Butchers’ quest to be ‘barbecue kings’

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A Derbyshire butcher’s has been crowned double runner-up in the UK final of the Butchers Q Guild’s 2016 barbecue competition – the annual quest to find the BBQ kings.

Owen Taylor Butchers, from Alfreton, came runner-up in the ‘beef burger’ and ‘speciality burger’ categories, spicing up the latter with a beef and chilli burger.

Lee Gould, of Owen Taylor, said: “The two products complement our existing barbecue range.

“Firstly, the authentic oak-smoked brisket burger, and for those who are a little more adventurous the beef and chilli burger.

“It was an honour to have got down to the finals and really reflects all of our hard work and also the quality of our products.

“We provide the highest quality products and are glad that these have had recognition from within the industry. I hope all of our customers are just as happy as we are.”

All the winning products had first been awarded top-rated gold awards, before going on to be chosen as regional champions.

The contest this year attracted a record entry of almost 400 barbecue products from Q Guild butchers nationwide. The leading meat sector body represents more than 110 award-winning butchers, from the Scottish Highlands down to the south coast.

Robert Alexander in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, became the overall Q Guild supreme barbecue champion with its speciality barbecue product national victor, coffee crusted BBQ steak.

The Q Guild’s national chairman, Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull, said: “The BBQ competition saw an extremely high standard of entries and was fiercely fought out between all finalists.

“I would like to offer hearty congratulations to all those who succeeded in making it to the finals, as winning a regional event is in itself no easy feat.

“In the end, the category winners really have proved themselves to be the cream of the crop.

“I wish to congratulate them all on their achievement.”

The 2016 Q Guild BBQ Championships were sponsored by industry suppliers Innovative Food Ingredients, Dalziel, DB Foods, The Dalesman Group, Scobie and Junor, and Baro Lighting.