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Pork Barrel BBQ Shark Tank Update: What Happened After Shark Tank?


Pitchbarbeque and rub spices
EntrepreneursHeath Hall and Brett Thompson
Asked For$50,000 for 10%
Deal$50,000 for 50%
SharkBarbara Corcoran

Company Background

What is Pork Barrel BBQ?

Pork Barrel BBQ is a company started by a couple of former U.S. Senate workers that produce a line of rubs, spices and sauces for use in amateur and professional barbeque situations alike. They also produce a line of jerky style snacks and breadcrumb alternatives for customers looking for low carb snack options.

Who Owns Pork Barrel BBQ?

Heath Hall and Brett Thompson started Pork Barrel BBQ. They both worked for members of the U.S. Senate, Heath as policy analyst and Brett as a legislative director, before starting the company.

Heath, while still active with the company, is currently the Director of Government Affairs with Heartland Dental. Brett also is still active with the company, but is also currently a Board Member with Jos. A. Magnus & Co. and is a Partner with Banner Public Affairs.

Founder’s Story

The idea for Pork Barrel BBQ came about during a Senate meeting one night. Two workers were conversing about food options in Washington D.C. and realized that the area didn’t have a reputable barbeque establishment. The conversation sat stagnant for a few years, but was eventually rekindled.

In June of 2008, after a taste test of six spice rubs, a final first product, the All-American Spice Rub, was decided as the first product. The All-American Spice Rub went into production in late 2008 and by the end of the year had grossed nearly $2,000.

In early 2009, the company saw mediocre success as a few local grocery stores in the D.C. area bought product, but most did not. In May 2009, the production crew for Shark Tank contacted Pork Barrel BBQ. This is where their luck changed. Since then, the Pork Barrel BBQ name has skyrocketed in popularity and is on the shelf of many chain grocery stores today.

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