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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.

We’re so excited to resume our fundraiser program, where we work with community organizations of all kinds to give back 20% of sales. Check out our guidelines are below and submit your application online right here!

  • We’re only able to hold fundraising events for non-profit organizations, so we’ll need your group’s current tax ID number in order to schedule your event.
  • For an online order to count toward your fundraiser, folks must apply your unique code prior to checkout at order.citybbq.com or in the City BBQ app. If folks are ordering in person, they have to present your group’s flyer or social media post with the fundraiser code visible, either by pulling it up on their phone or presenting a printed copy.
  • Online orders must be fulfilled (i.e. picked up or delivered) on the date of your fundraiser in order to be eligible: orders placed on the date of your fundraiser for fulfillment at a later date will not count toward your sales. (Orders can, however, be placed in advance for fulfillment on your fundraiser date.)
  • Online orders must be placed at your designated City Barbeque location in order to be eligible: orders placed using your code at any other location will not count toward your sales.
  • You may not pass out or distribute flyers on City Barbeque property.
  • Your total fundraising proceeds must be $500 or more to receive your 20% of the proceeds from eligible sales: we can’t issue donation checks for less than $100 due to administrative costs. Checks will be mailed out within three weeks of your fundraiser.
  • The percentage of sales you will receive is based on food, beverage, and bottled sauce sales. Gift card and non-sauce retail purchases are ineligible, as are catering orders, orders placed via third-party delivery services, and sales tax.

Already submitted your application? We’ll be in touch soon to let you know if we’re able to schedule your fundraiser! In the meantime, be thinking about how best to promote your fundraiser—after all, the more sales you bring in, the larger donation you’ll receive!

Start a group order online: the bigger the order, the bigger donation! Online group ordering is one of the best—and easiest—ways to increase your fundraiser sales. Start a group order, send the link around the office, and either have lunch delivered or have one person bring back the barbeque for everyone. Either way, as long as the appropriate fundraiser code is applied, you’ll get back 20% for all those office lunches!

Share on social media: we’ll set you up with everything you need to spread the word on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. In addition to images designed to stop folks in their scroll, we’ll provide all the language you need to include in your social media posts to make sure your fundraiser is as successful as possible.

Send folks an email: we’ll also provide a PDF you can send via email to friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, and networks. Folks can show a digital copy, bring in a printout, or used the provided info to place an online order supporting your fundraiser.

Ready to roll? Submit your application online right here!

July 27, 2020

We’re not about to let coronavirus cancel our summer vacation, so we’re packing up the car for a Summer BBQ Road Trip… and inviting you to tag along! We’ll be (virtually) visiting five states with distinct barbeque specialties, and if you order them all before August 31, you’ll get $5 in your City Rewards account—in addition to all the points you racked up with those road trip snacks!

  • We’re kicking things off in Tennessee with our brand new Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich! We are beyond excited for you to try this one: a spicy fried chicken breast, creamy coleslaw, pickle chips, and Nashville hot mayo on a grilled and buttered bun.
  • Next we’ll head to North Carolina for—what else?—pork! Our fan-favorite LoLo’s Pulled Pork features our slow-smoked pork, marinated in vinegary Swine Wine sauce and topped with creamy slaw.
  • Then to Alabama, where we’ll savor some Pulled Chicken with ‘Bama Sauce. We smoke chicken on the bone, shred it by hand, and mix it with our scratch-made white BBQ sauce for a smoky, tangy treat.
  • We’ll head to Texas with some slow-smoked Beef Brisket, smoked for up to 18 hours and always carved to order. You do you, but we suggest enjoying without any BBQ sauce to really savor the flavor (and see that beautiful smoke ring)!
  • And we’ll wrap things up in Missouri with our St. Louis–cut Ribs: dry rubbed by hand, smoked low slow, crisped up on the grill, and hand-painted with our Original BBQ sauce. Pick up a slab or a half to end your road trip right!

So now that you know where we’re going, let’s talk logistics:

  • Our Summer BBQ Road Trip includes these five specific items (Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, LoLo’s Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Beef Brisket Sandwich, and either a Full or Half Slab of Ribs). You’re welcome to order whatever else you like, of course, but these are the only five items that’ll count toward your road trip.
  • You can order all five items in one order, one item across five orders, however you like: as long as you get all five items between Monday, July 27 and Monday, August 31, that $5 reward is yours! (All $5 rewards will be issued on Tuesday, September 1.)
  • This is one road trip that can be completed from your couch: be sure you’re logged in to your City Rewards account when you place your order at order.citybbq.com and your Road Trip items will be eligible for delivery and curbside pickup!
  • Additional terms and conditions apply, so be sure to check out the fine print below.

A BBQ road trip is our dream vacation and we really hope you’ll tag along for the ride. We’re hitting the road today, so head to order.citybbq.com, the City BBQ app, or your local joint and get ready to roll!

Here’s that fine print we promised: Promotion runs Monday, July 27–Monday, August 31, 2020 and is fulfilled by ordering one each of five items in eligible time frame: Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich, LoLo’s Pulled Pork Sandwich, Pulled Chicken Sandwich, Beef Brisket Sandwich, and either Half Slab or Full Slab of Ribs. Rewards will be issued for completed promotions on Tuesday, September 1. Lunch-size sandwiches, bulk meats, and individual rib bones are ineligible; rib purchases cannot be made on Tuesdays. No substitutions allowed. Eligible items can be ordered online at order.citybbq.com, in the City BBQ app, or in-store, where applicable. Eligible items can be ordered for carryout, curbside, delivery, or dine-in, where applicable. 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. Multiple eligible items may be ordered in the same transaction. No rewards will be issued for partially completed promotions. Not valid with any other discounts or promotions. Eligible items subject to availability.

July 27, 2020

Looking to take your taste buds somewhere new this summer? You’re in luck: say hello to our new Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich! Perfect for folks looking for a little heat, this delicious sandwich features a spicy fried chicken breast, cool creamy slaw, crisp pickle chips, and our Nashville Hot mayo, all served on a grilled and buttered bun. We recommend pairing with our Fresh-Cut Fries and Cucumber Salad—and you know we don’t make recommendations without vigorous taste-testing!

Oh, you haven’t tried our new Cucumber Salad? Well then, let us introduce you to your new favorite side, filled with fresh crunchy veggies! Hand-cut cucumbers, sweet peppers, red onions, and a light homemade vinaigrette: grab a (60 calorie!) side and say “yes” to dessert.

Trust us, they’re both even better than they sound. Grab a Nashville Hot Chicken Sandwich for $7.99 and a side of Cucumber Salad for $2.49, but hurry: they’re only available for a limited time!

May 26, 2020

The health, safety, and well-being of our guests, vendors, and team members has always been our number one priority, especially now.

We’ve re-examined every element of our catering process and made a number of adjustments to ensure the safety of everyone involved. Our current guidelines can be found below; we will continue to update this list in accordance with the most up-to-date guidance from public health and government officials.

  • City Barbeque caterers will wear masks throughout the entirety of the event.
  • Our team will wear gloves when setting up buffets, placing food on buffets, and serving food to guests, with gloves changed in between each of these tasks.
  • Caterers will disinfect and sanitize tables prior to service; this applies whether tables are provided by City Barbeque or the venue.
  • We’ll be setting up spaced out, single-sided buffets to help minimize congestion and crowding.
  • For an additional fee, we can also provide personal protective equipment to guests in the form of loose-fitting disposable gloves and disposable masks.
  • City Barbeque caterers will fill the plates of any guests not wearing gloves or masks.
  • Our caterers will serve from behind the buffet, reducing contact with serving utensils.
  • We will limit waves of guests to no more than 10 at the buffet at a time, and can work with you to discuss how to release guests to the buffet.
  • We’ll limit spacing between guests in the buffet line.
  • Our caterers can distribute plates to guests as they reach the buffet.
  • We’ll be pre-plating foods at our app station and can arrange our meat carving stations to be contactless, carving our smoked meats from behind the buffet.
  • We’ll change serving utensils every 25 guests or 30 minutes, whichever comes first.
  • We’ll provide either individual hand sanitizer wipes or bottles of sanitizer before guests reach the buffet or action station.
  • Our catering team will serve all guests at our beverage and dessert stations.

We appreciate your understanding, cooperation, and trust in our teams and look forward to serving you soon.

City Barbeque will be responsible for the elements outlined above. Venues and event planners will be responsible for ensuring the remaining elements of the event follow all appropriate guidelines as laid out by the CDC and local authorities.

May 10, 2020

To all the maternal figures out there—moms, grandmas, stepmoms, honorary moms, work moms, mom friends—Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you for all you do, today and every day. We know that this year’s holiday looks a little different, so we decided to celebrate a little differently: by releasing our very first cookbook!

The City Barbeque Pantry: Reimagining Your Slow-Smoked Favorites features more than a dozen unique recipes to try at home (and we’ve done half the work for you by smoking the meats)! We’ve been cooking with our barbeque at home for more than 20 years, so we figured it was about time we shared our favorite tips and tricks. These are some of the recipes we make at home with and for our families, and we hope you love them as much as we do.

Download the cookbook here and check out our ideas for appetizers, soups, salads, pastas, pizzas, and more, all featuring your favorite smoked meats! There might also be a recipe for a certain chocolatey dessert in here, too 😉

You can download a copy for digital use or print it, if you prefer—just be sure to share your successes with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Happy cooking, and enjoy in good health!

Thanks to our own Kelsey Schottmiller for her incredible recipe development.