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A new year means a new refillable tumbler here at City Barbeque, and 2020’s tumbler is our best yet (if we do say so ourselves)! Starting January 6, 2020, buy a new limited-edition $10 tumbler at any of our joints and, as always, we’ll donate all profits to the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to supporting veterans living with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). Not only are you helping vets with your purchase, you’re getting a double-walled, BPA-free tumbler with custom art and a flexible straw—plus free refills with any purchase through March 31, 2020!

We are honored every year to help raise funds for Resurrecting Lives, and are inspired by their commitment to our veterans. An estimated 20–25% of troops return from Iraq and Afghanistan with TBI, and Resurrecting Lives is committed to helping them all transition to a post-military career and life through advocacy, aid, fundraising, and research. We’ve donated more than $56,000 to this organization to date, and can’t wait to extend our support into the new decade!

We’d love for you to help us support the work of this incredible organization, but hurry: these limited-edition tumblers really are limited-edition, so snap yours up before they’re gone!

We’re once again commemorating Veterans Day by treating veterans and troops to a meal on the house. All day on Monday, November 11, all veterans and US military can stop by any City Barbeque joint and get a free sandwich, two sides, and a regular beverage. We’ve been thanking our nation’s veterans with a meal in this way for more than a decade now; last year alone, we served 12,340 free Veterans Day meals, and we’re hoping to serve even more in 2019!

“It’s so important to the whole team here at City Barbeque to honor our military men and women,” said Rick Malir, CEO and founder of City Barbeque. “We’re grateful every day for their service and sacrifice, and we’re honored every Veterans Day to show our appreciation by sharing some quality time and some good barbeque.”

We are honored to serve and support our veterans and active military, both on Veterans Day and throughout the year. We’ve raised more than $50,000 to date for the Resurrecting Lives Foundation, who works to support the estimated 20–25% of troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with traumatic brain injury. We’ve also made significant donations to Mission 22, a campaign dedicated to awareness and treatment of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injuries that lead 22 veterans here at home to take their lives every day.

So share the news with the veterans and military folks in your life, and join us on Monday, November 11 in thanking them for their service.

Free meals applicable on dine-in and carryout orders; cannot be redeemed on orders placed online or via third-party delivery services.

We’ve been waiting all year, and it’s finally time

To start getting spooky (we’ll do it in rhyme)

 

We’ve got barbeque and we’ll give it away

To people who check out our posts every day!

 

We’ll start on a Saturday, October 19,

And post once a day ‘til we reach Halloween.

 

Just comment on Facebook and you, too, could win

A barbeque gift card! We’ll randomly pick.*

 

So keep your eyes open for Halloween treats…

We’re all so excited! See you soon! #TrickorMeat

 

* Winners will be randomly selected and contacted via Facebook message.

Kids, grab your grown-ups: it’s Family Time! All day long on Sunday, October 20, kids eat free with an adult meal purchase of $10 or more. Come on in for the whole family’s favorite barbeque (and stay for all the activities we’ve got planned)! No coupon needed: just tell us you’re here for Family Time and you’re all set.

Our buttermilk-marinated, hand-breaded, fried-to-order chicken tenders are out of this world, but that’s just one option—there are thousands of kid’s meal combos you can make with our menu! Try a lil’ LoLo’s sandwich with a side of collard greens… or a perfect chicken drumstick and some cool potato salad… or heck, just a big bowl of our creamy, curly mac & cheese with some fresh-cut fries on the side. It’s Family Time: you make the call!

So grab the fam and head to City Barbeque on Sunday, October 20. We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

A bit of fine print: Kids eat free with adult meal purchase of $10 or more on Sunday, October 20 only. Valid for dine-in or carry-out only; not valid for orders placed online, over the phone, or via third-party delivery services. No coupon needed. Limit 10.

 

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!

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