Meatstock returns in February

23 January, 2018 by
Hospitality Business

Following the  highly successful 2017 event Meatstock returns to Auckland on February 24.

Meatstock will be hosting two of the meatiest names in barbecue and it doesn’t get much bigger than Tuffy Stone and Hillbilly Wes. These two smokin’ Pitmasters will be heading to New Zealand with the festival to run barbecue classes and demonstrations for both competitors and the public.

Tuffy Stone is one of the most successful guys on the competition BBQ circuit and has amassed an amazing 37 Grand Championships. Known as “The Professor” for his attention to detail, Tuffy is a classically trained French Chef, who became obsessed with BBQ in the early 2000’s and is a judge on America’s reality TV show BBQ Pitmasters, whilst expanding his BBQ restaurants around the States. ‘I can’t wait to meet the kiwi BBQ community and share our cook up techniques. I’ve heard New Zealand is a super passionate foodie nation, so I’m looking forward to heading over.’ states Tuffy Stone

Australia’s celebrity pitmaster and Good Food AU winner Hillbilly Wes will also be crossing over the ditch again, all for the love of barbecue. For Wes the meat sweats started in Lockhart, Texas, the Barbecue Capital of America, where he was mesmerized by the real deal Texan Barbecue. After travelling back and forth and working with some of the best Barbecue establishments in Austin, he set up his own restaurant, Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co in Sydney.


“Last year’s Meastock NZ was rocking! It was great to see the barbecue movement in full swing in Auckland. The whole weekend was jammed packed with brisket, burgers and good local New Zealand bands – some of my favourite things!” enthused Hillbilly Wes.