2017 was a big year for competitive BBQ in Australia with 34 competitions held by the Australasian Barbecue Alliance alone. I’ve collated the results from these 34 competitions and so let’s have a look at 2017 By The Numbers.
Well folks, this is exciting. Just before Episode 10 launched, where I interviewed Brett Connell from the Flamin Mongrels about Sponsorship, I went up to the Sunshine Coast to judge at the MooloolaBaBQ Festival. While I was there I met a great guy named Julian D’Souza who told me about a festival he was putting together called the BBQ & Beer Roadshow 2017. We chatted back and forth and two days later I got an email asking if I’d like to host the live Q&A session that he had on the schedule. I just couldn’t let an opportunity like that slip by and so of course, I said yes. Continue reading BBQ & Beer Roadshow 2017
The rise of competitive BBQ in Australia is unstoppable right now. To be a shameless punster, the sport is red hot. With 25 sanctioned competitions already scheduled for 2017, there will be an ever-growing number of new teams coming out to play. But with 12 different possible categories to compete in, where should you focus your attention and practice? To help out, here are the Top 3 Competitive BBQ Categories for 2017. Continue reading Top 3 Competitive BBQ Categories for 2017
Saturday August 20 saw 45 premier BBQ teams battle it out for glory in the picturesque town of Bangalow in the Byron Hinterlands. They were competing for the title of Grand Champion of the Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival 2016. Continue reading Bangalow BBQ and Bluegrass Festival 2016 – Gallery
The last weekend of July saw over 200 BBQ-mad competitors return to Burleigh Heads for the Burleigh BBQ Championships 2016. This was the second outing for the festival and the Burleigh BBQ Championships 2016 was without doubt bigger and better than before. Continue reading Burleigh BBQ Championships 2016 Gallery
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
The ‘BBQ Scene’ in Australia is catching on, and last weekend saw the inaugural Brisbane ‘Low & Slow’ BBQ Festival grace our great city. It was a fantastic opportunity to see some of the best BBQ teams in Australia battling it out, meet some of the best BBQ suppliers and of course, sample from some of the best BBQ Food trucks. Continue reading Brisbane ‘Low & Slow’ BBQ Festival…
A 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.