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Once upon a time (20 years ago), a farm kid from Kansas named Rick teamed up with competition barbeque team, quit his day job with John Deere, bought an old doughnut shop in Ohio, and opened a barbeque joint. After perfecting their already award-winning recipes, the team catered tailgates out of Rick’s garage during construction delays on their new restaurant and used the time to decide what sort of place they wanted to be: one that took care of everyone, from guests to employees to the community at large.

 It is mind-blowing to us that it’s been 20 years, and that we’ve grown to 42 (soon to be 46!) locations across seven states. But with everything that’s changed in those two decades, some things are exactly the same: our award-winning meats are all  still smoked on-site over local hickory wood. Our scratch-made sides and desserts are still made fresh, by hand, every day. We’re still catering tailgates—plus everything from fancy formal weddings and massive company picnics to buttoned-up board meetings and good ol’ backyard BBQs.

And we’re still living by those company values we established in 1999: serving competition-quality barbeque with genuine backyard hospitality; improving ourselves and our processes a little every day; and staying true to our purpose of serving and creating happiness.

We serve and create happiness for our guests however we can, taking that extra step to help them out, cheer them up, make their day. More than a million guests have come through our doors since 1999, and we want each and every one to feel like they’re just hanging out in our backyard for some barbeque (that’s why we call it “backyard hospitality!”).

Our team may have grown from five folks to more than 1,600, but we know creating happiness for them still means supporting them all with industry-leading pay, continuously improving benefits, scholarship opportunities (with $145,000 in financial aid for our teammates and their dependents), and more.

And service to our community has grown exponentially in 20 years: we are honored to have been able to give millions of dollars to thousands of local nonprofits and community organizations in the 41 individual neighborhoods we serve. That 10% of pretax profits each joint donates to local groups every year adds up, and that doesn’t even include donated food. Nothing makes us happier than feeding our friends and neighbors, whether it’s donating ‘que to an event around town, or working with Food Rescue to put our BBQ on the plates of food-insecure folks in our community.

From all of us at City Barbeque, from the bottom of our BBQ-loving hearts: thank you. You’ve helped us bring the city’s best barbeque to so many folks, and we appreciate your support more than we can say. We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years have in store!

 

The only bad thing about giving someone a City Barbeque gift card is that, well, you’d kiiiinda rather keep it for yourself. To make it easier to actually give that gift, we’re giving you a $5 bonus card for every $30 in gift cards purchased through June 16, 2019*! That’s right: $5 in free ‘que, all for you, for buying a gift you needed to buy anyway. So when you’re shopping for your Mom (PSA: Mother’s Day is May 12), Dad (Father’s Day: June 16), or grad, stop in to City Barbeque and get your gift-giving on!

Here’s the fine print: *gift card sale runs April 22–June 16, 2019. All offers valid on in-store gift card purchases only: not valid for online purchases. Bonus cards are redeemable on future purchases through August 31, 2019 (up to two bonus cards can be used per check). Each bonus card is worth $5 toward any purchase, excluding alcoholic beverages. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used toward catering orders. No duplicate gift cards or bonus cards accepted. Bonus cards have no cash value and do not carry a balance. Gift recipients, rather than purchasers, will earn rewards points on gift card purchases.

Class of 2019…Congratulations on one of life’s greatest moments: Graduation! No doubt you’re looking to celebrate the occasion (woop! woop!) and we’d love to help!

Our catering experts can handle everything from food to set up to full-service catering for your special day. All you do is decide on the menu and how you want it served, and we take it from there! You get to relax and enjoy the moment while your guests enjoy the best bbq around!

Click here to contact your local catering team to get started or schedule a free tasting consultation.

Would you rather just pick it up from your local joint?

No problem, our party packs are perfect for parties small and large!

Click here to order online or call your local joint for help planning your shindig… we are  here to help!

We’ve been helping grads throw killer parties for years and here are a few tips from our experience:

  • Whatever you do, don’t run out of food- for a meal we suggest ordering 1 pound of meat for every 3 to 4 people and figure 5oz. of each side dish per person.
  • Finger foods help promote socializing…our Sandwich Packs make 12 quarter pound sandwiches and come with pickles, pickled onions, buns and sauce.  Stock up – your guests will want more than one!
  • Reduce costs by joining forces with other graduating friends. Chances are, your guest lists are similar, so your dollars will go further if you combine all the individual celebrations into one big one.
  • Delegate to others so you’re free to mingle with guests…our catering staff can do more than just serve food- they’ll help you set up the buffet, clean up, etc. Just let us know what level of service you’re looking for and we’ll handle it! Or I’m sure Cousin Eddie would be happy to refill drinks 🙂

Check out our Graduation Board on Pinterest for some party inspiration and ideas for easy, DIY decorations and games!

We look forward to helping you throw a party you’ll be proud of with food people talk about!

“You have brains in your head, you have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose!” -Dr. Seuss

 

 

Whether you’re making snacks for the big game or just celebrating Taco Tuesday with the family, these BBQ pulled pork tacos are the perfect way to feed your crowd! We’ll smoke the pork and provide the sauce, you just put them together (with ingredients you probably already have on hand).

This recipe makes enough tacos for about three folks but is easily doubled, tripled, or multiplied by 20…

To make these tacos, you’ll need:

  • 1 lb of City Barbeque pulled pork
  • Original sauce
  • Corn or flour tortillas, your call
  • Jalapeños (pro tip: you can pick these up at City Barbeque, too!)
  • Avocados
  • Black beans
  • Cilantro
  • Cheese of your choice (we like shredded cheddar but literally anything works)
  1. Call ahead, order online, or stop by your City Barbeque joint to get some slow-smoked pulled pork and Original sauce. (Pick up Brushfire sauce instead if you’re feeling extra spicy!)
  2. Dice the jalapeño and chop the avocado small enough to fit comfortably on your tacos.
  3. Add about 1-2 ounces of pulled pork to each tortilla. (You could also pre-sauce your pork before adding to your tacos, if that’s your jam.Warming your tortillas is another not-necessary-but-nice extra step!)
  4. Top with your cheese of choice—feel free to melt cheese at this stage!
  5. Top with black beans, jalapeño, and avocado.
  6. Finish it off with some freshly chopped cilantro and drizzle with some Original BBQ sauce!
  7. Enjoy your easy BBQ pulled pork tacos, no real cooking necessary. Don’t forget to share on social! Tag us with #CityBBQ and we might repost your barbeque masterpiece.

Check out the recipe video on our facebook!

If you’re reading this, first of all, thanks for being part of City Rewards! Rewarding you with free ‘que is honestly one of our favorite things. (Not a City Rewards member? We can fix that: join here!)

We sometimes get questions on how that free ‘que works, so we wanted to break down all the different ways to redeem the offers and rewards you get as a City Rewards member.

Ordering online?

Make sure you’re signed in to your City Rewards account! Log in on desktop:

or on mobile, and you’ll be able to see all available rewards before you place your order:

If you’re logged in and placing an order in the app, available rewards will appear at checkout.

With all digital ordering options, to use an offer, just select it, follow the on-screen instructions, and enjoy your rewards at checkout!

Ordering in person?

If you’re placing an order in person at City Barbeque and you have the app on your phone, using a reward is super easy. Just open the app, select the reward you want to redeem on the “Rewards” screen and scan the QR code that pops up:

Looking to redeem rewards dollars? It works just about the same way: select “redeem” under “Reward Balance,” choose the amount you want to use, and scan that QR code:

If you’re placing an order in person at City Barbeque and you don’t have the app on your phone, that’s easy, too! Just tell us the phone number associated with your account: we’ll look you up, let you know which rewards you have, and redeem them right there for you.

*Note: to choose a specific reward dollar amount to redeem, you can swipe to the left to select the desired amount; or you can click on the link below “I’d like to redeem a specific amount (e.g. $2.29) and type in your desired amount.

Ordering over the phone?

We’ll be happy to take your order—just let us know you want to use a reward when you get here! We’ll ask you to hold off providing payment until you arrive at the joint, and we’ll redeem your reward the same way as if you were ordering in person.

That’s the lowdown on redeeming rewards! As always, if you run into any issues, just let us know at rewards@citybbq.com.

 

 

Happy 2019! Our New Year’s resolution is the same as always—to serve and create happiness—so we’re back at it with one of our favorite opportunities to serve. Starting January 14, 2019, buy a new limited-edition $5 tumbler* at any of our joints and we’ll donate all proceeds to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans living with traumatic brain injury. This is one mug that really makes a difference… PLUS you’ll get free refills in your fancy new tumbler with any purchase through March 31, 2019!

We’ve been raising funds for Resurrecting Lives for five years now: we’re inspired by their commitment to helping veterans with traumatic brain injury (an estimated 20–25% of the troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan) successfully transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research. All of us at City Barbeque are so proud to help support the work of this incredible organization, and we hope you’ll join us!

To celebrate our fifth year supporting Resurrecting Lives (not to mention our 20th anniversary!) This year’s tumblers are pretty special. City Barbeque–red, featuring (as always!) custom-designed art, they’re perfect for our fresh-brewed tea, homemade lemonade, or your favorite hot beverage from home.

*limited edition = we always sell out, so get yours today!

 

We’ve got a secret that’s going to make your holidays a million times easier this year: City Barbeque gift cards are the perfect gift for everyone. And now through December 31, 2018, with every $25 you spend on gift cards, you’ll get a $5 bonus card—the perfect stocking stuffer (or, let’s be real, treat for you!).

And this year, we’ll have three Double Bonus Days, when you’ll get two $5 bonus cards with every $25 spent on gift cards! Mark your calendar for November 23 (Black Friday!), December 3, and December 4, and get ready to get twice the BBQ bonus!

Frankly, we’ve got the holidays covered: not only are we adding a little bonus to your seasonal shopping, but we’re smoking the perfect thing for your holiday table, too! Give us a call to reserve your hickory-smoked whole turkey, turkey breast or ham—sold out for Thanksgiving, but available for celebrations in December—and don’t forget the sweet potato casserole, smashed potatoes and gravy, green beans with bacon, mac & cheese, and (our fave) corn pudding!

Here’s the fine print: this offer is valid on in-store gift card purchases only, not online purchases. Bonus cards will be redeemable in-store January–March 2019 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, and no duplicate gift cards or bonus cards will be accepted. Gift cards and bonus cards cannot be used for catering. City Rewards members will not earn points on gift card purchases: the guest using the gift card to make a purchase will earns the points.