2017 National BBQ Winners
Last night the Q Guild of Butchers announced the winners of its annual BBQ competition at an award ceremony held at Eastwood Hall in Nottinghamshire
The competition aims to find the UK`s best butcher products for the BBQ across the following categories; traditional pork sausage, speciality sausage, traditional burger, speciality burger, sirloin steak and speciality BBQ product as well as awarding one butcher the title of Supreme Champion.
This year`s Supreme Champion was H. Clewlow Butchers from Nantwich in Cheshire which won the speciality product category with its Nutty Lamb Noisette, a boneless loin of lamb, stuffed with pine nuts and minced lamb with a Greek style marinade.
The role of BBQ chef was undertaken by Scott Fraser from Angus & Oink and the judges were butchery and BBQ experts including David Hughes from UK BBQ Mag.
Category winners and runners up were as follows:
Winner: Chase Farm Shop
Judges` comments: `It has a wonderful depth of flavour which really gave it that winning edge over the other entrants.`
Runner Up: Ellison Butchers
Winner: Fraser Butchers
Judges` comments: `It was a very close run thing indeed in the burger category, but this one was the perfect thickness for BBQ`ing, it had a good ratio of meat to fat giving it a soft taste but retaining a really good meaty flavour. And it looked great both raw and cooked.`
Runner Up: Ainsty Farm Shop
Winner: House of Bruar
Judges` comments: `The sirloin steak from House of Bruar was outstanding across the board - the cut, colour, texture and marbling were all spot on, backed up by a melt in the mouth texture and flavour.`
Runner Up: Brindon Addy, Holmfirth
Winner: Allan Bennett with Sunshine Sausage
Judges` comments: `The Sunshine Sausage was a clear winner in its category for its exceptional combination of flavours, complementing the meat perfectly and texture. It cooked well and looked good too. `
Runner Up: Martin Player High Class Butcher, Cardiff with Pork & Wild Garlic Sausage.
Winner: JW Mettrick & Son Ltd, Glossop - High Peak Lamb Burger
Judges` comments: `This was one of the hardest categories to judge but the High Peak Burger had the winning edge with its really good lamb flavour which shone through. The additional ingredients worked well not only making the burger look attractive but they married well with the lamb without detracting from the taste of the meat. `
Runner Up: Walter Smith Fine Foods, Albrighton - Chicken Teriyaki Burger.
Speciality BBQ Product
Winner: H Clewlow & Son, Nantwich - Nutty Lamb Noisettes
Judges` comments: `This really was the very best product of the day and truly deserved both accolades. The judges were particularly impressed with the way that they had used a variety of cuts, everything was there for a reason from the trimmings that imparted additional flavour</em> <em>to the fat that was left on to hold it all in place. And, of course, it tasted great - top notch!`
Runner Up: Patricks of Camelon, Honey, Chilli & Ginger Chicken Steak
Charles Clewlow, was delighted with the award: `We couldn`t be more thrilled to win both categories, in fact it is the second time in three years that we have taken the overall supreme champion crown, so we must be doing something right - our customers certainly think so as our Nutty Lamb Noisette is very popular.`
The BBQ Awards are held annually and are open to any of the 100 plus members of the Q Guild of Butchers throughout the UK. The seven regional heats, which took place in March, April and early May covering Scotland, Wales, South, North East, North West, East and Midlands, each delivered one winner for the national finals.