2018 Blues and BBQ Festival and Australian Barbecue Wars, Port Macquarie

Manning Valley Barbecue champs: the team with their runner-up trophy from the Houston barbecue championships earlier this year - Grant, Fiona and Grace Coleman, Ash Turner, Mark Bateman and Stephen Cooke. Picture: courtesy of Beef Australia
Manning Valley Barbecue champs: the team with their runner-up trophy from the Houston barbecue championships earlier this year - Grant, Fiona and Grace Coleman, Ash Turner, Mark Bateman and Stephen Cooke. Picture: courtesy of Beef Australia

IT’S time to get your sizzle on because the masters of meat are about to go to war.

The 2018 Blues and BBQ Festival will excite the tastebuds of all Mid North Coast meat lovers this weekend with a huge line-up of delicious fare and funky music on the menu.

The festival plays host to the largest barbecue competition in Australia, the Buffalo Trace Australian Barbecue Wars.

Sizzling: Barbecues Galore CEO Luke Naish, Port Macquarie's Barbecues Galore owner Mark Lyons and barbecue king Eric Gephart at the barbecue wars in 2017.

Sizzling: Barbecues Galore CEO Luke Naish, Port Macquarie's Barbecues Galore owner Mark Lyons and barbecue king Eric Gephart at the barbecue wars in 2017.

Nearly 100 teams will descend on Port Macquarie for a fun-filled, exciting weekend of competitive barbecue sanctioned by the Australasian Barbecue Alliance.

One of these teams is Manning Valley Natural Smokers, who stunned hundreds of US-based competitors in the World Championship Barbecue Competition held in Houston, Texas in February 2018.

Grant Coleman, general manager at Wingham Beef Exports, led a team of six Australians, taking on seasoned veterans from the US competitive barbecue circuit, to finish with the runner-up trophy in the coveted brisket division.

This year, the event will also feature a Steak Cook-off sanctioned competition featuring steak, burgers, wings and tacos.

All the sizzling action happens on the grounds of the Breakwall Holiday Park, with gates open to the public from 4pm today.

Together with the competitions, the Town Green will host an authentic line-up of low and slow style barbecue vendors, live music and craft beer by Six String Brewery from 11am tomorrow.

The entertainment line-up features the Sweet Jelly Rolls, Little Quirks, Mike and Roxy, Nanna Klumpp and Frank Sultana.