Scotch Street butcher’s M & W Farm Meats proved they are red-hot when it comes to barbecues!
The shop swept the board at the first-ever Ulster BBQ Championship, including winning overall title of Ulster BBQ Champion.
Clayton Moore of M & W Farm Meats was up against some of Ulster’s finest butchers in the competition, which was organised by butchery members’ association, the Butchery Excellence Scheme.
The awards ceremony was quite a night for the local shop which secured a string of awards including Best BBQ Premium Sirloin for its sirloin which comes from farm assured Aberdeen Angus heifers that are farmed locally by Clayton’s father-in-law, David Weir.
M & W Farm Meats also took the top prizes for Best BBQ Premium Steak Burger, Best BBQ Pork Sausage (Synthetic Casing) and Best BBQ Kebab.
They were runner-up in the Best BBQ Premium Ribeye Steak category and were highly commended for their pulled pork, before winning the Ulster BBQ Championship Summer Innovation Award for their Jim Beam Belly Burster Bourbon Burger.
Clayton said, “Sirloin steaks, burgers and sausages are all BBQ favourites, so to win awards for all of these and also to be named as overall Ulster BBQ Champion is incredible! With barbecuing becoming increasingly popular in NI, and not just during the summer months, we’ve put a lot of effort into our barbecue produce range.
“We’ve even found that many of our customers barbecue all year round so this win will be invaluable to our business moving forward.”
An expert judging panel oversaw the proceedings, including cookery judge Dolan Heaney, award-winning chef Pauline McGurk and chief judge, chef Sean Owens.
Mr Owens, who is managing director of Montgomery Food Consulting, said “I have never witnessed such innovation and class in a butchery competition ever before in my history as a judge and the Butchery Excellence Scheme should be very proud of its members for showcasing their products at such a high level.”
More than 150 entries were received, with Rhonda Montgomery, chief executive of Montgomery Food Consulting, describing the calibre of entries as “exceptional”.