BBQ For Valentine's Day

Valentine's day will be here again real soon and it's time for us men to get our act together and spoil our wives, partners, fiancées and girlfriends. St Valentine is the patron saint of lovers so it's time to show our love and I've jotted down a few ideas and reminders of some of the things you can do but remember I am the "Barbecue Smoker Recipe Man" so there's a BBQ slant to that all important point about how to cook a meal for your loved one.

First let's cover the basics, and remember guys, this is entry level. In her eyes this isn't nice to have, it's MUST have!

It's always good to start with a card, in fact if you forget the card then you might as well forget the rest of the day. Flowers are the other essential and red roses are traditional but this year maybe it's time for change. I'm going for lilies simply because the red rose is a bit predictable, there's always the dilemma about how many to get but the main reason for me is that lilies provide such a great splash of colour.

The final essential is the meal. We're having a great start to the year, whether it's down to Global warming or not I don't know my this year is turning out to be one of the mildest on record and so many of my friends are already turning to the barbecue. I know I will be, but if you do please remember that especially when it comes to a Valentine's Day Barbecue you really must break the sexual stereotype! If you haven't grasped it yet, check out the BBQ rules below and make sure you don't end up in the same situation!


We are about to enter the spring and BBQ season. Therefore it is important to refresh your memory on the etiquette of this sublime outdoor cooking activity.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:


(1) The woman buys the food.

(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill - beer in hand.

Here comes the important part:


More routine...

(5) The woman goes inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

(6) The woman comes out to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer

while he deals with the situation.

Important again:


More routine...

(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed "her night off." And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there's just no pleasing some women...

Don't be a dummy, don't follow these rules, break the mold and show up at Barrel & Boar!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Try BBQ Catering to Bring a Change to Your Event

Are you disinterested in the same old formal way of conducting a corporate lunch or a party dinner? If yes then, why don't you try the unique way of the BBQ catering? The alluring dishes along with the well-mannered caterers will make your party the talk of the town. You will get fabulous food and amazing atmosphere at a time. As such your can enjoy thoroughly with the company of your friend or peers, while relishing the tastes of the chosen dishes.

7 Essentials to Make a BBQ Party Bloom!!!

  • Realm of food: Barbeques are really sumptuous and lip-smacking along with a wide range of variety. The grilled, roasted, spiced up and hot served ones should be just yummy to eat. They bring out the extra appetite and enhance the enjoyment of the guests.
  • Adorn the atmosphere: The environment should be set up according to the BBQ nature of servings. The dim lighted yet bright enough ambience compels the guests to indulge themselves in enjoying the delectable meals. The delicious dishes and aroma will just take away the breath of the guests and leave them craving for more.
  • Incredible aroma: Right from the barbeque squid till the miso barbeque sauced ribs one, can fulfill their craving for delicious food with a great satisfaction in by having these. The amazing aroma must compel all the guests to taste the amazing dishes.
  • Nexus between event and dish: The dazzling event should very much in sync with the marvelous dishes served. There must be a conceptual link between the occasion and ambience along with food.
  • Bonfire entertainment: When there is an occasion or party, there should a party entertainment. A bonfire, organized by the service providers is an excellent concept to enhance the charm of the party.
  • Odoriferous flavours: The odour of the grilling or roasting dishes with that of the ingredients should be overwhelming so that it becomes difficult for one to resist. Also the dishes shall not contain any artificial flavours, but it should be tried to use natural ingredients to preserve the natural taste of the served dishes.
  • Worthiness of service: From the setup of the barbeques, till that of the servicing of the dishes everything should go on time and done with full perfection. The expert's dishes should satisfy the guests along with their timely and affectionate servicing. While all this being done, it shall be much of worth.

BBQ food and catering is a wonderful concept and people will cherish the party for a long time. If you want to ensure the memory of the party to be lasted for a very long time then you must opt for this option. It shall be one of the best catering you would have hired and experienced with. The amazing taste and unique arrangement will make people of all age groups enjoy the party to the best.

Killer Halloween Food Set-Up

What better way to keep in the spirit of Halloween than by turning your buffet table into a feast that may almost turn their appetites off instead of on.  Creating a "dead body buffet" will let them enjoy what you have prepared and leave a lasting impression  when it comes to your  party decorating skills.  There are a good many ways to get this done.  Let's start with the basic supplies and then move on to the food possibilities.


  • 6 foot long table
  • Black table cloth (8ft or larger)
  • Battery Operated Candles and/or table lights (safety first! battery operated please)
  • Various sizes of serving dishes
  • Wig (for "head" area - optional)
  • Old Men's Dress Shirt
  • Pair of Old Pants
  • Various food items (see below)

The art of creating a dead body buffet lies in the strategic placement of the applicable food items.   The goal is to create atasty buffet of food that resembles a dead body, and additional portions of the creations are placed in front of the body  for easy serving.   You can start with the body's accessories - a wig, large shirt and pants. The wig is easy, that is the head.   When it comes to the shirt, it shouldonly be buttoned on the "neck"  area, and draped over the tablecloth open, as an additional decoration (sleeves are laid on the table flat).  The pants are the same... use an old  pair,  leave thebutton and zipper open, and put a serving dish of whateveryou are using for the intestine/stomach section.  For the pant legs, however, cut each pant leg down the front center, just below the crotch, stopping before the hemline.  Fold open and arrange serving bowls and dishes inside.  It helps to shred the clothes up a little for added effect.    There are endless ways to vary the buffet and the above is just one example to get your creative juices flowing.  

As far as the food goes,  try these options on for size:

Head - Eyes, Bloody Ears and Brain Matter are key here.  First, however, place an appropriately sized bowl in a wig.  This will be your head.  Fill with brain matter (either leafy salad,pasta salad, or a specialty brain appetizer - like a cheese ball made from a "brain mold") and garnish with your choice of edible eyeball creations.  It can be a good idea to make the head area an appetizer section, so that the actual head has one selection, allowing you to place two more additional appetizers like a bowl of  Eyeballs (gelatinous eyeballs, deviled eggeyeballs, etc.) or a platter of  Bloody Ears (shrimp "ears" and cocktail sauce).

Neck/Shoulders -  Not a lot to do here.  If you are using the shirt, you may want to button it upover a box and use this area for illumination effects and decorations...  like a battery operated flickering candle with some spiders and spiderwebs.

Ribs/Chest - Place a serving dish (crock pot, casserole orpan) in the rib area and fill with boneless barbecue rib meat.  Stack bone-in ribs in another serving dish at an angle in front of the bonelessrib meat to create the "ribs" of the body.  If you would rather, you can get some fake bones from a party supply or ask for some bones from a butcher that you can set out purely as a decoration, keeping the center meat in a heated dish.

Stomach/Intestines - Inside the pant torso, place your crock pot or serving dish filled with things like spaghetti (or any pasta of your choice), bratwurst, or any large sausage...  really it can be filled with anything you think intestines or a stomach would look like.  You maychoose to  just fill it with sweet and sour chicken (red sauce is pretty grotesque), or even some fried chicken gizzardscomplete with a little bloody dipping sauce (Marinara, or Red Ranch Dip)

Hands - the actual arms will be under some serving dishes, silverware or napkins, but the cuff of the sleeve can be adjusted to border the bowl or platter where you can serve appetizer "fingers".  There are many kinds of recipes for fingers, ranging from shrimp to cookies.  It will be your choice here.  Make sure to make a display hand and have the actual items in separate bowls.  You can even create a hand out of dead finger appetizers and buffalo wings - using the drummette as a bloated rotting thumb (a light application of BBQ sauce with a little red  food  dyeworks great for this effect).

Legs -  This is the area where you can stuff the pant legs with Breadstick Bones, Tinted Kneecaps (dinner rolls), or make them bloody-style by having a little marinara sauce handy.

Feet - You can create some toes the same way you do fingers, or you can just set aside this section for condiments and silverware, or otheradditional dishes and desserts you want to place on the table.  Just decorate it with old boots or shoes (please wash first!).  Slide the boots and shoes up against the furthest side of the table (eg: against the wall) and cover with fake spider webs, bugs,worms, spiders, etc.

All that is left is to putthe table together.  Drape the tablecloth over the table, then arrange the food in accordance with their respective body parts and clothing.  Finish by arranging lights and fake spider webs to create the appropriate spooky effect.   Since all party sizes are different, use your imagination to arrange the accessories and make your dead body buffet the life of the party!

Columbus Underground Presents Best Bites Barbecue


The restaurants known as Barrel & Boar have been called many things in their long history in Columbus. The company began as Yoho’s in the 1980s — one of the first commercial BBQ restaurants in the city — before a rebranding to Holy Smoke nearly twenty years later. As Holy Smoke expanded and the concept evolved over the past several years, a new brand and new name grew out of the business, which is now known as Barrel & Boar.

One thing that hasn’t changed is their commitment to barbecue, which will be on full display at the Best Bites: Barbecue festival on Thursday, June 23rd. The team at Barrel & Boar will be showcasing their spicy maple pork served atop grits at the event, bringing a southern influence to the party.

For more information, visit

Best Bites: Barbecue will take place on Thursday, June 23rd and will feature samples from restaurants, food trucks and catering companies that offer the best Barbecue in Columbus, along with local beer from , and music and entertainment as well. The event will take place at The Boat House at Confluence Park, offering some of the best views of the Columbus skyline.

Other participating restaurants include City BarbequeLand Yacht BBQRay Ray’s Hog PitOldskoolCBC RestaurantPaddy WagonMilestone 229, , House of BBQ & BluesThe Boat House RestaurantAloha StreateryKDB EastonOld Bill Bailey’sSweet Carrot and Hoggy’s.

Guests can purchase tickets to attend the event from 5:30pm-7:30pm or from 8pm-10pm. Advance tickets to the event are $35, tickets are expected to sell out in advance, and a portion of the proceeds from all ticket sales will be donated to CelebrateOne, an organization that helps fight infant mortality in Central Ohio. The Columbus Underground Best Bites event series have collectively raised over $16,000 for local charities since August 2014, with a goal of raising $20,000 for local charities in 2016.

Best Bites: Barbecue is brought to you with support from  and .

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets to Best Bites: Barbecue!


Today was our 5 year anniversary at the Hamilton Rd. location. We opened on May 16, 2011 as Holy Smoke BBQ with James Martin and Jose Hernandez as our managers.

It has been a long journey and there were times when it seemed impossible to keep going and times when it was going so fast we could barely hold on. This location presented many interesting challenges but we made it work, and posted real tangible growth as a business and as people.

May 15, 2016 was our last day open as we make the move to Creekside and I could not be more excited. In my mind we had to get better every day and never settle or be comfortable with who we were or what we were doing. There is always more to learn and opportunity to innovate. The heart of any business is the people who do the work to make it through everyday. Each one of the people we had made an impact on who we were and who we have become.

Thank you to all of the fans, past employees and supporters for helping us move on to the next challenge. We will take all of the energy many of these people brought with them to the next phase as well as the memory of my old friend. The game hasn't changed but the level of play sure has! I could not be more confident in the people we have that are ready to step up and meet this next challenge.

Happy Mother's Day

Roses are red, violets are blue, the world is lucky to have a mother like you!

The title of a mother is one of the most rewarding, challenging and important jobs a woman can have. At any age a son or daughter may be, they will always need their mother. When you are young , it is the tangible attributes you seek from your mother. You need her physically to feed you, care for you and nurture you and when you are an adult, it changes to the intangible. You need advice, you need answers and  you start to put the pieces to the puzzle of how much work your mother did to sculpt who you are. Even when your mother or grandmother has passed away, they are still on your side. A mother is a permanent cheerleader who will cheer you on for life.

 They say you never know how good of a parent you are until you see your child raise a child. Mother’s Day is just a small amount of appreciation that goes into a lifetime legacy. Life could not function without the hard work and dedication that mothers put into their children and families. Take this day to reach out and spend time with your mother, grandmother or friend and tell them how special they are. April showers bring May flowers so it makes sense as to why Mother’s Day would come to life in May! A mother plants the seed, showers you in love and gets the lovely sight of watching you blossom into a beautiful flower. Let her know that she is the sunshine that makes you grow and never stop showing your appreciation. Happy Mother’s Day!

Get Creative With Craft Beer

Anything great comes in packs of two. You have your mouth watering, finger licking good BBQ and now you have a decision to make...what craft beer to pair with your dish?

A craft beer consists of hops, malts, yeast or water set to enhance the taste of your food. According to the Brewers Association, 71 percent of craft beer purchasers said that a craft beer "complements their meal." What draws consumers to acraft beer can vary from flavor, aroma, appearance and feel. When it comes to pairing, perception is based on an individual's liking; however, there are some general tricks to the trade in pairing different meats and beers together. 

Below is an infographic created by to determine what foods pair well together. If you like your BBQ sweet or a bit spicy, a toasty or malty porter would be a great option to try. If you are a hamburger kind of guy/gal then an IPA would be a good duo. Get creative and see what you like. With over thousands of small independent breweries in the US, there are many options to suit your fancy!

Are you ready to add BBQ Craft Beer Expert to your resume? Let's see what you come up with!

We Want You To Leave With A Smile :)

One of the goals we wanted to establish is an atmosphere where people of any age can enjoy our southern hospitality.  It all starts with the relationship we have with our customers and we are passionate about making sure every customer that leaves our door has a smile on their face.  It all starts with family and we consider our guests to be family. Our staff works diligently and effectively to give you the ultimate Barrel & Boar experience and we are more than happy to have you in our family room dining with us!

We find comfort and a sense of home in our food and that is exactly how we want guest to feel when they dine in. It all goes back to tradition and that is what we have embedded into our smoked meats, craft beers and cocktails. Mix good food and good people together and that is where you will find us. If our guests are smiling, we know we are doing it right.

Inaugural Spring Series Event

Kicks Off at Our Newark Location!

Featuring Rhinegeist!

-2 cases(maximum) of bottled or canned beer, sold on special throughout the evening.

-One 1/2 barrel keg, at or below 8.0% ABV, sold on happy hour during the event.

-One 1/6 barrel keg of specialty product or seasonal 1 off, sold exclusively at our event.

-Guests will be offered a free glass growler with the purchase of either beer on tap during the event, priced accordingly. 

What Does Smoking Do To Meat?

Smoking is the ultimate in barbecue in two ways. First, it produces the most succulent, flavorful barbecued meat possible. Second, it is one of the most complicated and involved cooking styles in the barbecue universe.

In barbecue, meat is cooked for several hours in a low, indirect heat, resulting in meat that is very tender and juicy. Smoking is basically barbecue cooking, but with the addition of fragrant wood smoke to flavor the meat. It creates a unique taste hard to find anywhere else, even in grocery stores and restaurants.

Save yourself the trouble and just visit one of our locations at 

Newark Location is Now Open

We finally opened our doors last week to a huge success!  The feedback has been fantastic.  It's been overwhelming and exciting at the same time!  We open at 11a thru the week, and our complete hours can be found  under the Locations/Menus tab on our website.

Looking forward to seeing you and growing with the community!  Don't forget we cater as well!  So hope to hear from you for Graduation Parties!

Should You Use A Catering Service

A catering service isn't just for fancy dinner parties or lavish social events. Business meetings at the office often require food, and who's going to cook? How about a small gathering where the focus is on socializing? What about the Holiday event where the number of people are too big for the oven? And your wedding? Hiring a catering service is the answer.

Corporate catering

A lot of time is spent at the office. Providing employees with a hearty, catered breakfast and lunch allows you to work through meetings without missing a meal.

Breakfast catering usually offers pastries, fresh fruit and savory breakfast sandwiches. Lunch caterers usually offer a choice of sandwich, salad, soup, or few hot meals. For this type of everyday catering time, convenience, and prices are the main considerations.

By the way, you can save some money by picking up your order on your way to work. Of course, food can be delivered to the office for a nominal fee, along with condiments, disposable plates, utensils and napkins to make cleaning up simple.

Catering services is more than delivering meals. There are promotional events, product launch parties, awards and retirement banquets and holiday parties. A catering expert can help you create the menu and decor, and how you would like your guests served, either by buffet or by waiters and waitresses. Making the event work also usually requires kitchen staff to set-up, prepare and serve food, and then clean up.

Wedding receptions

Weddings are a big deal, especially the reception. Food and fun just seem to go together. Wedding reception caterers work with you to help you get exactly what you want for your big day. Even if you are on a budget seeking the most affordable wedding reception ideas, the best catering services can help you plan a beautiful party that won't be forgotten. The key is to have specifics ready for the wedding caterer about what you want with your budget.

Restaurant catering

Having a restaurant cater your business, baby shower, wedding reception, or any special event is often a good idea. If your favorite restaurant has private dining or banquet facilities that you can rent, this can be ideal. Since everything that's needed to cater your event successfully is right there, you can't go wrong. If you want your favorite restaurant's food served at another location, discuss this option with your caterer. This can usually be easily arranged with a little planning.

Party Catering

Catering is all about convenience first and foremost. Planning a menu, shopping all over town for ingredients, cooking, preparing, delivering and then serving food seems crazy when catering services have become so affordable. Besides, anyone who has ever hosted a party knows that you barely get to relax and enjoy time with your guests when you're in charge of doing it all. Hiring a catering company allows you to feed everyone good food and enjoy your own party.

Let caterers do it for you

As you well know, the most important job for a caterer is creating delicious food that everyone will enjoy. Whether it's a simple box meal containing a sandwich and salad or fine dining cuisine, the best caterers will make your catered meeting, wedding or event a success.

Still today, many people consider a catering service to be a luxury that only the wealthy enjoy, or something you're forced to cough up a lot of cash to pay for some special event. That's just not true anymore. In short, you will find that any occasion can be catered at an affordable price.

Our Smoker Arrived at Creekside

A little history about smoked meats...

In Europe smoking meats was practiced long before the discovery of America and it was a survival skill. At some point in the past we had discovered that when meat was left hanging over smoldering fire it tasted better and the process had been repeated ever since. We also knew that when salt was added to meat it improved its taste and keeping qualities.

Those original salts came in huge slabs from different salt mines and the quality varied as different salts contained different impurities (chemicals) inside. The real breakthrough came when we discovered that when salts containing nitrates were used they imparted to meats not only a pink color, but also a peculiar flavor that was much in demand. That was the beginning of "meat curing" and the same process is employed all over the world today. This magical impurity was potassium nitrate, commonly known as saltpeter, the basic ingredient of gunpowder which the Chinese invented thousands years ago. We have tried to eliminate nitrates from our foods for hundreds of years but with all advances in computers and science we are not able to come up with anything else that might be so effective in preventing food poisoning also known as botulism. Our ancestors did not have the faintest idea about food poisoning but they knew that cured and smoked meats tasted better and lasted longer.

In 1492 Columbus discovered America but smoking meats never took off there for the following reasons:

1. Traditional methods of meat smoking relied on applying cold smoke (less than 77º F, 35º C) to meat for extended periods of time (from 2 days to even 3 weeks) what basically was drying meat by removing moisture. This temperature puts severe restraints on the geographical area were smoking could be performed and in many parts of the country it would be limited to the night time in December, January and February. Today refrigerators are everywhere and almost all foods are smoked with a hot smoke which provides smoky flavor but little preservation qualities.

In most areas of the USA the climate was warmer than in Northern Europe and in the Western part of the country the cattle was grazing for most of the year. When cowboys were hungry they would slaughter a cow and grill steaks over the fire. They looked with disdain at pigs, sheep or goats. In old Europe people showed sentiment towards a cow, it produced milk which was then processed into butter, cream or cheese and the animal was used to plow ground and move objects around. When it died it was buried. A pig was the animal to be eaten and it was and still is the best meat for smoking.

2. Pork meat was needed. A pig was not a native animal in America and only in 1539, Hernando de Soto brought the first 13 pigs to Florida. Smoking meat became popular in the Eastern part of the country where slaves and poor people worked on plantations. A pig was easy and cheap to grow, it ate anything and in six months was ready for slaughter. Smoking meat and especially making sausages were dependent on the fact whether pigs were around. This has changed only when railroads were built and animals were moved between different areas of the country.

3. No need to preserve meats in the USA. Except the short Civil War that had taken place in the Eastern part of the country, the American soil never felt the presence of World Wars the way Europe did. Our losses did not compare to the 20 millions that died in Russia or 6 millions in Poland. There was nothing to rebuild, there was no shortage of food which was available all the time. Some Polish and German cities were completely destroyed and 20% of the population was gone. There were no stores and no food left. One had to make his own foods in the summer in such a way that they would be ready to eat in the winter. Curing and smoking meats were survival skills which were not so important in the USA.

Most Americans would buy fresh meats that would be barbecued and grilled to be immediately consumed when still hot on the plate. As the smoked meats are eaten cold and at the later date it would not be logical to expect those people to change suddenly the customs they were following all their lives. About 30% of meats consumed in the USA are of the smoked variety and the hot dog is included in that number, although it gets so little smoke that it can hardly be considered a smoked sausage. For comparison in countries like Poland or Germany over 60% of all meats sold are of the smoked variety. For our ancestors smoking meat was a survival skill that was passed down from generation to generation. 


Welcome to Barrel & Boar a combination of 34 years of passion and craftmanship designed to create a unique product in the landscape of culinary offerings.  Our "Gastro-Q" uses commercial smokers, great ingredients and a low country influence to bring our products to three cities in central Ohio as well as our Mobile Craft BBQ Truck.  Follow us as we update you on menu trends, beer pairings, and craft cocktails!


Stan Riley