057 Live @ Up in 2019
This is the second episode of Season Five. This season covers the 2019 Australian Competitive BBQ Circuit and includes recordings from some of the biggest and best festivals from all over this beautiful wide brown land of ours. In short, I’m going to be spending the year flying, driving, eating, walking and talking my way around Australia and I’m bringing you along for the ride!
This episode is another first for me – this time it’s Adelaide, South Australia. I drove from the Gold Coast up to Brisbane airport, flew down to Adelaide, spent two days at Up in Smoke and then did the reverse home again. It was a big weekend, but totally worth it. I’d seen Up in Smoke the last few years in other people’s Facebook posts and had always wanted to get down there. This year there was a new promoter running the event, a new location, and a new partnership with the Let’s Go Caravan and Camping Association. We had 30,000 people through the gates over the weekend and it was a fantastic opportunity to showcase some of the best BBQ in the country.
It was a double comp too, with a Steak Cookoff Association comp on the Saturday and an Australasian Barbecue Alliance comp on the Sunday. The two ancillary categories at the SCA were anything on a stick, and in honour of the new relationship with the camping association, jaffles. And man, were there ever some creative jaffles! I saw jaffles with mac and cheese as the bread, and even one that was like a custard apple pie with a crunchy toffee drizzled over the outside. It was just incredible and really exciting to see such creativity and innovation.
I’d also like to invite you to join us at the Smoking Hot Confessions Community on Facebook. If you’re looking for a BBQ group full of open-minded people who just love to help each other out, the Smoking Hot Confessions Community is a great place to continue the conversation.
So without further ado, grab yourself a custard apple jaffle covered with crunchy toffee and something on ice and join me as I explore the Great Outdoors at Up in Smoke 2019!