I know it has taken a long time for me to do a write-up on this event but here it is (sorry it took this long)
The Aussie Pitmasters team were looking forward to this event for a fair while. With the Alleblak Pit finally finished as well as our Wash Basin built we had a well rounded setup now able to be functional as well as astheticly pleasing.
I even made a power distribution box so that if the power went out we had backup power
Creekside BBQ Battle - Alleblak Pit by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
I even went to the trouble of Painting the trailer to match the BBQ! (yea yea i know it has over the top rims)
Creekside BBQ Battle - Trailer by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
The AussiePitmasters UDS got a paint of coat as well before becoming the headpiece of the trailer.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Packed Trailer by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
FRIDAY - GETTING UP and SETTING UP
The drive up was pretty cruisy (being that we are from Melbourne) about 4 hour trip and the weekends forecast was crackin!
Our sponsors Heatbeads hooked us up with more than enough charcoal to decorate our setup as well as keep our meat warm and cosy for the duration of the competition.
We were also lucky enough to have the team at Mr Black hook us up with some sweet sweet coffee liquor to keep us up for the duration of the event.
On to the Setup.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Site Setup by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
As we arrived early Friday so we could spend 1 free night at the event we had the pick of the crop site wise. We chose a nice little setup alongside the creek up the front of the event.
Setup went Smoothly making sure to properly display all the product our sponsors gave us.
Creekside BBQ Battle - HeatBeads and MrBlack by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Campos Cold Drip by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
We also got to meet the lovely Sally (event organiser) whom let us know where all the facilities were (SHOWERS!!!!!) as well as when water/power would be connected.
We offered to help out any teams short on fuel with some excess heatbeads if they needed it but otherwise we were all setup!
Creekside BBQ Battle - Site by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
The team and i were super happy with how easy/functional our setup was. We has backup power, a deep sink for washing up, fly screen for prep away from bugs and a nice outdoor area for just chilling out of the sun. The other addition to the setup was cushioned floor mats which made for a comfortable prep.
We bought along a Cold drip coffee Brewer to keep ourselves (and other teams) caffinated, a Engel to act as a freezer (for ice for cocktails) and lighting/music for the night ahead.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Night Site by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
By far the best part of this event so far was how cruisy everyone was. There was no pressure on the Aussie Pitmasters team as we had decided that while we will actively compete our aim was to be as social and helpful as possible.
SATURDAY - COMPETITION DAY
As the rest of the teams filed in the event started to fill up.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Creekside Sites by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Another Pit by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Sally came around and let us all know the times for briefing and we decided to have a show and get changed into our Saturday best which included Aussie Pitmaster sponsor tshirts and the Leather Aprons supplied by Iron Bark BBQ.
By the time we got back we started pepping all our meat, starting the Alleblak pit and just generally making sure we dotted our i's and crossed our t's
The Aussie Pitmasters team always make a BBQ run sheet. Last year we had a cool whiteboard but i couldn't find it so it went onto our laptop we had with us.
Each of the meats has a different cook/handin time so we worked back from hand in giving ourselves a 30min buffer for plate up, 1 hour for rest and also including wrapping (we used butcher paper) and other things required during the cook.
Meat got pepped, went on and we were SET.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Pork and Brisket by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Injecting Pork by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Pork Rub by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Alleblak Pit Meat going on by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
The team also like to use all the scraps as well as throw a few other things on the BBQ for dinner/snacks so this event our feed included
Salted pork nuckle from the front quarter we received from Delica Meats. the Skin for Crackling and a few fantastic sausages (pork and fennel and an Italian spicy) bought by Canuck
We also did some spuds and corn in the pit as well.
later in the night we were ready for a meal that we shared with the low and slow boys. we set up a trestle table complete with plates, knives forks, hot sauce ect ect. It was a funny site to see a bunch of blokes sitting around a dining setting in the middle of a competition. We like to think that even though we are away from home we can bring a little sophistication to the table (so to speak).
we then headed on over to the pub and got to meet the James Squire boys whom had driven up for the event. Had a few cheeky beers and then headed back to the site to start up the weber fire pit.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Weber Fire Pit by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
We met some of the fantastic locals and ensure that all were provided any samples we had (coffee, liquor and salted pork)
Creekside BBQ Battle - MrBlack Cocktail by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Canuck was our designated overnight Pitmaster whom took us through to about 6am. (so coffee was a must)
Creekside BBQ Battle - Campos Pour Over Morning Coffee by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Campos Pour Over Morning Coffee by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
SUNDAY - JUDGING / HAND-INS
Our setup worked for us more than ever! once turn-in times came up we were able to garnish, sauce and prep each box for the 45minute staggered turn-in time with no problems.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Ribs Handin by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Pork Handin by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Lamb Handin by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Brisket Handin by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
it was all done. We were happy with what we had put up and enjoyed cooking on the Alleblak pit for the first time.
Once judging was finished we made our way around to other teams, said hi and tried to learn a little from what they put up. We then headed on over to the Beer garden to have another beer and wait for the results to be announced.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Smokingguns UDS by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Suck Knuckle Gang by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
While the Aussie Pitmasters team didn't do fantastic we want to give a BIG shout out to The Barbecue Barons (Aus Low and Slow boys from Adelaide)Overall Scores
Place Team Name Score
1st The Barbecue Barons 1148
2nd The Meat Sweats 1138
3rd Southern Boys Barbecue 1137
4th thesmokingjoint 1136
5th Hector’s Smoke House 1111
6th Northern Beaches BBQ 1103
7th suck knuckle smokers 1100
8th Notorious P.I.G 1095
9th BLVD Restaurant BBQ 1091
10th TexAus BBQ 1082
11th Smoking Gun BBQ 1075
12th Smok’in the boy’s room 1071
13th Ro ‘n’ Slow 1069
14th Aussie Pitmasters 1062
15th The Pitbulls 1050
16th SonsOfHickory 1033
17th Rub Won Out 1018
We also had the award for the friendliest team given to us by one a nice girl we met the night before.
Creekside BBQ Battle - Friendliest Team Award by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Sunday ended in much celebrations and the Aussie Pitmaster team will be attending the next Creekside Battle!
MONDAY - The PACKUP AND AN INTERESTING TRIP HOME
So pack up was pretty easy and we put everything back on the trailer.
Start heading back to Melbourne and about 1/2 way home have a car flash their lights at us. We decide to pull over and check out the trailer is secure only to find out that the BBQ decided it wasn't finished cooking.
Some Photos to have a laugh at. No damage done, the CFA were fantastic and other than adding an extra 1.5 hours onto our trip we were lucky but got to have a laugh and learn a lesson or 2.
Creekside BBQ Battle - CFA Help by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Alleblak pit going Back on the trailer thanks to CFA by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
Creekside BBQ Battle - Alleblak getting some attention from CFA by Brett Robinson, on Flickr
some pictures taken from #creeksidebbqbattle instagram page thanks to Suck Knuckle Smokers