George Payne Butchers fires up for UK BBQ contest finale
George Payne Butchers in Brunton Park, Gosforth, is going for glory in the UK final of the Butchers Q Guild’s 2016 barbecue competition – the annual quest to find the undisputed BBQ kings.
Winners of the north-east regional heat have been revealed and all are now firing up t take on their colleagues from six other Q Guild regions across the UK in this month’s national finale.
UK winners in each of six BBQ product categories will be unveiled and one of them will also be crowned overall supreme barbecue champion by the Q Guild, which represents 110 top award-winning butchers from the Scottish Highlands down to the south coast.
George Payne Butchers won the speciality burger category with its Smoked Brisket Burger, hand-crafted and smoked in-house to a recipe developed by shop manager Alex Daley.
The burger, which comprises 100% pure brisket steak from Dexter cattle reared specially for the shop by a farmer from Bilsdale in North Yorkshire, along with a special spice blend, also won a gold award and received a maximum 100 out of 100 marks at the Q Guild’s 2015 Smithfield Awards, its annual product evaluation event.
George Payne, a founder member of the Q Guild – he is also a former north-east regional chairman and national chairman – has been a traditional family butcher for over 40 years, establishing his own shop in Princes Road in 1987.
The shop celebrated its milestone 25th anniversary in 2012 and is renowned for sourcing locally fed and reared meat products – notably rare breeds beef, lamb and pork – through long-established gate-to-plate partnerships with Northumberland farmers.
The business, a strong supporter of Newcastle’s current Love Food Hate Waste’s ‘Meaty Issues’ campaign, also qualified for the Q Guild’s UK BBQ final in 2015 with the shop’s Beef Short Rib, which has since sold like hotcakes.
All products had first picked up top-rated gold awards, before going on to be chosen as regional champions. George Payne Butchers also struck three more golds with its Rib Eye Steak, again from Dexter cattle, the shop’s traditional Beef Burger, a long-time favourite and best seller, and Flamethrower Sausage in the speciality sausage category. Again specially developed inhouse, it is made from a mix of smoked and fresh shoulder pork, with a hint of chilli.
Almost 400 products from Q Guild Butchers nationwide were entered for this year’s competition. The national final takes place at Eastwood Hall, near Nottingham, on Sunday, May 15, when all qualifying products will be cooked prior to judging by Richard Holden, who is widely recognised as the UK’s premier BBQ chef. Q Guild national chairman, Alnwick butcher Mark Turnbull said: “Entries for the BBQ
competition have increased again this year, such is the growing stature of our annual highlight. All regional winners are to be congratulated on qualifying for the national final and we wish them every success.”
The 2016 Q Guild BBQ Championships are being sponsored by industry suppliers Innovative Food Ingredients, Dalziel, DB Foods, The Dalesman Group, Scobie and Junior, and Baro Lighting.