KANSAS CITY, Mo., March 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Historic BBQ, winner of the Smithfield Great Rib Rivalry and Smithfield’s sponsored team for the 2016 competitive season, was honored last month in its hometown with three commendations from Ohio State leaders. The much-deserved commendations are a result of Historic BBQ winning the coveted Smithfield title and in turn, help to place their hometown of Lebanon on the map. 

Historic BBQ was named the Smithfield 2016 Team of the Year this January at Kansas City Barbecue Society’s (KCBS) 30th Annual Awards Banquet after scoring top performances in KCBS competitions and Smithfield-branded contests throughout 2015. Following the announcement the team was commended by Ohio State Representative Ron Maag of the 62nd District, Ohio Senator Shannon Jones of the 7th District and the City of Lebanon’s Mayor, Amy Brewer.

“Small business is vital to Ohio, so I am very excited to see a wonderful, growing company like Historic BBQ recognized nationally by Smithfield with such a well-deserved honor,” said Senator Jones. “I’m anxious to see what the future holds for these hard-working guys from Warren County.”

In addition to launching the Great Rib Rivalry last year, March 1 marked the official kick off to the Smokin’ With Smithfield loyalty program. Each team that commits to cooking with Smithfield at KCBS-sanctioned events will have the opportunity to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes in each category as well as $180 for each perfect 180 score they receive.

For more information, visit www.SmokinWithSmithfield.com or www.Smithfield.com.

About Historic BBQ

Founded in 2010 in Lebanon, Ohio, Historic BBQ was born of a love for BBQ and a dream of sharing that love, and hoping others enjoy it as much as they do. Ohio heritage and passion for sharing unforgettable BBQ is slow cooked into everything they do.  It’s great ingredients and inspired recipes. It’s family, good friends, a lot of fun, the fellowship of being together, and the taste that makes you feel right at home. It’s the spirit of BBQ.  It’s the stuff that legends are made of. Historic BBQ is a Myron Mixon Smokers partner team and has one of the most recognizable competition rigs in the country; known as the “Q-Hauler.” Their hand-crafted products are winning on the professional BBQ circuit, helping people cook like the pros at home, and allowing restaurants/caterers/vendors to provide great flavor and dishes to their customers. They include spice rubs, Red – Pork & Poultry, Black – Beef & Bird, sauces, Original and Spicy, and their unique Sweet Vinegar Dressing. Learn more about them online at HistoricBBQ.com and follow them on social media for regular updates and news.

About Smithfield

A leading provider of high-quality pork products, Smithfield was founded in 1936 in Smithfield, Virginia, establishing the town as the “Ham Capital of the World.” From hand-trimmed ribs to slow-smoked holiday hams, Smithfield brings artistry, authenticity and a commitment to heritage, flavor, and handcrafted excellence to everything it produces. With a vast product portfolio including smoked meats, hams, bacon, sausage, and fresh pork cuts, the company services retail, foodservice, and deli channels across the Unites States and 30 countries abroad. All of Smithfield's products meet the highest quality and safety standards in the industry. To learn more about how Flavor Hails from Smithfield, please visit www.Smithfield.com, www.Twitter.com/SmithfieldBrand, and www.Facebook.com/CookingWithSmithfield. Smithfield is a brand of Smithfield Foods.

About Smithfield Foods

Smithfield Foods is a $15 billion global food company and the world's largest pork processor and hog producer. In the United States, the company is also the leader in numerous packaged meats categories with popular brands including Smithfield®, Eckrich®, Farmland®, Armour®, Cook's®, John Morrell®, Gwaltney®, Nathan's Famous®, Kretschmar®, Margherita®, Curly's®, Carando® and Healthy Ones®. Smithfield Foods is committed to providing good food in a responsible way and maintains robust animal care, community involvement, employee safety, environmental and food safety and quality programs. For more information, visit www.smithfieldfoods.com.

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John Gambill Jr.
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