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November 24, 2020

The holidays are here, and fewer folks gathering around the table means more leftovers, and more leftovers clearly call for a holiday leftovers cookbook! In The City Barbeque 2020 Holiday Leftovers Cookbook, you’ll find new ideas for your leftover ham, turkey, brisket, and even some of your favorite homemade sides.

Check out the cookbook here for digital viewing, and here if you’re looking for a file to print. We’d love to see what you whip up, so be sure to share your finished dishes with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

As we reach the end of this year, we can all be comforted by something delicious cooked by someone who cares. We’ll make a slow-smoked holiday meal for you; use these recipes to make something special for someone you love. Consider this a safely distanced holiday hug, from all of us at City Barbeque to you.

(Looking for more recipes? Check out our first cookbook here!)

November 16, 2020

This holiday season may look a little different, but a City Barbeque gift card is still the perfect gift for everyone on your list! (Everyone on your list loves slow-smoked barbeque, right?) And now through December 31, 2020, with every $25 you spend on gift cards, you’ll get a $5 bonus card!

You can always buy gift cards in your local City Barbeque joint, over the phone, or at citybbqshop.com, but what if you decide you want to knock out dinner for the family and shopping for your friends all at once? We’ve got you covered: you can now add gift cards to your order for curbside, delivery, or in-store pickup at order.citybbq.com! Your gift cards (and bonus cards!) will be activated and ready to roll when you receive them, plus you get to celebrate your smart planning with some slow-smoked BBQ.

And don’t forget Double Bonus Days, when you’ll get two $5 bonus cards with every $25 spent on gift cards: set a reminder for December 7 and December 8!

While you’re making holiday shopping plans, don’t forget the meal planning! We’ve got bone-in hams, whole smoked turkeys, and whole briskets all bundled up with your favorite comfort food sides… all you have to do is pick the menu and pick it up. Sweet potato casserole or smashed potatoes with gravy? A classic smoked turkey or a mouthwatering smoked ham? The choice is yours, but hurry: these holiday meals are going quick. Learn more and reserve yours today!

Our bonus cards come with a little fine print: This offer is valid on gift card purchases made in store, over the phone, or online at citybbq.com and at citybbqshop.com. Gift card purchases from City Barbeque Catering are not eligible for bonus cards. Bonus cards will be redeemable in-store January–February 2021 and are worth $5 towards any purchase (excluding alcohol); up to two bonus cards can be used per check. Bonus cards have no cash value, do not carry a balance, and cannot be used for orders placed online or fulfilled by third-party delivery services. No duplicate gift cards or bonus cards will be accepted. City Rewards members do not earn points on gift card purchases: the gift card recipient earns points when making a purchase using the gift card.

Fast-casual executive honored for innovative leadership in the face of global pandemic

November 5, 2020

DUBLIN, Ohio—Diane Reed, CFO at City Barbeque, has been named to the Columbus Smart 50, Smart Business Columbus magazine’s annual list of Central Ohio’s 50 top executives.

Established in 2014, the Smart 50 Awards recognize the top executives of the region’s 50 smartest companies for their ability to effectively build and lead successful organizations. The 2020 honorees were recognized at a virtual ceremony on November 5, celebrating achievements in innovation, impact, and sustainability.

Reed joined City Barbeque in June 2019 and immediately set to work furthering the brand on its path to becoming one of the region’s most forward-thinking companies. Her guidance allowed the company to preserve liquidity needs through the COVID-19 crisis, allowing plans for growth to continue. Reed was key in the brand’s rapid adjustment to the pandemic, rolling out new revenue channels and bolstering sales to nearly pre-COVID numbers.

“It’s an honor to be included in this year’s Smart 50 cohort, but the recognition truly belongs to the team here at City Barbeque,” Reed said. “The innovation and growth we’ve been able to achieve this year would have been impossible without their flexibility, imagination, and resilience.” City Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Malir, himself honored at the 2018 Smart 50 Awards, said, “We’re proud to have Diane on the team and couldn’t think of anyone more deserving of this award. She’s been invaluable during this crisis, helping us find ways to realize our long-term goals without losing sight of our core values.”

Other recent recognition for City Barbeque includes a Medical Mutual Pillar Award for Community Service, a spot on the Fast Casual Top 100, and a Best Practices Award from TDn2K, all in 2019. In 2018, the company was named Best Employer in Columbus CEO’s annual Best of Business Awards.

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About City Barbeque
At City Barbeque, folks wake up early to make the city’s best barbeque: every day, at every restaurant, teammates slow-smoke award-winning barbeque and craft homemade sides and desserts. City Barbeque also caters incredible events, providing personalized, friendly, and affordable service for events large or small, formal or laid-back. The company is devoted to supporting its teammates and the communities it serves and prioritizes giving back to local charities and non-profits. City Barbeque teammates are dedicated to providing competition-quality barbeque and genuine backyard hospitality; to improving themselves and their processes a little every day; and to staying true to their purpose: to serve and create happiness. For more information, visit City Barbeque at www.citybbq.com, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

Media contact
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque
egrunewald@citybbq.com

October 28, 2020

As 2020 starts to wind down, we’re all looking for something comforting, something we can really count on. Good news: our slow-smoked holiday meals are back! Just like every year, we’re smoking bone-in hams, whole turkeys, and ready-to-carve briskets for your holiday table—pick your two favorite homemade sides and your holiday meal is in the bag.

Even if there are fewer folks at the table this year, we’ll give you all the reheating instructions you’ll need (and who knows, we might just have a few ideas for what to do with those leftovers, too…)

Smoked Bone-in Ham Meal: $154.99
comes with two pan sides of your choice, plus a quart of gravy or a dozen buns (feeds 14 with leftovers)

Whole Smoked Turkey Meal: $154.99
comes with two pan sides of your choice, plus a quart of gravy or a dozen buns (feeds 14 with leftovers)

Smoked Beef Brisket Meal: $154.99
comes with two pan sides of your choice, plus a quart of gravy or a dozen buns (feeds 14 with leftovers)

Smoked Turkey Breast Meal: $74.99
comes with two quart sides of your choice, plus a pint of gravy or a dozen buns (feeds 8 with leftovers)

(Individual meats are also available, with hams and whole turkeys for $84.99 each and smoked turkey breasts for $49.99.)

We sell out of these meals every year, and this year isn’t looking any different… which means you’ll want to order yours today! Due to limited supply, these aren’t available for online order: these meals and meats are only available to order over the phone or in-store.

Let us help make the holidays as normal as possible. Reserve your holiday meal now!

Click here for Turkey heating and carving instructions.

Click here for Ham heating and carving instructions.

September 21, 2020

This change in the season has us humming a familiar tune: “Ba de ya, say do you remember / Ba de ya, drinking Pepsi in September…” (… that’s how the song goes, right?)

Well, even if that’s not how Earth, Wind & Fire sings it, we’ve already gone and put ourselves in the mood for an ice-cold Pepsi with our slow-smoked ‘que. And, from now until September 27, we’re giving out 25 bonus points every time you order online!*

As long as you place your order at order.citybbq.com or in the City BBQ app, these points are yours! Curbside pickup? Bonus points! Prefer delivery? Bonus points! A quick in-person pickup? You’d better believe you’re getting bonus points! (Just make sure you’re logged in when you place your order!)

But these 25 bonus points are only valid on orders placed and fulfilled September 20–27. So remember: you’ve got one week to treat yourself to some BBQ with a side of bonus points (and don’t forget the drink)!

*Bonus points awarded on every order placed at order.citybbq.com or in the City BBQ app between September 21–27, 2020. Orders must be placed and fulfilled within promotional time frame to be eligible for bonus points. Guests must be logged in to their City Rewards account at time of purchase. Not valid for orders placed via third-party delivery services. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions.

 

August 31, 2020

It feels like summer just started, but Labor Day is nearly here! We all know gatherings are just a little more complicated these days, but you can still celebrate the day with your neighbors—just safely masked and six feet (or more) apart! We’re here to help, both with the party planning and some sweet double points (more on that below). Check out our checklist for your different-but-still-fun 2020 Labor Day Block Party or download it here:


Get the neighbors on board

If you need a permit for your party, you’ll need to pick a date. Coordinate calendars using Facebook, NextDoor, or even an old-fashioned phone tree: just make sure everyone’s on board with the party plan!


Get the permissions you need

One of the best parts of a block party is blocking off the street. Reach out to your local authorities to apply for the necessary permits. If you don’t live somewhere where the street can be blocked off, get creative! Can everyone party simultaneously in their driveways or yards? Is there a big enough space nearby for everyone to gather six feet apart?


Get the food lined up

Without food, it’s just a bunch of people standing in the street. The menu makes the party! No matter how you want to get your BBQ, City Barbeque has you covered:

Place a group order and let everyone pick out their favorites: you can send one person to pick it up curbside or have the whole order delivered!

Get a bunch of box lunches: perfectly packaged so everyone can grab and go and maintain a safe distance!

Order Party Packs to feed the whole crowd: just be sure to space things out at the buffet table!

Have us come out and cater: our catering teams are taking every precaution to keep you (and our teams) safe… let us come make your party special!

And don’t forget the drinks: a case of old-fashioned sodas is the perfect pre-packaged way to quench your thirst!

Oh, and we almost forgot the best part: we’ll be offering DOUBLE POINTS on all Party Packs and The Motherload, all weekend long!* (Not a member? Join now!)


Get the game plan ready 

Just because we’re standing further away from one another doesn’t mean we can’t have fun! Did you know: per the official rules of cornhole, boards should be placed 27 feet apart (12–15 feet apart for kids)?

When you’re planning with the neighbors, see who might have an old badminton set or some horseshoes or bocce balls rolling around in the garage. No lawn games handy? Make your own! Grab some buckets and a ball for a giant game of yard pong (please do not fill these buckets with beer). Pick one of the internet’s million tutorials for giant Jenga or lawn dominoes. And all you need for a streetwide game of freeze dance is a playlist and a speaker!


Get the non-games going, too

Set up a projector against someone’s garage door and have a lawn chair drive-in. Draw social distancing circles in the street and let kiddos decorate their bubble with chalk. Supply pool noodles for folks to add a six-foot radius to their hats, then vote on your favorites!


Enjoy the party!

You’ve put in a lot of work this year, and we don’t just mean planning this party. Take a seat and put your feet up—you’ve more than earned it!

*Double points offer only valid on purchases fulfilled September 4–7, 2020. Guests must be logged in to their City Rewards account at time of purchase (or present their City Rewards account information if ordering in-person). Not valid for orders placed via third-party delivery services. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Eligible items subject to availability.