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The biggest BBQ competition in Melbourne is about arrive
Share the love of the barbecue at the Queen Victoria Market on Sunday 1 February 2015.
Free admission to the Melbourne Barbecue Festival promises enough barbecue food and barbecue sway to satisfy your barbecue cravings. Sample Melbourne's best barbecue food ranging from American-inspired barbecue to Filipino and Mexican barbecue. View and purchase barbecue-related equipment and products from a range of exhibitors.
Grab a smokey bite from Food Stalls from all over Australia, including Southside Smokers- Championship Porchetta, Bluebonnet Barbecue and many more.
Hoy Pinoy will be bringing a taste of Filipino BBQ and street food, with glistening whole pigs, cooked on a bamboo spit over hot coals. Smokin' Barrys food truck will pop up serving their best barbecued meats. Think hickory smoked ribs, rubbed with spice rub and their own special barbecue sauce, pork shoulder taken to the next level or their hickory smoked beef brisket.
During the course of the day,16 teams from all over Australia will compete in a barbecue cook-off in the award categories: chicken, pork ribs, pork (shoulder, boston butt), beef brisket, chef's choice, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion. The winner will be announced at on the Sunday evening with epic barbecues and opportunities to compete in elite barbecue competitions awarded to the best. Prepare your senses for what's to come from a pit of teams using their own unique barbecue machinery, technique and passion to produce a dish the judges will love.
The Southern Boys Barbecue team will compete and bring the taste of Tennessee to the festival. Chief cook Anthony is originally from Memphis and now calls Australia home, giving Aussies the chance to taste real Southern American BBQ. Get ready as they could cook up anything on the day from BBQ chicken to BBQ Slaw Sliders, using a Backwoods Smoker and a traditional Aussie backyard barbecue Weber kettle.
Southern Boys BBQ dish
The Big Boy BBQ Aussie team will take to the pit with their handmade Smoked Hickory Ribs and other tender BBQ meats. Big Boy BBQ exploded in the Melbourne casual dining fast food scene in 2011, with 3 locations now: Melbourne CBD, Caulfield South and Richmond. The team will be led by Big Boy BBQ founder Lance Rose, whom has participated in classes with the top US Pitmasters.
Team Sneaky Pickle, experienced foodie truck duo Jeff and Amanda, will compete. Currently the husband and wife team cruise the streets of Adelaide in their colourful Sneaky Pickle branded van serving up scrumptious barbecued street food like Memphis Rubbed Brisket and pulled pork sliders.
Sunshine Coast BBQ high school mates, The Meat Sweats will cook barbecue with their special mixes, rubs and sauces made from herbs and spices. The team took out first place out of 20 international teams at the place Americans dream of competing in, the Jack Daniels World Championship Invitational Barbecue.
The Meat Sweats
Teams will present their dishes to a panel of experienced judges, to be judged on appearance, texture and taste.
If you're eager to become a barbecue master yourself join Jim Johnson, a master barbecue teacher for his 4 hour Masterclass. Learn how to cook the four competition meats (chicken, pork ribs, pork (Boston butt), and brisket), prepare the dish to the hard nose judges and manage timelines. This is a paid session as part of the festival. Get your tickets here.
Otherwise, cruise around the and visit exhibitors including Native Smoke, an Australian based company specialising in smoking products, Crowleys Hot Sauce and many others that are crazy about the barbecuing business.
Why? The Barbecue Food Festival will showcase a selection of Melbourne’s best low and slow style barbecue food. Festival attendees will also be able to view, sample and purchase barbecue-related equipment and products from a range of exhibitors.