BBQ Champ

Discussion in 'UK Smokers' started by markuk, Aug 2, 2015.

  1. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Apologies if anyone else has posted on this but who's seen it.... ??

    If you have you'd think that any contestants would know that you can't do ribs on 1 1/2 hours :)

    Interesting show but was a little puzzled why in the first round the fella with the raw chicken seemed to win unless I missed something
  2. osprey2

    osprey2 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    Your still here mate.

    Yes I saw it. Was a bit bored with it tbh. seemed so much under cooked / overcooked.

    Should have had Wade on there    !!!!
  3. bamber

    bamber Fire Starter

    I gave it a watch hoping it would be pretty interesting but the whole episode seemed to be rushed and I lost interest quite quickly.
  4. Not impressed at all.

    I'll keep on with it, just to see if it improves.
  5. markuk

    markuk Smoking Fanatic

    Yep still around - i learnt so much off this board to do what I want to do smoking wise don't ppst too often - tend to big batches of ribs, pulled pork and freeze so don't smoke too often

    Programme was a bit of a bake off rib off ( if you pardon the pun !) Was I right that the undercooked chicken bloke won the first round ???

    It may improve but something different to watch
  6. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Although this is not quite the BBQ that we are passionate about I think that it may do a reasonable job in encouraging the average home griller to try to be more adventurous. Yes, I agree that the format was rushed and the time given to prepare things properly was inadequate - however even if it gives people the confidence to try new things it will be a good start in spreading the word. At the end of the day though it may still still be up to groups like us to get people introduced into the benefits of the low and slow side of BBQ.
  7. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Hey guys,

    Just back from the 2015 UK smoker weekend and full of beans (literally), so decided to watch BBQ Champ with an open mind. Now I am with Wade on the fact that although its topical for this time of year and as Qing is becoming vogue in the UK, anything that promotes the subject of good BBQ has got to be good. Mind you B & Q & Morrison's et al do their thing every year to promote BBQ so nowt new there. As they say any publicity is good blah blah..........................

    Faced with 8 of the "best" home BBQers in the country I sat down with a glass of Shiraz to be enthralled. To be honest it was a heffing Joke!!!!!!!!! Produce your signature BBQ dish that describes you they said............................ Salt crusted Sea Bass WTF! It got best first challenge? that's like going to a fishing contest and bringing up a bike wheel and winning heaviest catch!!!!!

    Bless them but they just didn't have enough time, at least on GB bake off the knew they needed hours to prepare a dish so why not with BBQ????? The cowboy was getting the idea but he was a bit rawhide! LOL! and I think he came first overall? did he? switched off when our guy who served "raw salmon" as a BBQ dish got kicked off ha ha!

    The outdoor challenge ................ How many comments of "I have never cooked with Lamb before" or on the one on one your BBQ dish is.... Salmon?????? with the comments I have no clue what to do...................these are of the 8 best my arse!!!!

    And what's with the noncey preeesentation on a plate? Its Meat its a BBQ its not meant to have wilted scallions and a bone sticking out of the a ground made up of noodles and shoots to emulate Jurassic park!

    And where was the health guys when they started making pork sausage outdoors in that heat??????

    I will watch it for the laugh but its not exactly going to encourage any potential serious BBQer's now is it?
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  8. bamber

    bamber Fire Starter

    That's what wound me up!!! Leave the presentation for shows like master chef, all I want to see is some good tasty meat getting grilled up!
  9. gav iscon

    gav iscon Fire Starter

    Well I watched it Sunday morning with my cup of coffe and I quite enjoyed it. It was exactly as I had imagined it (just like every other competition programme on the tv these days) so just took it for a bit of dramatised entertainment. By all accounts the girl who ended up in the grill off is well rated and has done well at a few competitions. Wouldn't be upset if I didn't see amother though, don't watch much tv anyway. [​IMG]
  10. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    By the way one of the entrants is a BBQS member so I think it must be the tearful grill off queen. Tears there's a unique thing on these events![​IMG]
  11. Fingers crossed the show ups it's game because as it stands it's not much cop. Like you guys have said to much ponsey stuff and not enough actual Q! I can't believe these are the best 8 they could find. My friends and family said I should apply for it but once I found out the format would be bake off/master chef I decided against it.
  12. gav iscon

    gav iscon Fire Starter

    And you'll probably be seeing her on your trip next month[​IMG].......
    Last edited: Aug 3, 2015
  13. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Yep weekend teach in with the "Swines experts" £225.00 + accommodation! Weekend teach in with the UK SMF experts" Nil plus a tent!!!!! work it out[​IMG]
  14. And at the free one you had the honour of me along :yahoo:

    (here I am again :biggrin: )
  15. kiska95

    kiska95 Smoking Fanatic

    Brummies lad!!!!

    Can see their business improving no end!

    I can do better was tearful cry....... seriously? I hope so, could have done a  "Caveman" with the steak and done a better job. Slung on the coals, 10 mins around the doors, time for a cup of tea job done!
  16. Hello.  I didn't get to see it but my boss ( also a Mate ) told me about it.  He said it was embarrassing!  Raw food served!  You knew I was gonna chip in here.  In my opinion:  What we need here was a "how to" show.  Start with sealing the smoker and how to build a fire.  I agree with Wade.  MAYBE it will inspire some folks so that has to be good.  As they troll the internet we will pop up and can then give them a proper education.

    So!  As I understand the format; a totally new unsealed, unseasoned smoker.  No therms..  No electrical fan control.  No space age temp tracker.  No clue what the competition will be until the day so no practice.  1.5 to 2 hrs. to prepare and cook ( So the 7kg. brisket is out ).  Cooking procedures would have to be adapted.  Well hell guys!  Why didn't you tell me it was such a good program!  Steve!  Post that caveman picture you like to use for me!  Make fire!  Cook meat!  I should have auditioned!  [​IMG]

    These folks are almost set up to fail!  THAT! will not help our cause.  I assume these folks are in their 30's maybe.  To do that type thing you MUST have such an extensive background of observation and asking questions.  The culture is not here in the U.K..  Wade put me to the test at the weekend.  He caught me putting my hand on top of his Weber to "feel" the temp.  He asked my "GUESS".  I said about 250F maybe closer to 275F..  When we checked temp at grill level it was between 220 and 225F..  Not an Exact science.    But I knew I would have been happy cooking those ribs at that temp..  That is how I learned as a young boy watching the old men smoking meat.  U.K. folks just do not have that background.  It also is not witchcraft.  I ALWAYS recommend folks buy a good therm and use it!

    I have no doubt my friend Wade would have done well at the auditions but he would have had a sweat on and been doing a dance with a new smoker ( and so would I )!  I would have recorded EVERY episode had he been a contestant!  Can you imagine the laughs we could have had!  [​IMG]   He would NOT have served raw food!  He could have pulled it off.

    I am not sure how this will be received by the British public but I hope some folks get curious.

    Enough rambling!  Keep Smokin!

  17. smokin monkey

    smokin monkey Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Ok just watched it tonight (Monday) after returning from the UK SMF Weekend.

    The only comment that I kept on hearing was " I've never cooked with that before"

    Adam Ritchman keeps talking about getting flavour into it, They have not got the time.

    45 Minutes to prepare, cook and serve a main, side & sauce, it's not McDonalds. Also serving uncooked Salmon! its a "cooking show"
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  18. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have mentioned this format several times to the production team from Channel 4 that came to film me in January. I think they are missing a big trick here. I e-mailed them again with the suggestion at lunchtime today. There is only so much that you can do though.
  19. What were they filming you for wade, come dine with me? 😆
  20. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    No. Plimsoll Productions were working on another BBQ pilot for channel 4. They got to the point where they were filming several of us at home for the proof of concept but it was only at that point they learned that ITV had the BBQ Champ idea at a more developed stage. They therefore had to put their idea onto the back burner. Having them here for the day was fun, though BBQing in January in the rain is not the way to show it off at its best...

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