[C]ranston Butchers in Penrith clinched a brace of runners-up accolades in UK final of the Butchers Q Guild 2016 BBQ Competition.
Cranstons won through to the national final with two of its products that had earlier become category champions in the north-west regional heat – Rib Eye Steak, along with their Topside and Cheddar Burger, the regional speciality burger winner.
Both progressed to be chosen as runners-up in the UK finale, staged at Eastwood Hall, near Nottingham. (Sunday, May 15)
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.