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May is National Barbecue Month, and we’ve decided to spend the month in service to our communities. All month long, our teams will be bringing our bringing award-winning smoked meats and house-made sides to folks in local shelters in every market we serve:

Our Chicago teammates brought dinner to Unity Lutheran Church of Berwyn’s homeless shelter (and worked with youth volunteers to bake cookies on-site for dessert!).

In Kentucky, our Lexington team have already served at the Hope Center, and our Louisville team will serve at Volunteers of America’s Family Emergency Shelter later this month.

Up in Ohio, our Cincinnati teams will bring barbeque to folks at City Gospel Mission, Columbus teams will bring dinner to the men’s shelter at Faith Mission Emergency Shelter, Toledo teammates will serve families at Family House Toledo, and our teams in Dayton will be feeding folks at the St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Men.

Our Indianapolis teams will serve dinner to families at the Dayspring Center, and our folks in Atlanta will bring dinner to one of Women’s Resource Center’s safe houses.

And in North Carolina, our Charlotte teams will serve the Harvest Center of Charlotte as well as Angels & Sparrows Soup Kitchen, while Raleigh will bring dinner to both the Shepard’s Table Soup Kitchen and the Salvation Army of Wake County’s Family Emergency Shelter.

We’re also celebrating National Barbecue Month by releasing the first in an annual series of hand-drawn, hand-printed, hand-signed posters. Want one? You’ll need to act fast: only 150 individually numbered prints will be produced!

You can snap up one of these incredible silkscreened posters for $40—a very limited quantity will be available for purchase at each of our joints—and all proceeds support our charitable efforts for National Barbecue Month.

April 26, 2018

COLUMBUS, Ohio—May is National Barbecue Month, and teams at City Barbeque will spend the month bringing award-winning smoked meats and house-made sides to food-insecure folks in the communities they serve. Throughout the month of May, City Barbeque teammates will serve barbeque in local shelters in each of the company’s 11 current markets: Columbus, Dayton, Toledo, Cincinnati, Louisville, Lexington, Indianapolis, Charlotte, Raleigh, Atlanta, and Chicago.

“When we say our purpose is to serve and create happiness, we really mean it,” said City Barbeque Founder and CEO Rick Malir. “Throughout this month, all our teams will be getting out into the community, sharing our food with folks who might not be able to enjoy it otherwise. We think everyone should get to celebrate National Barbecue month.”

The company will further commemorate National Barbecue Month by releasing the first in an annual series of hand-drawn, hand-printed, hand-signed posters. Only 150 individually numbered prints will be produced, with a very limited quantity available for purchase at each of the restaurant’s 35 locations. Each silkscreened poster will retail for $40, with all proceeds supporting the month’s charitable efforts.


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.

Media contact:
Elizabeth Grunewald
Marketing Project Specialist, City Barbeque

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 17, 2018*! 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 13), Dad (Father’s Day: June 17), or grad, stop in to City Barbeque and get your gift-giving on!

Here’s the fine print: *gift card sale runs 4/25/18-6/17/18. All offers valid on in-store gift card purchases only. NOT valid for online purchases. Bonus cards are redeemable on future purchases April 26–August 31, 2018 (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. Gift recipients, rather than purchasers, will earn points on gift card purchases.

Baja Turkey Salad is back and we’re stoked!

Summer may be Barbeque Season, but it’s also the time of year when a fresh, healthy salad sounds sooo good. What’s a ‘que fan to do?

Come to City Barbeque and order up a Baja Turkey Salad! We start with a fresh spring mix and load it up with cukes, tomatoes, and a flavor-packed housemade corn salsa. Then we add the hot stuff: freshly fried tortilla strips and our award-winning smoked turkey. The whole thing gets topped off with our addictive chipotle ranch dressing and a lime wedge for some DIY seasoning.

Sound good? It’s great! The crisp veggies, the crunchy tortillas, the warm turkey, that salsa [heart eyes] But it’s only available for a limited time, so hightail it into your local joint and get your greens on!

Class of 2018: Congratulations on your graduation—and your upcoming graduation party! Our catering experts have literally thousands of grad parties under their belts, and we’d love to help you plan yours.

Want our folks to customize a spread, just for you? We’ll do it! Think you’d party best with a mac & cheese bar? You got it! We can drop off a buffet and get everything set up, or we can fully staff your event, leaving you to relax and enjoy the best barbeque in town. It’s all up to you! Just give us a call to get started (and to schedule your free catering tasting).

Prefer to pick up the spread yourself? No problem! Our Party Packs are perfect for shindigs of any size—just call ahead or order online, pick it up at your local joint, and set it up yourself for an A+ DIY party.

And since we’re total grad party experts, we’re also full of advice! Here are our top five graduation party tips:

  • You’ll be celebrating with folks all day, and it’s hard to hug someone when everyone’s hands are full. Be prepared with a Sandwich Pack and keep a hand free for high-fives!
  • Combo your celebration with folks in your graduating class! Going in on one big party means you won’t have to worry about guest list overlap (and everyone’s budgets will go a little further).
  • Don’t be afraid to delegate! Our catering staff can set up the buffet, serve your guests, and even clean up—all of which leaves you free to mingle!
  • Get ready to ace Party Planning 101: about a pound of meat for every three or four folks, and about five ounces of each side dish per person.
  • Folks will want to toast to your success, so be sure they’ve got bottles to clink! Having a case of old-fashioned sodas on hand makes it easier to down those well-deserved congrats with an ice-cold Cheerwine.

Congratulations again—we can’t wait to help you celebrate!

City Barbeque’s menu is always full of incredible ‘que, but we gotta admit that we sometimes play favorites. And lucky for us, two of our favorite limited-time items are back on April 4th!

We smoke a brisket for 18 hours, sauce it, shred it, and smoke it again for a taco unlike any you’ve ever had. These Double-Smoked Brisket Taqos are served on grilled flour tortillas, topped with homemade smoked corn, tomato, and chimichurri salsa, and come with a freshly charred jalapeño and house-pickled red onions on the side.

These taqos are smoked daily in small batches, and if we run out, it takes 20 hours for us to make more… and we always run out! Get here early, pick up three taqos for $9, and thank us later.

Looking for a greener take on a taqo? We’ve got just the thing! Our Baja Turkey Salad starts with our crisp spring mix, crunchy cukes, and ripe grape tomatoes. Then we add some of that smoked corn salsa, a bunch of freshly fried tortilla strips, and our national award–winning smoked turkey; the whole thing comes with our addictive homemade chipotle ranch and a wedge of lime. It’s like our Smokehouse Turkey Salad went on vacation… and, like a vacation, the Baja Turkey Salad can’t last forever. Get you one (or two, or ten) today!

NEW Baja Turkey salad is delicious, but only around for a limited time!