Meatstock returns for its fourth year with a typically stacked line-up of barbeque enthusiasts and bands.
The sell-out, two-day event brings big-name American pitmasters Down Under; sees 50 teams from across Melbourne go head-to-head over the coals to be crowned the city’s best barbequers; and features live music, food trucks and pop-up bars too.
This year, ’90s Aussie rock band Jebediah are headlining, and personality and pitmaster Big Moe Cason – who’s won more than 250 barbequing comps across the US – will be hosting a Texan barbeque masterclass.
Three other American pitmasters – Wayne Mueller from Louie Mueller Barbecue in Texas, and Ronnie Evans and Philip Moseley from Blue Oak BBQ in New Orleans – will be putting on demonstrations too.
There’ll also be pop-up bars and plenty of food trucks, including Melbourne’s Burn City Smokers, who combine Texas-style cooking techniques with pepperberries and other native ingredients to impart a local flavour.
There’ll also be a “sausage-sizzle throwdown”, in which contestants are given a loaf of white bread, a platter of sausages, and mustard and tomato sauce – and have to down all the sausages they can in three minutes.