BBQ Competition

The Big Meat IBQN sanctioned barbecue competition returns this year bigger and better! On top of the success of 2016’s showdown we are bringing two heavyweights together – BBQ and chilli! On Saturday there will be a UK Chilli Association Cook Off sponsored by Jimmy Ginger’s Fine Chilli Products. This will involve the teams cooking a chilli from scratch in the space of a few hours on Saturday afternoon. If you want to help judging there will be a ‘People’s Choice’ category where you can purchase a spoon and try them all while knowing your proceeds will be donated to charity. Check out more details on the Chili Cook Off here…

The International Barbecue Network (IBQN) will run to their Pitmaster rules with blind judging taking place by their qualified judges. The traditional categories of chicken, pork, ribs and brisket will be on show alongside the outlandish and brazen ‘Chef’s Choice’ round where anything goes!

If you’re not quite sure what on earth a BBQ competition could be about, essentially, there are 4 core rounds – chicken thighs, pork (often pulled), pork ribs, and beef brisket. The Big Meat also features a chef’s choice round, which really does what it says on the tin. We’ve seen seafood, steaks, the world’s largest burger and even chococlate brownie with marshmallow – the only rule is that it must be cooked on a BBQ. Tom from The Big Meat team judged last year, and has a write up of what exactly ‘Competition BBQ’ is here on his blog – High Steak BBQ. Whilst prepping some chicken thighs with James, he also goes into how the meats are judged in the video below…

Watch the teams cook throughout the weekend in ‘The Competition Zone’ and be sure to hang around during turn in to sample their creations.

Keep an eye on this page, as we’ll soon be revealing details of all of the incredible teams who will be basting, rubbing, trimming and smoking their way (they hope) to BBQ glory! For now, here’s a few of of our favourite shots from the last few years.