Well hasn’t it been a long time since I last tapped on the keys? Don’t ask me why, I don’t have the answer but on an Uber ride home on Saturday I felt the striking need to write again so here we are. What was the inspiration for this? Quite simply Aether Brewing. You see it was the first official day of Brewvegas, Brisbane’s annual week long beer festival, I had been to three other venues previously that day, tried some amazing beers from Australia, New Zealand and America but after all that, the core range on tap at Aether just seemed head and shoulders above everything else.
So I have had the privilege of judging a number of the Australian Barbecue Alliance (ABA) sanctioned events over recent years and figured I would put fingers on keys about the experience. There are now just over 30 sanctioned events scheduled for 2017 including the first ever New Zealand event, Meatstock, taking place this weekend. It’s a sign of just how big this movement is becoming and according to the ABA website there are now 203 registered teams for 2017. Judging competitive barbecue (bbq) is a great way of seeing just how good your own skills are going and understanding the standard of competition bbq is. If you’re thinking of actually competing in a comp, I highly recommend you go and judge a competition for yourself. A number of top teams have had members be judges at certain competitions to understand the process for competition, probably also pick up some fresh ideas. It’s also a great day socially meeting new people and spending the day talking all things bbq. Continue reading
A number of people have asked for how to get started in low n slow and I’ve always meant to put something together. Luckily for you & me the legendary Gus aka Gusface Grillah of the appropriately named Grilla Bees BBQ Team has put together an awesome post on where to start. He is planning to put some more guides together so follow the link and subscribe to his blog, I will also continue publish them here as a guest blog when there available. This is how I do all my low n slow if using a Weber kettle. Continue reading
So after posting a photo of the gyoza I made the other night a few people have asked for the recipe. We like making this one at home as the kids enjoy helping to make the little dumplings. It’s also a good way of hiding some veggies inside the mixture. We usually serve these with steamed bok choy with a drizzle of oyster sauce and rice. You can mix up the recipe and add carrots or other veg too if you like.
So this month marks the 1-year anniversary of http://foodgrogblog.com and what a year it’s been. I am truly grateful that people out there read this and I am humbled at the feedback I get and that people are enjoying the content. I am also humbled from the support I have received from everyone I come in contact with, whether that’s the bbq or beer community or venue owners. Originally I started this as a way of sharing recipes and a few adventures on the way. Having a look back it’s been a while since I’ve put up a recipe as the blog sort of organically turned into more about venues and beer. So I thought it was time for a recipe and what better to share than tequila bacon jam. Continue reading
While I have done a bit of video work before I guess this is the first time of really putting myself in front of the camera. Make sure you subscribe to the foodgrogblog YouTube channel as I’m hoping to bring a lot more content. A huge thanks to iKegger for sending me up all the gear to review.
I must admit, I never thought that I would ever do a blog post on a single burger, I mean come on how much can you write about a bread roll with meat inside? Well we’re about to find out together. So firstly it must come as no surprise that this is something a little special and with so many burger joints around Brisbane you really need to be doing something a little different to stand out. So when Steve from Bella BBQ sends you a message saying something along the lines of “I’ve got a new limited edition burger that includes cured duck breast bacon” the only question you ask is when and where. So say hello to the Gold Dust Woman (Whoa Man). Continue reading
One of the greatest things about living in Brisbane is the choice between going south to the Gold Coast or north to the Sunshine Coast. While the Sunshine Coast might have been lacking behind the Goldy when it comes to beer venues, they’ve certainly made up for it this year. After recently staying at our favourite spot, Alexandra Headland, I found myself a little spoilt for choice. Let’s start with one of the first and still my favourite spot, Black Bunny Kitchen. Continue reading
So the time has come for the top burger joints in Brisbane, problem is, there is so much info to get through so I’m going to do these as individual posts rather than one big novel. If my recent posts are anything to go off there’s bound to be some arguments. That’s to be understood too, there are just so many places producing pure Instagram burger porn now that we’re a little spoilt for choice. Even during the time that I started thinking, visiting and writing this, two new places opened. Now when it comes to my choice in burgers I go for a few things but firstly taste, if it doesn’t taste good then it doesn’t matter how good it looks on Instagram. Secondly I really like supporting the little guys, people that built the business up from scratch and really enjoy what they do. Before you keep reading, I suggest you cancel your dinner plans skip lunch and loosen your belt. Today we are starting with Ze Pickle Continue reading
So recently I was invited to sit down and talk about all things beer and food with Drew Kruck for his podcast along with Peter Wheldon. Click the link and have a listen to a couple of beer nerds chat about beer, food and modern day life.
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