Hospitality Business Magazine

Meatstock returns for 2020

There’s no denying New Zealand loves its music and barbecue, so Meatstock Auckland is back again in its fourth instalment of excessive meat and rockin’ blues. The sell-out festival will be returning to its NZ home, the ASB Showground, on February 15-16, 2020.

Meatstock will host some of the juiciest names in the music and BBQ scene. The 2020 headliner are the legendary roots rockers, Katchafire, who are sure to get the crowd pumping and when it comes to big time barbecue masters, get ready to welcome back favourite personality Big Moe Cason, new to Meatstock American pitmaster, Mike Johnson and “Queen of Fire”, Paula Labaki.

Big Moe who has now competed in over 250 competitions across the United States, will be hosting the popular Texan BBQ Masterclasses. Always up for a fan pic, you won’t miss his smiling face wandering through the festival over the weekend.

Festival Directors are excited to welcome Mike Johnson to the line up, heralding from St. Louis’ Sugarfire Smoke House, an award-winning restaurant, with fourteen locations (and counting). Not only has Sugarfire continuously won the title of best barbecue in St. Louis, but Mike himself has also taken home trophies at the 2014, 2015 and 2018 Memphis in May World Championships, plus 3rd in the 2015 World Food Championship for Bacon. This man knows his meat.

Queen Paula, is one of the first pitmasters in Brazil, and is now a house-hold name having been a consultant on the Brazilian Masterchef and being part of the jury in the TV show, BBQ Brazil.  A vivacious personality, Paula will certainly inspire fire in the New Zealand barbecue scene.

Over 50 teams from across New Zealand and counting will be battling it out at the fourth Meatstock NZ Barbecue Wars for $15,000 in cash and prizes and more importantly to be crowned the best barbecuers in the land. And our favourite butchers are back, going head to head to win NZ’s best in the biz.

What is sure to be a hit is the inaugural NZ Sausage Sizzle Throwdown! Professionals (yes, there are competitive rankings) will go up against anyone to compete for $1,500.00 cash and a multitude of prizes.

The 2-day line-up also includes Texas Pete’s BBQ Showdown with 4 of the best teams in NZ, Rod + Custom Rumble, free rides for the kids, barbecue expo, live art, refreshments by Liberty Brewing and Jack Daniels, plus more. For more information go to :