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A grilling finale as two cook up storm

A WORCESTER team of amateur barbecue cooks cooked up third place in a national barbecuing festival.

Grillstock, an event for barbecue, blues and beer lovers, was the first competition entered by the team called From The Sauce and headed up by Neil Clifton and Tim Bossenger.

The competition, held in Bristol, saw cuts of meat slowly smoked over wood and charcoal in smokers rather than open-top barbecues. The team used equipment from company Grillstream after a chance encounter.

Mr Clifton said: “We visited Grillstock last year and felt that our enthusiasm combined with some practice would mean we could compete with some of the other teams. “I saw an article about a new barbecue grill that had been developed to reduce flare-ups and drain fat away from the food. It transpired that a director of the company only lives two roads away from me in Worcester so we offered to use the grills as part of our equipment.”

The team was judged in seven categories over two days including pork shoulder, chicken, brisket, barbecue beans, ribs, chef’s choice and dessert. Mr Bossenger said: “When the awards ceremony came we were just hoping to make it on stage once as a ‘thank you’ to all our 50 or so friends and family who came to cheer us on.

“To our great surprise, we didn’t get chance to sit down and ended up scoring third in dessert, third in brisket, second in pork shoulder and second in ribs – with overall position of third.”

The team cooked about 100lbs of pork shoulder, 12 chickens and more than 300 ribs. Mr Clifton said members have been contacted through Twitter and Facebook by some of the top judges and competition barbecuers in Britain and added that man-food.co.uk has asked them to represent the Stockton-on-Teme-based barbecue seasoning suppliers in future competitions. “We are just coming to terms with our success,” said Mr Clifton.