Hospitality Business Magazine

Smokin’ hot Meatstock barbecue wars head to Auckland


Australian restaurateur Hillbilly Wes.

Twenty two teams of barbecue enthusiasts will descend on Auckland’s ASB Showgrounds in Epsom on February 25 to battle it out for the first ever Meatstock New Zealand barbecue war.

The pro –protein festival will feature bands, barbecues, beards, bourbon and beer. Competitions, demonstrations and workshops will be garnished with a backdrop of live bands, barbecue inspired food trucks and craft beer from Liberty Brewing.

The festival has also attracted two famous pitmasters to run classes for both the competitors and public. Moerlando ‘Big Moe’ Cason,  a  favourite on the US BBQ Pitmasters food programme says he can’t wait


Moerlando ‘Big Moe’ Cason (judge in the television series BBQ Pitmasters).

for Meatstock New Zealand. “It’s a passionate foodie nation renowned for producing quality beef and lamb and I look forward to passing on my hot tips to the Kiwi barbecue community.”

Australia’s celebrity pitmaster and Good Food AU winner, Hillbilly Wes will also be heading to New Zealand. For Wes the meat sweats started in Lockhart, Texas, the barbecue capital of America, where he was mesmerised by the calibre of the food. After travelling back and forth with some of the best barbecue  establishments in Austin, he set up his own restaurant in Sydney called Bovine and Swine Barbecue Co.

Competitiors in the two day event will compete for  prizes and cash to the value of $8,000.00 and to be crowned the best barbequers in New Zealand. For further information go to