BARBECUE BASTION SET TO FALL
More women should seize the tongs and take up barbecuing, according to Jess Pryles.
The lone female judge on Aussie BBQ Heroes says that for years she was intimidated by the thought of tackling what’s traditionally seen as a man’s domain.
“Once I actually got out there, it’s just not that scary,” she says. “I think for a long time males were keeping it a secret as an excuse to stand around in the backyard and drink beer with their mates.”
A trip to Texas sparked an “obsession” with barbecue for this meat-loving former Melburnian, who is now not only a professional judge in the field, but a co-founder of the Australasian Barbecue Alliance.
The group runs contests and also provides courses to train aspiring judges.
“So actually, anyone can be a professional Australian barbecue chef right now,” Pryles laughs.
As long as you follow one golden rule, that is.
“I’ve seen people get sick at barbecue competitions when they’re brand new judges — they just haven’t paced themselves,” she says. “Most judges will take one bite of every entry because that’s all you can afford to do without ruining the whole thing.”
AUSSIE BBQ HEROES, CHANNEL 7, TUESDAY, 7.30PM