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February 14, 2019

Kids, grab your grown-ups: it’s the best day of the year! All City Barbeque joints will celebrate “Family Time” on Sunday, February 24, 2019—which means kid’s meals are free with an adult meal purchase all day long! You don’t need a coupon or anything, either—just tell us you’re here for “Family Time” when you get here and you’re good to go!

And if you’re in the mood for some homemade Triple Chocolate Cake, we’re sweetening the deal for Family Time. City Barbeque will donate $1 of the sale of every slice of cake on February 24 to local children’s hospitals:

Akron and Cleveland joints: University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

Cincinnati joints: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Columbus joints: Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Dayton joints: Dayton Children’s Hospital

Toledo/Findlay joints: ProMedica Toledo Children’s Hospital

Indianapolis joints: Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health

Chicago joints: Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Lexington joints: Kentucky Children’s Hospital

Louisville joints: Norton’s Children’s Hospital

Charlotte joints: Levine Children’s Hospital

Raleigh joints: Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center

Atlanta joints: Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta

Plus, every City Barbeque joint will have some family-friendly surprises going on… you’ll have to stop in and see!

So what’ll you get for your free kid’s meal? A lil’ brisket sandwich and some creamy, curly mac and cheese? A perfect chicken drumstick with green beans? Slow-smoked turkey and crunchy, chewy, healthy Superfood Slaw? Whatever you’re in the mood for, we’re excited to celebrate with you!

A little fine print: Adult meal purchases $7 or more are eligible for a free kid’s meal. One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.

Growing barbeque company recognized by TDn2K for second consecutive year

January 31, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio—TDn2K has named City Barbeque as the winner of the 2019 Best Practices Award in the Fast-Casual segment. This honor, which recognizes exemplary performance, workplaces, and workforce operations in foodservice, is awarded based on retention of general managers and hourly employees, workforce diversity, and compensation practices, as well as initiatives and efforts in community involvement, corporate responsibility, employee foundations and sustainable business practices. Nominees were honored for excellence in their segment of the industry; other winners included J. Gilbert’s, LongHorn Steakhouse, NORMS Restaurants, The Cheesecake Factory, and The Wendy’s Company.

Chief People Officer Ronnie Berry accepted the award on behalf of City Barbeque on January 29 at the Global Best Practices Conference in Dallas, Texas. “This award is a tribute to our operators, who are out there serving and creating happiness every day,” says Berry. “We know we can’t create happiness if we aren’t happy ourselves, so we work to foster connections and strive for a family dynamic within our teams. And then we focus on aligning our goals: serving guests competition-quality barbeque and experiences with a sense of genuine backyard hospitality; getting a little better every day, and staying true to who we are. We are honored to receive this recognition, and humbled to be in the same category with such distinguished peers as Portillo’s, La Madeleine, and The Habit Burger.” City Barbeque was named a runner-up in the 2018 Best Practices Awards.

City Barbeque continues to earn accolades not just for its award-winning barbeque, but for its company practices as well: in November 2018, Columbus CEO named the company best employer (in any industry, not just restaurants) for the third year in a row.


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, Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter.

About GBPC
The Global Best Practices Conference is produced by TDn2K™. Held in Dallas, Texas, this event is a gathering of hundreds of restaurant industry c-suite leadership brought together to tackle some of the most challenging obstacles facing the restaurant industry. The event is also the home of the Best Practice Awards, Diamond Catalyst Award, Heart of the Workplace Award and the Workplace Legacy Award presentations. Dates for the 2020 Global Best Practices Conference are January 28th – 30th, at the Westin Irving Convention Center Hotel. More at

About TDn2K
TDn2K™ (Transforming Data into Knowledge) is the parent company of People Report™, Black Box Intelligence™ and White Box Social Intelligence™. People Report provides service-sector human capital and workforce analytics for its members monthly. Black Box Intelligence provides weekly financial and market level data for the restaurant industry. White Box Social Intelligence delivers consumer insights and reveals online brand health. TDn2K membership represents 43,000 restaurant units, nearly 2.6 million employees and $72 billion in sales. They are also the producers of leading restaurant industry events including the Global Best Practices Conference held annually each January in Dallas, Texas.

City Barbeque media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque

January 28, 2019

This massive pile of deliciousness is sure to satisfy even the hungriest of fans at your viewing party for the Big Game. Let us save you some time cooking this Sunday: all you need is our slow-smoked pork, our Original sauce, and about five minutes to assemble your loaded nachos.

This recipe feeds about three or four people—multiply as necessary!

To make our Loaded Pork Nachos, you’ll need:

  • 1 lb City Barbeque pulled pork
  • City Barbeque Original sauce
  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded Mexican cheese blend (or whatever you’ve got in your fridge!)
  • Jalapeños
  • Avocados
  • Black beans
  • Cilantro
  • Sour cream
  1. Call ahead, order online, or stop by your City Barbeque joint to get some slow-smoked pulled pork and Original sauce.
  2. Dice the jalapeño and cube the avocado… you can even mash it for some homemade guac!
  3. Top the tortilla chips with your cheese of choice and melt in the microwave for about 30 seconds.
  4. Top with warm pulled pork, piled as high or as low as you’d like (when it comes to BBQ, though, we always say the more, the merrier!).
  5. Top with black beans, jalapeño, and avocado.
  6. Finish it off with a dollop of sour cream, some freshly chopped cilantro, and a drizzle of Original BBQ sauce!
  7. Don’t forget to share your loaded nachos on social: tag us with #CityBBQ.

Check out the recipe video on our Facebook.

January 23, 2019

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!

January 22, 2019

Read about our fan-fave Brisket Chili (it’s back!)

Keep it fresh with our NEW Superfood Slaw*

*only available at participating locations


January 22, 2019

Looking for something fresh, healthy, packed with nutrients, and out-of-this-world delicious? You gotta try our NEW Superfood Slaw!

Available at participating locations, our house-made Superfood Slaw is stuffed with superfood greens, farro, fresh herbs, chopped veggies, and dried cranberries in a citrus vinaigrette. A side is only 170 calories (we KNOW), and you can even pick it up in a pint or quart, if your New Year’s Resolution was to do more meal prep (but you have no time to meal prep). This slaw does it all!

“We’ve got a great collection of protein-rich, wholesome, nutritious, and soul-satisfying foods,” says our VP of Marketing, Brian Hipsher. “Our lineup of new sides brings back a few fan favorites—and, in my opinion, our new Superfood Slaw is our best yet.”

Grab some Superfood Slaw today and we’re sure you’ll agree! After all, we call it “super” for a reason…