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Spit In The Hills big success for Chidlow

DESPITE inclement weather making cooking conditions tough, competitors gave it their all in the first annual Spit In The Hills competition at Chidlow Tavern over the weekend. 

More than 1000 visitors came to see 16 teams battle it out for Grand Champion status, with that honour going to the Perth BBQ School team, narrowly edging out Sandgroper BBQ, with Grill Sergeant Barbecue landing in third position.

Event organiser Fran Brewer said that while visitor numbers may have been down on her expectations, the online interest was tremendous.

“Over the weekend, our Facebook page had 38,000 individual hits, so there was a lot of people keeping an eye on the event,” she said.

“You can’t account for the weather but I was really happy that all 16 teams managed to plate up for the judges given the conditions.”

Spit In The Hills was licensed by the Kansas City Barbeque Society but the next BBQ event at the Tavern, the Chidlow BBQ Festival on September 14 and 15 will be officially sanctioned by the KCBS, the governing US body for BBQ competitions.

By Liam Ducey

About Liam Ducey

Liam Ducey is an experienced journalist, having worked in print media in Kalgoorlie, Esperance, Port Hedland, Bunbury and across the metropolitan area, as well as online for several Fairfax Media mastheads. His reporting has seen him awarded the 2013 Clubs WA award for Best Club Media Story and the Western Australian Football Commission Umpiring Media Award in 2014. He was a finalist in three categories in the 2018 WA Media Awards and is not at all salty that he didn't win at least one. He's recently had a baby girl, Emilia, with his wife Roselyn and has lost all concept of time and sleep.

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