Australian Brewery Kingsford Invitational 2018

The Australian Brewery Kingsford Invitational date has been set and the eligible teams’ list has been formulated for 2018.

With a new date of 3rd & 4th November 2018, the Invitational will again see Australia and New Zealand’s top ranked teams, recent ABA GC & RGC winners from the last 12 months (July 1 to June 30) take a choice selection of premium quality International teams.

This barbecue competition will be a round of the Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championships 2018.

With a prize purse of approx $40,000 in cash, trophies and prizes up for grabs, it’s the ABA and Australia’s most prestige barbecue competition.

Hand in Categories include: Chicken, Pork, Lamb, Pork Ribs, Brisket & Chef’s Choice (non GC).

Team nominations close at 5pm June 30, 2018 with a Ballot Draw to follow in July 2018.

All auto-qualify and ballot eligible teams must confirm their attendance by the due date.

IMPORTANT: Nominations are to be emailed to with the subject line – Invitational Nomination – and must include full team name, team captain name, contact phone number, contact email address and number of team members attending (noting up to 4 are included in the entry fee). An information pack will be sent to teams with payment information shortly after nominations are finalised.

Eligibility Criteria 2018

Auto-Qualify Teams are based on the eligible Top 20 finishing teams from the Barbeques Galore Leaderboard from 2017, Meatstock AKL Winner & NZ National Grand Champion team. Ballot Draw Qualifiers must have won an ABA GC or RGC between July 1 2017, and June 30 2018. Internationals by Invitation. Promoter has a single WildCard Option

Automatic Qualifying Teams

Loot N Booty (USA)

Big Smoke Barbecue

The Smoking Joint

Natural Born Grillers

Rollin Smoke BBQ

Doctor Cue

Shank Bros BBQ

BadAss BBQ

Country Boys BBQ

Scotch & Smoke

Grillas in the Mist

Smokin’ Hot N Saucy

Hectors Smoke House

Suck Knuckle Smokers

Barbecue Mafia

The Beard and The BBQ

Smokeface Grillahs

Double Barrel BBQ

Manning Valley Natural Smokers

Weber Kettle Club

Big Tent Meat Revival (NZ)

Meat Fingers BBQ (NZ)


Ballot Draw Eligible Teams

TexAus BBQ

Smoking Coals BBQ

Smoking Sappers

The Meat Mistresses

Where there’s smoke there’s dinner

BlueBird BBQ Crew

Rum and Que (NZ)

Octopit Pro (NZ)

Smoke N Hotrox (NZ)

Fat N Drunk BBQ (NZ)

Morepork BBQ (NZ)

Aussie Pit Boys

Grilling in the name of

The Slow Joint (NZ)

Storth Oaks Smokers (NZ)

Meat Smoke Eat (NZ)

BBQ War (NZ)

Piggy Butt Brain

Hoggy Style BBQ

Grilla Warfare


Triple C’s BBQ

Sticky Fingers

Primal Iron

Full Metal Kettle




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