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Pork! What a dynamic meat.

You’ve got sausage, ham, bacon, chops, tenderloin, ribs, roasted – the list goes on!

Our delectable pork is smoked low and slow by skilled pitmasters to achieve tender, succulent meat with an exquisite crunch. The ideal home for this pork is nestled in a sandwich for all to enjoy:

Piles of pulled pork shoulder and delicious crunchy bark in a sweet, toasted brioche bun. The fall-apart pork has been smothered in our moreish spice rub and slow smoked

To perfectly complement our pulled pork feast, we recommend our sumptuous mac and cheese, silky beans and crisp slaw for the authentic Southern BBQ combo your heart craves. See our menu here.

This serving of pork is celebrated across the U.S. at mega competitions – as it should be. The contests are taken very seriously and that’s how we, at Fry’s American BBQ, like it. We take it so seriously we sleep with a meat baster under the pillow.

We could talk about smoking meat all day! In this blog, we take a trip to The States to see what’s cooking at their competitions and what all the fuss is about.

Who or what is a pitmaster?

Definition: One who operates a barbecue pit. But there’s more to it than that.

America’s Southern states have a passion for all things barbecue – they’re crazy for the grillin’ and smokin’. Snap so are we!

And you can’t have an authentic BBQ without a pitmaster. FACT!

A true BBQ boss ensures they cover every aspect of cooking effortlessly – the rub, pit or smoker, wood and temperature. That’s why our smoking masters at Fry’s American BBQ proudly use their techniques to transform meat from ordinary to extraordinary.

Keen to brush up on your pitmaster skills? Check out these major players in the U.S.:

  • Aaron Franklin – Franklin Barbecue
  • Myron Mixon – Jack’s Old South BBQ
  • Mike and Amy Mills – 17th Street Barbecue
  • Chris Lilly – Big Bob Gibson BBQ
  • Tootsie Tomanetz – Snow’s BBQ

Competitions

Barbecue cook offs are a fast-growing sport in the U.S. They showcase the heritage of BBQ and educate on the evolving history and traditions. To be a standout pitmaster you need to earn your stripes at competitions and festivals.

If your life is meat, you can barbecue it all at championships! From pork ribs and beef brisket to turkey and chicken…the list goes on.

With new championships popping up each year (the current figure is around 1,000), pitmasters vie for fame, glory and cash!

Most contests are free to enter and open to the public. Featuring thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to winners, ranging from $1,500 for 1st Place to $50 for 4th Place. But we all know it’s the taking part that counts, right?

One of the most famous competitions that gets juices (literally!) flowing is the Grand National BBQ Championships. Approved by the elite Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS), and once proclaimed the “National BBQ Championship” on the floor of Congress, it’s a big deal in the barbecuing world!

This contest has been showing us what competition is all about for nearly three decades. Teams and restaurants from across America gather to cook off for the coveted title of National BBQ Champion. Attendees can enjoy mouth-watering BBQ Chicken, Beef Brisket, Pulled Pork, Ribs and all the delicious sides.

It doesn’t stop there! There’s glorious music on three stages – Rock, Reggae, R’n’B, Jazz and Blues fill the air with mellow beats while visitors tuck into their preferred BBQ treat. Interactive exhibits, cooking demos with top BBQ chefs, sports and kids’ activities mean there’s something for everyone. The cherry on top of this slice of event pie is the millions of dollars raised for local charities.

The contest categories are:
  • Military Chefs Cook Off
  • Perdue Sizzlin’ Chicken Contest
  • Heinz Art of the Burger
  • America’s Best Beef
  • Junior Chef Competition

The American Royal World Series of Barbecue is a long-standing tradition in Kansas City.

Competitors jostle to be crowned the Grand Champion, Open Champion, Sides Champion and Kids Que winner. This festival hosts live music, delicious BBQ, activities for all and a vendor fair for BBQ enthusiasts. All proceeds go straight to charities.

I Love BBQ & Music Festival – Lake Placid, NY also sanctioned by KCBS is an annual event that attracts top-notch BBQ competitors.

Event days are filled with chances to try food and drink concessions, children’s activities, live entertainment, and much more. Funds raised are donated to local organisations.

Now, here’s a must-try recipe for you to sink your teeth into.

Easy Pulled Pork Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1.5-2kg (3-4lb) boneless pork shoulder
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 8 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 4 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp dark muscovado sugar
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Baps, coleslaw and chips, to serve
Directions
  1. To make the sauce: Place all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Spread the sauce thickly over the pork. Put it in a bowl, cover with cling film and leave it to marinate in the fridge for at least 2-3 hours or overnight.
  3. Put the pork and sauce in a covered dish in the oven at 140°C/275°F/Gas Mark 1 for 6-8 hours, or until the meat is tender. Baste pork occasionally with the sauce.
  4. Remove meat from oven and leave to rest for about 10 mins. Pour the liquid into a small pan and skim off any fat. Boil to reduce and thicken slightly.
  5. Place the pork on a board and cut off the skin and any visible fat. Use 2 forks to shred the meat into small pieces and stir into the sauce. Serve the pulled pork hot in baps, along with coleslaw and chips.

Want a hit of pork now?

If this blog has you salivating over the wonders of pork, look no further! We got you. Fry’s American BBQ is at your service with the deliciously smoky Pulled Pork Sandwich.

And don’t leave the sandwich solo! Choose our Combo Deal and add our crunchy seasoned fries with a choice of hearty beans or wholesome coleslaw for just £3.50.
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Fanatical about BBQing like us? Head over to our website to learn more about our unique smoking process.

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