Mick & Phil BBQ

Blokes compete to be King of the BBQ

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Article taken from the Moree Champion

By Georgina Poole

Apr. 14, 2015, 5 a.m.

COMPETITION will be hot at the Moree on a Plate Blokes on the Barbecue Contest, with current tongmasters, Gravesend brothers Mick and Phil Barwick, having raised the stakes.

While the Barwicks haven’t ruled out contesting their 2014 title at this year’s competition, they were satisfied their winning dish – scotch fillet with a Thai salad, would be hard to beat.

“Let’s just say, the judges were very impressed with our dish, and we’re not going to hand over our ‘Moree Barbecue King’ status without a fight,” Phil said.

“We’re sheep graziers from Gravo so we grew up cooking our own produce and have a genuine love of barbecuing”.

And according to Phil, plenty of practise cooking for his wife and kids most nights of the week helps keep his skills sharp.

“Mick lives in a house full of girls so he’s usually alone on the barbecue, so it was great to join forces and prove we are simply the best barbecue cooks in Moree – the bragging rights have been tremendous.”

His advice for this year’s competitors?

“Team work is very important, I looked after the salad and Mick has a Weber at home so I backed him 100 per cent on the meat cooking.”

Even a last minute secret ingredient twist wasn’t enough to throw the boys off their game.

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“We drew lime and chilli infused pecans from Rob and Susie Long’s Pally Pecans, but we knew the high quality of the locally grown pecans so we were still fully confident in our dish.”

After the success of last year’s inaugural competition, Phil said he was eager to see his competition put their money where their mouths are to decide who will be Moree’s 2015 barbecue King.

The event will again see a number of local pairs take to the tongs for a blazing showdown, with a few ingredient twists to spice up the competition.

Organiser Marianne Pollock said the competition would follow last year’s format, with each team to receive a cut of their choice from South Moree Butchery and Reados Butcher, and a mystery local ingredient allocated on the day.

“Last year this really kept the teams on their toes and certainly sorted out the men from the boys.”

Teams will cook-off for the crowds on Weber barbecues with the winners receiving their own Weber Baby Q kindly donated by Mitre 10 Moree.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun and we’re calling on anyone in the community who would like to take on the challenge to step up,” Ms Pollock said.

Celebrity chef Fast Ed will help judge the event, and popular local gourmet connoisseur, David Watts of A Tasty Surprise will MC the competition. This year’s Moree on a Plate, hosted on Saturday, May 9 at Moree Secondary College, will certainly be a feast for the senses and includes a smorgasbord of entertainment, from celebrity chef Fast Ed, live entertainment thanks to Hoi Polloi, children’s healthy food advocate performers Bubble Muffin and of course over 30 producers from across North West NSW showcasing local fare.

The Blokes on the Barbecue competition, proudly supported by B&W Rural, will begin at 2pm during the festival and there are still a number of places available to compete.

Entry is $200, for further enquiries email info@moreeonaplate.com.au or for more information on the festival see www.moreeonaplate.com.au or Facebook.

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