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The Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer & BBQ Festival (#KVBBQ) is the final sanctioned event of the Australasian Barbeque Alliance 2018 competition. Here's the fat, and the skinny, of the ABA so you can better appreciate the BBQ battles, the rules the teams must abide and what each of the teams have been competing for throughout the year.


Mission & Founders

For a full transcript of the ABA's Mission Statement go here.

The Australasian Barbecue Alliance is Australia’s foremost society promoting and developing traditional barbecue & smoking culture, sanctioning official ABA competitions nationwide.

The ABA has three co-founders: Jay Beaumont, Jess Pryles and Adam Roberts, who is also ABA General  Manager. Their team is supported by Michael Rose in Product Review. These guys are literally the vanguard driving the booming sport of Low and Slow BBQ in both Australia and New Zealand. Their knowledge and passion for the humble Aussie barbie cannot be over-stated.

Their mission outlines six pillars defining oversight of the ABA and the NZBA (New Zealand Barbeque Alliance).

  1. Promotion
  2. Competition Rules
  3. Participation
  4. Support
  5. Judge Competitions
  6. Attend All Sanctioned Events

Competition Rules

For a full transcript of the ABA NZBA rules please refer to the official rules page here.

Summary of 2018 Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series.

yTo be in the running for the 2018 Australian Grand Champion prize a team must have at least 3 results from ABA or NZBA Sanctioned Competitions. However,  more than 3 competitions may be entered.

  • The Leaderboard will reflect each team's best three results.
  • After the conclusion of the final event for 2018, in Kangaroo Valley, the ABA will complete the National Ranking Ladder.
  • There will be a count-back to eliminate any ties within the Top 10 placings.

BBQ Meat Categories

Entries are judged on Presentation, Texture and Taste. Each element receives a score out of 10 and then weighting is applied with a maximum core of 360 points for each category.
Teams do not have to compete in every category at any given event.


Last Updated from results of 15 September 2018  Port Mac BBQ Wars


Points (Best 3 Results)





Wilton NSW



Wingham NSW



Melbourne VIC



Islington NSW



Melbourne VIC



Western Sydney NSW



Brisbane QLD



Melbourne VIC



Brisbane QLD



Ipswich QLD


At the conclusion of the 2018 Competition the Top 10 teams receive a trophy and the Top 5 receive cash prizes ranging from $5000 to $500.

The overall Grand Champion will be honoured with a perpetual trophy and the opportunity to represent internationally as Australia's #1 Ranked Team. The first two Grand Champions are listed below. The question is Who will it be this year? With less than 100 points separating the entire Top 10 Teams and only ten events to go (as at 5/9/18) its looking like a sprint finish rather than a low and slow swagger to the line.

Past Grand Champions

2017 Big Smoke BBQ, Mornington Peninsula VIC

2016 Suck Knuckle Smokers, Adelaide SA


  • Competition within the Top 10 is very tight and past Grand Champs Big Smoke are sitting in fourth and are 53 points off the pace
  • The Queensland Team, Country Boys are a dark horse having recently held a fundraiser to go compete in the US
  • Are you excited yet? Don't muck around go get those tickets before they're all gone....
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About the Author The Friendly Inn

The Friendly Inn, one of the Shoalhaven's oldest pubs, is located in the heart of Australia’s most beautiful valley. As host of the 3rd annual Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer and BBQ Festival you are invited to once again come along to enjoy the regions finest Crafted Brews and BBQ's.

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