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There are BBQ restaurants, there are BBQ joints, and then there’s Bluebird Kitchen and Smokehouse. Inspired by American barbecue, Jim and Katie Osborn have brought authentic Texas BBQ to Warwick, Queensland. Armed with a love of food, a do it yourself attitude and plenty of brisket, pork ribs, sausage and chicken, this husband and wife barbeque foo…
 
Designing and Building Smokers is Glenn Tindall-Davies passion. Half of the husband and wife duo that is JAGRD Wood Fired, Glenn designs and builds the smokers that he and Julie-ann then use in BBQ competitions to great success. All of their smokers are competition proven, with JAGRD Wood Fired currently sitting at #1 for Brisket and #2 for Pork Ri…
 
BBQ has a power to connect people and heal relationships. It's no secret to anyone who's a part of the barbecue community. This unique ability of BBQ, among all of the different styles of food out there, has been recognised by Matt Logie from Smokin' Sappers BBQ Team. He uses barbeque, and his team to help rehabilitate current and veteran service m…
 
If you’ve been following SHC for a while now, then you’ll know that I love to cook BBQ, eat BBQ, and talk about BBQ. One man that loves barbecue almost as much as I do, is Ryan Guinea, from the BBQ Talks podcast, based out of the United Kingdom. Now a quick confession - I bungled the audio on my end. Ryan still sounds awesome, but the recording of …
 
Daniel Barrington from Smoked Beyond Smoked joins me in The Confessional for this episode of the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast. We recorded this shortly after he was awarded Grand Champion on the second day of the incredible Brisbane BBQ Festival. This was an Australasian Barbecue Alliance double-header event, an Australian first, and just ma…
 
Luke Nagel is a man who knows meat. Luke is a career butcher and the manager of Kelly’s Meats. One of the most well known low and slow butcheries in Melbourne, Kelly’s Meats is responsible for sponsoring many of the best competition BBQ teams in the country, supplying them with only the best steak, beef, lamb, pork, brisket, chicken, and whatever e…
 
If you’re in the mood for American BBQ in Sydney, you absolutely have to check out BlackBear BBQ. The Texas BBQ inspired restaurant has become a Sydney food destination thanks to its delicious, mouth watering low and slow smoked meat including brisket, beef short ribs, pulled pork and even picanha. There are many that argue that BlackBear BBQ is on…
 
Sonia Cattell is one of the top BBQ pitmasters in Australia at this time. She and her competition BBQ team Signature Smoke have risen from Beginner to Pro level in just two short years, racking up a number of trophies and two back to back Grand Champion wins. Whether it’s an ABA, KCBS or SCA BBQ competition, they always bring out their best competi…
 
If there is one thing that separates Aussie BBQ from American BBQ, it’s got to be lamb. In fact, we love lamb so much that it’s a standard category at almost every BBQ competition we have. There are many that even believe they have perfected this iconic Aussie protein. However, there is one man that keeps coming here and beating Aussies at lamb. Th…
 
AmazingRibs.com is without a doubt one of the most highly used BBQ resources in the world. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently announced that it was the #1 BBQ website in the world. Furthermore, it’s founder and chief content writer Meathead Goldwyn was very recently welcomed into the American Royal Barbecue Hall of Fame. This is an honour that is re…
 
The Que Club is without a doubt, one of the country’s most iconic BBQ spots. But it’s hard to define exactly what it is. The brainchild of competition BBQ pitmasters Andrew Kavanagh and his amazingly patient wife Pam, The Que Club is all things to all BBQers. Is it a BBQ joint? Yes. Is it a BBQ shop? Yes. Is it a bar? Yes. Is it an import and distr…
 
In the world of competition barbecue, Kell Phelps of the Barbecue News Magazine is a man who’s seen it all. Since 1990, Kell and his family have been documenting the competition BBQ scene in their magazine. From their HQ in Georgia, there is nary a BBQ contest that they haven’t been to, including Memphis in May and the American Royal BBQ Competitio…
 
I’m not going to lie - this is a total fanboy episode for me. Mark Lambert is a goliath in the BBQ world. Firstly, he’s a ridiculously successful competition BBQ pitmaster. He’s a 6 time World Champion, 4 time Memphis in May World Champion, and 2017 American Royal World Champion in Ribs. He’s also the founder of the powerhouse rub, sauce and distri…
 
The Houston World’s Bar-B-Que Contest in Texas is quite possibly the most highly contentested BBQ competition in the world. And our very own Grant Coleman from the Smooth and Smoakey Salad Dodgers has represented Australia there not once, not twice, but three times! Competing as Manning Valley Natural Smokers, Grant and his team took it to the worl…
 
There isn’t a butcher in Australia who knows more about the butchery industry than Glenn Dumbrell from Char Char Char in Melbourne. He has several decades experience in butchering meat, and for the last ten years has been running a butcher shop of his own, Char Char Char. He’s seen all the market shifts and changes, has been a huge part of Butcher …
 
Joey Machado is something of a legend in the BBQ industry in the United States, a marketing guru, if you will. He’s known as the man who built B&B Charcoal into the powerhouse that it is today, and is now working with Blues Hog BBQ and Gateway Drum Smokers, legends in their own right! I first met Joey at the World’s BBQ Championships in Houston, an…
 
Chay Adams from Smokey Days BBQ is one happy pitmaster. He's just won his first Grand Champion prize at the recent Smokefest Gold Coast BBQ Competition, using an offset smoker that he built himself. Yes, you read that right - not only does this man know how to cook a brisket, he also knows how to build an offset smoker! With a background in metal f…
 
Lukas Armstrong is back! And he’s better than ever. Now sporting the new competition bbq team moniker of The Jacks Creek BBQ Team, Lukas is wasting no time in 2021, taking full advantage of all border openings and lockdown restrictions to get to as many competitions as possible to make a play for the top position in this year's competition BBQ circ…
 
Bill Dumas is a living legend of Texas BBQ. Currently with Brotherton’s Black Iron BBQ in Austin Texas, known for having some of the best bbq in the world, Bill is an old-school pitmaster who isn’t afraid of hard work. And what he’s working on at the moment isn’t just creating perfect American barbecue: he’s working on creating the perfect Texas Sa…
 
Ghost Kitchens - it sounds like a great name for a horror movie, but they could just be the future of BBQ. Shawn P. Walchef, founder of iconic California BBQ joint Cali Comfort BBQ is our guest on this incredible episode of the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast. A serial entrepreneur, Shawn also happens to be one of the best BBQ Pitmasters not ju…
 
He likes them big. He likes them chunky. Offset smokers, that is. Specifically, traditional Texas BBQ offset smokers. In this Ep of the show, we're joined by Craig Wegert, head pit builder at Bullockhead Creek Smokers. And man, does this guy sure know how to build an offset smoker! Craig has an undeniable passion for BBQ. And as an ex-olympic athle…
 
This is the second part of our two episode special from the incredible Meat in the Dilly BBQ Festival. In our previous BBQ Podcast episode we brought you our fantastic 'After Dark Special'. Here, we take you through the Festival, minute by minute over both days, so you can experience the festival as if you were there. We've got a tonne of great inf…
 
What do you get when you cross three competitive BBQ Pitmasters, one overly enthusiastic podcaster, and several beverages in the middle of the night on the eve of a BBQ Competition? I'm very excited to be able to announce that it's finally time for another After Dark Special! It has been a year and a half since I've been able to do one of these epi…
 
There are two questions that many of us in the BBQ want to know the answers to: 1. How to Build a YouTube Channel and 2. How to Make Money on YouTube. Fortunately for all of us at home, Aaron Palmer from Low n Slow Basics has got us covered. This is essential viewing for anybody with a BBQ business who is looking to attract more customers via socia…
 
Chad Griffin is without a doubt the quintessential Aussie. He loves his family. Loves BBQ. Loves a cold beer. And he loves helping his mates. In fact, he's got a reputation for helping out his mates in the BBQ industry, be it in BBQ catering or competition BBQ. I've personally seen this guy helping out his mates as far north as Brisbane and as far …
 
It's that time! Our BBQ Podcast, the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast has hit 150 Episodes! We've travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres, been to over 100 BBQ festivals and competitions and interviewed over 300 people in every single aspect of the barbecue industry. Oh, and we might have eaten an unknown number of kilos of smoked brisket,…
 
BBQ is all about Family. Always has been, always will be. But do you know what's better than sharing a Family BBQ? Starting a Family BBQ Business. In the case of Todd Hill from Jackalope Trading Co, it's a Family BBQ Rub Business. And when it comes to small business ideas, isn't that the best kind? In all seriousness, Jackalope Trading Co spice rub…
 
Brendan Reisima from The Smoking Meathouse is the current #1 BBQ Pitmaster in New Zealand, having won Team of the Year in the NZ Barbecue Alliance. In quite a short amount of time he has gone from just starting out in competition BBQ to becoming one of the best BBQ Pitmasters in the country, having represented NZ in Texas and Australia. Whereas man…
 
BBQ Catering is a very tempting prospect to many of us in the barbecue world. The idea of being able to leave your job and spend your time making fat stacks of brisket cash in your very own food truck is a sweet, sweet fantasy. But, is it really all it's cracked up to be? My guest in this Ep is Andrew Donn-Patterson (ADP to his friends) from Black …
 
Paul Reitmier of Silver Creek Smokers is about as close to Aussie BBQ Royalty as it gets. He built his first standard flow smoker, an offset smoker of course, in 2005, almost a full decade before the Australasian Barbecue Alliance was created, and we have the scene we have today. Inspired by traditional Texas style offset smokers, his style of bbq …
 
A change is as good as a holiday, and in this episode, we head over to New Zealand to talk all thing bbq with Alex Lawson, cohost of the Barbecue Base Podcast. Not only is Alex a BBQ guru and host of a great BBQ podcast, he is also the Pit Boss of the competition bbq team Burnt Beginnings BBQ. With a solid twenty year career in marketing and advert…
 
How to Create a Low n Slow BBQ Masterclass is a common question that many BBQers are asking themselves these days. It's one of the ways that a competition BBQ team can raise funds to help them get to big events such as the Jack Daniels' World Championship and the American Royal World Series of Barbecue at the Kansas Speedway. Fortunately for us, Bi…
 
In honour of International Women's Day, it is our pleasure to welcome back great friend of the show Julie-ann Tindall-Davies from JAGRD WoodFired in Western Australia. Jules shares her exciting news - their competition BBQ team 'The Smokin' Hot JAGRD Edge' has just won the 'KCBS International Brisket Team of the Year' award for 2020! This is a trem…
 
In this episode of the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast, we're chatting with Dave Kenyon from Black Glove BBQ and Matt Redman from Primal Iron BBQ, the Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion winners of the Kondari BBQ Festival respectively. We're really lucky in this episode to have these incredible pitmasters with us. Between them, they took…
 
Time, Temp & Feel are the three tenets of real low'n'slow barbecue. If you can master these three things, there's no stopping you. Booma, from Booma's BBQ has mastered these three things and his results speak for themselves. Booma has been team captain of the hugely successful Full Metal Kettle competition BBQ team. He's created a few hybrid teams …
 
The Steak Cookoff Association is taking the world by storm, and right at the storm front are Shane & Chloe from Forrest Lump BBQ. They have absolutely dominated the steak category, winning a Golden Ticket to compete at the SCA World Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. However, their true talent clearly shows in the ancillary categories. In fact, th…
 
If you had a catastrophic, life-changing accident involving a BBQ, I'd wager that you'd never want to go near a barbecue ever again. But not Cam. Cam House, from Cam's Q suffered a huge accident in 2019 when a fully loaded Weber Kettle grill fell on him, resulting in 3rd degree burns to his arm and hand. The resulting surgeries, skin grafts and com…
 
Gus Gallagher from Perth BBQ School is a man who has discovered his true passion and is now living his dream. Imagine this. You love BBQ. You love hanging out with your mates. How good would it be if your job could be hanging out with your mates and teaching them how to cook barbecue? And what if you could actually pull it off? This is exactly what…
 
Brett Connell, Bretto to his mates, is captain of one of Australia's oldest competition barbecue teams, Flamin' Mongrels BBQ. They've competed as far south as Melbourne and north as Rockhampton and have amassed a wide range of trophies for smoked brisket, beef ribs, bbq chicken, and even Brahman Hump! But that's not all - they also have a reputatio…
 
There are many who believe that there is an overreliance on gadgets and technology in BBQ. One of the Pitmasters pushing for a return to traditional ways of preparing barbecue is David Ong, from Pitmaster University. As well known as he is for his long Facebook posts, David has been a part of the Australian Barbeque scene since Day 1, and was even …
 
It's no secret that wood is essential to barbecue. Not only can it be used as a fuel to burn, but also as smoking wood on a charcoal fire. In fact, it's the smoke from the wood that gives barbeque it's unique flavour profile. Whether you're making BBQ ribs or a smoked brisket, wood is an important ingredient. But how important is it to get the righ…
 
What's the deal with the Kamado Joe? Matt Harris from Shire Smokers Barbecue leads me down the rabbit hole of ceramic obsession and does his best to induct me into the Kamado Cult. With claims of being able do a smoked brisket in 5 hours, I have to admit - he's close to getting me over the line! Shire Smokers Barbecue is one of the oldest teams on …
 
Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance. I first heard these words when I spoke with Paul Lange for the first time at Smokin’ on the Water in Perth, Western Australia when I spoke with him about Smokey Q - his barbeque rub and bbq sauce business. I was really impressed with his attitude to planning and execution. Not just hard work, but smart…
 
James Grubbs, known simply by surname as ‘Grubbs’ is known around the world as the ‘Backwoods Grill Billy’ (his words!). You know him as one of the pitmaster contestants on Netflix’s ‘The American Barbecue Showdown’. While he didn’t win, he was definitely one of the most interesting people to watch, and one of my personal favourites. His work on th…
 
How to cook the perfect steak is a question that has haunted one of Australia's leading BBQ Pitmasters, Dane Cowan, and has done for almost as long as he can remember. Starting out in Australasian Barbecue Alliance competition BBQ, it wasn't long before Dane discovered the Steak Cookoff Association and was hooked. He soon dedicated his life to mast…
 
Shannon Walker from Butcher Wars and Black Bear BBQ is our guest on the Smoking Hot Confessions BBQ Podcast this week. A man who is often behind the scenes, Shannon steps out on to the centre stage here and let's us know what really goes on at so many of the BBQ icons we know and love. In this Episode we get into: His career as a butcher (4:15) Wor…
 
David Linton from Lick of Smoke BBQ joins me in The Confessional this week. You’ll remember David from Episode 78, recorded LIVE at the Fat Drip BBQ Competition last year. In that episode, David and I had a brief chat about how they’d managed to rise so quickly on the national competitive BBQ ladder, getting to 8th place in under a year. And then 2…
 
Tom Damin from Smoky Pastures BBQ is our returning guest in this week's episode of the Podcast. Tom is an expert in agricultural science and last time he was on the show we got into the Beef Industry. In this episode we get into: The two new rubs in the Smoky Pastures BBQ line up (2:44) Different ways to cook bacon (12:55) The science behind pork p…
 
It doesn't get much more Australian than this: talking to a bloke named MAKA about BBQ and leatherwork! In this Ep of the SHC BBQ Podcast, I chat with Michael Kerkham, AKA MAKA from MAKA Toolbelts and Kniferolls. We get into how he started his business hand making leather goods in a garden shed in Tasmania, all the way up to shipping his works arou…
 
Wanna know how to make award winning BBQ sauces, and how to use them? We’ve got your back! Ray Sheehan is a man on a mission. His mission is to put New Jersey on the BBQ road trip map. Founded in 2015, BBQ Buddha has built an incredible reputation for BBQ sauces and more recently, rubs. The awards started coming early and simply haven’t stopped. Th…
 
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