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Season Two – Living The Dream
To close out Season Two ‘Living the Dream’ I sit and talk ‘Q with the one and only Jess Pryles. Jess is an Aussie who’s now taking it to the Americans, living in Texas and teaching them their own game. In this interview Jess takes us through what it takes to become an internationally published author after the launch of her BBQ cookbook ‘Hardcore Carnivore’. If you think you’ve got a book in you, this Ep is for you!
Julie-ann swings by the Confessional for Ep 14 of Season 2 ‘Living the Dream’ to take us behind the scenes of successful Western Australian smoker manufacturer JAGRD Woodfired Smoker Ovens. In this episode, Julie-ann walks us step-by-step what you need to do to start your own smoker manufacturing company. If you have a design and the desire, you gotta catch this Ep!
Cameron from BBQ Spit Rotisseries takes a knee in Ep 13 of Season 2 ‘Living the Dream’. Cameron runs the Sydney branch of one of Australia’s most successful independent BBQ retail stores. In this episode, Cameron takes us behind the scenes. Not only does he tell us what it takes to run a BBQ business, he gives away a fair few of his secrets to help you with your business. If you’ve ever dreamed of running your own BBQ shop, this is your episode!
Ricki from Bully BBQ is my special guest in Ep 12 of ‘Living the Dream’. Ricki embodies the very concept of living the dream. Unhappy in his job, he designed the lifestyle he wanted and then built a BBQ business to fit that lifestyle. The result was Bully BBQ – a travelling BBQ school. If you’re thinking of starting up some classes of your own, this Ep is for you!
A quality butcher is vital to success in BBQ and one of the best butchers around is Brad from Pure Meats Robina. In Ep 11 of ‘Living the Dream’ Brad talks about life as a low’n’slow specialist butcher and gives solid advice for anyone thinking of doing the same. Check it out!
One of the friendliest guys in the BBQ scene, Gus from Gusface Grillah joins me in The Confessional for Ep 10 of Season 2 ‘Living the Dream’. He’s been here, in the scene from day one and has built himself a business that mirrors his passion. If you have ever wondered what a blog is and how it works and how it can help your business, make sure you catch this episode.
Adam is a professional food stylist and BBQ competitor with his team Primal Iron. Originally a French-trained chef, Adam has seen the light and moved into BBQ. For Ep 9 of ‘Living the Dream, he takes us into the world of food styling and gives us some great tips and tricks for those of us wanting to up our food-game porn and those thinking of getting into food styling as a profession. If you have a food porn addiction, you have to check out this episode!
Ep 8 of ‘Living the Dream’ sees Joy from Homestead Lovers take a knee in the Confessional to reveal what goes on in her spice rub and food dehydration business. She gets into some great hints and tips for people looking to make their own rubs and open their own rub company. If you love a good rub, this is the Ep for you!
For Ep 7 of S2, Mark from Smartfire drops by to tell us the story of his invention, the Smartfire, his road to international sales, and outlines step-by-step how you can do the same. If you have an idea for a product, be sure to catch this episode!
In Ep 6 of S2, Aidan from Cut Throat Knives swings by the Confessional to reveal what goes on at an artisan blade smith. Whether it’s forging or stock-removal, Aidan tells us exactly just how far he will go to ensure that his knives are the most beautiful and functional knives on the market. If you appreciate the value of a good knife, this is the Ep for you. Check it out!
In Ep 5 of S2, Bronnie from 4670BBQ drops by the Confessional to take us behind the scenes to show us what it takes to be a successful BBQ event promoter. Bronnie is the promoter behind the Bundaberg BBQ Battle, known as the friendliest competition on the circuit. She takes us through the highs and lows and what you need to know if you want to start an event of your own. Don’t miss it!
Ep 4 of ‘Living the Dream’ sees me having a good chat with Abel from Clean Heat Charcoal about all things fuel. Abel lets me in on how his charcoal briquettes are made, and more interesting for me, how his lump charcoal is made. It was fascinating to learn what goes on in an international manufacturing and importation business. He also lays out some great advice for people looking to open a business of their own. Check it out!
In Ep 3 of ‘Living the Dream’, Hillbilly Wes from Bovine and Swine, one of, if not the, most popular BBQ joint in Australia, takes me through all the steps involved in opening a bricks’n’mortar BBQ joint. He discusses the pros and cons of going into bricks’n’mortar, the advantages and disadvantages versus catering, and what it takes to be successful. This is an episode not to be missed!
In Ep 2 of the ‘Living the Dream’ series, I talk vending and catering with Rob from Smokin’ Hot’n’Saucy. Rob has won several Grand Championships competing as Smokin’ Hot’n’Saucy and now brings his award winning BBQ to the public. In this interview he’s going to take us through how he got into catering, the differences between catering and vending, and how you can get into it too. If you have dreams of catering, this is just for you!
In Ep 1 of the ‘Living the Dream’ series, I interview Mikey from Man Meat BBQ, based out of Chicago in the USA. With some 150 podcast episodes and 80-odd thousand Instagram fans, Mikey takes us not only into how he built these platforms, but also the different business models he’s developed from them. If you’re into your social media, you don’t want to miss this!
2017 Festival Series
Episodes 11 – 18
Ep 18 of the Smoking Hot Confessions Podcast sees me head to Port Macquarie for the Blues & BBQ Festival, or as it’s known in the circuit, BBQ Wars. With 101 teams, not only was it the biggest comp in the Southern Hemisphere, it was the biggest competition ever outside of the US. What started out as a fun weekend away with mates quickly evolved into something very unexpected…
I hit the pavement at the fabulous Burleigh BBQ Championships 2017 to chat to as many people as possible. I got to meet up with a range of new and experienced teams and event got some one-on-one time with BBQ great, Andy Groneman, which I of course recorded and am sharing in this episode.
In this episode I throw my hat in the ring and compete against seven of the biggest names currently on the comp circuit at BBQ & Beats at the Night Quarter. But not before picking their brains for some great tips and advice!
This episode is coming to you hot off the mic from the Brisbane BBQ Festival 2017. This was the third year in a row that I’d covered the event. The difference this year – I got to be MC!
Not too long ago I was very privileged to have the opportunity to MC the Clean Heat Charcoal BBQ Rib-Off for Underground BBQ. It was essentially a down-and-dirty grudge match to work out who cooks the best pork ribs in Australia once and for all, earning themselves the title of Rib King or Queen. Oh, and a cool $1,000. In cash!
Ever wondered what it’s like to be a BBQ competitor? Can you remember your first BBQ competition? This exciting episode is a 3 part interview with Michael from Butchers Axe as we chat before, during and after their first comp – Meatstock Melbourne. They may have entered the comp as underdogs, but they proved they have a hell of a bite!
I’m so excited to be able to offer you an opportunity to either relive or live vicariously through me, the recent Melbourne Meatstock festival. This episode is a compilation of many mini-interviews I did over the weekend, ranging from competitors to suppliers and promoters to BBQ royalty. In these interviews I get tips and advice from all the big names and get to introduce you to some serious up-and-comers.
This very exciting bonus episode is a recording of the Q&A session that I hosted live at the BBQ & Beer Roadshow 2017. The theme was ‘From Back Yard to Pit Yard, what inspires Competitive BBQ’ers’. The special guests included Shank Bros BBQ, Sandgroper BBQ, cand Serial Grillers.
Season One – Comp Ready
Episodes 001 – 010
Brett Connell from Flamin’ Mongrels BBQ, one of Australia’s top-performing and well-sponsored teams drops by the Confessional to teach us where to find and how to land sponsorship for our BBQ teams!
Ralph Barnett from Shank Brothers BBQ is one half of the team that won TV’s Aussie BBQ Heroes. He’s here to school us on one of the more ‘businessy’ aspects of competition BBQ: Branding.
Lukas Armstrong from Rollin’ Smoke BBQ drops by the Confessional to share with us all his secrets to Consistency. He explains what it means to be Consistent and most importantly, how!
Rohan Peterson from Ro’N’Slow BBQ Team, the Thunder from Down Down Down Under talks to us about teams and teamwork, quite possibly one of the most important topics in this series.
Tony Gimellaro from The Beard and the BBQ, is currently in the Top Ten in the country, he’s a caterer, and now a sauce producer with his signature line of sauces available nation-wide in the chain of Barbeques Galore stores. In this podcast Tony shares everything he knows about rubs and sauces.
Rod, from the Ministry of Smoke, has literally decades of experience to share about different types of fuels: where to find them, how to season them, and how to best manage your fires!
Chris, from the Top 10 team The Smoking Hot Bros, cooks on both, so was the perfect person to dive into the arguments for and against offsets and verticals.
Dan from BSG Smokers is a straight shooter who answered every question I could think to ask about buying, building and using an offset smoker.
Billy from Meat at Billy’s gives us insights into competition cuts of meat – how to find them, how to select them, and shares some hints on what to do with them!
In the 1st episode of the Smoking Hot Confessions Podcast, I have a good chat with Adam Roberts, co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance.