"The caliber of teams competing at the [ACM BBQ Throwdown in Las Vegas] together this early in the season would be like the NFL playing the Super Bowl in September.” ~ Heath Hall, President, Pork Barrel BBQ
Washington, DC (PRWEB) March 29, 2012
Pork Barrel BBQ’s competition barbecue team, the reigning Grand Champion of the Safeway National Barbecue Battle and current Purdue National Chicken Champions, is headed to Las Vegas for the ACM BBQ Throwdown held in conjunction with the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards this weekend, March 29th thru April 1st.
The Pork Barrel BBQ competition barbecue team will kick off the 2012 professional competition barbecue season in Las Vegas with over 100 of the nations top barbecue teams and pitmasters during “T he Week Vegas Goes Country”. Organized by Smoke On The Water Productions, the ACM BBQ Throwdown is one of the world’s richest contest – boasting a $50,000 prize purse and $10,000 award to the contests Grand Champion.
The ACM BBQ Throwdown is part of the ACM Experience, the first-ever, free, open-to-the-public country music lifestyle event created for fans by the Academy of Country Music. The ACM BBQ Throwdown and the activities for the three-day, fan-focused event will be held at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino.
“I can think of no better way to start the 2012 competition barbecue season than at the inaugural ACM BBQ Throwdown in Las Vegas where two of America’s favorite pastimes will meet – country music and barbecue,” said Heath Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “We’re looking forward to cooking against some of the best teams in the country. The caliber of teams competing together this early in the season would be like the NFL playing the Super Bowl in September.”
Since Pork Barrel BBQ was founded in 2009, the company has participated in many of the nation’s most prestigious barbecue competitions including the American Royal Invitational, Jack Daniel’s World Championship Invitational, and the Safeway National Capital Barbecue Battle. Pitmasters and Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders Hall and Brett Thompson have accumulated multiple awards and top place finishes including winning the Chinet People’s Choice Award for best BBQ sauce, becoming the reigning Perdue National Chicken Champions, and having their BBQ sauce declared one of the “125 Best Foods for Men” by Men’s Health Magazine and Country Living Magazine naming it to their list of “Best Barbecue Sauce in the Country”.
For more information on the ACM Experience, the ACM BBQ Throwdown, and “The Week Vegas Goes Country”, visit http://www.acmcountry.com/news.html?n_id=304.
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).