Your chance to grill world barbecue masters
AFTER smoking up Melbourne for the past three years, the Yak Ales Barbecue Festival is coming to Perth to get mouths watering over grilled-to-perfection delights.
Held over four days and filled with appearances from local and international pitmasters, the festival will include cooking and butchery demonstrations, as well as a barbecue cook-off at the weekend sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
It’s only right the KCBS oversees the friendly competition, with claims to the title of being the world’s largest organisation of barbecue enthusiasts.
Perth foodies will also get to taste real North American fare courtesy of the Memphis Barbecue Company from Horn Lake, Mississippi, and Sugarfire Smoke House from St Louis, Missouri.
But there won’t be a shortage of local talent, with food stands manned by the gurus at Lucky Chan’s Laundry & Noodle Bar, Porkies Bar-b-que, Mondo Butchers, The Merrywell, Settler’s Tavern, El Asador, Southside Smokers, Gryphon Smokehouse and Smokies Southern BBQ.
If you’re keen to learn to cook American barbecue from one of the best in the business, Jim Johnson from KCBS will host a four-hour barbecue masterclass on Friday.
The highly decorated pitmaster will demonstrate how to cook authentic American-style barbecue, sharing his knowledge on choosing the right meat, equipment and fuel.
For those who just want to stuff their faces, head down to The Merrywell on Thursday instead for the official festival dinner, where guest pitmaster Mike Johnson of Sugarfire Smoke House will collaborate with Merrywell head chef Ryan Ebbs for a one-off feast.
Fans of grilled meats will be spoilt for choice with brisket, pulled pork, sausage links and plenty of sides on the menu, matched with Yak Ales and Pepperjack Wines to wash it all down.