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Let There Be Meat Competition Entries – Thursday 16th & Friday 17th November


Hi all, and Welcome to the 3rd New Zealand Agricultural Show BBQ Competition and Expo. 2022 saw a new record with 125,000 visitors through the gates. This year is the 160th time the show has run, records are set to be broken again!

2022 saw NZ BBQ’s biggest payouts, $20,000.00 Cash was handed out with each of the 8 categories paying $1000.00 from 1st place. In 2023, we are hoping to do the same with the help of our wonderful Sponsors.

**ENTRY/PAYMENT –  Payment is DUE BY MONDAY 31 JULY 2023. Unless sold out prior. Sites are limited to 40 teams.

NZBA fee secures your site, and other categories can be added up to 30 September 2023. NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

The Show runs from Wednesday to Friday, and has 125,000+ people through the gates, and this year is lining up to be the best yet – will you be there to compete in the “Let There Be Meat BBQ Competition”?

We will have Whole Hogs cooking, hanging Beef Tomahawks – South Island Style, Crucifix lambs and Low n Slow BBQ – all available for the public to purchase. And of course we have the SCA & NZBA Competition Series. On top of this we are planning BBQ & Butchery Masterclasses, BBQ Expo’s and tastings, BBQ accessories, rubs & Sauces, and of course BBQ’s for sale.

Being involved in a  BBQ Competition is as easy as getting 3-4 mates together, and coming along – so what are you waiting for?

Please place your team name under “order notes”, and how many are competing – for gate entry passes.

WHOLE HOG will be Exhibition ONLY with limited numbers to compete – drawn by Ballot if required. A Whole Hog will be supplied to each of the entered teams. Teams can be formed from mixed teams if you wish. Prize Money will be on offer. No Series points will be awarded.

SCA Steak/Ancillary Rules – SCA Rules 2023

SCA Whole Hog Rules (unsanctioned)  – SCA Whole Hog Rules

NZBA Rules – NZBA Rules 2023


Day 1 – Wednesday 15th November 2023

  • Bump in (set-up site) 6pm – 8pm (All vehicles must be offsite by 8pm)
  • 8pm – Whole Hog Briefing/Selection
  • 9pm – Whole Hog Cooking window open.

Day 2 – Thursday 16th November 2023 – SCA Event

*Judges Course 830am on site at the Judges Marquee

  • 6am Bump in (set-up site) Gates open at 6am, all teams must be set up by 8am
    (VEHICLES REMOVED BY 730am – Parking onsite in carpark)
  • 8am Team Briefing, Steak Selection & Hand in Box distribution
  • 830am Cooking window opens

Hand In’s

  • 10.00 – 10.15am – Ancillary 1 (Dallas State Fair food)
  • 10.45 – 11.00am – Ancillary 2 – standard clamshell box & lid must close. (Your best buttery dish using anything cooked with Westgold infused range of butter or a compound butter using Westgold Butter.
  • 12.00 – 12.30pm – Steak A
  • 1.00 – 130pm Westgold Presentation Dish (line up your Ancillary 2 entry at your site for presentation photos and an interview with Westgold – Mandatory to assist sponsor)
  • 2.00pm – 330pm – Whole Hog Presentation
  • 3.30 – 3.45pm – Whole Hog Hand in
  • 430pm Steak B
  • 6pm – Awards

**Dallas State Fair** During some time in the USA, i attended the Dallas State Fair. Known for all sorts of items to be deep fried, this event showed me alot of creative flair, not only for deep fried concoctions, but thinking out of the box. Go and do some research, and chuck those creative hats on – cant wait to see what you come up with! Glenn (Promoter)

Teams will serve 6 portions, platter style. Platters provided are stainless and measure 300mm x 210mm on the base.

Day 2 (PM) – Thursday 16th November 2023 – NZBA Event

  • 530pm Bump in (set-up site) All teams must be set up by 8pm
  • 8pm Site inspections for food safety & equipment
  • 9pm Team Briefing & Hand in Box distribution
  • 10pm Cooking window opens (teams onsite all night cooking)

Day 3 – Friday 17th November 2023 – NZBA Event

*Judges Course 830am on site at the Judges Marquee

  • 10am Chicken turn in (Any Cut)
  • 11am Pork Ribs turn in (St Louis cut. A bone must be present in every rib)
  • 12pm Pork turn in (PORK 2 – Shoulder)
  • 1pm Brisket turn in (flat or point sections) 
  • 4pm Awards
  • 6pm Bump out (cleanup) After 6pm, and Saturday Morning 18th November 8-12pm


Day 4 – Saturday 18th November 2023

  • 8am Bump out (cleanup) 8-12pm
  • Go Kart Challenge 1-2pm
  • Social Function at Smokey T’s 3pm-12am