KVBBQ Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer And BBQ Festival

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The Kangaroo Valley Craft Beer & BBQ Festival (#KVBBQ) is the final sanctioned event of the Australasian Barbeque Alliance 2019 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 2019 Barbeques Galore Australian Barbecue Championship Series.

To be in the running for the 2019 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 2019, 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.

2019 Barbeques Galore Leaderboard

Last Updated from results of 9-10 November 2019  Natural Wood Co Invitational, Clarendon NSW

* Denotes a team is competing at KVBBQ


Points (Best 3 Results)





Melbourne VIC



Western Sydney NSW



Melbourne VIC



Ipswich QLD



Wingham NSW



Newcastle NSW



Summerland Pt NSW



Bathurst NSW





Melbourne VIC


At the conclusion of the 2019 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 5/10/19) its looking like a sprint finish rather than a low and slow swagger to the line.

Past Grand Champions

2018 Smoking Coals BBQ, Sydney NSW

Established in 2015, Smoking Coals Barbecue began with a combined total of more than 20yrs experience cooking over wood and charcoal. This is our passion

An Australian Barbecue team from Sydney.
We hope everything we do makes your mouth water.

Matthew Staunton

2017 Big Smoke BBQ, Mornington Peninsula VIC

2016 Suck Knuckle Smokers, Adelaide SA


  • Competition within the Top 10 is very tight and three of the top four teams will compete at the KVBBQ this year!!
  • The Sydney Team Smoking Coals BBQ took out the KVBBQ last year and are back in 2019 to defend their crown.
  • Are you excited yet? Don't muck around go get those tickets before they're all gone....
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About the Author KVBBQ

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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