BBQ Competition


We are very grateful to Heat Beads who are our 2018 BBQ Competition sponsor.

The Big Meat IBQN sanctioned barbecue competition returns for 2018 bigger and better, and with great support from Heat Beads! On top of the success of 2016 AND 2017’s showdown we are again bringing two heavyweights together – BBQ and chilli! We will also be adding 2 new rounds to the BBQ competition, but more on that later…

On Saturday there will be a UK Chilli Association Cook Off. 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!

For 2018, we will be introducing two brand new rounds. The first of these is a veggie round! Whilst we may be called The Big Meat, we love veggies too, and most of all, love cooking over fire. With this round, we really hope to see something new and creative from the teams, as well as giving us all some inspiration beyond grilled aubergine for when our vegetarian friends come around for summer barbecues…

The second new round for 2018 is dessert. Have you ever seen a carrot cake or chocolate brownies cooked on a BBQ – did you know it could be done? Well, after this round in the competition (hopefully) you will have!

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…

The two new rounds will join the chilli cook off and chef’s choice rounds on Saturday’s line up, with the 4 core rounds remaining on the Sunday with the sanctioned IBQN timings.

Watch the teams cook throughout the weekend in ‘The Competition Zone’ and be sure to hang around during turn in to sample their creations. Here’s a few of of our favourite shots from the last few years.