I entered the British BBQ Championships in Ilminster not having cooked competition BBQ previously and realised after 1st in Brisket, 1st in Pork and 2nd in chicken my natural style of cooking was easily transferred to competition BBQ. I had well and truly been bitten by the bug.
The most frustrating aspect of previous BBQ competitions in the UK is that they all seem to be one offs, or have yearly rule changes. I have been responsible for several company start-ups in various industries and decided to create something out of passion.
Another major incentive to create a regular competition circuit was the humiliation I felt personally of always seeing the British teams come in the bottom 10 in world competitions. I was certain at the time I could do better however realised that creating something to improve the overall ability of competitive teams was a much better idea. If someone calls themselves a world champion, check to see whether it’s in the major event or whether they had just won a side which all of the teams did not compete in.