Get Your Steak On At The Beer & BBQ Fest Competition


Do you consider yourself a prime barbecuer? are you a bona fide backyard chef? Polish your backyard grill cause the popular Up In Smoke competition is returning to the Beer & BBQ Festival for this third year in a row.

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th will see 45 teams from around Australia fire up at the Adelaide Showgrounds to compete for a prize of $18,000+ in cash, prizes and trophies as well as the biggest glory in the BBQ hall of fame, and of course, a delicious smoked feast.

The South Aussie Low & Slow American style Barbecue scene is growing by the day with an insanely huge community and social media following. With Weber Kettle collections growing at staggering rate, Ugly Drum Smokers being built in backyards and excessive amounts of loot being handed over for competition trailer smokers, eager amateurs to seasoned chefs are honing their skills, in the hope of reaching local BBQ royalty status like that of teams Suck Knuckle Smokers (ABA National Grand Champions 2016) and The Smoking Joint (National Reserve Grand Champions 2017).

For the first time ‘Up In Smoke’ will add a Steak Cook-off Association (SCA) competition on the Saturday to their already popular Australasian BBQ Alliance (ABA) American style Low & Slow event. Teys Australia have come to the party as the leading beef processor in South Australia, to support the event with their all new 36° South brand to elevate this competition to a new level of awesomeness.

“I have seen the BBQ scene grow over the past few years to a point where running events of this nature is now a key part of my business” says Dougal. “Up In Smoke was my first, but I have now expanded it to three events with an amateur competition in June at Little Bang Brewery and a second SCA/ABA competition in October at First Drop Wines” he adds.

Punters at the Adelaide Beer & BBQ Fest will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with teams and get insights from some of the best barbecuers in the country. Weber Grill Specialist Laura Romeo, who is the first in the Southern Hemisphere, will be firing up a demo on stage to take lovers of que through techniques to cook the perfect steak from 36° South, whilst SBS Viceland’s very own bad boy chef Matty Matheson from Dead Set on Life and It’s Suppertime will be showing everyone how to bang together the best burgers going.

A judging panel will be made up of up to 54 local and international chefs, brewers, winemakers, BBQ aficionados and food industry legends like Matty Matheson (Dead Set on Life),  Duncan Welgemoed, (Africola), Richard Gunner (Feast Fine Foods),  Morgan McGlone (Belle’s Hot Chicken), Drew Akin (Drew’s Blues & BBQ), Steven ter Horst (Chocolatier), James Collison (Lady Burra Brewhouse) and many more.

The competition will begin at 11am on Saturday and 9am on Sunday. Expect the winners to be announced at 3:30pm on the Beer Hall stage. Tuck in, grab a pint and watch the barbecue feud commence.


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