Category Archives: BBQ Competitions

Brisbane BBQ Festival 2016

Last weekend I was priviledged to be a judge at the second Brisbane BBQ Festival. I am very happy to report that the Brisbane BBQ Festival was incredible on all levels, from the venues, to the vendors, and of course to the competitors. The Brisbane BBQ Festival truly was Bigger, Better and Longer than before!  Continue reading Brisbane BBQ Festival 2016

Burleigh BBQ Comp – Photo Gallery

Between competing in the Burleigh BBQ Comp where I learned several important lessons about Competition Q’ing and being an official at the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival, it’s been a very busy last couple of weeks.

I’ve managed to catch up some photography processing time (and some sleep!) and so please enjoy this complete photo gallery for the Burleigh BBQ Comp. Continue reading Burleigh BBQ Comp – Photo Gallery

Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival…

Marking the end of the BBQ season in the northern states, the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival was a fitting end to what’s been a great season of BBQ shenanigans, providing sunshine, good music, great food, and family-friendly fun for all ages. Best of all, a whole lot of money was raised for local schools in the Bangalow region, and a whole lot of people had a whole lot of fun.

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7 lessons I learned at the Burleigh BBQ Competition…

I have had the privilege of competing in the inaugural Burleigh BBQ Competition, sanctioned by the Australasian BBQ Alliance. It was the second largest BBQ competition in the Southern Hemisphere and was the largest competition I have ever participated in. It was a fantastic event and I learned so much. With the Bangalow Bluegrass and BBQ Festival coming up, I decided to share with you the 7 lessons I learned at the Burleigh BBQ Competition…  Continue reading 7 lessons I learned at the Burleigh BBQ Competition…

The Secret Life of a BBQ Judge…

A few weeks ago I was privileged to be trained by Adam from the Australasian BBQ Alliance  in how to be a BBQ Judge. And last week you know that I attended the Brisbane ‘Low & Slow’ BBQ Festival, but what I didn’t tell you was that I was actually a judge. It was my first time and it was a great insight into The Secret Life of a BBQ Judge! Continue reading The Secret Life of a BBQ Judge…

A Run at Ribs…

Last week I had A Bash at Brisket and was pretty happy with the results, but it just wasn’t comp-ready. So I decided to take a run at my old nemesis: beef ribs. Continue reading A Run at Ribs…

A Bash at Brisket…

With 7 weeks left until the Burleigh BBQ Competition I decided to have a run at the sanctum sanctorum, the holiest of holies: brisket. Continue reading A Bash at Brisket…

Chicken Lollipops… FAIL!

There are some days where you put together a meal and sit back afterwards and think ‘Wow, did I just do that? That was one for the history books’. Then you have ones like I did last weekend. Total, utter fail.  Continue reading Chicken Lollipops… FAIL!

The Day I Became A BBQ Judge…

There comes a day in every boy’s life when he becomes a man. For me it was the day I became a judge for the Australasian BBQ Alliance. Yes ladies and gentlemen I am now a genuine, bona fide, electrified BBQ judge!  Continue reading The Day I Became A BBQ Judge…

My Secret Ingredient

11150299_387996684737178_6486294376065386886_nA few weeks ago I announced that Smoking Hot Confessions would be entering a team in the 2015 Burleigh BBQ Competition in August. It’s part of the GroovenFood Festival. This is very exciting news and I’m hoping to capitalise on the success of last year at the 2014 Australian Pitmaster Titles, where my team and I won first prize in the beef category.

Part of competition BBQing is creating your own spice rubs and sauces. These need to compliment each other, but the starting point is with a unique spice rub. People will go to extraordinary lengths to create the most amazing flavour profile they can think of and will then lock it away as a deep, dark secret. At Smoking Hot Confessions, that’s not what I’m about. I’m about passing on what I’ve learnt. With that in mind, here’s how I created my secret ingredient for this competition: home-smoked chilies.

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