Your chance to grill world bar­be­cue masters

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Food -

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.

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