Kingaroy's the Little Butcher's team 'Right on Q' compete at the Sunpork Smoke-Off at Kingaroy BaconFest on Saturday August 25, 2018.
Kingaroy's the Little Butcher's team 'Right on Q' compete at the Sunpork Smoke-Off at Kingaroy BaconFest on Saturday August 25, 2018. Jessica McGrath

Smoke-Off gives juicy end to food festival

TEAMS lined up in the heart of Kingaroy for the greatest smoke off BaconFest has ever seen.

Battling the cold over night and the heavy rain Sunday morning, the Australian Barbecue Challenge teams prepared their cuts of meat to show the judges on Sunday August 26.

Sunpork's Smoke-Off saw 20 teams competing across five different categories, including pork belly, chicken, beef ribs, pork ribs and pork.

Kingaroy's BaconFest hosted one of the 30 national championship rounds of the Barbecues Galore Australasian Barbecue Championships as part of the food festival.

Manning Valley Natural Smokers, who had come second in a similar competition in Texas, took out the grand champion for the weekend, and the Country Boys were crowned runner's up in the competition.

Kingaroy's own team, 'Right on Q' from the Little Butcher, placed second in the pork belly competition, equal fifth in the beef ribs and equal fourth in the pork ribs category.

The South Burnett was also represented by other teams such as the Kingaroy Car Wash Robbers and a team from Kingaroy Shopping World, Up in Smoke.

Bulldog BBQ Australia team member Bronnie Durston said the teams tended to their meats all through the night from 5pm to the first turn in with the judges at 10am.

"At 3am the pork goes on, and then we go through the night with the other categories,” she said.

The teams present the six serves of the meats in a bed of parsley in a box for the judges.

"It's a lot of pressure for one bite,” Ms Durston said.

The teams learn a lot of tips and tricks to impress the judges.

"With the pulled pork, the best way is to pull it, and look for the longest bits and then trim it so its all the same length,” she said.