'Hot Coals' is Aussie BBQ Legend
- Posted 05/03/10
Congratulations to John "Hot Coals" Hetherington who has been named the Ultimate Aussie BBQ Legend.
John won for his entry "BBQ Protocol - rules of engagement".
The Aussie BBQ Legends judges chose John's entry because it best exemplified the spirit of traditional Aussie barbecues.
The Aussie BBQ Legends competition was created by boutique sauce and jams maker Beerenberg, a family-owned Australian company. Beerenberg Managing Director Anthony Paech said choosing the winner was a difficult job.
"We received many creative and humorous entries," Mr Paech said. "Most of the entries also displayed a great affection for the Aussie barbie, the protocols that we've developed over the years, and how best to cook on the barbie – which has unique challenges.
"It's clear that Australians still highly value the barbecue as the perfect excuse to come together with family and friends, and relax outdoors over great food.
"John's entry demonstrated his vast experience with barbecuing. He clearly believes that an essential ingredient of a good barbie is your mates.
"The entry was tongue-in-cheek and will resonate with many other BBQ enthusiasts."
John's entry can be read below:
Tofu is not meat - it does not enter the sacred space of the BBQ Beer is an important BBQ accessory, it keeps the operator cool, appropriately flavours the meat and in the unlikely event of a localised fire provides adequate extinguishing capability. BBQs can never have female names they are male genus and must have macho hombre names BBQs are not pink, meat is pink and then you cook it. The man child must be brought before the BBQ to learn the sacred ways before he reaches the age of 16 summers. BBQs must be powered by fire - hot burning coals are OK but fire is the key distinguishing feature that differentiates a BBQ from an appliance. Guests must not take the utensils in hand unless the host requests them to do so. You don't put your hands on his wife so don't touch his tongs. BBQing in Speedos is not cool. BBQing with a girly apron is not cool. BBQing with one of those aprons that has fake boobs is just wrong. BBQing on your own is unAustralian, if you are going to fire it up you need to have a mate on hand to take over in case you go down half way through a rib eye fillet.
John is now the proud owner of the major prize which includes a Turbo Elite 5 BBQ, bar fridge, knife block set, stainless BBQ set, the new Huey Cook book - autographed, Beerenberg BBQ Products and more.
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