Why BACON JERKY?
We spend a lot of time on the road traveling to food shows, BBQ contests and media appearances teaching the art of BBQ and we were looking for the perfect snack to hold us over between meals and it just happens we LOVE BACON!!!! We don't always have our favorite cast iron skillet with us or the time to fry up a slab of Bacon so we started thinking how can we turn one of our favorite foods into a convenient snack item that can be taken anywhere and carried in a pocket, a small bag or purse or a glove box and it hit us - BACON JERKY. Besides, who doesn't love Bacon? We do and we think you are going to love our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!!!
We already know you love Bacon and you probably think it is impossible to improve on something as close to perfection as Bacon is. We think we've done the impossible with Pork Barrel BBQ Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky. Our Spicy Srirachi Bacon Jerky is poised to be the standard all jerky is measured by if you love a sweet heat.
Old Fashioned Maple
If you're a fan of pancakes and Bacon for breakfast look no further than our Pork Barrel BBQ Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky. Our Old Fashioned Maple Bacon Jerky is the perfect marriage of smoke and sweet and might just replace your daily breakfast routine.
Cracked Pepper and honey are ingredients that have been taking food to the next level for centuries, so we asked ourselves, why not take Bacon to the next level? The perfect combination of cracked pepper and honey takes our Pork Barrel BBQ Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky to levels few tastes buds have ever gone! Our Honey Pepper Bacon Jerky is the ideal combination of savory and sweet infused into a perfect meaty slice of Bacon. Are your taste buds ready?
About Pork Barrel BBQ
The story of Pork Barrel BBQ is similar to the stories of countless American entrepreneurs who came before us. We never set out to create a nationally recognized business, but our hobby, or better stated, our passion led us to the eventual realization that we had created a line of products that had the opportunity to be the catalyst for the creation of a successful small business. A catalyst for us to obtain our American Dream and provide others with the opportunity to achieve their own American Dreams.
Our story begins in early 2006 during a heated budget debate in the United States Senate when we were two fatigued Senate staffers working late into the night discussing the late night dinner options on Capitol Hill while the Senate debated earmarks, better known as Pork Barrel spending projects. The two conversations merged and the idea for Pork Barrel BBQ was born as a result of our inability to satisfy our hunger for BBQ that night and a fiery debate over Pork Barrel spending.
Two years later, in 2008, we manufactured our first product, Pork Barrel BBQ All-American Spice Rub, just after Thanksgiving and sold several thousand dollars worth of rub to friends and family for holiday gifts. Enjoying this limited early success we could have never dreamed of the roads this journey was about to lead us down and the success that lay before us.
In the summer of 2009 we were asked to appear on the new ABC reality show Shark Tank and pitch our All-American Spice Rub and newest product, Pork Barrel BBQ Original BBQ Sauce, to the Sharks. Our episode of Shark Tank aired in September and as they say, the rest is history.
Since our original appearance on Shark Tank in September 2009, we've had endless fun and encountered numerous obstacles as we've worked tirelessly to transform our passion into a nationally recognized and growing business. Our accomplishments include:
- The creation of three additional BBQ Sauces (Sweet, Mustard & Carolina Vinegar);
- Selling our sauce in more than 5,000 locations in the United States, Canada, and Europe.
- Having our Original BBQ Sauce named the Supreme BBQ Sauce in America by Cook's Illustrated Magazine and Best BBQ Sauce in America by Men's Health;
- Having our Sweet BBQ Sauce named among the Best BBQ Sauces in the Country by Country Living Magazine;
- Opening the first Pork Barrel BBQ Restaurant in Alexandria, VA and having it named to Food & Wines list of Best New BBQ Joints in America;
- Cooking in the most prestigious BBQ contests in America including Memphis in May, the American Royal, the Sam's Club National BBQ Tour, and the granddaddy of them all The Jack Daniel's World Championship Invitational Barbecue; and
- Winning numerous competition accolades including being named the Purdue National Chicken Champion in both 2011 and 2014, winning multiple Sam's Club National BBQ Tour competition Grand Championships, and winning multiple Safeway Barbecue Battles.
Over the years we've enjoyed great support from our customers, friends and family and we're excited to announce our newest line of products and once again ask for your support. With your support we are excited to announce our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky!!
Where will your money go?
Help us bring Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky to the WORLD! We have spent the better part of the past year perfecting our line of Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky and are now ready to share it with the world. The support we receive from the Kickstarter community will help fund our efforts to take Pork Barrel BBQ Bacon Jerky out of our kitchen and into retailers across America.
Kickstarter funds will be used to:
- Produce final products for shipments to supporters;
- Purchase labels and packaging;
- Develop and produce marketing materials;
- Fund samples for retail buyers;
- Gain retail distribution; and
- Produce inventory.
Thank you in advance for your continued support of Pork Barrel BBQ! Here's to a year filled with Bacon Jerky!!!
Risks and challenges
We have first hand experience, gained through the development of a distribution chain for our national award-winning line or Pork Barrel BBQ Sauces and Spice Rubs, dealing with the challenges associated with gaining distribution for a new food product. These challenges include gaining shelf space, paying slotting fees, providing retailers free product, conducting numerous food demos and sampling events, and advertising. Overcoming these challenges requires significant capital, a hardworking sales force, and a great product.
It's fun to create a new product in your kitchen at home and hand out samples to friends and family, but to make it a truly viable business that can meet consumer demand and insure on time delivery you must either invest in a commercial production facility or partner with an outstanding manufacture.
The USDA requires jerky to be made in an approved facility under the supervision of a USDA inspector. After more than a year of research we have partnered with a production facility that has years of experience manufacturing some of the best jerky available for consumer purchase.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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