Smokin’ hot com­pe­ti­tion on BBQ

Wanneroo Times - - Let’s Eat - Bre­anna In­fer­rera

PERTH'S largest Amer­i­can-style bar­be­cue com­pe­ti­tion and gourmet week­end will fire up later this month to sup­port a good cause.

The Smokin' in the City and Life­line In­ter­na­tional Young Butch­ers Cut­ting and Cook­ing Com­pe­ti­tion will be held at a new venue this year – Woodville Re­serve in North Perth on April 21 and 22.

As well as the op­por­tu­nity to try de­li­cious, Amer­i­can low and slow­style cook­ing from a va­ri­ety of food stalls run by lo­cal and in­ter­state pit­mas­ters, vis­i­tors will be able to take in demon­stra­tions, prod­uct ex­hibits, a kids' cook-off zone and screen­ings of Shane Ja­cob­son's lat­est film, The BBQ.

A sanc­tioned bar­be­cue cook-off hosted by the Kansas City Bar­be­cue So­ci­ety will show­case the skills of teams whose cook­ing will be judged on taste, ten­der­ness and ap­pear­ance. The win­ners will have a chance to rep­re­sent Aus­tralia at con­tests in the USA, in­clud­ing the Amer­i­can Royal World Se­ries Bar­be­cue In­vi­ta­tional.

Celebrity butcher Vince Gar­reffa said the an­nual event was a cor­ner­stone of the WA bar­be­cue com­mu­nity and a big fundraiser for Mondo Com­mu­nity War­riors and the or­gan­i­sa­tions it sup­ports.

“The event is a fab­u­lous fam­ily fun day and every dol­lar do­nated will go to Life­line WA,” he said.

“It is also a pres­ti­gious hon­our to be a judge and peo­ple are blown away that their taste­buds ac­tu­ally con­nect with their brain, in­stead of just gob­bling up the food and not pay­ing at­ten­tion.”

A peo­ple's choice award gives reg­u­lar food lovers the chance to judge at other cook-off events across the week­end.

Smokin' in the City event or­gan­iser and founder Stephan Jen­ner said he was ec­static to have the sup­port of the City of Vin­cent in 2018 to feed Perth's on­go­ing ob­ses­sion with Amer­i­can-style bar­be­cue.

“The com­pet­i­tive el­e­ment adds to the fun, but at the end of the day it's the love of bar­be­cue that draws fans in their thou­sands,” Mr Jen­ner said.

Any­one whose com­pet­i­tive juices are flow­ing can choose to com­pete ($250 team reg­is­tra­tion fee will be do­nated to Life­line WA) or be­come a qual­i­fied judge ($125 qual­i­fi­ca­tion fee will also be do­nated to Life­line WA). Regis­ter at www.smokin.org.au.

■ Tick­ets for the two-day event cost $20 for adults, but Com­mu­nity News read­ers can snap theirs up for half that price ($10) sim­ply by en­ter­ing the code­word “Life­lineWA” when buy­ing on­line at smok­ing.org.au.

Chil­dren en­ter for free.

Mondo Meats owner Vince Gar­reffa is fired up for the WA bar­be­cue com­mu­nity.

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