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Art About Town this year introduces the Beef Off and BBQ Master Class as part of its ‘On the Farm’ theme where participants will learn the art of preparing the perfect barbecue.

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Tying in with the ‘On the Farm’ theme, a BBQ Master Class and Beef Off will be held in Smithton in September.

Hosted in partnership with the Tasmanian BBQ Society and Circular Head Council, the master class is an opportunity to polish your barbecuing skills before watching teams from around the country compete in the beef off.

Cooking with chicken, lamb and steak, participants will learn preparation techniques as well as the art of smoking the meat to enrich the flavour and texture.

As part of the master class, you will receive a 12 month membership to the society and a certificate of completion. 

In the beef off, teams will cook for the title and more than $2000 in prizes.

In a standard competition, teams cook brisket, pork and chicken, says president of the Tasmanian BBQ Society Rohan Peterson.

“However the Beef Off is different because we are honing in on beef, the challenge is to see who the best cook is.”

Teams will cook with Robbins Island Wagyu and Cape Grim Beef brisket, and beef short ribs and steak.

Preparation will begin the night before when teams have 16 hours to smoke the meat.

“Normally a brisket will take a good 10 to 12 hours,” says Rohan.

“They’ll start by preparing the brisket, injecting with beef stock to enrich the flavour then a dry rub is applied and it goes in the smoker.

“Then teams will look to sauce or glaze it . . . before judging. They’ll submit six portions for judging from the flat part of the brisket and the burnt ends, what we call the point ends.”

An artform in itself, the finished product is judged on taste, texture and appearance.

Meanwhile, the ribs will be slow cooked over eight hours while the steak will be cooked to medium rare in a hot and fast method.

Once the cooking is complete, the community is invited to taste the finished product.

There will be a variety of dishes to sample from a slice of brisket to wagyu and angus tacos and pizzas.

The BBQ Master Class will be held on Friday September 28 from 5pm to 9pm at Agritas Trade College, 12 Nelson Street, Smithton. Cost is $95 which includes ingredients for the class.

On Sunday September 30, check out the Beef Off between 12pm and 3pm. Free to attend, there will be drinks and meals available for purchase.

For more information visit the Tasmanian BBQ Society Facebook page or contact Rohan Peterson on 0478 040 858.

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