Recently, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to compete in Australia’s first ‘Day Comp’, at BBQ & Beats 2017 at the NightQuarter in Helensvale. It was a killer comp against many of the best in the game. I’m proud to say I had the cook of my life at this comp and am very proud of my results, against some of the biggest teams on the circuit.
BBQ & Beats – What is a ‘Day Comp’?
At a regular BBQ comp, competitors traditionally cook overnight and serve their wares in the morning hours. At a day comp, teams can bump in the night before or early that morning, cook through the day, hand-in in the evening and have the presentations at night.
It’s a new format for Australia and in my opinion is great. The day comp means that teams are able to come and go in a day, without having to commit to the entire weekend away. It also means that the public are able to come and party into the evening – perfect for a venue like the Night Quarter.
BBQ & Beats – The Competition
There were initially 15 teams lined up to compete at BBQ & Beats, but due a series of unfortunate events, only 8 of the teams were able to be there on the day. Luckily this meant that I was going to be able to have a top ten finish!
I found myself rubbing elbows with some major-league teams such as Smokin’ Sappers, Smokin’ Hot Bros, Country Boys BBQ, the Smoke Kings, the Meat Sweats, Flamin’ Mongrels and Grillin’ in the Name of. All of these teams are trophy-winning teams, most of the are Grand Champion winning teams, and in the case of the Meat Sweats, an internationally competitive team.
BBQ & Beats – How’d I go?
As stated above, I was pitching in against some of the biggest names in the game. As such, I’m incredibly proud of my team’s performance. There were 4 hand-ins: beef, lamb, chicken and pork ribs. I’m very happy to say that I finished in 7th place or better in every category, with the highlight being a 4th place in Lamb. I missed out on 3rd place by just one point. One!
BBQ & Beats – Overall Results
For chicken, third place was taken out by Grillin’ in the Name Of, second went to Smokin’ Sappers, and first went to Smokin Hot Bros. I need to point out that there was only 7 points between the top 3.
In the beef round, the Smokin Hot Bros took third, the Meat Sweats 2nd and Grillin in the Name Of scored 1st place by a 9 point lead.
When it came to Pork Ribs, the Meat Sweats took out third, the Smoking Hot Bros got second and the Flamin Mongrels took out first place with a fantastic score of 325!
For lamb, Grillin’ in the Name Of came third, the Meat Sweats second and the Smoking Hot Bros came in first. Are you starting to see a pattern yet?
You can probably guess the way it went down for the overall scores. Grillin’ in the Name of came in third, the Meat Sweats took out Reserve Grand Champion, and the Smokin Hot Bros won their first ever Grand Championship.
BBQ & Beats – Where to from here?
There’s no word yet as to whether the BBQ & Beats competition will be returning next year. Personally, I hope it does – the NightQuarter is the perfect venue for a competition of this type with live music stages, bars etc. The format however, I think will continue. I believe and hope that other promoters will pick up this format and run with it too.
To share the experience, click on a photo below to open the gallery. You can also listen to Episode 16 of the Smoking Hot Confessions podcast, recorded live at the competition, on iTunes, Stitcher, YouTube, or right here on this website.