Judging Competitive Barbecue

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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

Getting Started in Low n Slow (Guest Blog)

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

Brisbane Barbecue Adventures

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

BBQ Christmas Ham

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