De Bortoli 2018 Woodfired BBQ Challenge – Dixons Creek, Victoria

De Bortoli Winery in Dixons Creek sees the 2018 Woodfired BBQ Championship take place on Saturday 1 September, 2018 at 58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek Victoria in the beautiful vineyards of the Yarra Valley from 8.30am.

25 Teams from 4 States will compete for $8,000 in Cash and Trophies in this Australian Barbeque Society (ABBQ) Promoted, Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Sanctioned Event. There are 5 categories being contested – Exotic, Chicken, Pork, Pork Ribs and Brisket commencing at 11.30am. There will also be the crowning of the Grand Champion and Reserve Grand Champion of the event, which is Sponsored by De Bortoli Wines.

Visitors to this free event can purchase BBQ from our Food Trucks, maybe a coffee or dessert, or enter a draw for either a Baked Bean Eating Competition at 1.00pm or a Hot Dog Eating Competition at 3.30pm. Just fill out an entry and place it into the barrel and if you are one of the 8 lucky contestants drawn out, you would win $150.00 for 1st Place, $100.00 for 2nd Place of $50.00 for 3rd Place.

Come along for Wine Tastings, listen to the music happening all day and smell the smell of American Style BBQ as it fills the air. A great day out and is Kid’s Friendly.

Ever wanted to Judge BBQ and be part of the “behind the scenes” action of an American Barbeque Competition, now you can. A joint KCBS / ABBQ Judging Course will be undertaken on Friday 31 August 2018 from 9.00am to 1.00pm inclusive, registrations from 8.30am. Cost to undertake the course is $150.00 ($157.50 if paid by Credit Card) and you will become both a KCBS and ABBQ Certified Judge through the one course. The course is being held at the Melbourne Bowling Club, 138 Union Street, Windsor Victoria 3181. Application will only be accepted on the Application Form found below, limited to the first 50 applicants for this event and must be registered and paid by no later than Friday 24 August 2018, if not filled prior.

KCBS Certified Barbeque Judging Class Application Form 

If you are already a Certified KCBS Judge and you are able to Judge at the Woodfired BBQ Challenge in Dixons Creek, Victoria on Saturday September 1, 2018, then please complete the form below and return it no later that Friday August 17, 2018 to be included in the event. Judges required from 10.00am through to 2.15pm inclusive.

2018 De Bortoli BBQ Championship Judging Application 

If you are a Financial Certified KCBS Judge and are able to Judge at the Woodfired BBQ Competition on September 1st, 2018 between 10.00am and 2.15pm at the De Bortoli Winery, 58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek, Victoria 3775, please complete the attached form below and submit it to us by no later than Friday August 17, 2018  to be included in the competition’s judging.

2018 De Bortoli BBQ Championship Judging Application

We hope to see you there.

Auburn Tennis Barbeque Challenge Official Scores

We would like to thank the Teams that participated at the event and state they were all professional and a pleasure to work with. Their scores are listed below for the event as follows:

PositionTeamChickenBeefLambPorkPork RibsTotal
1Smoking Coals BBQ932.8909.8928.8930.5924.04625.9
2Highland Q922.2899.1922.7929.8939.94613.7
3Wild West BBQ915.3931.0897.5911.4897.24552.4


We thank the Teams for participating and look forward to their return and the inclusion of other Teams for the Ingleburn RSL Barbecue Challenge on May 27/28, 2017.

Thank you again teams for your efforts, you all did a stellar job!

Welcome to the ABBQ

These are exciting times in Australian Barbeque, with the launch of the Australian Barbeque Society. This Society is headed by an American Barbeque Restaurant Owner (Memphis BBQ Pit), Certified Barbeque Judge (MIM, MBN, KCBS, ABA and ABBQ), American Barbeque Team Competitor (Aussie Que) and a man with a passion to preach the Gospel of “Low and Slow Barbeque”.

The Australian Barbeque Society has been formed to teach novices and experienced Barbequers alike, how to select, prepare, cook and enjoy Low and Slow Meats. We also are looking to introduce the additional Judging Class of On-Site Judging to our Major National Competitions to bring Australian Judging into line with its US counterparts.

We now have reconfigured and introduced the following 5 classes of competitions to our stable as follows:

  1. Pit Smokers (Wood and/or Charcoal Only) – Blind Judging – Categories include Pork Ribs, Pork Shoulder, Whole Hog, Beef Brisket, Poultry, Sauces, One-Bite, Lamb, Seafood, Burgers, Chicken Wings, Desserts and Exotic.
  2. Pit Smokers (Wood and/or Charcoal Only) – On-Site Judging – Major Competitions Only – Categories include Pork Shoulder, Whole Hog and Pork Ribs.
  3. Get Out & Grill Backyard Cooker (Any Cooker Type including WEBER Brand products) consisting of Burgers, Wings & Steak turn-ins (Meat Supplied)
  4. Kids Que (teams 17 years and under (Parental Supervision only, no hands on assistance)) consisting of Burgers and Wing turn-ins (Meat Supplied).
  5. Steak Out – Any cooker type may be used, consisting of Steak Turn-in (Meat Supplied)

These are exciting new times, taking the Gospel of Barbeque to each State of Australia with multiple competitions each year, with a Barbeque Royal held each year with the top Pit Smoker Teams from each State cooking to find the National Pit Master of the Year.

Get Out and Grill, Kids Que and Steak Out Competitions Teams will also have a cook-off of the top 5 Teams from each state for each category to find the Get Out and Grill, Kids Que and Steak Pit Masters.

All teams and their members MUST be current members of the ABBQ to qualify. See Teams and Competitions Pages for more details.