Barbara Corcoran Shares Behind-The-Scenes Stories of Pork Barrel BBQ Entrepreneurs in New “Shark Tales” Book

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National Best-Selling Book Features Start-up Secrets from Successful Barbecue Entrepreneurs

Other entrepreneurs dream about putting their product in every store in America, but only my partners Heath Hall & Brett Thompson of Pork Barrel BBQ actually do it

Barbara Corcoran, investor and star of ABC’s hit reality show Shark Tank, shares her rags to riches story along with advice for entrepreneurs and start-up businesses in her recently released book “Shark Tales.” The national best-selling book sheds light on several of Corcoran’s tips for start-up success based on the experiences of Heath Hall and Brett Thompson, co-founders of Pork Barrel BBQ, the most widely recognized winning contestants from Shark Tank, and their barbecue sauce company’s path to success.

Corcoran’s book contains tips of how to successfully launch a start-up business derived from her interactions with the Pork Barrel BBQ co-founders and other entrepreneurs that swam with her in the Shark Tank. She writes, “Heath and Brett, my BBQ boys, also quickly built their brand, creating two new products in their first year of business…Instead of just selling more of the same sauce, they used my money to go whole hog and create the new products, giving them access to the lucrative Whole Foods and Costco stores.”

Pork Barrel BBQ is the fastest-growing barbecue sauce company in America. When Hall and Thompson founded the company in 2008, they were selling barbecue sauce and spice rub from their basements. Since their appearance on Shark Tank, the company has become a prominent example of entrepreneurial and start-up success. The company’s award-winning BBQ sauces and dry rub are now sold in over 1,100 stores across America, its inaugural cookbook, the free Pork Barrel BBQ Guide to Tailgating, received praise from food and sports fans across America, and the co-founders continue to gain support from avid barbecue fans with their top-ranked Pork Barrel BBQ Blog and by being the number one most-followed BBQ sauce company on Twitter.

“Other entrepreneurs dream about putting their product in every store in America, but only my partners Heath Hall & Brett Thompson of Pork Barrel BBQ actually do it,” said Barbara Corcoran, star of ABC’s Shark Tank. “The genius of these unconventional guys is that they not only have the ability to cook-up a new idea a minute, they are willing to hustle and stay the course until it’s done. If I could only get Heath to wear a pig nose to enhance his natural resemblance to an adorable pig we could get Frank Purdue to roll over in his grave!”

The entrepreneurial-minded Hall and Thompson recently launched the world’s first social network dedicated exclusively to barbecue, BBQ Backyard, and the company is in final preparations to open its first restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia this spring.

“Competing on Shark Tank and getting Barbara Corcoran’s investment were key elements to the early success for our business,” said Hall, President and co-founder of Pork Barrel BBQ. “It’s exciting to know tens of thousands of entrepreneurs will have the chance to read about and learn from our entrepreneurial journey and success in the barbecue world. Hopefully they will be inspired and encouraged by the bits of business wisdom Barbara shares in Shark Tales to grab their piece of the American Dream.”

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 38 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 “People’s Choice” award for best BBQ sauce in 2010 and other notable Memphis and 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 or follow Pork Barrel BBQ on Facebook and Twitter.

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