the corn bread into the bowl, add bread,
the green onions, parsley, and thyme, and mix well with your hands.
Add the salt, pepper, Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub, and
eggs, and mix well with your hands. Add enough broth, ½ cup at a
time, to moisten the dressing being careful not to make it mushy.

Transfer to the prepared dish and cover with aluminum foil. Bake
until heated through, about 25 minutes. Uncover and bake until
golden brown, about 15 minutes.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Yields 8 servings

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Tailgate Recipes Free Pork Barrel BBQ Tailgating Recipes

A tailgate party, aka Tailgating - is a party that usually happens before a big game in a stadium parking lot, with amazing BBQ, tailgating food and perhaps a few beers or cocktails.  Pork Barrel BBQ loves to tailgate, and we usually bring our best tailgate recipes - which we are proud to share with you today!  Created by Pork Barrel BBQ founder Heath Hall, these tailgate recipes are perfect for tailgating in warm temperatures, or even when its a snow tailgate party.  We share our favorite grilled drinks, chicken recipes, guacamole recipes, salsa recipes, even grilled potato chips!  So have a great tailgate, and be sure to share photos of your amazing tailgater! - Heath and Brett

Click on Any Image to Download a PDF Version of the Tailgating Guide

Pulled Pork Sliders Tailgate Recipe

Easy pulled pork sliders?  You bet.  You choose the bun - many love pulled pork sliders on potato rolls, or pulled pork sliders on Hawaiian rolls.  These bbq pulled pork sliders are tasty, great tailgating recipe, that can even be made in the slow cooker.

Grilled Rosemary Lemonade Tailgate Recipe

What does grilled lemonade taste like?  Grilled lemonade is a tasty treat, and the smoked drink is perfect as a cocktail or with your favorite bourbon.  Our grilled rosemary lemonade recipe passes every review, and can be made early in your kitchen before your next tailgate.

BBQ Brisket Chili Tailgate Recipe

Brisket Chili?  It's an easy brisket chili and perfect way to use leftover brisket.  There's a great Diners, Drive-in and Dives brisket chili recipe or we also are big fans of Barefoot Contessa brisket chili recipe.  This recipe is Heath's go to brisket chili - and being from Kansas City, he knows his brisket - enjoy! 

Grilled Corn Guacamole Tailgate Recipe

Grilled avocado brings out the best roasted guacamole.  This smoky guacamole recipe beats the Food and Wine guacamole, and Heath makes this a part of every tailgate.

Grilled Potato Chips Tailgate Recipe

Yes, you can grill homemade chips!  Heath's crispy grilled potato chips are a perfect way to show off your grilled chips at your next tailgate.

 

Grilled Vegetable Ratatouille Tailgate Recipe

Cook's Illustrated and Emeril both have some great grilled vegetable ratatouille recipes - but we suggest Heath's roast vegetable recipe is the stand out.  It is a favorite at our BBQ restaurant, and the first dish to be gone at our tailgates.  Always eat your veggies!

Chicken Recipe - Grilled Chicken Wings Tailgate Recipe

Easy chicken recipe?  Our grilled chicken wings are guaranteed to take the show as best chicken wings at your next tailgate!  Don't forget your All American Spice Rub and Pork Barrel BBQ Original or Sweet BBQ Sauce.

Grilled Charred Tomato Salsa Tailgate Recipe

Bon Appetit, Bobby Flay, Rick Bayless and Cook's Illustrated have amazing grilled tomato salsa recipes - and Heath is will to put his charred tomato salsa recipe up against them all!  Try his roasted tomato salsa at your next tailgate!

Grilled Coleslaw with Basil Vinaigrette Tailgate Recipe

Best grilled coleslaw recipe?  This could be it - Heath has created the perfect combination of ingredients - try the Kitchen recipe, the Food Network recipe - and then finish with this coleslaw recipe for your next tailgate.

Grilled Apple Crisp Tailgate Recipe

Apple desserts on the grill?  Heath knows his desserts, and this grilled apple crisp recipe is the perfect way to end your tailgate.  

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Tailgate Tailgating Guide - Pork Barrel BBQ

 

A tailgate party is a social event held on and around the open tailgate of a vehicle. Tailgating, which originated in the United States, often involves consuming alcoholic beverages and grilling food. Tailgate parties occur in the parking lots at stadiums and arenas, before and occasionally after games and concerts. People attending such a party are said to be 'tailgating'. Many people participate even if their vehicles do not have tailgates. Tailgate parties also involve people bringing their own alcoholic beverages, barbecues, food etc. which is sampled and shared among fans attending the tailgate. Tailgates are intended to be non-commercial events, so selling items to the fans is frowned upon.

Tailgate parties have spread to the pre-game festivities at sporting events besides football, such as basketball, hockey, soccer, and baseball, and also occur at non-sporting events such as weddings, barbecues, and concerts

 

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Links Best BBQ Links? Where are the best barbecue sites to find the information you are looking for without wasting hours trying to find it? Below is a list of our favorite websites on topics ranging from products we’ve reviewed to competition BBQ to our favorite restaurants and chefs. These are websites we’ve found to be both informative and useful and think you will too. If you’ve got a site you think we should include on this page drop us an email at porkbarrelbbq@porkbarrelbbq.com or tweet us at www.twitter.com/porkbarrelbbq. Happy surfing!!  

Pork Barrel BBQ Sponsors

We’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous support of our BBQ addiction. Please check out our sponsor’s links and support them as they help us spread our love of barbecue from coast to coast.  

Product Reviews

We’ve had the chance to review many products on our blog. Here is a list of links to companies we’ve reviewed products from.  

BBQ Organizations

Looking for information on BBQ organizations in your area? Here’s a list of our favorite BBQ organizations that are leading the charge in the growth of BBQ in America.  

BBQ Sites

We’re always on the lookout for great BBQ sites that provide us with information and resources to continue to learn and grow our knowledge of BBQ. These are some of our favorite BBQ related sites.  

BBQ Competitions

We’ve cooked in more than 50 BBQ Competitions over the past four years and these are some of our favorites.

 

Competition BBQ Teams

One of the best sources for BBQ information and news on the internet are the webpages of some of the top professional BBQ teams. Here’s a list of competition BBQ team sites we love to follow.  

Online BBQ Stores

Running low on wood? Want to check out a new BBQ gadget? Need to stock up on competition sauces and rubs? Here’s a list of our favorite online retailers who sale everything from spice rub to wood chips.   

BBQ Products

Looking for information on the latest BBQ products? Here’s a list of links to some of our favorite manufactures of BBQ products.   

BBQ Media

Each and every day BBQ is becoming more and more a part of the mainstream media. Here are links to some of our favorite BBQ sites from the mainstream media.  

Restaurants

When we’re traveling around the country we love nothing more than to try local restaurants, from BBQ joints to regional favorites. Here are links to some of our favorites.  

Top Pitmasters and Chefs

America is filled with too many talented pitmasters and chefs to name, but here are links to some of our favorite’s websites.  

Food Sites

Yes, we love BBQ, but we also love other types of food. Follow these links to some of our favorite food sites on the web that deal with everything from BBQ to ethnic food to food trends.   
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Pork Barrel BBQ on Shark Tank

On September 13, 2009 Pork Barrel BBQ made its national television debut on Mark Burnett’s hit ABC television show Shark Tank. Shark Tank is a business-themed reality show that gives entrepreneurs the opportunity to present their products, services and inventions to a panel of Venture Capitalists – The Sharks – in hopes of securing a business deal. The Sharks are Barbara Corcoran (New York Real Estate Mogul), Mark Cuban (Owner and Chairman of AXS TV and the Dallas Mavericks), Robert Herjavec (Technology Innovator), Daymond John (Founder of FUBU), Kevin O’Leary (Venture Capitalist) and Lori Greiner (Inventor and QVC Personality).

During our September 13, 2009 appearance we pitched our Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce and Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub to The Sharks. During our pitch we offered The Sharks an opportunity to be partners with an American company that wasn’t owned or operated by the federal government, which proved to be too good of an offer for Shark Barbara Corcoran to turn down. Our deal with Barbara not only gave us needed capital, but it also gave us the exposure that allowed us to move from a local brand to a national brand.

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Just a few weeks after our initial episode aired, ABC aired a Pork Barrel BBQ follow-up on October 19, 2009 highlighting our increased retail sales and being picked up by Costco.

ABC - Shark Tank - Recap - Pork Barrel BBQ - YouTube

On March 8, 2012 ABC aired a second Pork Barrel BBQ follow-up to update Shark Tank fans on the opening of our first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria, VA.

Pork Barrel BBQ - March 2012 Shark Tank Update - YouTube

We are often asked by Shark Tank fans and entrepreneurs what we did for our Shark Tank audition video. Like we always do, we followed our motto of “Reward Lives in the House of Risk” and went out on a limb to create a unique audition tape. We’re happy to share our audition tape with you here.

Pork Barrel BBQ - Shark Tank Audition Tape - YouTube

Since our first airing on Shark Tank in 2009 our company has seen amazing growth becoming one of the fastest growing specialty food brands in America. We’ve introduced new products, opened our first restaurant and won countless awards. Over this time we’ve also had the opportunity to visit with the Sharks on a number of occasions and we’re excited to share with you our “Home Videos” with The Sharks.

Pork Barrel BBQ Visits With Shark's from ABC's Shark Tank - YouTube
Pork Barrel BBQ Rings NASDAQ Closing Bell With ABC Shark Tank Sharks - YouTube

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Makes 2 Cups | Total Time: 10 mins

This simple rub is great on beef, pork, poultry, seafood and veggies! Want it spicier add more chipotle chile. Want it sweeter add some honey powder. Now get out there and start grilling!

Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup Turbanado Sugar
  • ⅓ cup Kosher Salt
  • ⅓ cup Granulated Garlic
  • ⅓ cup Smoked Paprika
  • ¼ cup Black Pepper
  • ¼ cup Granulated Onion
  • 2 Tablespoons Chipotle Chile
  • Tablespoons Ancho Chile
  • 1 Tablespoon Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Mustard Powder

Instructions

In a medium bowl mix turbanado sugar, kosher salt, granulated garlic, smoked paprika, black pepper, granulated onion, chipotle chile, ancho chile, cumin and mustard powder.

Store in an air tight container for up to 1 year.

Video

How to Make a Basic Spice Rub | BBQ - YouTube
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Makes 2 Cups | Total Time: 10 mins

This simple Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce was made for pork, but is equally good on chicken and fish. Like a fine wine the longer you let this sauce sit before you use it the better it is going to be. Want it spicier add more crushed red pepper flakes. Want it sweeter add some honey.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups Distilled White Vinegar
  • ¼ cup Dark Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Kosher Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
  • 2 Tablespoons Hot Sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon coarse ground Black Pepper

Instructions

In a large mason jar mix vinegar, brown sugar, salt, red pepper, hot sauce and black pepper and shake well to mix.

Let the BBQ Sauce sit for a week a week to all the flavors to incorporate.

Video

Eastern Carolina Barbecue Sauce | BBQ - YouTube
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Makes approximately 3 Cups | Total Time: 20 mins

A simple version of a classic Kansas City style BBQ Sauce Recipe that packs a little sweet and a little heat. Great on ribs, chicken and brisket!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups Ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Hickory flavored Liquid Smoke
  • 1/3 cup Light Brown Sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Celery Seed
  • 2 teaspoons Cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Granulated Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Black Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Ground Red Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle Chile Powder

Instructions

Place a medium sized pot on the stove over medium heat and add the ketchup, apple cider vinegar, worcestershire sauce, liquid smoke and brown sugar. Mix well with a whisk and allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Add the salt, celery seed, cumin, garlic, black pepper, red pepper and chipotle chile and mix well. Bring sauce to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes.

Pour cooked sauce into a mason jar and refrigerate.

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Makes a little less than 3 Cups

This sweet and tangy take on the traditional South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce has a slight kick with the addition of Chipotle Hot Sauce. Great on a pulled pork sandwich or salmon filet.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups Prepared Yellow Mustard
  • ½ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • ½ cup Honey
  • 1 tablespoon Ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Chipotle Hot Sauce

Instructions

Place a medium sized pot on the stove over medium heat and add the mustard, apple cider vinegar, honey and ketchup. Mix well with a whisk and allow to cook for 2 minutes.

Add the brown sugar, worcestershire sauce and chipotle hot sauce and mix well. Bring sauce to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes.

Pour cooked sauce into a mason jar and refrigerate.

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South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce Recipe

This sweet and tangy take on the traditional South Carolina Mustard BBQ Sauce has a slight kick with the addition of Chipotle Hot Sauce. Great on a pulled pork sandwich or salmon filet.

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Kansas City Style BBQ Sauce Recipe

A simple version of a classic Kansas City style BBQ Sauce that packs a little sweet and a little heat. Great on ribs, chicken and brisket!

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Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce Recipe

This simple Carolina Vinegar BBQ Sauce Recipe was made for pork, but is equally good on chicken and fish. Like a fine wine the longer you let this sauce sit before you use it the better it is going to be. Want it spicier add more crushed red pepper flakes. Want it sweeter add some honey.

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All Purpose Seasoning Recipe

This simple all purpose seasoning recipe is great on beef, pork, poultry, seafood and veggies! Want it spicier add more chipotle chile. Want it sweeter add some honey powder. Now get out there and start grilling!

Full Recipe >
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