Meatstock, a carnival for carnivores, will take your a shrimp-on-the-barbie expertise, flip it over, and fire it up to the next level.

The two-day event, held at Sydney Showground, will serve up everything from classes on barbequing, meat preparation and butchery techniques, to professional demonstrations and, of course, delicious cooked meats. There’ll be retailers selling sauces, barbeques, meats, rubs, coals, knives and woods, too.

Some of the meatiest guys in the barbequing game will also impart their smokin’ wisdom: Big Moe Cason and Wes Griffiths (aka “Hillbilly Wes”).

Griffiths, the former pit master at Vic’s Meat Market, and now co-owner of Bovine and Swine, serves some of the best American barbeque in Sydney. He learned his methods in the world’s barbeque capital, Texas, but his commitment to the industry is most visible when he joins his fists together; the word “barbecue” is tattooed across his fingers.

Cason, a former judge and finalist on the US TV show BBQ Pitmasters says he’s “passionate about maintaining the integrity of barbeque by cooking with authenticity, using simple recipes and honouring the history of barbecue.”

He has over 130 barbeque competitions under his belt, so we’re sure he’ll have something to say to the more than 50 barbequers battling for the “King of the Que” title. The glory of mastering their domain and $8000 is up for grabs. There’s also a comp for Sydney’s best butcher.

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If you prefer to consume than to cook, register for a sausage sizzle throwdown for the chance to nab $1000 cash and other prizes. The winner will be the person who eats the most sausage sandwiches in three minutes.

There will also be Texas-style brisket, pulled pork and jumbo short ribs from Rangers Texas BBQ; Argentinian-style chicken, seafood, veggies and meats from Parilla Argenchino BBQ; meats cooked for over 12 hours from Black Bear BBQ; smoked meats from Burn City Smokers and Fritz’s Wieners.

And who else would provide the soundtrack to all that protein than pub-rock legend Tex Perkins. There’s also Henry Wagons, The Davidson Brothers, Dusty Boots, That Red Head, Sweet Jelly Rolls, Strange Daddy, The Bounty Hunters, Kate Rose and The Little Quirks.

Last year Meatstock sold out, with around 10,000 attendees.

Meatstock is on May 5 from 11am–9pm and on May 6 from 10am–6pm at Sydney Showgrounds in Sydney Olympic Park. It’s a cash-only event and tickets are only available online here.