BAR­BE­CUE BAS­TION SET TO FALL

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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

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