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
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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Originally this piece was titled Suburban Treasures, so what are suburban treasures you ask? Well they’re little places that you may not know about tucked away out of the city limelight, but more than that they are at the top of their game. So obviously these locations are going to be about things that I enjoy so there’s no fancy 3 Michelin star restaurants here. We’re talking steaks, barbecue, bakeries, an amazing butcher and pies. Continue reading
This one is fast becoming a family favourite for us and a great way to feed a few people. This recipe will easily feed 6 adults and is an easy way to entertain. The recipe uses a whole piece of chuck steak cooked in the slow cooker, your local supermarket will have chuck steak up to 5kg and you just need to ask for them to cut you a whole piece off to the weight you want. Now many out there are screaming saying that pulled meat should be done over coals and smoke for hours to be authentic and I do agree but, I am also into simple food that taste great and is easy to do. Continue reading
Yep the fat man in a red suit is just around the corner so it’s time for another Christmas recipe, although truth be told I use this recipe all year round. This is the perfect way to feed a crowd and hams are available all year.
Usually here in Australia they come split into two being the leg and the round or you can get the whole leg. If I’m doing a half I will get the round end as it has way more meat on it and you’re not paying for bone. If you’re going for presentation you might want to go for the leg end or the whole leg depending on how many you’re going to feed. Often you can find a small whole leg around the 6 to 7kg mark and these look great, just make sure you can fit it into your BBQ or oven. The other thing to check when you’re buying the ham is to make sure its cooked, most hams you buy in Australia are already cooked and all you doing is heating and adding a glaze, however you can get raw hams that need to be cooked the whole way through so just be sure to check. Continue reading
I’m sitting here trying to decide just exactly what I want this to be and the truth is, I really don’t know. So maybe the next question is why do I want to do this? hmmm. Continue reading