Internationally sanctioned barbecue comp heading for Perth

Internationally sanctioned barbecue comp heading for Perth

IT’S time to fire up the grills if you think you’ve got the chops to be crowned one of Australia’s best barbecuers.

Chidlow Tavern co-owner Fran Berry said the internationally sanctioned Spit in the Hills contest on May 4 had already attracted contestants from around the country.

“We have two teams coming from the east coast joining up to 30 WA teams all vying for a shot at winning $15,000,” she said.

“The contestants bring their own barbecues and can spend up to $5000 on meat to produce their perfect entries in a range of categories from chicken, pork ribs, brisket and lamb on the spit.

“These cooks take these competitions very seriously and there is a lot on the line because the grand champion gets a card into the draw for the international Jack Daniels BBQ Comp in the US.”

Ms Berry, born in America said barbecuing contests had been around for well over a century.

“Low and slow barbecuing is classically a southern thing along the Bible Belt in the US,” she said.

“It originated around the years of slavery when they were given the worst cuts of meat and in order to make something good out of it they had to cook it slowly for many hours.

“But in doing so they discovered it created a wonderful dish.

“In the 80s the Kansas City Barbecue Society was formed and it is now the official sanctioning body of competitive barbecue cooking around the world.

“These competitions have been taking the world by storm so we are excited to host another event here in the Hills with a panel of 24 judges who are all registered with the Society.”

For more information email fran@aliveandkicking.com.au or