Southampton Q Guild Butcher is runner-up in UK BBQ contest finale

A butcher from Southampton was runner-up in the UK final of the Butchers Q Guild’s 2016 barbecue competition – the annual quest to find the BBQ kings.

Owton’s Butchers was runner-up with its Cowboy Steak in the Naked Steak category, after previously winning the Southern regional heats.

The Cowboy Steak is a 28-day matured bone in wing rib steak. John Harding, general manager of Owton’s, said: “These steaks are very popular as they not only look great on the bone but as they are matured well they have a great flavour and texture to them.”

Owton’s, the 2015 Butchers Q Guild Smithfield Awards supreme champion, also won gold awards for its beef burger, speciality “Mad Dog” sausage and speciality BBQ product with Mumbai Turkey Steak.

The contest this year attracted a record entry of almost 400 barbecue products from Q Guild butchers nationwide. The leading meat sector body represents over 110 award-winning butchers, from the Scottish Highlands down to the south coast.

Robert Alexander Butchers in Port Glasgow, Inverclyde, became the overall Q Guild supreme barbecue champion with its speciality barbecue product national victor, Coffee Crusted BBQ Steak.

The Q Guild’s national chairman, Alnwick Butcher Mark Turnbull said: “The BBQ Competition saw an extremely high standard of entries and was fiercely fought out between all finalists.

“I would like to offer hearty congratulations to all those who succeeded in making it to the finals, as winning a regional event is in itself no easy feat. In the end, the category winners really have proved themselves to be the cream of the crop and I wish to congratulate them all on their achievement.”

The 2016 Q Guild BBQ Championships were sponsored by industry suppliers Innovative Food Ingredients, Dalziel, DB Foods, The Dalesman Group, Scobie and Junor, and Baro Lighting.

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