3 years on..

It’s been a crazy three years since barbecue in Australia and New Zealand really started booming. We have seen some astonishing growth and  ‘low and slow’ barbecue has become a massive growth industry in Australasia.
To put it into perspective, when you sit down and think about it ..

— We now have —
• Around 40 Barbecue competitions in AUS and NZ.
• 300 competing Barbecue teams.
• A National Championship for both AUS and NZ.
• The largest barbecue competition outside America.
• An Invitational.
• A feature film based on barbecue releasing soon.
• A mini-series produced by the ABA launching this year.
• Almost 70,000 members of the AUS and NZ Groups.
• Jess Pryles and Adam Roberts both releasing cookbooks.
• Teams launching their own knives, rubs and sauces.
• SHC working on season 2 of a podcast.
• 5 different sanctioning bodies supporting events.
• Lance Rosen wins best BBQ cookbook in the world.
• A well known BBQ team has a pilot barbecue show green lighted from a major network.
• A New Zealand barbecue TV/reality show in production.

In 3 Years! And that’s not the half of it. With a few exceptions, the list below materialised within the last three years.

— Restaurants —
12 Boar, 3230 Smoke + Grill, All About Taste, Bareknuckle BBQ, Barlow & Co, Big Boy BBQ, Big Pig Little Pig, Black Bear Barbecue, Black Bunny Kitchen, Bluebonnet BBQ, Bluestone, Blueys Smokehouse, BLVD, Bovine and Swine, Burleigh Smokehouse, Cue and Crew, Cultural Commons, Dexter, Dogwood Restaurant, Lester & Earl, Fancy Hanks, Fireworks, Holy Smokes, Hughes Barbecue, Good Union, Grumpy’s BBQ, Le Bon Ton, Lester & Earl, Low & Slow American BBQ, Meat Maiden, Meatmother, MeatworksCo, Memphis BBQ Pit, Miss Moonshines, Morepork, Norfolk Hotel, Old Faithful, Original Dave’s, Oxford Tavern, Papi Chulo, Po’Boy Quarter, Que Club, Red Gum BBQ, San Antone, Sethro’s BBQ, Side Door BBQ, Slo Poke, Sneaky Pickle, Surly’s, The Cave, The Collective, The Gem, The Smoke BBQ, The Stockpot Kitchen, Truck Norris, Smokehouse BBQ, Up in Smoke, Vic’s Meat and Wise BBQ.
Please note: Most restaurants also cater.

— Catering —
4670 Barbecue, Aloisio Brazilian, Artistic Smoke, Barbecue Mafia, Bar-B-Buddies, Bareknuckle BBQ, BBQ Fairy Industries, BBQ Infusion Smoke and Spice, Beaches BBQ, Big D BBQ, Big Smoke, Big Smoke BBQ, Bigger than Texas, Black Barrel Barbecue, Black Iron Smokers, Blackstag Deli, Blue Moose Barbeque, Boomtown, Burn City, Burn For Yew, Burnt Ends BBQ, Caveman BBQ, Che Lucio, Crosdales BBQ, Dixie Barbecue, Firebox BBQ, Get in the Q, Hops and Co Barbeque, Jackalope Slow Foods, JR Smokehouse, Kansas City Bills, Limp Brisket, Liqard Pigs, Little Big Man BBQ, Parrilla Argenchino, Pits Perfect, Q’d up BBQ, Rangers Texas, Rangas Barbecue, Ray Ray’s Roadhouse, Regulators BBQ, Rib Racks, Sandgroper BBQ, Scotch & Smoke, Slow N Smokey, Smoke on The Water, Smokehouse 720, Smokey BBQ Bandits, SmokeyMaryBBQ, Smoking Barrys, Smoking Brothers Catering, Smoking Grill, Smoking Gun, Smoking Hot n Saucy, Smokin’ Steve’s, Smoking Yak, Southside Smokers, Stoke N Smoke BBQ, The Brisket & Brawn BBQ Co, The King & His Q, T Rex Bar-B-Que, That BBQ Joint, The Beard and the BBQ, Wingless Angel BBQ and Wizards of Q Catering.

— Local Pit Builders —
Angry Beard, BSG Smokers, Bullockhead Creek, Fatboy BBQ, Hogpit Smokers, Hot Chilli Smokers, JAGRD Wood Fired, Manhorne, Metal Monkey Engineering, Oakey Smokies, Ocopit, Radar Hill, Red Dirt Smokers, Rustic Soul, Silver Creek Smokers (BC), Southern Ocean Stainless, Tb2 BBQ Smokers, Wildest Smokers and SC Smokers.

— Butchers (low and slow) —
Adelaide Hills Beef, Andrews Meats, Aussie Butcher, Bells Best Cuts, Budds Butchers, Butcher Direct, Bringelly Pork and Bacon, Campbell’s Meats, Cotton Tree Meats, Char Char Char, East Blaxland Butchery, Ellis Butchers, Gary’s Quality Meats, George’s Fine Meats, Goodwood Quality Meats, Glenunga Gourmet Meats, Grumpies, Highton Valley Meats, Jasons Quality Meats, Jordos Chop Shop, Kelly’s, King of Meats, Lara Quality Meats, Low and Slow Meat Co, Meat at Billys, Meatland, Neat Meat, Northpoint Meats, Prime Cut Meats, Pure Meats Robina, Pryde Meats, Riverway Meats, Stone Family Meats, Super Butcher, The Meat Boutique, The Meat Emporium, The Meat Inn Place, Troys Meats, Vic’s Meats and Warnbro Quality Meats.

— Retailers (inc online) —
American BBQ Australia, Aussie BBQ’s, Barbecue Outfitters, Barbeques Galore, BBQ Aroma, BBQ Spit Rotisseries, BBQ XL, BBQ’s Plus, Bunnings, Classic Fireplaces and BBQs, Fatboy BBQ, Firebrand Australia, Ironwood Smokers, The Que Club, Urban Griller, USA Foods and Weber Specialists.

— Online only Retailers (more than one brand) —
Aussie BBQ Smoke, Bar-B Shack, BBQ Supplies, BBQs of the World, Blue Moose Barbeque, Boss Hogg and the Duchess of Pork, Flaming Coals, Moonshine BBQ, My Slice of Life, Smoke and Saucery and Smoked & Cured.

— Local Brands —
9 Fingers Forge, ABA Merchandise by HIPE, Barbecue Mafia Rubs, Blend Smoked Honey, Changz, Chilli Factory, Culley’s, Cutthroat Knives, Danny Balboa’s, Emu’s Rub, Everdure by Heston, Grandfire BBQ, Handsome Devils, Heavenly Hell, Herbie’s Spices, Homestead Lovers, Jackalope Slow Foods, JAGRD Wood Fired, JG BBQ, Man Law, Meatee Goodness, Moonshine BBQ, Moonshine BBQ Rubs, Picklehead Pickles , Pit Brothers BBQ, Ranch Hand, Rees and Sons Smoker Hire, Rivertown Trading Co., Smartfire, SmokeyQ, Texas Original, The Beard and BBQ, Treebark, TreeBark and Wyld Smoke.

— Imported Smokers/Barbecues —
American Barbecue Sytems, Arteflame, Backwoods Smoker, BeefEater, Big Green Egg, Bradley, Carson Rodizio, Fast Eddy’s, Ferraboli, Flaming Coals, Fornetto, Gasmate, Gateway, Grandfire, Green Mountain Grills, Hark Smokers, Hephaestus, Horizon, Humphreys, Kamodo Joe, La Caja China, Louisiana Grills, Matador, Napoleon, Oklahoma Joe, Pit Barrel, Pitts and Spits, PK Grills, Primo, ProQ, Skewer Q, Traeger, UFO Smokers, Uuni, Weber, Yoder Smokers and Ziegler & Brown.

— Imported Brands —
7sins, A-Maze-N-Smoker, Arthur Bryant’s, Big Poppa Smokers, Big Rick’s, Black/White Magic, Blues Hog, Boars Night Out, Bone Doctors, Bone Suckin’ Sauce, Burnt End Butcher Paper, Butcher BBQ, Caribeque, Charcoal Companion, Cimarron Docs, Cluck & Squeal, Cowtown, D.L Jardine’s, Dexter, EAT Barbecue, Elk Creek, F.Dick, F.I.T. Brine, FiAIR, Frank’s, Grill Mates, Grill Grate, Hammer Stahl, Hardcore Carnivore, Historic BBQ, KC Butt, Kick Ash Baskets, Kick Butt, Kosmos, La Caja China, Lambert’s, Lanes BBQ, Lillie’s Q, Loot N Booty, Maverick, Mclure’s, Meat Church, Mis’ Rubin’s, Pancho and Lefty Steaks, Meat Mitch, Noble, Oakridge BBQ, Oren, Plowboys BBQ, Qwick Trim, Rub with Love, Rufus Teague, Simply Marvelous, Slap Ya Mama, Slap Yo Daddy, Stubbs, Suckle Busters, Sweet Baby Rays, Texas Pepper Jelly, Thermapen, Three Little Pigs, Tramontina, Victorinox, Victory Lane and Youngevity.

— Fuels and Pellets —
B&B Charcoal, BBQ Delight, BGE Lump, Blues Hog, Bradley, Cleanheat Charcoal, Cowboy, Firebrand, Heat Beads, Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Kingsford, Lumber Jack, Natures Flame, Pacific Pellet, Pit Brothers BBQ, Pitmaster BBQ, Pro Smoke, Primo, ProQ Cocoshell, Redheads, Smoking’ Pellets BIG D BBQ, Trager, TruFlame and WA Mallee .

— Wood Suppliers —
Ample Firewood, Aussie BBQ Smoke, Barbecue Wood Supplies, Blackheath Firewood, Brad King’s Firewood Supplies, Deep South East, Flavour Wood, Garden of Smoke,  Great Southern Fruitwoods, Ironwood Smokers, Ministry of Smoke, Oz Firewood, SA BBQ Woods, Slow Burn, The Smokers Cut and Wild West Gourmet.

To everyone above, take a bow!
The Australasian Barbecue Alliance has been very proud to be a part of this extraordinary growth.

If you barbeque professionally, weld pits, supply products, compete or just cook barbecue at home, you are all part of an amazing community that is here to stay.

Shout out to the early adopters/pioneers who preceded this list and are still smoking. Paul Reitmeier, Lance Rosen, Anthony Puharich, David Sprigg, Jess Pryles, Michael Rose, Steven Hellyer, Mike Patrick, Brett Robinson, Joel Romo, Saffron Hodgson and Urban Griller.

If we missed you above, please let us know jay@ausbbq.com.au




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27julAll DayABA Invitational Championship

28julAll DayThe Full Throttle World BBQ Championship


17aug(aug 17)12:00 am18(aug 18)12:00 amSunPork Smoke Off at Kingaroy BaconFest

23aug(aug 23)12:45 am24(aug 24)12:45 amLow N Slow Smoke Off (Gerogery)


14sepAll Day15Kangaroo Valley

27sep(sep 27)8:26 am28(sep 28)8:26 amTamworth Barbecue Festival


05octAll Day06One Mile Brewery BBQ Festival (TBC)

12oct(oct 12)6:19 am13(oct 13)6:19 amSmokin the Downs

25octAll Day27BBQ @ The Bend


02novAll Day03Smoke on the Water – Wodonga

09novAll Day10Claystone Cookoff – TBC